CAP 34 - Art Submissions

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This thread is open for WIPs, comments, and final submissions for the design of CAP 34. Over the course of the art thread, CAP will decide on all competitive abilities, defining moves, and base stats. While the art thread is open now, we recommend that you follow along the competitive process and to hold off on investing heavily into a design until defining moves, competitive abilities, and base stats are decided upon.

Posting Rules

***All material in both the main design and supporting material must be your own. Using another piece of art for inspiration is allowed, but derivative art is not, and blatant plagiarism will result in warnings or bans depending on the severity.***

Collaborative material is not permitted. The following are examples of what counts as collaborative material (this list is not exhaustive):
  • a work made by multiple artists
  • a vision and art direction by a non-artist and execution by an artist
  • a text prompt by a non-artist and execution by image generation software
  • a work by an artist and style transfer by image generation software
At the discretion of the CAP moderator team, posters may be asked to prove a design is they submitted is their own. Posters that fail to provide sufficient evidence of design ownership will be disqualified.

Posting Frequency

Intentionally or unintentionally, thread-hogging tends to be more prevalent in the art submission thread compared to other CAP threads. In order to ensure that everyone has a reasonable chance to showcase their designs and air their opinions, thread-hogging will be moderated. If you wish to add new comments or art, but don't want to hog the thread, please consider editing your most recent post to add new content.

Posting Rules: Artists
  • Artists can post any work-in-progress (WIP) artwork in order to solicit feedback or to help develop ideas. WIP artwork does not need to conform to the standards of a Main Design. It can be in any medium or stage of completion, but it must be related to an original art design by the poster.
  • Do not post to state your intended design. You may not reserve an idea for yourself.
  • Do not post questions asking for help in making art. For art resources on Smogon, check out Smeargle's Studio.
  • Do not post inconsequential updates to designs. Only if you have made a significant change should you post an update in the thread.
  • Do not bump art or beg for feedback. If no one comments on your design, consider the silence to be your feedback. Also, check out the CAP Discord channel or the CAP PS Room for open real-time discussion on CAP art.
  • Images posted are subject to the following rules:
    • They must be in .jpg, .png, or .gif format.
    • They must be hosted on a reliable image hosting service (such as Smogon forums or Imgur). Do not use the 'Attach a photo' tool on messaging apps (e.g. Discord). Do not use Iaza or Ezimba.
  • Each post should contain no more than one (1) full-sized image, meaning:
    • The image is at most 640 pixels in both width and height.
  • Artists should post links to additional art or use thumbnails. Each thumbnail can be no larger than 160 pixels in either dimension. Any number of thumbnails can be included in a post.
  • The sizing rules apply to the original image only. Using the forum "resize" tool will not change the original size of the image.
  • The use of hide tags does not circumvent or alter any of the image posting rules.
Posting Rules: Commenters
  • Please DO post constructive feedback for artists.
  • Do not post ideas or images to serve as inspiration for artists or attempt to commission an artist in the thread to render your idea.
  • Do not declare any artwork as "the winner" or make similar comments to that effect. Such posts are insulting to all the other competing artists.
  • Do not comment that a design does or does not "look like a Pokemon/Digimon". There is no artistic style guide for Pokemon and therefore such comments are unable to be substantiated or refuted.
  • Do not repost images from the thread. When quoting a post, remove any images.
Final Submission Post

All artists must make a final submission post conforming to the following rules, including those for the Main Design, in order to be included in the art poll.
  • The post must have "Final Submission" (in bold) as the first line, the Main Design included in image tags below that.
  • Any supporting material, if applicable, must be in a section below the main design with the header "Supporting Material". Including this header gives you an additional link back to your submission post from the poll.
  • All supporting art must be included as links or as linked thumbnails no larger than 160 pixels in either dimension. Do not include full images of supporting art in the final submission.
  • Only make one (1) final submission post. Artists are welcome to work on multiple designs and get feedback from the community, but only one design can be submitted for final consideration. If you wish to alter any aspect of your final submission, then edit your post. Do not make a new one, even if you delete your original post. Any deleting and re-posting will be treated as bumping and is subject to moderation.
By making a final submission:
  • The artist gives the CAP project permission to use the submitted art for CAP and related projects. The artist also consents that the design can be interpreted by other artists for the CAP project and for other promotional purposes.
  • Should the design become the winning design, the artist should be prepared to answer any flavor questions about his/her design for the remainder of the CAP cycle. This includes but is not limited to:
    • 3D model
    • Pokedex data (weight/height/color)
Artists cannot submit any artwork that has been previously or that is currently used by another project not affiliated with CAP. The winning CAP artist agrees to not later use the winning design for another project or contest not affiliated with CAP.

Main Design

The main design is intended to follow the same general posing and layout as the "Official Art" for existing in-game Pokemon. It must be suitable for display on the CAP Pokedex section of the CAP Website and any other CAP propaganda where a picture of the Pokemon is needed.

The comparison to 'Official Pokemon Art' is only applicable to the basic content of the main design; it does not imply any standards or guidelines regarding artistic style or rendering technique.

The following rules of content must be followed for the Main Design:
  • The image must consist of a single Pokemon on a plain white background. The background cannot be transparent.
  • The image must be a 2D digital or scanned traditional drawing. 3D media and photos are not allowed. Pixel art is permitted, as long as it is not intended to mimic the look of in-game sprites.
  • No part of the Pokemon may be cut off by the canvas.
  • The Pokemon must be in full color.
  • The design must have a distinct outline on the entire subject in contrast to the subject and background. Colored outlines are allowed but must not obstruct the clarity of the design.
  • No part of the design can be blurred into the background or blended into the background in any way.
  • No props, action effects, move effects, or additional objects can be rendered on or around the Pokemon. If a prop is part of the Pokemon's basic design (i.e. Conkeldurr's pillars), then it is acceptable.
  • The image must not include offensive or obscene imagery, or be intended to mock or insult the project or other users.
  • The image must be in .jpg, .png or .gif format.
  • The image must be at least 320 pixels and at most 640 pixels in both width and height.
  • The image without whitespace must be at least 50% of the width and height of the canvas.
  • The image must be hosted on a reliable image hosting service (such as Smogon forums or Imgur). Do not use the 'Attach a photo' tool on messaging apps (e.g. Discord). Do not use Iaza, Ezimba.
The rules for main designs will be strictly enforced. Do not make comparisons to in-game Pokemon designs or to past CAP designs to determine if your design is in compliance with these rules. Some in-game Pokemon designs and past CAP designs do not conform with the current CAP art submission rules, and emulating those designs is not an acceptable excuse for breaking the strict interpretation of the current rules.

Supporting Material

There are almost no rules when it comes to supporting material. Action scenes, movement studies, interaction with other Pokemon, animations, sculptures, and cartoon strips are all allowed. Non-art supporting material is also allowed. This includes detailed descriptions of the art, background data, stories, etc. All supporting art and information must be related to the main design in some way.

Examples of useful supporting material to include:
  • The main design image on a transparent background (for social media)
  • Front/side/top views of your design (for 3D modeling)

Art submissions are due 48 hours after Stat Spread Poll results are posted.

Art Polls

All art polls will contain the Main Design and, if applicable, a link below it titled "Supporting Material". This will link to the artists final submission post, if applicable. All final submissions conforming to the rules above will be slated.


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Concept 1 - Orcas communicate through chirping, clicking and many noises! They're also capable of sonar waves which are linked to sound, and hence the special aspect. Another thing about orcas is their incredible strength - hence the dragon type fit - yet I'm not too strong on poison except the concept of it carrying poison sacs with doubly serve as drums which allow it to clang directly from the soul!



See thumbnails. Added pathogenic aspects to it. It gets past the first line of defense with its sharpness, breaking in like a bacterium with flagellum and plasmid inspired drums over its body. Design may become more streamlined depending on stats.
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a design based on the destructive chinese god of water "gong gong" who often took the form of a chinese dragon/serpent. not only is gong a fitting name for the. well. gong aspect of the design. but gong gong is also responsible for destructive floods, and i think poison can fit into that mold pretty well with some refining! going to try and execute some chinese styled tidal waves for the patterns on the gong.


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a dragon manticore-y toad with hard scales shaped like a scorpion across its back, based on the fable of the scorpion and the frog. emphasis on scales works for kommoo's signature moves, and if all else fails, toads do croak.

id like to think the tail instinctually attacks anything, including the own cap's body sometimes. its in its nature


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Major orca design revamp and a new concept. Based on some criticism, I aimed to make the orca look less orca, while sill retaining some of those older aspects, and making it more dragon and 'clangorous'. I've retained the bacterium aspect using flagellum and plasmid circles on the shoulders and belly, which you can't see here. Last major overhaul is the bracelets, since they just add something more to the musical aspect.
New design (thumbnail 2) also takes on the flagellum aspect. I'm going to rework it to see if adding more tails will be beneficial to the silhouette. The skull, robe and feathers are all representative of a witch doctor, while retaining a more bird-like dinosaur look. Currently unsure which path will be preferred, but we'll see as we go on!

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My first take on the design: Considering the usage of Throat Spray, I wanted to reflect the music in this design. It's a disco ball frog, with baby frogs on its back as backup singers. The baby frogs are a reference to Suriname toads, which hatch their eggs on their back, and I also included some aspects of the extinct Beelzebufo (devil toad) to convey the Dragon typing. The poison typing is mainly reflected in the color scheme, but I'd like feedback on how to convey it clearer.

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this is my first cap and i think i completely messed it up because i didn't make its design look sound-based
it's a poisonous slug + sea monster that lives in polluted water
i think i might scrap this design if i think of a different idea that i like just as much as this one
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Instead of something musical, to resemble Throat Spray, I went with a type of spray: spray paint! Still gotta color and stuff but it's gonna be all vivid and colorful, similar to street art. To somewhat make sense with Clanging Scales, I decided to add some brick texture that would act as armor under the paint. btw it says CAP on its tummy.


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