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Armara by Gerwell Armara by Gerwell
I wanted to paint what Jonh and Janet's homeland looks like! The name of the village is Armara.

The village is supposed to be protected by Latios and Latias (statues of them on the towers), or that's what the legend says anyway, because no one ever caught a glimpse of these Pokémon.
During Janet'a dn Jonh's childhood, the village was rather empty, most people had left for the big towns. But after a Pokémon center (blue roof) opened, new families came to live in the peace of the mountains. The center also serves as a small research facility, hence the researcher's families following them to Almara.
Most of the people living there are old though, and VERY attached to the dragons tradition.
They try to teach newcomers the traditions, to keep them from dying and the village to lose its stories.

Each year there's a celebration in dragons honor, it takes place aproximately at the same time where Magikarps, for their mating season, go up the river to reach the Emerald lake, higher in the mountains.
The celebration attracts a lot of people and trainers, who are willing to fight against the elder dragon tamers.
Lots of battles are organized in front of the town (in a place you can't see here), at the feet of a huge waterfall.
In the evenings there are fireworks, and a special "wishes event", connected to the river in the canyon.
Thus the vilage leaves almost exclusively from tourism, but also from mountains honey, thanks to Vespiquens and Combees.

The tower on the rock pillar is only accessible for people who have successfully tamed a dragon (and who are able to fly over the gap to reach it... >_>) The elders living there teach dragons very good moves and the trainers are given a reward for their success.

The weather is rather humid and hot during the whole year, with a little drop of temperature as a "winter".

The little house in the rocks is old Fugu's. He's an old man than most people consider deranged, or for the least very excentric. He likes to claim that he has been a great trainer by the past, but no one really believes him now.
Jonh and Janet befriended him when they were younger, and they were surprised to see that the old man had some nice things to teach their Pokémons.
No one know his real name, and he insists on being called "Fugu" only.

This surely took place before Jonh left to look for Janet.

Ohlala me and my clichés! :)
I might draw the place where the battles take place, someday.
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CyART-CiprianFlorea Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn it's beautiful :) reminds me of a dream I had :)
marcustherocker Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
callumCRUNCH Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is too awesome! D:
Love the bio, too!
MMSCBF Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This just looks amazing!
Blithegirl Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
This looks amazing Croissant!
fkjghdfg omg you made a Poke town 8D
This looks amazing, i'd totally travel there and bring my giratina, Porkbuns
He can play with the other dragons there haha
I can't imagine living in Old Fugu's house jkshgkdfg deadly afraid of cliffs
But I bet he gets an AMAZING view
nayruasukei Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Student General Artist
Cage-of-Air Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
I was like "Wow this is epic..... holy freakin'-That's a Salamance."


Way more than epic, this is stupendously insane. :DDD
parreira Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
I'm speechless
toxicstrawberryjuice Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
This is so amazing. I love the perspective.
Fedini Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
love that little house and the rocks... : )
Chrysshart Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Very nicely composed. I can just imagine a long flight through cliffs and caverns and then coming around and this beautiful little town just appearing before me. I love all the little details even though it's so far away still.
Gerwell Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Thank you! :)
enonea Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional
beautiful, the lush green on the stones and the fog look awesome
I have but one little suggestion - water falling from a great hight would not stay in such a straight vertical line, particularly if it is not much water (as indicated by the right angle between river and top of the waterfall). It would fade out to a cloudy spray like in this picture [link]
Gerwell Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Aaaah thanks for the ref! ^^
When I painted the waterfall that's what I thought, and tried to do, more or less. The water would actually reach the ground and would vaporize in the air. But I wasn't so sure so I ended up with what you see now. I will retouch it next time I open Photoshop! :)
goatz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
wow dude you're working very hard. i thought you were on vacation ;)
Gerwell Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Vacation = Drawing non-stop. HURRAY!
goatz Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
haha *looks forward to your masterpieces :d
Doodle-Kitty Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it makes me smile because I just finished watching How to Train Your Dragon, and then I see this in my inbox. hahah

lav the rocks, darling~ and the background in general XD
Gerwell Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Lol it just recently hit me that the whole story behind Jonh and Janet had lotsa similarities with HTTYD...Slowwwww.
Doodle-Kitty Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahah does it? XD it just reminded me of HTTYD because of the background, sorry LOL
Saital Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the way your brushwork gets more vague in the background. ^^
Windnstorm Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Very pretty frankie <3
Mikari Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Wow, this is gorgeous..
I LOVE the detail of the rocks and just.. wow. :love:
Saikoyo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Absolutely breath taking.
Doomycaffei Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, I wouldn't want to live in the house on the side of the cliff like that. I would be afraid to fall! :D
It's a nice village though! I really like the overall design! ^^
Gerwell Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Haha so would I. A bit...
deadzebras Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Oh wow, I love the detail in this!
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