Glaquine and Cavallost
Glaquine: "It buries itself in the snow and waits for prey to approach. When it isn't hunting, this Pokémon is very playful and likes to slide down icy slopes."
Cavallost: "The pattern on its fins glow like fire to attract naïve Pokémon and lost travellers. When they get too close, there is no chance to escape."
Glacier + Equine
Cavallo/Cavalry + Frost
> They bury themselves in the snow and wait for prey to approach.
> Their fins glow like a bright fire to attract wandering people and other Pokemon.
> Their tails are very powerful, allowing them to push themselves through the snow with relative ease.
> They can, in fact, swim, despite not being water-typed.
Why no water/fire type?!
Why isn't it fire-typed?
Well, that's because what you're actually seeing with the fins isn't fire, but rather a pattern designed to look like fire (which even fooled a lot of you ;3) similar to how some types of moth wing-patterns look like gigantic eyes, or how some non-venomous snakes and frogs have developed the same patterns as venomous ones so they don't get eaten. And, of course, angler fish!
Another reason I didn't make it fire/ice, as cool of a combination as that would be, is because I don't believe a fire/ice type would be a particularly good idea unless Pokemon were really creative about it. If that, in fact, was fire coming out of Cavallost's icy back then not only would it be useless in its home territory (as it would melt all the ice and snow) but would it not just...melt itself and be in excruciating pain all the time? For the design I have, I believe it just simply doesn't work.
Maybe the typing would better for something that has two heads, or something that is likewise split into two halves? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Why isn't it water-typed?
Dratini is found in the water and, despite that, isn't a water type!
LeafGreen's pokedex entry is for dratini is: "Long considered a mythical Pokémon until recently, when a small colony was found living underwater."
And Ultra Sun's pokedex entry for dratini is: "It's still weak, so it lurks on the floor of bodies of water, eating whatever food sinks down and living a quiet life."
PKMN Stadium: "Lives in large bodies of water like the sea and lakes. It is said to have the power to change the weather and fly."
Firered: "It is said to live in seas and lakes. Even though it has no wings, it has been seen flying occasionally."
Ultra Sun: "Lakes where Dragonair live are filled with offerings from people, because they believe this Pokémon is able to control the weather."
Because they spend more time above-ground in the snow to hunt their prey, it seemed a bit silly to have yet another water/ice type just for the sake of having it be water/ice. But just because a pokemon isn't water-typed doesn't mean it can't swim or hunt in the water! I like to twist expectations on their heads, and that's what this pokemon is all about~
...How many of you would be surprised if I told you the inspiration to make these guys initially came from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? xD;
Hear me out!
I've always been interested in sea creatures and dragons and fantasy - it's one of my absolute favourite things to draw because it twists the reality we know into something much more wonderful and beautiful, something much more fantastic
. I love the exaggerated wings of a pegasus and the incredible magic a Unicorn is capable of, despite the fact that I dislike real horses with a fairly strong passion. ^^;
I-I'm not scared of them! They're just...big and imposing and...I had a bit of a traumatic experience when a was younger with them.
Then MLP came out with the sirens who, in their base form, were these gigantic amazing sea-horse-type-things, all vicious and cool-looking! Their idea has been stuck in my head since the movie came out in 2014.
But, of course, they weren't even my favourite thing about the movie..
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I wanted to do something
with this~! Of course I didn't want to blatantly rip off MLP and what they did, but I had so many ideas and so much inspiration! I sketched them for months and months afterwards, but nothing ever really happened with them and the ideas in my head.
I joined the Pokefarm Art staff in September of 2016, I believe? I finally had an opportunity to bring to life my ideas and turn them into something that everyone else could enjoy! >w<
They went through a fair few design changes though - my style isn't quite a "pokemon" style and it's hard for me to mimic it.
The first design looked a little more "mlp", probably because I'm so used to drawing them!
Then I tried making it completely different in the hopes that it would pull away from the MLP feel:
Lastly I tried again with different eye styles and other tweaks and ideas:
But...nothing was really seeming to work out. ><;
Then Novie helped out and re-worked the design into something that could work!
(Look at Novie's beautiful art~! ✧‿‿✧ )
Thus, finally, my babs were a reality~! >w< They no longer look like MLP knock-offs and instead have their own look and feel, whilst still keeping different bits and pieces of the original designs - you can still see the nose-guard on Cavallost and the ice chests, and (of course) the colours from the original.
I'm really just extremely thrilled that a lot of people like the design I worked so hard to make for my first Pokefarm Fakemon!
Thank you all for your kind comments and praises~! ♥