This Marine Biologist Imagined a Bunch of Pokémon as Real-Life Creatures, and It’s Pretty Awesome

René Campbell is an Australian digital artist and a marine biologist working on earning her Ph.D., and she’s found the most amazing way to combine her talents — and not just for water types. She’s put her knowledge of biology to good use by creating a series of Pokémon drawn as if they were actual creatures, instead of their usual cute cartoony selves.

Take a look, and if you like what you see, she has a lot more projects going on that you can see on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and DeviantArt page!

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Pikachu becomes way more mousy with little critter claws. We love those huge ears, though!

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Skarmory looks way more like a real bird here. Well, what a real bird made of steel would look like, anyway.

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Credit for remembering that Scyther is, above all, a big bug!

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And suddenly Scolipede becomes the last Pokémon we’d want to become real!

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Scizor also stays true to its bug roots, but with more reasonably sized pincers!

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The naturally blinged out Sableye looks a bit like a bat — perfect for this cave dweller!

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We love this take on Houndoom! The original didn’t really drive home that Houndoom is a rad fire poke, but there’s no mistaking this version!

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Haxorus becomes a dinosaur-like dragon with blades on the side of its face, which is pretty rad.

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Gothita is a classic example of a Pokémon that we don’t really know how to describe, and that means artistic liberties! René stuck with the dark theme by going for an owl look.

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Ghost Pokémon are always a challenge, but this ragged, formless Gengar looks pretty great!

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Garchomp, the part-dragon, part-shark, part-airplane Pokémon. This is as realistic as it gets for Garchomp.

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We’d freak out enough if we saw a spider like this without the electricity, let alone one with Galvantula’s sparks!

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René has also done some sketches of entire evolutionary lines — here’s Froakie, Frogadier, and of course the tongue-scarved Greninja.

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We love the cute little jet fighter-like eyes on Flygon!

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Here’s the generation six fire starter evolution chain — Fennekin, Braixen, and Delphox!

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And here’s the grass line from gen six — Chespin, Chesnaught, and the spiky Quilladin!

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As if Charizard wasn’t frightening enough, it looks like this one has been getting swole while ruling that fire gym.

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We like the horror take on Banette, which has a kind of self-sewing Nightmare Before Christmas vibe going on!

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We always thought Arcanine was one of the Pokémon closest to being realistic, anyway!

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This iron poke would be pretty high up on the food chain, from the looks of it!

Gotta catch all the Pokémon fan art? Check out artist Karolina Twardosz’s series of realistic Pokémon, too!