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!

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