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Team Sassy! by Leashe Team Sassy! by Leashe
We all know it was only a matter of time before I got sucked back into :iconthe-ipl:

New trainer, new team. new beginning!


Alshe is a trainer who hails from the Jhoto region. She spent much of her career as a plant and pokemon surveyor for the parks and forests of the different regions, documenting the health of the ecosystem and pokemon in detailed reports. As she only carried pokemon with her for protection while surveying, she is relatively inexperienced at battling despite being very knowledgeable on the subject, and oftentimes her commands go ignored by her headstrong team. In her free time she enjoys reading and going on walks with her team on her small wooded property.

Name: Alshe (the e is silent)
Gender:♀
Height: 5'5
Age: late 20's

- The Team-

Ruby
Druddigon ♀
(Rough Skin/ Sassy)

-Moves-
Surf
Hyper Beam
Draco Meteor
Flame Thrower

Ruby is a beauty pageant retiree and a true queen. When the dragon craze became the fashion trend in the contest world, she won numerous awards for her bold, bright coloring and eye catching moves ( She was also specifically bred to have tiny wings in order to show off her scales and form). Once more flashy pokemon became popular, she faded out of the spotlight and was kept in a dusty old pokeball forgotten and in isolation. Eventually she was sold to the black market where trainer thugs attempted to turn her into a ferocious monster. Her size and rough skin were her only protection from the much more fierce dragon types she was pitted against, and as she was bred for pagents she lacked the fighting spirit and skill needed to survive against the more experienced pokemon. Frustrated, her captors released her into the wild where she was taken in by a rescue sanctuary that Alshe volunteered at in her free time. Seeing such a proud and powerful dragon in a weak, faltering state, Alshe decided to 'adopt' Ruby, not really knowing what she was getting into. As she was nursed back to health, her spirit returned, and now spends her time bossing her teammates around and ignoring her trainers commands in her proud but endearing manner.

Sable
Absol ♀
(Justified/ Timid)

-Moves-
Swords Dance
Will o Wisp
Megahorn
Magic Coat

Sable was Alshe's first pokemon and was her primary escort when she was out in the tall grass for work. Abused by schoolkids because of her undeserved reputation for bringing bad luck, Sable was given to Alshe in elementary school by a teacher who thought they would work well together. Sable loves to get the mail in the mornings, but unlike most absols, her canines are very large and occasionally pierce the morning paper. She's generally very shy but friendly to those she is comfortable around and a complete cuddlebug who loves tummyrubs. One of her favorite treats is a cup of coffee in the morning which she is served at the table after fetching the morning news. In battle she relys on her agility and nimble movements to dodge opponents attacks while she whittles down their hp.

Cinnamon
Sawsbuck ♀

-Moves-
Bounce
Grasswhistle
Double Kick
Flash

Alshe rescued Cinnamon from a daycare that used her for excessive breeding purposes, due to the stress her body endured laying so many eggs, her coat changes forms very slowly, and her transformation phases are often incomplete. She's a very gentle pokemon and occasionally allows other people and pokemon to hop on her back for rides. She loves being brushed, having her ears scratched and laying on the couch after dinner. Cinnamon is even more nosy than Ruby and always likes to know what's happening around her, like her other teammates, she rarely stays in her pokeball.
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colin6969 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Great work on this piece !
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Hardtwon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student General Artist
There is something richer in the coloring style you used compared to your other card and references lovely work!
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CrystalSiren7 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student General Artist
epic!!

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aquafox12 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Haha love the absol!  That's how my dog likes to relax too, with his legs sprawled out XD
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OhNoItsJoshyPoo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
These are wonderful! I love how you actually think of their personalities as individuals rather than just as their species. Great work!
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PokeShoppe Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wicked little absol!!!
:D
Love it!!!
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Hard-Work Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am not trying to be mean but the wings on your druddigon look to small to let it to be able to fly. I am just using constructive criticism
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Leashe Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, sadly Druddigon lacks the ability to fly, and their wings are for soaking in sunlight only 8C

 So partially as a joke (because in my previous druddigon pieces the wings allow flight and a lot of people got pissy)  I made them very tiny. I figure as a pageant Druddigon, she was bred to have small wings so she could show off the rest of her body better too.

Thanks for stopping by!
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nezumi-lord Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
It was the Sawsbuck that won me over. I love the antlers and the braided hair. I ove Winter Sawsbuck soooo much. I would have loved to see what you do with her hoof hair (one of the weird reasons I love the Winter Sawsbuck).
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Leashe Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'll show her off more in battle but her 'feathers' (hoof hair) will be fluffy!
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nezumi-lord Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
I can't wait! You do amazing Winter Sawsbuck Artwork. :)
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Ooh, more pokémon! I almost missed that this was what this was at first! Though maybe that's because I don't recognize Unovan designs as readily.

Ruby does live up to her name with that sparkling, ruby sheen. Your knack for applying resplendent sheen to surfaces is really effective in giving the dragon the look of a show beast with those glimmering scales that shine like the glow of live coals.

Sable sounds like a pretty sweet absol. That expression says it all - this is the overly-submissive bottom rung of the pecking order. That disgruntled glance at Ruby makes one really pity her; no doubt the druddigon casts quite the shadow on the dark type. I kind of like how you made the absol the softie of the team, I definitely like when absols are portrayed something besides stereotypically malicious or dead serious.

Cinnamon's got a pretty cool design, and I especially like how her frosty antlers match Alshe's frosty tips of her hair. The braids are cool too. I was pretty surprised to find out Cinnamon was female at first, as I only just realized sawsbuck aren't sexually dimorphic (sure strange for a deer!). Also the image of a deer popping out eggs (especially a realistically-drawn one like this one) seems funny too. Pretty nice work on drawing her. Also, Alshe must have a pretty big couch. One that can fit a deer on it, wow. 

Nice job with this team, they must look quite impressive in action! Though they don't quite sound like killing machines, but I kind of like that you thought to make pokémon something besides that. Nice work with these four!
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Leashe Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You always leave the nicest comments! I think female Caribou keep their antlers after the male have shed theirs, I drew inspiration for Cinnamon from them.

And yes, Ruby is such a Diva, probably requires scale polishings at least twice a week ;D

And I'm really excited to play around with Sable,  makes sense to me to have them more timid given how people treat them, but like all animals they are probably pretty forgiving when shown kindness.
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JZ5U Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I love that apart from the realistic pokemon theme, you have also given these pokemon ( and trainers) thier own personalities. Like!
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Leashe Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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tophxomi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
more realistic pokemon! yayz!
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WafflezNFries Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Clearly this is bad ass!
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Leashe Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha that sounds better than Team Sassy, my original thought was 'Team Abandoned' I'm really good at this whole naming business.
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TOBproject Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
So awesome! I love it. And not only the details and the realism, but also the composition. It's a lovely piece overall, great job :)
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Leashe Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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5hadowTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh man...so cool
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skeddles Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why do you call them pokemon? Why not just make up your own things?
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KitsuneShinra Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013   Photographer
She calls them pokemon because they are pokemon. Absol, Sawsbuck and Druddigon. Those are her team for the IPL (international pokemon league) group.
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Leashe Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like to draw pokemon between commissions,work, and my own personal art because of a couple of reasons.

1. I'm a really huge fan, and I love to see characters from my childhood 'grow up' with me, this also allows me to meet a lot of like minded people in the pokemon community which is really great!

2. A lot of the projects I work on require a great deal of thought and planning, and sometimes it's nice to have a concept (albeit a very simple one) I can go off of since my free time is fairly limited, and after a hard day of painting (fwp) I'm pretty mentally drained. 'Revamping' pokemon allows me to make a piece in my down time much faster than some of the other projects that I am a part of.

3. I really enjoy doing it, isn't that reason enough? 8D

Hope this answered your question C:
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xKanmuri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG. I love the Druddigon!
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Speras Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
so great! Love how you've drawn Cinnamon the sawsbuck, looks so beautiful! And the absol with the satchel.. ah so adorable! Heart 
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Leashe Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Absol carries all the things!
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XxAmberDragonsxX Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Wow looks amazing!
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IzDatAznPerson Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing work!! i always love all the detail you put into your artworks and your realistic spin on pokemon!!!

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Leashe Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Mad-Plot-Bunny Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Holy shit. You're back @))@
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Leashe Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know! I fell off the face of the earth, and last year was super busy, but I now have some free time and am really excited to battle again!
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Mad-Plot-Bunny Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
You're going to tear up the rankings. I just know it. 
They restarted the whole thing, I am not sure of coming back to IPL yet because I wanna do less pokemon stuff. 
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Leashe Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yeah I feel you, I'm going to do it when I have the free time, and in the mean time work on my career and commissions blah blah. It always was really great practice, something about competition maybe? hmmm. I hope you come back soon as well.
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