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Pokemon Zodiac by ditto9 Pokemon Zodiac by ditto9
Links of interest:

My shop where you can buy this print as big as 24" wide!

Also on Tabby's tumblr with a stupid amount of notes

As seen in Pokémon Official Magazine too! ♥

Now with a Zelda version too!
The Legend of Zelda: Zodiac by ditto9

Two of my favourite games, Pokémon and Okami, were the inspiration for this piece, Okami's art style is my favourite style ever and I felt like making a Zodiac based on the Chinese Calendar.
I was going to do them all red and white at first!

What year are you? :) I'm a snake!

Rattata - Rat 鼠
Tauros - Ox 牛
Arcanine - Tiger 虎
Buneary - Rabbit 兔
Dragonair - Dragon 龍
Dunsparce - Snake 蛇
Ponyta - Horse 馬
Mareep - Sheep/Ram/Goat 羊
Aipom - Monkey 猴
Torchic - Rooster 雞
Houndour - Dog 狗
Tepig - Pig 豬
Meowth - Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat) 招き猫

Regarding Arcanine:

I knew I might be criticised for using Arcanine for the Tiger. He is a canid but his design and background (he is a Chinese legend) fit the zodiac far too easily. I refused to include legendaries and I didn't want overly complicated designs - so no Raikou (besides, Raikou looks less like a tiger than Arcanine. Those three just look like fantasy dogs/lion things to me). These are my reasons.

Regarding Dunsparce:

I started with Seviper for the snake but then I didnt really like the way the colours sat. I avoided Pokemon with angular designs overall. I wanted to have something very different too and I felt some of the designs were already very obvious. When I did a Google search for Snake Pokemon I found that Dunsparce is called a Land Snake. Being that this was my own animal and how much I adore Dunsparce and its colours I instantly chose him. I feel he breaks up the obviousness that irritated me about Ekans and Seviper. I may drawn Ekans in the same style but I wont edit this piece. Thank you for the questions! I didnt expect so much exposure!!

Also Dunsparce is based on two legendary snake-like creatures. The Tsuchinoko or the Feathered Serpent, both are snakes :)
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Marfty Mar 13, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mareep <3
A Dunsparce for the Snake? Wouldn't Ekans, Arbok or Seviper have been more fitting???
ditto9 Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Clearly you didn't read my description :)
1) Ekans, Arbok and Seviper are much more boring in origin. Dunsparce is based on a legendary Japanese snake. Much more fitting for this Zodiac.
2) Dunsparce is a snake just as much as the other snakes, his dex entry is Land Snake
For more info and even a link to a comic, please read my description. I've spelled it out numerous times why I chose Dunsparce, so forgive me for being a little tired of the question hahaha
Oh sorry...I normally read descriptions but I guess I got a little lazy. My bad! :iconimsorryplz:
Sparkss454 Feb 10, 2014  Student Writer
My zodiac is scorpio, which pokemon am I?
ditto9 Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's a different Zodiac, this refers to the Chinese Zodiac from the Lunar Year, it goes on what year you were born (normally around Feb onwards). Eg I was born in October 1989 so I'm year of the Snake. If someone was born in early January 1989 they'd be a Dragon.
If you're a Scorpio then you can just look up your year of birth and it should tell you an animal :)
Sparkss454 Feb 15, 2014  Student Writer
I found out I am the year of the rat, which means my pokemon is Rattata!
WhiteCatOfWater Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WaterMasterPower Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
aww kawii
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