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Charizard Skeleton v2 by Chibi-Pika Charizard Skeleton v2 by Chibi-Pika
I know I said I was gonna redo my Lucario skeleton first, but I got stuck on that one a long time ago. x___X; On the other hand, my Charizard always bothered me. There was the fact that its pelvis made no sense whatsoever, but even besides that, the entire thing just looked awkward and unappealing, and the pose was kinda ugly, the arms were too short and stumpy, the proportions were off, ect, ect.

And after a week or so of working I AM TIRED OF WORKING ON THIS ARGH. The pelvis was easy for once but the sacrum was a pain I HATE RIBS and I don’t care if I didn’t draw the other wing, the finger bones would have overlapped with the skull anyway and looked weird and I WANT TO SUBMIT IT NOW. Also I hate how low-res this is; eventually I will redo it at 2x or 3x size.

Anatomical Notes:

-- Charizard is an upright-postured, plantigrade creature. The first five or so vertebrae at the base of Charizard’s tail are extremely flexible so that, when it is standing in an upright position, the tail extends behind it without breaking at the base.

-- Charizard are highly adapted to flight. While they do not possess a keeled sternum the way birds do, their shoulder structure is highly unique and specialized to accommodate two pairs of limbs. The arm shoulders are pulled back and to the side (to allow room for the wing muscles) in a position far different to most reptiles, and more similarly to a human, with a rotating shoulder joint suited to grasping and climbing. The massive coracoids connect with the wing shoulders, serving as an anchor for the wing pectorals. Much of the lower belly holds a system of air sacs filled with lighter-than air gases, making Charizard remarkably light for their size.

-- Even so, Charizard are still very bulky creatures, and are notoriously poor at unassisted takeoffs from the ground. This is consistent with their lifestyle—in the wild they live in mountainous areas along cliffsides and obviously prefer warm regions—this provides them with high takeoff points with warm updrafts for soaring. They even sometimes use their fire breath to heat the air below them to aid their flight. They drop down on prey from the air while breathing out a vicious flamethrower before going for the kill with their wickedly sharp claws.

-- The foot claws are very thick and blunt, and are mostly used for keeping a solid footing or digging into cliffsides while climbing.

-- Charizard have slender skulls with relatively weak bite strength compared to other reptiles. The horns are blunt, and are not used for combat (they cannot take the stress that would be required), but rather to attract a mate.

-- Even though it’s unrelated to the skeleton, I will address the tail flame. The tip of the Charizard family’s tail secretes a highly unique flammable oil from the moment of the creature’s birth. The heat and intensity of the flame is reliant upon its current energy levels.

The flame is incredibly resilient. While it is correct that the Pokémon will die if the flame goes out, that is not so easy to do, or the species would have died out. If a healthy Charizard is submerged, it will take at least a minute of fierce (and extremely painful) vaporization for the flame to be completely extinguished.

Another interesting property of the tail oil is that it is unique to each individual, so that a Char can never be harmed by its own flame, which carries unique chemical properties. In diseased individuals, however, the oil becomes polluted with toxins and burns less cleanly, and can even begin to eat through the tail flesh if left untreated.

It’s really quite frustrating that almost all “realistic” Charizard artwork portrays it as an orange allosaur with wings. How would that fly any better than his actual design? How is that any more realistic? And above all, how is that a Charizard? Why not just…draw dinosaurs…? If you dislike the original design that much? There are even some that don’t include the tail flame. I don’t get it. Why call it a Charizard? Everyone is entitled to draw what they want, but at that point it’s like drawing a horse and calling it a unicorn but saying “I took the horn off to make it more realistic.” Wut. Pretend that Pokémon are mythological creatures. Why castrate them to follow the mold of what we’ve got in our world? Strip away the cartoonish-ness and try to make them work like a living being by their own rules.[/end rant]

Sorry, I know I come off as brash when I’ve never even drawn a realistic Pokémon, but if I did, I’d be drawing POKÉMON, not animals cosplaying as Pokémon.
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Veriothis Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Man these Pokemon anatomy are 
 awesome way to study Pokemon :)
Lazysupermutant Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you for the skull model.
Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
This is great! The one recommendation I would make is that the skull looks solid and heavy. Dinosaurs, pterosaurs and even many lizards have a network of gaps in their skull to save weight.
MatthewFrostpaws Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
something tells me drawing the skeleton of a bronzer would be easy! (Being it doesn't have one!)
MadShedHouse Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Sorry to sound helpless and sorry for my question if its going to bother you. But Can you please make a Milotic anatomy. I have a project I need to accomplish not for college or anything. I noticed You are by far the best I've seen during my search and all of you drawings seem so Accurate and I felt I needed to ask you about helping me with this project. If I'm not being more precise I want to Actually make a Milotic from actual real bones but more of a display then to actually make it alive. Again, sorry for the question and sorry to sound a bit of a creep.
MAKATAKO Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
oh cool! :3
Zalaraxium Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Liquid Nitrogen would probably work.
Janjoon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
is that even possible to draw !?!!!!
omg your a great artist 0_0!
EverboundVenvel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Whoa, that wing structure...It makes sense! Would you mind if I drew inspiration from it in formulating the anatomy of my own fictional species?
Chibi-Pika Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Heh, go for it--after all, I just based this off Charizard's official art, so I don't own the design. :)
Mareyethu Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Jyoumon22 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
just like the palkia one
lookaslowpoke Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student General Artist
this is so cool! you're awesome :3
squizzlenut Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a big improvement on the older version. I'm impressed by how much work you put into it!

Also I completely agree about the 'realistic' Charizard thing. Surely it would look like a dragon, not a dinosaur? Drawing a dinosaur and sticking wings on it is just silly. (I mean, at least use a pterosaur or a microraptor or something...)
Raiga-Suzaku05 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
This is the greatest thing ever. It appeals to my rampaging Poke-Nerd side and yet also to the massive biologist within me.
LS-Leon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
The skeleton details and your comments explaining Charizard's skeletal structure are simply stunning!
Chibi-Pika Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks! ^^ I put a lot of effort into it.
Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Berquet50 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   Digital Artist
:clap: :clap: :clap: I LOVE THIS!
Erikku8 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's cool how you figured it out. Awesome job!
Bummerdude Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both the image and the comment ellaborating on it was very detailed and enlightening. And while I can agree that some body parts are flawed to begin with (although it IS fictional), you did a solid job of ridding its flesh and nerves. Awesome work!
ShadicTheHedgehog Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Will you allow me to watch you? No? Too bad.

I love these skeletons of yours, (truth be told I've only seen this and Lucarios at the moment :P) and your explanation is ridiculously (In a good way) detailed.
Chibi-Pika Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha, no, watching is fine. :D
Meteor-05 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: Awesome, and very detailed, indeed looks like a skeleton of a very realistic creature, excelent work!!!
ShadowCharizard36 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011   Digital Artist
even the skeleton of charizard makes charizard the best
DraconicOni Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome as usual.

I like the thought put into it. Just because a creature is monster-like doesn't mean that it conforms to the animals of our world.
Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
That's AWESOME! I love it! The detail you've put into it!
Chari-Artist Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is pretty darn cool. I love it when anybody gives pokemon realistic anatomy and skeletons like this. Awesome job! :)
ChildofAura Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me think back to Ash's confident, hotshot Charizard...
Shinwa-Tsuki Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Very nice!
Blood-Moonlight Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist looks so good....^^ ...I look forward at the Lucario skeletion:la:
rosutu Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
I dunno. For someone who hasn't done realistic Pokemon, there's a lot of thought behind this.
Chibi-Pika Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha, I just meant that I have a lot less experience rendering muscles and skin texture, and crazy light/shadows/details than a lot of people, and that I'm mostly a cartoonist at heart. But I've certainly but a lot of thought into the skeletons! =)
rosutu Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011

By the way, have you thought about applying this to some of the really new Pokemon? That'd certainly have interesting results.
Chibi-Pika Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Ooh, well out of my favorite new Pokemon...I can't think of any that would have particularly interesting skeletons. I love Archeops, but he'd be pretty much identical to a Microraptor, and Scrafty...I don't even know there. o_O I'd been considering doing Reshiram, but someone's already done a really nice one that I pretty much completely agree with. OOOH, I know, Hydreigon! Hydreigon was definitely top of my list.

It has heads. On its ARMS. That is too weird to not be awesome. xD
rosutu Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Definitely. Especially since they started as normal heads.
strawberry-ninja Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
I can't even comprehend how awesome this is.
DendouTori Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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