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Struggle by Ommin202 Struggle by Ommin202
Life lessons from pokemon: In life, if you don't struggle, then you are coasting. It's in the times when we have trouble that we find places to improve.
The picture is a reference to the useless pokemon Magikarp. It only had one ability that could be used 15 (edit:40!) times; after that it defaulted to the move "struggle" which hit itself for a good chunk of damage too. But no matter how much he sucked, or injured himself, he kept trying, and one day, became an awesome laser-beam-spitting death-eel.

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The Magikarp and Gyarados are the pixel versions so they should be copyright to Pokemon, but I got them off the Pokemon wiki and
The font was from here: [link]
Major thanks go to :iconthelegendofage:. Our conversation led to this idea, and the words are almost exactly something he said.
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There are many great things about this photo and also some bad... The Border is great but simple and matches the style, The Magikarp looks a little dated where is the Gyarados looks much newer (that may have been the style you were going for not 100% sure)...

What really makes this photo is the quote and I like that, very good quote. Your quote is aplicable to almost everyones lives and hey even mine, it's a very true and really has a large impact. Great job on that ;)...

Other than that great photo, great job and keep up the amazing work...
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Please, I hope I don't offend anyone with my critique!! And so, first off, I'd like to commend you on this wonderful poster that speaks very powerful to all those who recognize the Pokemon series!! The powerful words, images and insinuations in this piece speaks for itself, that 'If you don't struggle, you don't improve'.

Personally, I have not seen a Motivational quite like this, so I speak for myself when I commend you on the originality and ingenuity of this piece. Though, I'd like to suggest that you use more means to display these Pokemon, other than merely taking them off the Pokemon Wiki and editing them. And also, the background color, blue, strikes me as an odd choice, seeing as the Gyarados is also blue and so, the background does not completely provide a contrast to the images. But, we'll manage!

Still, I have to commend you for your imagination in creating this piece! The font of this piece, I have to add, compliments this piece perfectly, seeing as Pokemon is a game and you have used a gaming styled font. But the thing that, again, impacted many of us the most in this piece is the message.

The message that if you don't struggle, you won't grow just hits many of us right in there! And again, coupled by the fact that you used THE Magikarp as an example, you've connected with so many people through the use of Pokemon.

So, bravo on this pure genius piece! Overall, it really is a wonderful piece and words to remember in the struggles of life! Good job!!
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Literri Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I honestly find this so amazing; what a wonderful analogy
OrpheusEx Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
This or Pokemon steroids.
AirSharkSquad Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
I meant to say, Like Nintendo, Wii U sales don't improve if they don't struggle. Sometimes, you just got to struggle in order to improve the sales of your new console.
AirSharkSquad Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Like Nintendo, they can't improve if they don't struggle.
TwitchyTail Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most clever, cute and well touching thing I've seen expesualy of pokemon related that I've seen in a while. I love it and wish I had more things to express just how much but all I have is awe so that'll have to do. I hope there will be a print of this someday.
Ommin202 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, thank you, I really appreciate that! Kind words always make me so happy inside. Every once in a while I look for artists to draw the copyright pixels and re-release it as a real print, but no one ever seems that interested :(
majormana Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
So trrue. Their is always room to get better no ones perfect you can always improve and sometimes their will be struggle to improve what you are pratcing though will forever big me that gyardos is water/flying type not water/dragon type.
Z3LO Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
better use my rare candy 
PizzaNinja7 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so awesome, I love it. I just started my soul silver agian and this is my first game where I have a magikarp in my team! It barely learned tackle a few days ago. Keep fighting on, you're almost there!
DaCuteSnowbunny Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Lol, this is so funny. xD Everyone always looks down on the Magikarp... until it evolves. xD
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