Artist Turns Adorable Pokémon Characters Into Hideous Creatures

  • Artist David Szilagyi reimagined classic Pokémon characters into heinous beasts
  • His inspiration is classic but dark literature
  • He quit a job in the video game industry to pursue his passion project
Pokemon Pictures Scary Art
via David Szilagyi / Patheon

These Pokémon pictures are sure to give every child, and possibly some adults, nightmares. Artist David Szilagyi turned beloved Pokémon characters into hellacious monsters and his work is absolutely enthralling.

The inspiration for these Pokemon pictures and portraits comes from not only a love of the classic game but a young life captivated with the work of incredibly dark artists.

“I was raised on Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark, Beksinski, H.R. Giger, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, H.P. Lovecraft, Guillermo Del Toro, Pokemon, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Dead Space, F.E.A.R., Slender, Silent Hill, Akira, The Guyver, among many other wonderful classics,” he explains on his  Patreon page. “I love the worlds and lore that these experiences provide me, and I’m here to give that experience back to the world, one horrific image at a time.”

In his former working life, David worked as a concept artist in the video game industry. He quit because his heart just wasn’t in the work and followed his true passion.

Check out some of David’s fantastic work and his talent for turning Pokémon characters into grotesque beasts.

094 – Gengar manipulates shadow magic to raise the dead and fracture reality. Witnesses claim seeing Gengar call shadows and corpses to sprout wires and bleeding mounds of varicose flesh. Gengars infect the minds of pokemon and humans, causing fractal lacerations on its victim's eyes and skin. ?? There's always pressure to do well on a piece like #Gengar, and there's always commentary in my head saying that it will never be "perfect." The only way I've found to silence this inner critic is to really sit down and feel out what is awesome about this piece, and this series for /me/. And slowly I painted a Gengar that I knew I would love. Like one of my friends told me years ago, "Follow your Weird." Acknowledge the commentary going on in your mind, and you'll find your way of maneuvering through it.  Stay beautiful, everyone, catch you in the next piece! ???????? #pokemon #pokemonfanart #pokemonart #creepypokemon #creepy #creepyart #horror #horrorart #terrifying #terrorart #nightmare #nightmarefuel #fuel #nightmarefuelart #scary #art #fanart #illustration #conceptart #conceptual #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #instaartwork #instaart #instaartist #instaartists

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093 – Haunters evolve by fusing with other Gastlys, creating a hideous amalgamation of spiritual energy. In an effort to mimic humans, Haunters possess freshly deceased townspeople and use their limbs and vocal cords. It's common to see a freshly hung body flailing and screaming, when its neck was broken an hour prior. ? Hope your Friday is going great! Work deadlines are a beast, but I'm heading out for a weekend for a wedding and relaxing in York. I LOVE YOU ALL. Keep being awesome. I love this series, and I love sharing it and seeing everyone enjoy it. I'll catch you in the comments! ?? #pokemonred #pokemonblue #pokemon #pokemonfanart #pokemonart #creepypokemon #creepy #creepyart #horror #horrorart #terrifying #terrorart #nightmare #nightmarefuel #fuel #nightmarefuelart #scary #art #fanart #illustration #conceptart #conceptual #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #instaartwork #instaart #instaartist #instaartists #awesomeart

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#091 – Cloyster Cloysters leak hair, teeth, and liquids from its inner skull and shell. They spray volleys of toothed spikes and jets of diseased water at their prey. They pull wounded pokemon and humans inside of their shells and retreat to the toxic depths, slowly killing and devouring them for days at a time. Real talk: Feels good to be back ? Seriously, you're the best community I could have ever asked for. It's been a roller coaster getting here with learning the limits of work stress and emotional stress, but it feels right getting back into this series. Thank you everyone for being here and enjoying the stories and art that I love making. Thank you for sharing and GETTING TATTOOS OF MY WORK WHICH IS AWESOME AS HELL TO SEE. You're all incredible and beautiful humans XD  #pokemonred #pokemonblue #pokemon #pokemonfanart #pokemonart #creepypokemon #creepy #creepyart #horror #horrorart #terrifying #terrorart #nightmare #nightmarefuel #fuel #nightmarefuelart #scary #art #fanart #illustration #conceptart #conceptual #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #instaartwork #instaart #instaartist #instaartists #awesomeart

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Ivysaurs, in their bloody evolution, strangle and consume their victims for nutrition. They feed on bones and organs of pokemon and humans alike, storing additional bodies and food in its horrific back flower. Unconscious and poisoned victims will wake up in horror and feebly struggle for escape. For well fed Ivysaurs, fingers and hands of past dissolved victims line the openings between the petals, giving them a horrifyingly effective display of their appetite. They gnash their teeth, endlessly, and never blinking. Their leaves pulse with blood of its victims. ?????????????????????????????? www.patreon.com/David_Szilagyi ?????? Happy Anniversary! Creepy Pokemon started last year today on May 4th 2016. series and the community that's come together because of it! You all make this awesome. Keep being amazing ?????????????????? #pokemonred #pokemonblue #pokemon #pokemonfanart #pokemonart #creepypokemon #creepy #creepyart #horror #horrorart #terrifying #terrorart #nightmare #nightmarefuel #fuel #nightmarefuelart #scary #art #fanart #illustration #conceptart #conceptual #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #instaartwork #instaart #instaartist #instaartists #awesomeart

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088 – Grimer ???????? New story here! https://www.patreon.com/posts/8682986 (CONTAINS EXPLICIT SCENES OF VIOLENCE/GORE) ???????? Because who doesn't love a little predatory dissolving bloody goodness on their Mondays! ?? To the new fans, and the nearly-year-long followers, thank you all for your love and appreciation. I love making this art, and with every piece I post, the writing and art get better and better. While I can't sell any of this art due to The Pokemon Company's stance on derivative works, it's still a great time making my own little world here. My Kanto. My happy little nightmares XD I love you all and I'll catch you for the next piece! ??????? #pokemonred #pokemonblue #pokemon #pokemonfanart #pokemonart #creepypokemon #creepy #creepyart #horror #horrorart #terrifying #terrorart #nightmare #nightmarefuel #fuel #nightmarefuelart #scary #art #fanart #illustration #conceptart #conceptual #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #instaartwork #instaart #instaartist #instaartists #awesomeart

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Slowpoke, you're not supposed to eat Pikachu like that! ????? Horror story for Slowpoke's Pokedex at:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/7803115 Again, you're all absolutely amazing fans. I've been getting a little busier with another project recently, but I made a promise to get all 151 Pokemon completed. And that's what I plan to do! Thank you for all of the amazing comments and love. Catch you for the next piece! #pokemonred #pokemonblue #pokemon #pokemonfanart #pokemonart #creepypokemon #creepy #creepyart #horror #horrorart #terrifying #terrorart #nightmare #nightmarefuel #fuel #nightmarefuelart #scary #art #fanart #illustration #conceptart #conceptual #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #instaartwork #instaart #instaartist #instaartists #awesomeart

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Geodudes, located primarily near Mt. Moon, are known for their bloodlust and cunning. Burrowing into mountain passes, they dig disease-ridden pits of wires, body parts, and a slurry of irradiated fluids. They lay over their pits, waiting for unsuspecting travelers or convoys to pass over them. Soldiers from the Pewter City Milita claim seeing these creatures burrow empty holes in minutes, and attacking caravans along with Machamps. www.patreon.com/david_szilagyi Thank you everyone for joining in the community! I have been insanely busy with work and recording and commissions, but it's so worth it. So good.  I'll catch you all later, come download this week's Patreon rewards and get full HD commentary footage of my work process! ?????? ?????????????????? #pokemonred #pokemonblue #pokemon #pokemonfanart #pokemonart #creepypokemon #creepy #creepyart #horror #horrorart #terrifying #terrorart #nightmare #nightmarefuel #fuel #nightmarefuelart #scary #art #fanart #illustration #conceptart #conceptual #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #instaartwork #instaart #instaartist #instaartists #awesomeart

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Check out more of David’s work on Patreon , Instagram  and Facebook.

And if you want to go back to the adorable Pokémon pictures you that that won’t act as nightmare fuel, check out these unbelievable Pokémon Go-inspired products, these weird but true Pokémon stories and absolutely hilarious Pokémon signs.

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