CAP 30 - Art Submissions

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NOTE: CAP 30 is a framework CAP, so parts of the CAP process will be altered from traditional CAP processes. Please pay close attention to the new sections when posting in this thread, highlighted in green.


CAP 30 So Far


This thread is open for WIPs, comments, and final submissions for the design of CAP 30. Over the course of the art thread, CAP will decide on all competitive abilities, defining moves, and base stats. While the art thread is open now, we recommend that you follow along the competitive process and to hold off on investing heavily into a design until defining moves, competitive abilities, and base stats are decided upon.

Posting Rules

***All material in both the main design and supporting material must be your own. Using another piece of art for inspiration is allowed, but derivative art is not, and blatant plagiarism will result in warnings or bans depending on the severity.***

Collaborative material (such as work made by multiple artists or a vision and art direction by a non-artist and execution by an artist) is not permitted.

Posting Frequency

Intentionally or unintentionally, thread-hogging tends to be more prevalent in the art submission thread compared to other CAP threads. In order to ensure that everyone has a reasonable chance to showcase their designs and air their opinions, thread-hogging will be moderated. If you wish to add new comments or art, but don't want to hog the thread, please consider editing your most recent post to add new content.

Posting Rules: Artists
  • Artists can post any work-in-progress (WIP) artwork in order to solicit feedback or to help develop ideas. WIP artwork does not need to conform to the standards of a Main Design. It can be in any medium or stage of completion, but it must be related to an original art design by the poster.
  • Do not post to state your intended design. You may not reserve an idea for yourself.
  • Do not post questions asking for help in making art. For art resources on Smogon, check out Smeargle's Studio.
  • Do not post inconsequential updates to designs. Only if you have made a significant change should you post an update in the thread.
  • Do not bump art or beg for feedback. If no one comments on your design, consider the silence to be your feedback. Also, check out the CAP Discord channel or the CAP PS Room for open real-time discussion on CAP art.
  • Images posted are subject to the following rules:
    • They must be in .jpg, .png, or .gif format.
    • They must be hosted on a reliable image hosting service (such as Smogon forums or Imgur). Do not use the 'Attach a photo' tool on messaging apps (e.g. Discord). Do not use Iaza or Ezimba.
  • Each post should contain no more than two (2) full-sized images, meaning:
    • The image is at most 640 pixels in both width and height.
  • Artists should post links to additional art or use linking thumbnails. Each thumbnail can be no larger than 160 pixels in either dimension. Any number of thumbnails can be included in a post.
  • The sizing rules apply to the original image only. Using the forum "resize" tool will not change the original size of the image.
  • The use of hide tags does not circumvent or alter any of the image posting rules.
  • Do not include any information in your post that will be decided upon in future CAP process steps. This includes:
    • Naming your design
    • Designing pre-evolutions for your design
    • Naming your design's formes
  • In addition, do not do the following, as the CAP mod team + winning artist will decide this after art polls:
    • Naming your design's custom held item
Posting Rules: Commenters
  • Please DO post constructive feedback for artists.
  • Do not post ideas or images to serve as inspiration for artists or attempt to commission an artist in the thread to render your idea.
  • Do not declare any artwork as "the winner" or make similar comments to that effect. Such posts are insulting to all the other competing artists.
  • Do not comment that a design does or does not "look like a Pokemon/Digimon". There is no artistic style guide for Pokemon and therefore such comments are unable to be substantiated or refuted.
  • Do not repost images from the thread. When quoting a post, remove any images.
Final Submission Post

All artists must make a final submission post conforming to the following rules, including those for the Main Design, in order to be included in the art poll.
  • The post must have "Final Submission" (in bold) as the first line.
  • Below that, the post must have two images that follow the Main Design rules. The first image must represent CAP 30b, and the second image must represent CAP 30i. Do not give your designs "forme names".
  • Below that, the post must have the header "Supporting Material". Including this header gives you an additional link back to your submission post from the poll.
  • As part of your supporting material, you must include a section with the header "Held Item", followed by a text description and/or supporting image of your design's held item. Do not give the held item a name as part of the text description.
  • All supporting art must be included as links or as linked thumbnails no larger than 160 pixels in either dimension. Do not include full images of supporting art in the final submission.
  • Only make one (1) final submission post. Artists are welcome to work on multiple designs and get feedback from the community, but only one design can be submitted for final consideration. If you wish to alter any aspect of your final submission, then edit your post. Do not make a new one, even if you delete your original post. Any deleting and re-posting will be treated as bumping and is subject to moderation.
By making a final submission:
  • The artist gives the CAP project permission to use the submitted art for CAP and related projects. The artist also consents that the design can be interpreted by other artists for the CAP project and for other promotional purposes.
  • Should the design become the winning design, the artist should be prepared to answer any flavor questions about his/her design for the remainder of the CAP cycle. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Forme names
    • Held item name
    • 3D model
    • Pokedex data (weight/height/color)
Artists cannot submit any artwork that has been previously or that is currently used by another project not affiliated with CAP. The winning CAP artist agrees to not later use the winning design for another project or contest not affiliated with CAP.

Main Design

The main design is intended to follow the same general posing and layout as the "Official Art" for existing in-game Pokemon. It must be suitable for display on the CAP Pokedex section of the CAP Website and any other CAP propaganda where a picture of the Pokemon is needed.

The comparison to 'Official Pokemon Art' is only applicable to the basic content of the main design; it does not imply any standards or guidelines regarding artistic style or rendering technique.

The following rules of content must be followed for the Main Design:
  • The image must consist of a single Pokemon on a plain white background. The background cannot be transparent.
  • The image must be a 2D digital or scanned traditional drawing. 3D media and photos are not allowed. Pixel art is permitted, as long as it is not intended to mimic the look of in-game sprites.
  • No part of the Pokemon may be cut off by the canvas.
  • The Pokemon must be in full color.
  • The design must have a distinct outline on the entire subject in contrast to the subject and background. Colored outlines are allowed but must not obstruct the clarity of the design.
  • No part of the design can be blurred into the background or blended into the background in any way.
  • No props, action effects, move effects, or additional objects can be rendered on or around the Pokemon. If a prop is part of the Pokemon's basic design (i.e. Conkeldurr's pillars), then it is acceptable.
  • The image must not include offensive or obscene imagery, or be intended to mock or insult the project or other users.
  • The image must be in .jpg, .png or .gif format.
  • The image must be at least 320 pixels and at most 640 pixels in both width and height.
  • The image without whitespace must be at least 50% of the width and height of the canvas.
  • The image must be hosted on a reliable image hosting service (such as Smogon forums or Imgur). Do not use the 'Attach a photo' tool on messaging apps (e.g. Discord). Do not use Iaza, Ezimba.
The rules for main designs will be strictly enforced. Do not make comparisons to in-game Pokemon designs or to past CAP designs to determine if your design is in compliance with these rules. Some in-game Pokemon designs and past CAP designs do not conform with the current CAP art submission rules, and emulating those designs is not an acceptable excuse for breaking the strict interpretation of the current rules.

Supporting Material

There are almost no rules when it comes to supporting material. Action scenes, movement studies, interaction with other Pokemon, animations, sculptures, and cartoon strips are all allowed. Non-art supporting material is also allowed. This includes detailed descriptions of the art, background data, stories, etc. All supporting art and information must be related to the main design in some way.


Art submissions are due 48 hours after Stat Spread results for both formes are posted.

Art Polls

All art polls will contain both Main Designs and a link below titled "Supporting Material". This will link to the artists final submission post, if applicable. All final submissions conforming to the rules above will be slated.


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First impression of a Poison/Flying with Tinted Lens meant that I had to work in pilot goggles somewhere, and seabirds affected by oil was an obvious go-to for the type/ability, so I combined elements of both air and ocean pollution for this initial attempt. The oil gunking up the dual wings helped to also incorporate the biplane design of some crop dusters, so hopefully this isn't overly complicated. In before the second ability absolutely ruins me.


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Welcome back folks! My first impression for a good poison/flying design is the carrion consuming trash eating Marabou Stork. With a hat! Tinted Lens for the 30i ability come from its dead eye stare, and I'm thinking about making the hat the item design, but we shall see.
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Eyyo since the bird meta is strong in this art thread, may I interest you in a c-c-c-combo breakerrrr?! FORBIDDEN TECHNIQUE: FLYINGSQUIRRELNINJASKUNK!

This is my CAP30 WIP design, based on a combination of the Skunk and the Flying Squirrel.

This is a very rough concept, attributing the Poison Typing to the Skunk elements while giving it the silhouette and form of a Flying Squirrel to justify the, well, Flying typing. So to round it out and glue the two inspirations together, I opted for a ninja theme which gives it extra personality and tie in with this CAP's role of Utility Wallbreaker.

This is supposed to be the Non-Tinted Lens forme. I haven't decided yet on the hold item, but it will most likely be ninja-themed as well. SHURIKEN SHAPED VISOR LEZGO

As always, comments, critiques and criticism is greatly appreciated!

So I’ve been brainstorming about Medusa and Pegasus. I feel Medusa is a good middle ground for tinted lens and poison as the obvious connection between snakes and poison, but also how Medusa’s power comes from her eyes. So the eye is a focal point of this design. In the myth, after Medusa is beheaded, Pegasus is born from her blood, so the idea here is that the genes/spirit/what have you of Pegasus already exists within her… and so came the flying Medusa design, with some traits of a harpy to round it out. This form leans heavily into Medusa/harpy, so I’m thinking the second form will more more Pegasus oriented.

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WOOOOOOO it's art time! Here's my initial idea: a flying, forbidden book drenched in ink. It's got a cephalized quill/fountain pen on top, with an eye in the middle. It's a super rough, not very personable design as of now, but I'm looking forward to developing it (and others!) over the coming month. Depending on what 30b's ability becomes, I may head down a different route.

Can't wait to see all of your amazing ideas!

EDIT (9/10/21): Below are some body shape ideas. New constants: bookmark arms and a more radial ink pattern.

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I'm also playing with the inkwell idea a little more, too! (Pictured below.) Maybe it freaks out when it gets dunked and goes berserk. The jar itself, or the ink inside, could very well be its Tinted Lens.

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There are certain species of frogs that can glide, and certain types that are poisonous, so they are combined here (plus some bonus supporting material of it sleeping, gliding, and licking its eye bubble/lens).

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I noticed that plague doctors and phantom thieves have a similar aesthetic in that they're both associated with wide-brimmed hats and cloaks--not to mention that a few specific phantom thieves in popular culture have a bird motif. Usually, this would be a case where I'd combine the two ideas, figure out a third, fourth, etc. to give the design more depth, but in this case, I left the two alone as different spins on the same idea. The very early stages of these designs can be characterized as a "plague doctor by day, phantom thief by night" sort of thing. :P

This is the first thing that came to mind, so I wanted to get the idea out of the way. I'll be jotting more ideas down and figuring out where to go with those (maybe after we get our other ability, though). That being said, I'm pretty busy currently and I'd need to draw two images for CAP 30, so I'm not sure if I'll submit anything at all this time around.

Note that the colors in the image are placeholders.

Inspirations include:
  • Crows (A Hat in Time)
  • Phantom Thieves of Hearts (Persona 5)

It's a quetzalcoatl, also known as a feathered snake! 30b (on the left) is resembles actual birds with wings and a fancy tail, whilst for 30i (on the right) its hood puffs up and reveals a hidden eye pattern. The long tail splits in two to resemble a snake's forked tongue.

I'm definitely happy with how 30b turned out, but for 30i I might mess with the hood pattern and the proportions a lot more since I think the tail is currently too long.
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This is my first ever CAP submission so I apologize if I’m doing something wrong!! (o^^o)
I thought an appropriate inspiration for a Tinted Lens wallbreaker would be an assassin/musketeer. Finding a color scheme that really “popped” was tough, but I like how the neon pink and green gives it an almost radioactive look. The wings being a cape also gives an easy form change—some ideas for 30b could be that it either lifts up the cape to use as wings or cloaks itself in it (as pictured). I’m going to wait to experiment too much with 30b until its role/ability is decided.

I think the biggest issue I’m going to work on with this design is that it looks like a dark type. I’m going to experiment with designs that make it a little less “evil” looking, and more ”swoop-down-in-a-cape-poison-attack-and-murder” looking. (^ω^)

edit: thank you for fixing my formatting!!!

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Iteration 2 of the sludge-covered aviator bird. Flamingo proportions were used here to ease it closer towards "final form" bulk while still retaining the concept. The legs help but I'm less satisfied with the wings here.

The fact that we're working on the secondary form first instead of the main has certainly made conceptualising these things a challenge. I've already considered the possibility that the other form would be based on secret agent and espionage elements, and then it hit me - polonium umbrella assassin bird! The face and tail are based on the radioactive bullet umbrella, with Tinted Lens coming in the form of telescopic eyes for this vicious, venomous vulture. I'm told that the radioactive symbols on the thighs are a little overkill, but the feet are meant to vaguely allude to a plane's landing gear, underlining this guy's role as a weakness-piercing, stomach oil-hurling messenger of death. The "wings" aren't so much wings as they're meant to be hands holding onto a glider implement, which would be able to fold up like the umbrella in the original form. Sort of an Incarnate versus Therian vibe? It's also occurred to me that I might have reimagined Coco from Foster's Home from Imaginary Friends and her hodgepodge anatomy, except instead of gacha eggs this bird lays polonium doom vomit.

(Yeah, some sea birds can actually vomit stomach oil to incapacitate predators and rivals, who knew?)

Had to drop my first drawing cus it was overcomplicated but I knew there was something in there. Here is the second go: a mon born from factory pollution, smog clouds and acid rain. I pulled from some genie inspirations as well as making it a bit of an objectmon with the chimney head. Not sure if this will be form 1 or 2 but second form is in the works

Had to drop my first drawing cus it was overcomplicated but I knew there was something in there. Here is the second go: a mon born from factory pollution, smog clouds and acid rain. I pulled from some genie inspirations as well as making it a bit of an objectmon with the chimney head. Not sure if this will be form 1 or 2 but second form is in the works
Wanted to pop in and say this is super dope, good job!! It looks like a lot of the discussion for 30i is leaning towards being more of a tanky mon—I could definitely see this design being a waller :)

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My design is a tardigrade (also known as a water bear).

Tardigrades are famed for their longevity because under adverse conditions, they shrivel up into a cyst until the environment is favorable again. I thought this is perfect for a pokemon with two forms. My tardigrade is a war blimp when it's hydrated, and has half of its legs crumple into wings when it's desiccated.

With my current design, I'm emphasizing the scrappy survivor aspect of the cyst stage rather than its defensive attributes, with the cyst stage as the offensive 30i form, and the hydrated tardigrade is designed to look bulky. However I could just as easily swap it so the (probably defensive) 30b is a hardy cyst and the offensive 30i is a frail war balloon.

The hydrated tardigrade design can fit with many of the abilities we're currently considering for 30b, especially Thick Fat and Water Bubble, but also things like Corrosion and Filter.
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