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Ken Sugimori (Japanese: 杉森建, born January 27, 1966) is a friend of Satoshi Tajiri and illustrator of the original artwork for Pokémon games. He also has developed conceptual artwork for the movies, and illustrates TCG cards and merchandising.
Sugimori's change of style over the years has been noticeable. Initially, he used a stiff, lightly shaded style using watercolors that was very reminiscent of Akira Toriyama's visual style, particularly that from 1989-onwards. However, his now digitally-produced drawings of people and creatures have gradually gained more muscle definition, significantly rounder corners, heavier shading, and more natural and fluid poses.
The character in the Pokémon anime, Kenji (called Tracey Sketchit in the dub), may be a homage to him, especially as both enjoy creating art. This is similar to the way Satoshi (called Ash Ketchum in the dub) is named after Satoshi Tajiri.
For a complete list of cards that Sugimori illustrated, go here.
|Game Title||System||First Sale Date||Position|
|Mendel Palace (Quinty in Japan)||NES||1989-06-27||Character Design/Character Digitalize|
|Smart Ball||SNES||1991-09-13||Character Design|
|Magical Fantastic World||MD||1992-04-24||Director|
|Mario & Wario||SNES||1993-08-27||Graphics|
|Pokémon Red and Green Versions||GB||1996-02-27||Character Design/Pokémon Design|
|Pokémon Blue Version||GB||1999-10-10||Character Design/Pokémon Design|
|Pokémon Stadium (Japanese)||N64||1998-08-01||Original Character Design|
|Pokémon Yellow Version||GB||1998-09-12||Character Design/Pokémon Design|
|Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions||GBC||1999-11-21||Graphic Designer/Pokémon Design/Package & Manual Illustrations|
|Pokémon Puzzle Challenge||GBC||2000-09-21||Pokémon Supervisor|
|Pokémon Crystal Version||GBC||2000-12-14||Graphic Designer/Pokémon Design/Package & Manual Illustrations|
|Pokémon Party mini||mini||2001-12-14||Supervisor|
|Pokémon Pinball mini||mini||2001-12-14||Supervisor|
|Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions||GBA||2002-11-21||Art Director/Pokémon & Graphic Design/Package & Manual Illustrations|
|Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire||GCN||2003-05-30||Designer|
|Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire||GBA||2003-08-01||Special Thanks|
|Pokémon Colosseum||GCN||2003-11-21||Pokémon Games Designer|
|Pokémon Dash||DS||2004-12-2||Pokémon & Package Graphic Design|
|Drill Dozer||GBA||2006-02-06||Designer/Character Designer|
|Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions||DS||2006-09-28||Art Director/Pokémon & Graphic Designer|
|Pokémon Platinum Version||DS||2008-09-13||Art Director/Pokémon Designer & Graphic Designer|
|Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions||DS||2009-09-12||Pokémon Design/Graphic Supervisor|
|Pokémon Black and White Versions||DS||2010-09-18||Pokémon Design/Graphic Supervisor|
|Pokémon Black and White Versions 2||DS||2012-06-23||Pokémon Design/Graphic Supervisor|
|Pokémon X and Y||3DS||2013-10-12||Pokémon Design/Graphic Supervisor|
|Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire||3DS||2014-11-21||Art Director/Pokémon Character Design Director|
|Sega 3D Fukkoku Archives||3DS||2014-12-18||Cover Illustration|
|Tembo the Badass Elephant||Microsoft Windows
|Sega 3D Classics Collection||3DS||2015-12-23||Cover Illustration|
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For a list of cards illustrated by Ken Sugimori, go here.
- 1998-07-18 Pikachu's Vacation (Character Concept Art)
- 1998-07-18 Mewtwo Strikes Back (Character Concept Art)
- 1999-07-17 Pikachu's Rescue Adventure (Character Concept Art)
- 1999-07-17 The Power of One (Character Concept Art)
- 2000-07-08 Pikachu & Pichu (Character Concept Art)
- 2000-07-08 Spell of the Unown: Entei (Character Concept Art)
- 2001-07-07 Pikachu's PikaBoo (Character Concept Art)
- 2001-07-07 Celebi: Voice of the Forest (Character Concept Art)
- 2002-07-13 Camp Pikachu (Character Concept Art)
- 2002-07-13 Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias (Character Concept Art)
- 2003-07-19 Gotta Dance! (Character Concept Art)
- 2003-07-19 Jirachi: Wish Maker (Character Concept Art)
- 2004-07-17 Destiny Deoxys (Character Concept Art)
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Explorer's Guide (Original Manga by Sugimori included with Guide)