As a fun project for myself I created variations of some of the original Pokemon species using combinations of real animals and plants/objects/myths.
The Bulbasaur family is designed with a combination of different toads and bulb-grown plants and flowers. The Charmander family uses different types of dragons based on cultural myths from around the world combined with salamanders from a matching geography. The Squirtle family are a combination of different types of guns and fresh-water turtles. And finally, the Caterpie family uses a range of different butterflies (predominantly east asian species).
I'm aiming to rework and expand on these and compile them into a zine in 2019, so here's a taste of what to expect.