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Gremlin of the Diamond Caves by TamarinFrog Gremlin of the Diamond Caves by TamarinFrog
And now! Something completely different!

I wanted to challenge myself and I decided to practice some digital painting with a more realistic look rather than cartoon.
I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and proof that I am not a one trick pony. I am quite happy with the outcome. :)

So, I wanted to draw my view of a "realistic" sableye. To me, he is pokemon world's gremlin, mixed with Gollum. Thus, it always amuses me when I see people drawing him with a fur. Since sableye is a creature that can grow diamonds out of his body, I'd say his skin needs to be hard, almost mineral like. This is how I prefer my sableyes. Creepy and gremlin like! :D

Hope you like it! I'd love to experiment with digital painting more. I seriously need to get faster at it. Gotta practice some speed painting. And feel free to give me any tips!

Sableye (c) Nintendo
Some brushes from [link] were used for textures.
[link] was used as a pose reference and inspiration. (I told you I see sableye as Gollum XD)
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:icondelilaskunk516:
Delilaskunk516 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so freaky. In a good way ofcorse.
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:iconsweetlileevee:
Sweetlileevee Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
I'm getting goose bumps
:-)
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:iconcelestialdrake:
CelestialDrake Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I gots one of those. They are creepy XD
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ShadowNight9 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Artist
ok.
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:iconshadownickmcnick:
shadownickmcnick Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
kinda reminds me of gollum. or the falmer from skyrim
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:iconchibimaker:
chibimaker Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Niiiiice realism. 8D
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:iconkikulina:
Kikulina Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
holy holy holy holy holy holy
;v;
so creeepy!!!

nice effects ; D
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:iconsealawayhearts:
SealAwayHearts Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This reminds me of your old style, I really miss you old style. Sure this new one is cute but I kinda miss the older sharper look of your art.
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The time I used pencil linearts? Uuh... I dunno. Gave me more trouble than it was worth. Plus, even my pencil linearts have evolved into more smoother and rounder.
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:iconsealawayhearts:
SealAwayHearts Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
^^; That's the think thought I seem to be interested in rough and sketchy which was your first style that drew me into DA in the first place. I don't mean to be rude and I do like your current style as well I just kinda like older things for some reason. Though I do love how you draw Winslow in your current style. C:
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:icontamarinfrog:
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, I understand. :)
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:iconsealawayhearts:
SealAwayHearts Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
So I'm not coming off as a jerk? ^^; I've seen too many people get hurt from comments I would normally shrug off but not that type of person or they would consider it rude so I just want to make sure so that I can avoid the "I miss your old style even though your new style is great too." Comment in the future. ^^;
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:icontablet-19:
Tablet-19 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I miss her old art style too.
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Axel230 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'll never see Sableyes the same way ever again...
Now this is creepy, which is perfeect for a Ghost type.
You should try this realistic style a bit more often, it's amazing.
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:iconiwannasetstuffonfire:
iwannasetstuffonfire Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My precious
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:iconrabbitcity:
RabbitCity Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really good, but it's extremely creepy.
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:icondmanbossier5599:
Dmanbossier5599 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Amazing detail! Although I think I just found my new nightmare... Great job though.
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:icongreenauralizard:
GreenAuraLizard Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Wow. That's amazing!
And I do agree with you, a harder skin would be better than fur. It makes sense.
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:iconmissingnoghost:
MissingNoGhost Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
*Gives it a hug*
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:iconscourgefeather:
ScourgeFeather Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
:icongollumplz: :iconsaysplz: He better not steal my preciousssssssss.....



Great pic though! I especially like this because gollum is my fav character!
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:iconsongarri0125:
songarri0125 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I would more than likely freak if this was real.
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:iconsarani-chan:
sarani-chan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Artist
wow it looks really unique but you can still see it's roots in the pokemon sableye :la:
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:iconcorvus-the-snark:
Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Come on in heeeeeeeere
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AionNoBara Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah... excellent o-o I mean... Very creepy <3
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:iconfantasma-x:
Fantasma-X Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This looks really great, especially for usually doing cartoon drawings rather than realistic! :D
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:icondemonichunny:
demonichunny Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Absolutely amazing ^^ My very first shiny Pokemon was a Sableye so they've always been one of my top favorites ^^
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:iconterranova-3:
terranova-3 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
LOOOOOOOOOOL
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:iconcyborg-ninja2007:
Cyborg-ninja2007 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks a bit creepy, but I can't help but think that it looks somewhat cute. XD
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KateVunza Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
You did a good job of making it look more realistic. Awesome work!

Yeah, I see Sableye as having sparse fur, if any. As a partially ghost-type, I also see it as being... less than solid, if you get my drift.
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witchcat2012 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
so creepy
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:iconshippuden23:
Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Looks awesome.

I always thought as Sableeye as a Gremlin too :D
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ruttitutti Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really digging the overall outcome of this, I agree with you, seeing as Sableye are cave dwellers, I see no real need for fur. I also love the cuts in the ears, it adds a nice touch. :D
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MadMother88 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! Sableye looks like something most would not want to run into :D
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:iconrocketmaster1200:
Rocketmaster1200 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Dang Sableye, why you so scary?
In all seriousness, though, this looks amazing.
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:iconmvfbattleeevee:
MVFBattleEevee Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like how you said "And now! For something completely different!".

Like from Monty Python, right?
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:icontamarinfrog:
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Apparently I did. But that was completely by accident. I didn't now I was referencing them. XD
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Lhumina Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Woah, this is awesome! I really, really like the way you handled the gems. They're so shiny. :stare: C-can't... look... away...
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:iconwanderer619:
Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Looks Cool
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:iconfrofro567:
FroFro567 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
o_o and now Sableye scares me more.....
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MrMadManiac Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist
This reminds me.
I actually based two characters loosely off of Danny and Merry, BehindtG.
They are Mackey the sableye and Palazzo the rotom. They veer towards creepier in that they are not really thieves, but hitmen.
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cyclone8462 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow. This looks amazing!
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SnowHawk7 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can definitely see how you were inspired by Gollum's pose and I agree that it makes more sense biologically that Sableye would have a tough scaly hide versus having fur. Very nicely done and I look forward to hopefully seeing more realistically drawn Pokemon from you in the future, your very good at it.
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CherieBits Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! This is just magnificent!

Like others said, I do agree with you that it's skin should be tougher, and you did an amazing job of portraying that.

The gems are also very nicely done.

Definitly wouldn't want to meet this little guy in a dark alleyway! Hehe
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Keyblade0 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I don't think I would like to see this kind of Sableye while exploring a cave... o.o
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:iconprimal-meridian:
Primal-Meridian Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
"My precious..."
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:iconjamesmarshall2112:
JamesMarshall2112 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand that Sableyes eat gems and minerals...

So, what would happen if a Sableye were to eat the One Ring?
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:icontamarinfrog:
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh dear... :iconhorrifiedscottyplz:
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:iconjamesmarshall2112:
JamesMarshall2112 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Three rings from the Sinnoh legendaries under the lakes,
Seven from the Kanto gyms instead of badges,
Nine from Ghost-types who've long since died,
One for the Sableyes in the Hoen region
In the Cave of Origin where the Sableye dwell.
One ring for breakfast, one ring for lunch
One ring for dinner, and one ring for dessert
In the Cave of Origin where the Sableye dwell."

Yeah... Danny eats the Ring of Power, turns permanently invisible, and starts spouting terrible poetry shamelessly ripped off from the original source material. I could be wrong, but it sounds like an event to be avoided at all costs.
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Valishtu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People draw him with FUR? O.o
I would imagine a more scaly skin or like you said, hard like mineral, but definitely not fur...
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:icontamarinfrog:
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, I see people draw charmander's with fur. XD So yeah...
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