CAP 9 Prevo - Art Submissions

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Colossoil will be receiving one pre-evo, so now it's time to design it! For reference, here is Colossoil's design:

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For additional reference, here is Colossoil's game data, which may be helpful for design inspiration (e.g., egg groups).


This thread is open for WIPs, comments, and final submissions for the design of CAP 9 pre-evo. Important considerations that will come into play over the course of this thread are base stats and abilities.

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 (such as work made by multiple artists or a vision and art direction by a non-artist and execution by an artist) is not permitted.

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 linking thumbnails. Each thumbnail can be no larger than 160 pixels in either dimension. Any number of thumbnails can be included in a post.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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.
Final Submission

A bottlenose dolphin prevo, which makes sense because narwhals are a type of cetacean as well.
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a little Beluga whale, belugas are recognisable due to the giant forehead that they had, so i turned that caracteristic into a giant, caricaturistic bump, based on the brawly nature of colossoil.

instead of hand it has fins to further differentiate itself from colo,it also has orange circles on its back since the drills that colo has are suposed to come from those spots

Land mine baby :blobthumbsup:
This design likely won’t change much between now and my final sub, but I’ll definitely add some concept art before then.

Not the best, but I think it's a start. I based it off of a mole, and if you think colossoil is a land fish, then this is a baby narwhale.
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Final Submission

Colo Prevo Flats Alt.png

Square sperm whale boy who is quick to throw tantrums. It loses its legs upon evolution, just like real cetaceans did. Its fins are loosely based on shovels, and its feet are meant to look like muddy rainboots.
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A bit of an updated version. It's looking better, but lacking a certain something I can't seem to wrap around. If you know that "something" please let me know.

Colossoil Prevo no!!! You cant see where you are going with a drill THAT BIG! Aww jeez.... maybe you'll grow into the horn when you evolve...

Excavator narwhal baby boy! He's not as grizzled and battered as his evolved big brother, and he's not so good at rebounding yet - so he needs a visor for underground vision and a finned helmet. Spaded tail to clear away dug earth. He tries his best!

Supporting art will hopefully come.

Colossoil is only vaguely a whale, so I thought maybe this round feller would be an interesting idea to present.
Those lines on its body look oddly familiar, huh?

Edit: removed tail drill on advice received in the discord channel.
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Final Submission
Huh, this didn't post earlier. Weird.

Based vaguely on submarines. His fins are shovels and his nose is a spike, which will become Colo's drill. His face is inspired by the faces painted on military vehicles, with angry eyes and sharp teeth.
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hes based off a hooded seal! they blow out the inside of their noses to create this giant red ball. i wanted to go for a seal because its the only mammal that matches colossoils weird aquatic body with arms. and they also dig/poke out of holes in ice. feedback welcome

edit: you can interpret the spike ball as a underground helmet + light theme if u like

Originally thought of giving this little guy a toothy grin like Colossoil, but decided against it. However, I did saturate the eye color a bit more and changed the dirt color to sand.
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Final Submission

i just wanted to make a pickaxe orca thing

edit: updated with bigger image
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Final Submission

Yeah, its Blue, yeah, its pixelated. What are you gonna do?


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Final Submission

Edited his colour scheme and added a little scar under the goggles so he's a little more congruent with Colossoil, but the core concept remains the same - a slightly less experienced narwhal/dolphin baby who needs some extra protection to dive through dirt and rebound.

Supporting Material
Playtime at the LCAP nursery
Poor Kerf
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Final Submission


Heavily inspired off of crocodiles and garden eels with a few whale bits as well. I really liked the idea of the pokemon coming out of a burrow so I wanted to keep that.

I also drew a rudimentary background to help me with lighting the little guy. You can see it here
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