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Machoke Commission by Leashe Machoke Commission by Leashe
A commission for the lovely :iconcacash89: who asked for a machoke.

This piece really put me outside of my comfort zone as I don't normally draw humanoid pokemon, and even then his evolutionary line is really tricky. I wanted to stay true to the original design, and the client wanted a more animal-esque take, which I completely agree with, as the concept of pokemon that look human has always been a little off-putting to me. I turned the power belt into a hand-made object a machop would make as he waited to evolve (as not all machoke are lucky enough to have trainers)


Instead of stretch marks on his arms, I made veins coursing with glowing energy or power until he has fully matured and properly harnessed it.

Overall, really fun and challenging.

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:icondraikar:
Draikar Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Very interesting rendition of Machoke.  I like the modifications you made.  :)
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AshBlueblaze Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Holy crap
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Koyukionna Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Those arms look cool as.
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KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Machoke aren't supposed to look humanoid anyways, so props to you on that. Though I must wonder, if you're out of your comfort zone when doing humanoid Pokemon, I wonder how you would react if someone asked you to draw Jynx :lol:
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Raijin-Jamsheed Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Artist
Woah pretty wicked and edgy!
the decision to change the Human-shapped legs into more animal like caughts me a little of guard...
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Fightingpokemonfan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Looks really realistic! I wanted to know if I could use this on my fighting pokemon blog. Will source if you approve. Cheers
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:iconhernameispekka:
hernameispekka Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, love it!
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:iconpocketmonsterlover86:
awsome as always leashe!!
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:iconcoolpikachu29:
CoolPikachu29 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
A realistic humanoid Pokemon that looks realistic but also looks like the Pokemon. Very nice! I like it how you made it more animal than human.
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
This is a really nicely met challenge! The veins, glowing with power is a brilliant touch, which looks like something straight out of a special effects movie monster, and really stand out in the really dark shadows, and creates an imposing aura around this hulking beast. This picture has brilliantly contrasted lights and darks which really sets a mood for the piece. The belt is marvellously handled, down to the last intricately placed fibre of its woven look. It's pretty cool to see the more animalistic features on this machoke, like the raised heels often seen on a quadruped. The face is a little odd to look at after being accustomed to picturing machoke as having the head of a straight dinosaur, but it actually is a pretty accurate representation of the pokémon's face, and looking at it again, it almost gives the vibe of being slightly ape-like, which suits its humanoid appearance. I'd say the chest features could probably be more pronounced, seeing as this pokémon is famous for being a hulking muscle mass, but this is still a really cool pokémon picture, which I thoroughly enjoy.
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:iconhozzey:
Hozzey Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow this is epic. How much would a commision of a snorlax be?
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:iconleashe:
Leashe Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Like this, no background is $50.
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:iconmindslashed:
Mindslashed Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I like the face, the nose especially. But the legs just don't do it for me. An ape-like animal take I could understand, but the canine legs just look wrong to me.
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Dragnia Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student General Artist
fan. tastic ._.
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Animegurl1990 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
I've always been a little iffy on humanoid pokemon too, but out of the fighting type's Machoke has still been a favorite of mine. It's really great to see this new take on him, and I must say, I absolutely LOVE your design :D I'm going to imagine this design whenever I think of Machoke from now on XD Thanks muchly for this awesome Pokemon ^^
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:iconmiyukitty:
Miyukitty Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
I think this turned out really well! Humanoid pokemon are always particularly challenging to redesign without making them unrecognizable... The face turned out especially nice, expressive but not overtly human. :heart:
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Drowno Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ooooo eerie red glow, it either makes him look super human or quite evil :) Love it all the same
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:iconleashe:
Leashe Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! They're super tough pokémon haha
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:icondrowno:
Drowno Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I wasn't the biggest fan in the games but they do kick butt :)
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:iconcacash89:
cacash89 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Pure Awesome.
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Skavenloft Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks cool, but shouldn't machoke have a red "marks" on his arms in places where the muscles ripped the skin..?
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:iconleashe:
Leashe Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, in the description I explain my choice of making those marks into unharnessed energy that make his growing veins glow.
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Skavenloft Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aye aye sir o7
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:iconmiyukitty:
Miyukitty Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
That is called a 'stretch mark', and is explained in the artist comments. :aww:
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:iconskavenloft:
Skavenloft Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see...
I think that veins are not enought badass, but this is your deviation, so if you say, that veins looks the best here - you are 100% right:D
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goblincreations Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student General Artist
that machoke is the scariest damn machoke ive ever seen! xD omg!
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CountChristoph Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012   Writer
I do like the more animalesque Design; however, something in the Musculature doesn't look quite right. It may simply be the Positioning, but I think the upper left Arm is oddly thin compared with the Right...
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:iconleashe:
Leashe Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
fixed, thanks!
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:iconinkqubus:
Inkqubus Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very well done, Leashe! And MAchoke (along with other humanoid pokemon) ARE hard to do.. But I think you did this perfectly <3
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Johnny-Snow Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
I showed this to my ranchor and he started drooling in a way that made me uncomfortable...
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:iconkoyukuk:
Koyukuk Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The next old spice guy?
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BuukuStudios Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Rofl... Imma Machoke. Heyah!
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