CAP 33 - Art Submissions

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This thread is open for WIPs, comments, and final submissions for the design of CAP 33. 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 is not permitted. The following are examples of what counts as collaborative material (this list is not exhaustive):
  • a work made by multiple artists
  • a vision and art direction by a non-artist and execution by an artist
  • a text prompt by a non-artist and execution by image generation software
  • a work by an artist and style transfer by image generation software
At the discretion of the CAP moderator team, posters may be asked to prove a design is they submitted is their own. Posters that fail to provide sufficient evidence of design ownership will be disqualified.

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 one (1) full-sized image, meaning:
    • The image is at most 640 pixels in both width and height.
  • Artists should post links to additional art or use 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.
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, the Main Design included in image tags below that.
  • Any supporting material, if applicable, must be in a section below the main design with the header "Supporting Material". Including this header gives you an additional link back to your submission post from the poll.
  • 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:
    • 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.

Examples of useful supporting material to include:
  • The main design image on a transparent background (for social media)
  • Front/side/top views of your design (for 3D modeling)

Art submissions are due 48 hours after Stat Spread Poll results are posted.

Art Polls

All art polls will contain the Main Design and, if applicable, a link below it 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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A Water/Fairy type eh? After extensive consideration, and much recearch into recent CAP successes, I have figured it out. I know what the people want, nay, what they yearn for.
They want Hemogoblin to have a friend.
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They're a wall, because they're skilled at holding things back, but they're also fast, because they urgently need to go.

I fully anticipate 33, and the next 6 or 7 CAPs will all be based on body parts, and they will then all fuse together to create the "Abominable imitation of Man" pokemon, who will be a 3rd villain legendary akin to Kyurem or Giratina.

Plus, here's an extra special fun fact:
To be perfectly clear, this is a shitpost. I'm not seriously suggesting an MS Paint scribble of a bladder and kidneys for CAP33. There is no WIP tag on top because this design is not being entered for serious consideration.


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it would be a crime if i did not at least try to make a submission for the cap i'm tling i think

tl;dr rays are very associated as "overlords" or "guardians" of the ocean so to speak, which fits well w/ a defensive mon thanks to its large size and also the idea of nymphs in general. they r also very fast too. so enjoy a water nymph ray emperor thing
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If you've been a long-time participant in CAP, this design might ring a few bells! I've previously submitted a similar design for CAP 20, and I thought I'd take a shot reviving this design for CAP 33. As always, this design will absolutely change over time.

Original inspirations:
  • Bubble baths
  • Clawfoot tubs
  • Sauropods
  • Shower caps
  • This ladle
  • Made the design less stiff-looking to evoke Fairy-type over Steel-type.
  • Added bath bombs as an inspiration. Bath bombs are associated with self-care and good aromas, which are both associated with the Fairy-type (e.g. Aromatisse).
To do:
  • Play with proportions.
  • Play with head shape + eyes.
  • Lots of iteration.


In addition: If you're a newcomer, check out my Guide to CAP Art Submissions! This post contains suggestions for how to make a design that appeals to the CAP community.


Edit 2023-09-05: Made overall design more organic-looking. Old:

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This is my CAP33 concept, based on the Melusine.
No of course I didn't bring up Melusines because of Genshin hahahahahahahaha

The Melusine is a French freshwater spirit often illustrated as a lamia or mermaid-like creature, which on its base already checks off the Water/Fairy Typing. On my design I went with a pixiemon body type reminiscent of Mew/Celebi/Lake Trio/etc., and added the Fleur De Lis as a nod to its French origin. The Fleur De Lis is a symbol often used to represent heraldry, defense, nobility, and purity, often encrypted in shields and used as a Coat-of-Arms-- a nod to our Wall concept. Being a pixiemon also kinda enables any stat spread to be more forgiving to it, further banking on the Fast Wall build.

As always, comments, critiques and criticisms are welcome!
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A very early rendition of this concept. It's a combination of shellfish (namely oyster), their pearls, and the popular motif of the goddess Aphrodite rising from the sea on a seashell. Tried to figure out how to make it agile like this, but this rendition already tells me the shell would slow it down. Luckily, I've thought of a different alternative to this idea and I'm super into it. Sooo yea stay tuned I guess :')
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The man was really just drawn on a paper as a basic "get it out of my head design" but tbh I kinda like him-

I was really surprised when people didn't think of a beach ball when thinking of fast but bulky, so it's my idea now you can't steal him from me he is too precious. I'll probably make a digital version of him sooner then later but GOD everyone here knows how bad I am at art so I'm posting the paper drawing for us to remember when this adorable ball was well... actually adorable.

I'll probably make an opinions listing sooner then later too, but dw, from what I've seen most of the things to say are on the positive side.

Comments, critiques and criticisms are always welcome because I would love to approve upon this bouncy balloon of a ball (until ability comes out and we all cry)
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a music box ballerina/stage performer pearl/clam duo! the clam is partially inspired by other horrific sea creatures such as scallops and flounders, and can slam shut to swim at full speed!!

didn't originally realize chillie was doing something similar until i had already started on this but i thiiink this feels decently distinct?


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Quick sketch of an idea I have for a Seahorse, loosely based on Poseidon (mythical/fairy imagery) and warhorses (able to take lots of damage). It has big side fins that give it morphology almost like a hummingbird in flight, to make it have a very fast and speedy "feel" to the pokemon. I'm just kicking around a few elements and seeing if this catches my interest. I'm not sure if I will continue on this design stream or not, but this is what I'm working with at the moment. We'll see how it goes!
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