Digimon is a franchise that has been around nearly as long as #Pokemon, and the pair have always been compared to each other. However, both franchises are extremely different in how the main characters deal with their small monster partners and their overall missions. While realistic-looking Pokémon are something the majority of people have seen images of, we have not see the same treatment for #Digimon.
Featuring more ferocious-styled beasts, realistic-looking Digimon will leave you wanting a live-action movie. Well, thanks to a highly talented artist Lindsey Wakefield, she has made the digital monsters a reality:
Agumon Evolution Line
Baby Botamon looks too cute for words. Literally covered in a fine black fur, the artist has truly captured the feel of the Digimon. The eyes also look as if they are looking at you, giving the whole image life.
Not as furry as Botamon, Koromon has been drawn with a very textured skin and scales. The teeth have been captured from the sharp-toothed animated Digimon and its eyes pierce you with their dark centers, contrasted against the brightness of the skin.
Agumon is pretty much the #Pikachu of Digimon, and given he is a small raptor, the artist has brought the character into a 3D world. The detail of the scales is impressive, but the head is a perfectly realistic interpretation of the iconic Digimon. You almost feel it is about to say "Pepper Breath" and shoot a small fireball out of its mouth.
Greymon truly looks like a beast that could have been cooked up in the labs of Jurassic World. The sheen on the claws give them a razor-sharp edge and the details in the head makes this look like a true king of the dinosaurs. The energy building in throat also tells you this Digimon is powerful and will always fight with everything it's got.
The metal arm of Wargreymon has a true feeling of honoring the look of the animated character, but perhaps the most impressive part is the wings now being feather-like in appearance. The red, blue and green feathers contrasts the hard metal and scaled body to give a point of beauty to this beast.
When evolved incorrectly, Greymon will digivolve in to the terrifying Skullgreymon. The artist has made the animated horror into a creature of nightmares. The green eyes alone give you a chill as they stare you down. Add to this the terrifying bone structure and visible organs within the ribcage, and this is a Digimon that is terrifying in a realistic form.
Wargreymon is known as the dragon slayer in the Digital World. The artist has truly captured that idea and made Wargreymon a true Mega-Level in its appearance. The clawed gauntlets look like they could really slice through a dragon, and the reptilian features of the character's skin fits the image perfectly.
Gabumon Evolution Line
The artist perfectly captured the jelly-type body of the baby Digimon Punimon. You almost feel the character would be all smooth and cool if you held it in your hands. The eyes also give you this idea of the little Punimon being harmless to anyone and just wanting some attention.
Admit it, you want one. Tsunomon literally looks as cute in a realistic style as it does in an animated form. The horn is perfectly textured, much like a rhino horn, while the mouth and eyes look adorable with a pair of tiny teeth protruding. The fur has also been drawn in a fashion that fits with the original design for the character well.
Gabumon is a reptile of some type hidden under a fur coat. The artist has remembered this extremely well and captured it perfectly. The fur coat has a fuzzy appearance while the legs and body looks rough from the scales.
Betamon has a true fish/amphibian design to it. The Digimon only appeared a handful of times throughout the show, but this represents the style of the Digimon perfectly. The definition and boldness of its red fin has been captured wonderfully against the green and blue body, making it clear to all that this is a Betamon.
Garurumon and Seadramon have a long-standing rivalry, so this choice was perfect by the artist. Garurumon looks like a powerful wolf, and the artist has done well in representing the points coming off the legs and head. The representation of his attack "Howling Blaster" makes you feel the sheer heat and power coming from the attack.
Seadramon looks like a truly devilish serpent. The fish scales have the perfect amount of shine to make them appear realistic. The red tail is perfectly contrasting the green and blue in the body and the mouth is full of serrated, sharp-looking teeth, making it a perfect recreation from the animated form.
Weregarurumon is a mean fighter in the anime and the artist managed to make her version look just as deadly. It does genuinely look like a digital werewolf and the character's clothing has been translated perfectly in the image. You almost feel that drool will start pouring out of the creature's jaws any moment.
Megaseadramon may be defeated in the image, but the detail of its head is impressive. The armored upper-half of the head looks rock solid with a shining, sharp blade coming out at the top. The teeth look like something from a deep sea monster fable, ready to claim prey.
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Guilmon Evolution Line
Gigimon looks like a cute cross between a small dog and a reptile. The image perfectly embraces the cuteness of the character. The red scales are drawn in a way that it looks like this could be a real creature and bat-wing like ears line up in every way with the animated character.
Guilmon is known for being a Digimon of few brain cells, and the artist has achieved that in this image. You look at him and feel he is pretty simple in his way of thinking. But, at the same time, she has captured this Digimon's harmless nature in addition to perfect details in the texture of its scales and ears.
Calumon is perhaps the cutest Digimon in the entire franchise and, admit it, the artist has made hers equally as cute. Giving him a furrier texture was brilliant on the artist's part as it makes him look even more inviting.
Demiveemon is known for being a bit of a mischief while playing to his cute appeal at the same time. She has made hers look cute, but the eyes show they could be thinking of something a little naughtier in mind. Having him chomping down on chocolate is wonderful as it is something the character was seen doing regularly during the show.
Pagumon are naughty In-Training Digimon, and the artist has made him look rather loud, almost as if he is haggling Demiveemon for the chocolate, which would match with their temperament from the show. The downy fur fits the Digimon nicely and makes it look a little sinister with its small, piercing eyes.
Bukamon is an aquatic-type Digimon, and the artist has done a nice job of making this Digimon look like it does belong in the water. The snout matches nicely to the animated counterpart and its orange hair stands out from the brown scales covering its body.
Numemon live in sewers and other disgusting places, and this Digimon truly looks filthy. The artist has brilliantly captured the jelly-form of the Numemon body but remembered its habitat, covering the Digimon in a layer of grime and muck. You also have to love how she added in the pink Nume Sludge to the image.
This image looks like a dragon you could actually see in a fantasy-based movie or show. The contrasting colors give Airdramon a truly deadly look to it. The wings have been drawn in a style that makes you feel you could run your hand over them and feel every vein in the membrane. The fine detail on the scales and varying textures to the skin add to the image and makes Airdramon come to life.
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While she contains herself to monsters of myths and from our planet's past, artist Lindsey Wakefield does have a series of Pokémon drawn in a realistic style. With true artistic skills, Wakefield has certainly shown how Digimon provide a perfect source material for a gripping monster-themed movie. The question is: How would a live-action movie work?
With Digimon focused on a developing a story and threat for the Digimon and their partners to face, you have to wonder how could a live-action version be pulled off. Do you have any ideas that you always thought would work in a live-action Digimon movie? Please leave a comment and let the discussion begin.
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