We know that zoologists have yet to find and record the existence of a dragon with a fiery tail--or any kind of winged, fire-breathing beast, for that matter. Luckily we have imaginative artists like RJ Palmer, an illustrator who brings Pokemon to life by looking to nature for inspiration.
"The greatest thing about looking to nature for your inspiration, is that nature has generally thought of it all first," Palmer told IGN. "So not being able to make a Pokémon more realistic comes down to you not knowing enough or not being creative enough.
"Before I draw each [Pokemon], I take an hour or two to just research some real animals and gather reference to pull from. Its sort of like looking for pieces made of nature and assembling them into a Nintendo-shaped puzzle."
Check out Palmer's interview with IGN for more insight, and for lots more pictures. You can also visit his Deviantart account, Tumblr, or his portfolio, though be aware that some of his work contains mature content.