The recent Pokémon Direct had an announcement trailer for Pokémon Sword & Shield, which included a look at the three starter Pokémon that will be available in the Galar region. The Water-type starter is a chameleon-like lizard called Sobble, which has already earned a huge fanbase online.
The Pokémon Sword & Shield fans who love Sobble will likely lose some of their affection for the Pokémon when they see what it would look like in real life, as the artist who is responsible for his famous drawings of realistic Pokémon has uploaded his interpretation of Sobble online.
RJ Palmer is a famous artist and illustrator who shot to fame with fans of Pokémon thanks to his realistic (and often terrifying) drawings of what realistic Pokémon would look like. Palmer's work caught the attention of the developers of the Pokémon series and led to him being hired to work on Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, where he contributed new designs for classic Pokémon that would be appearing alongside real actors in the film.
The production of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu has wrapped and the film is due to be released soon, allowing Palmer to create an image of a realistic version of Sobble from Pokémon Sword & Shield, which was uploaded to his DeviantArt page and can be seen in the image above.
The reaction to new Pokémon designs in Detective Pikachu has been mixed, with some classic Pokémon (like Lickitung and Mr. Mime) sporting a terrifying new look. It seems that realistic Pokémon work a lot better as still images than they do in motion, though the effect might be lessened when seeing them in action for extended periods of time, as we have only been given brief glimpses of the Detective Pikachu Pokémon in trailers.
We aren't likely to see any of the starters from Pokémon Sword & Shield in Detective Pikachu, as there might have been a risk of their designs leaking early if they had been included in the film. There is a good chance, however, that we may see Scorbunny, Sobble, and Grookey in the sequel to Detective Pikachu, which has already been greenlit.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu will be released on May 10, 2019.