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PKMN Skies: The Car of Juggernaut by Dr-InSean PKMN Skies: The Car of Juggernaut by Dr-InSean
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Gawain trained to be a knight and has longed to use his skills in defense of a home and people dear to him.  Asuka is a professional fighter who once defended her own life from bandits.  Smooze, despite its quirks, is a massive and dense figure willing to fight to the death to defend Asuka.

Even they are as nothing to Otherwordly Deoxys.  Its Defense Forme renders it seemingly immune to pain and harm.  Its body unbreakable and its wrath unquenchable, Deoxys rolls over all who stand before it, crushing them like The Car of Juggernaut.


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Hoo boy!  We've had water guns and paintballs, but Springleaf finally has its first legit BATTLE!  I was actually in the middle of another submission, but I had to drop it in order to make sure I got something finished in time for the Deoxys event's limited submission cap.  I'm surprised that I got all of this finished in something less than 48 hours...I know a lot of people can draw things much more complicated than this in that much time, but it's still pretty impressive by my (admittedly low) standards.

Asuka and Smooze were easy enough, but Deoxys was impossible without an image to borrow his entire pose from.  Gawain was also hard, considering I rarely draw people from anything besides straight-forward and profile angles; even less so when they're in complicated poses like this one.  I also changed Gawain's tunic color to red because a green tunic made it look like I just forgot to color in his chest and you were just seeing grass through his torso.

This scene was largely inspired from/based on this cover with the idea of a third fighter coming from this cover.  Unfortunately, my feeble brain couldn't fit Smooze into the frame without obscuring him behind Deoxys or his own arms in some way, so I pushed him all the way to the side, where his face ate a big ol' punch.  While this let me play around a bit with Smooze's blobiness and makes Deoxys a more active opponent than if his arm was just by his side, it tremendously messed up the framing of the shot, changing it from portrait to landscape and making Asuka the center of the shot rather than Deoxys.  The only reason the setting Sun is in this scene was so I could make the picture big enough to put Deoxys at the center of the scene.  However, I chose a sunset because I figured the red sky would make the battle seem more dire and I enjoyed playing around with everyone's colors and adding shiny marks, so I guess it's not all bad.

I'm so glad that we finally got a combat-intensive event...A shame that the first time Asuka and Gawain get to fight something, it's a Legendary that's far beyond their pay grade...And I kinda feel bad for punching Smooze in the face...I really hope some future submission doesn't makes my guys look bad...
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DekoLamp Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
After years of not commenting but I absolutely enjoy the dynamic you got going in this piece! Asuka and Deoxys turned out pretty neat as well~ The color mood is pretty nifty too. Aaaah lots of good things about this one!
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Dr-InSean Featured By Owner May 28, 2017
Oh, thank you very much!  I'm glad to hear you think this turned out so well!  I based this scene off of a comic cover featuring Thanos, so I'm also glad I lived up to the standards that cover set.

I had a lot of fun with the color scheme on this one, but I almost didn't even do it.  The cover I referenced put the villain in the center of the image, but there was nobody behind him; when I added Smooze into the scene, it widened the picture so much that Deoxys' arm would have been the center of the image.  I wanted to keep Deoxys in the center of the image, since that's where all the action is, so I thought about adding some kind of background just to widen the picture out enough to put Deoxys in the center again.  Thought the red of a sunset would look appropriately dire, so the rest is history.  I'm very glad to hear this was a good idea.

Thank you for all of your kind words!
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
smooze you get points for trying, also this looks great :D
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Dr-InSean Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
It's really not a bad effort at all, considering Deoxys and Smooze are probably on the extreme opposite ends of the evolutionary spectrum.

Thank you very much!  I'm glad you think so!

Do you have any ideas for this event?
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
you're welcome.

While Kamala prefers peace, she will defend herself when push comes to shove.

My piece shows that I hope.
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Dr-InSean Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Awesome opossum!  I'm checking it out right now!
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confusedkangaroo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist
'Everybody is kung-fu fighting!' That's what first came into my head. It's certainly a dynamic battle against a power house, might take them all night.
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Dr-InSean Featured By Owner Edited Feb 26, 2017
Heh heh heh.  Well, Asuka definitely is.

Hopefully they all last until night.  Deoxys doesn't seem to be having any trouble with (or compassion for) them...

Do you have anything planned for this event?
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confusedkangaroo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist
I do, literature wise. I'll get started on it soon I hope.
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Dr-InSean Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Awesome opossum!  I'll keep my eyes peeled for it.
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xscar10 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The Muk's face.  XD
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Dr-InSean Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Heh heh heh.  Thank you.  Blobs are fun to draw.
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DarkraixCresselia Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I can imagine Smooze thinking he'll be the one to defeat Deoxys and either save Asuka or finally earn her love... and then he gets punched across the face XD I remember muk being sort of bouncy in the anime (I think it was in the battle between Ash and Gary in the League (?)) and he didn't seem too hurt when he got punched, so Smooze probably isn't taking too much damage. And I'm guessing Ughlpuff's just watching from a safe distance, grumbling and groaning away? XD
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Dr-InSean Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
:iconasukachuplz::iconsaysplz:Smooze, get yer HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS!  We got a fight--Wait, do you HAVE an ass...NEVERMINDIDON'TWANNAKNOW!

Heh heh heh.  I could see something like that happening, provided that the fight didn't get too dangerous.  When the crap hits the fan, Smooze drops the humor and gets downright scary.  Asuka didn't ask Smooze to come, but she let it stay because it proved its mettle when they fought gangsters during the 1920's event.

That's a good point you raise about Ash's Muk (provided the link in case you wanted it).  Defensively speaking, Smooze is probably the best one here not named Deoxys and still has a lot of fight left in it.  That said, Deoxys is a legendary Pokemon (making it much stronger than regular mortals) and its body is almost as malleable as Smooze's (which I imagine would help one punch a blob in the face and actually do some damage), so I wouldn't say Smooze is enjoying this either.

Deoxys seems to be ambushing most people during their daily activities, but Asuka and Gawain are going out of their way to find and defeat it.  Smooze wouldn't leave them alone, but Asuka decided to leave Ughlpuff at home, on account of its presumed fragility and guaranteed lack of team spirit.  While this battle wages, another, equally interesting story unfolds: Is Ughlpuff annoyed when there's no one to be annoyed by?
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DarkraixCresselia Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Since I haven't watched all of the Pokemon anime, I hadn't seen that battle; it was kinda funny though XD When Muk covered Bellsprout, and Bellsprout stopped struggling, I said "He killed it!" I know that wasn't the case, but it still looked like it XD

That's some paradox stuff right there. Maybe he has party of one, and is just pretending to be annoyed by everything? XD Since Dixie doesn't like battling, she'll probably just wait out the attacks (and try to keep Rolly from going out to say hello to Deoxys)
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Dr-InSean Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Hahahahahaha!  I've seen the battle a few times and I still think the same thing every time Bellsprout stops struggling.  I love how Muk's "Body Slam" is more like "Lazily Lay On Him."

What makes that battle even crazier is what happened before Muk showed up.  It was a 3-on-3 battle and Ash won the first two rounds but then, the opponent brought out that Bellsprout.  Bellsprout used 9 kinds of Kung Fu to mop the FLOOR with Ash's Bulbasaur and even his Pikachu.  Muk was a last-minute, all-or-nothing plan...and I think it's the first time Ash ever used his Muk.

That's an interesting possibility for Smooze.  Another possible explanation is that it's some kind of hipster who has very...weird tastes and doesn't hesitate to tell everyone what it thinks.  Asuka had a movie night with Ughlpuff and the Koffing hated the acclaimed movies, but seemed to enjoy an awful kids movie most people wouldn't be able to stomach.  Regardless of whose theory is correct, it seems it's true that Ughlpuff can't hate everything.

Aw man, poor Dixie.  I hope Deoxys doesn't go after her...or that Rolly gives the alien any reason to...Also hope the town's luck turns around.  With everyone that's encountered Deoxys so far, we've only had innocent civilians sent scurrying and unsuccessful defenses/offenses; the best luck anyone's had so far is giving the alien a garish make-over.
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DarkraixCresselia Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, usually when I think of Body Slam, I think of the pokemon either leaping into the air, or charging full-speed into their opponent.

I feel like I heard about that. Funny how basically a baby pokemon can take on two of Ash's strongest pokemon (at that time) but struggles against one that doesn't even have a full "roster" of moves; he knows less than four, while others know two or three times that amount.

I think you meant Ughlpuff ;) But at any rate, that could be true too. I remembered seeing that XD That's kinda like how a couple of movies I like are ones that aren't very popular or well-received, according to film critics (Rotten Tomatoes, etc.)

I saw that XD Hopefully that doesn't just piss him off more.
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Dr-InSean Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
I know, right?  That's what I like about Ash's Muk: it doesn't have to be conventional to get the job done.

It is funny, but also fitting.  Ash made his entire career out of baby Pokemon beating much larger, more powerful opponents.  He should have expected that other trainers could do it too...Heck, given how some of the battles Ash won made absolutely no sense (the infamous Pikachu vs Rhydon battle, for instance), it may have been Karma that another baby Pokemon came along and forced him to use a fully-evolved Pokemon to win.  That said, I never considered how Ash's Muk didn't even know 4 moves; that's actually pretty funny and makes Ash an even bigger underdog in this battle.

Oh, trust me, I know what you mean about movies.  Asuka's "acclaimed movies" include The Transporter, so I'm not one to criticize what things people do and don't like.  Sometimes, high art can be too vague to deliver is message effectively and the least popular movie in a trilogy can summarize the threats modern society faces in a single scene, so who can say who's right and who's wrong anyway?

Heh heh heh.  Even the person who made that picture isn't sure if it was a wise move, so I guess we all better hope.  Hope as hard as we can...However one goes about doing that...
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