Pokémon card art life

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Pokémon card art life (Japanese: ポケカアートライフ Pokeca art life) is an official[1] Instagram account operating under the tag @pokeca_art_life that was set up on January 16, 2023. The account's main purpose is to celebrate Pokémon card illustrations following the increased focus on artwork during the Scarlet & Violet Series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Posts on the account contain a short context on what the illustration depicts, as well as the card name and illustrator credit. Both a digital image of the artwork and a digital image of the card are included. Occassionally, new cards are revealed via the new posts. The account has featured illustrations from as early as Generation I, publishing digital images that were previously unavailable publicly.

List of posts

The following is a list of the Instagram account's posts in chronological order. For a list of posts sorted by National Pokédex number, refer here.

Date Images Cards Notes/Official Context
January 16, 2023  
(Illus. Julie Hang)

(Illus. REND)
(Illus. Taiga Kasai)

Bulbasaur (S-P Promo 337)
Arcanine (S-P Promo 338)
Greninja (S-P Promo 339)
The 3 winning artworks from the Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2022.
January 17, 2023  
(Illus. Saya Tsuruta)

(Illus. Akira Komayama)
(Illus. Mizue)

Sprigatito (ex Starter Set 4)
Fuecoco (ex Starter Set 2)
Quaxly (ex Starter Set 2)
Introducing the 3 first partner Pokémon for the adventure in Paldea.
  • The 3 artworks are from the first cards released for these three Pokémon.
January 19, 2023  

(Illus. Akira Komayama)

Charmander (PokéKyun Collection 3)
Charmeleon (PokéKyun Collection 4)
Charizard (PokéKyun Collection 5)
A boy and his Charmander growing up together.
January 24, 2023  
(Illus. Naoyo Kimura)
Exeggutor (Southern Islands 13)
Slowking (Southern Islands 14)
Wartortle (Southern Islands 15)
Pokémon frolicking on the Southern Islands: a scene from paradise.
  • The artwork from the cards came from a postcard released with the promotional set. This was the first time a digital release of the artwork was made available to the public.
January 26, 2023  
(Illus. Uta)

(Illus. Yuka Morii)
(Illus. ryoma uratsuka)

Caterpie (VMAX Rising 1)
Snom (Fusion Arts 28)
Wurmple (Dark Phantasma 4)
Three Worm Pokémon with different evolutions.
January 28, 2023  
(Illus. Kinu Nishimura)

(Illus. Souichirou Gunjima)
(Illus. Akira Komayama)

Friends in Hisui (VSTAR Universe 249)
Kleavor (Battle Region 71)
Gengar (Dark Phantasma 74)
Let's look back at the characters we met while surveying the Hisui region.
January 30, 2023  
(Illus. Narumi Sato)
Beedrill V (Space Juggler 69) Beedrill have arrived in a beautiful flower garden! An artwork that makes one long for warm springtime after seeing the swarm fly around.
January 31, 2023  

(Illus. Jiro Sasumo)

Ralts (Scarlet ex 83)
Kirlia (Scarlet ex 84)
Gardevoir ex (Scarlet ex 101)
A story of a family living with Pokémon. One can feel the bonds they formed form spending time together under one roof.
February 2, 2023  
(Illus. saino misaki)

(Illus. Teeziro)

Marnie (S-P Promo 340)
Serperior V (Incandescent Arcana 84)
February 2nd is Pigtails Day! Whether relaxing or on a trip, we're surely in a good mood.
February 4, 2023  
(Illus. Shigenori Negishi)

(Illus. Amelicart)
(Illus. zig)

Raticate (Night Unison 40)
Bibarel (VSTAR Universe 122)
Dedenne (Scarlet ex 31)
From big, strong front teeth to cute, little overbites.
February 5, 2023  
(Illus. You Iribi)

(Illus. Kanako Eo)

Tate & Liza (GG End 54)
Twins (Clash at the Summit 78)
February 5th is Twins Day! The two of us are a perfect match! Our battle combinations are beyond compare!
February 8, 2023  
(Illus. kirisAki)

(Illus. Hideki Ishikawa)

Arbok (Sky Legend 26)
Weezing (Sky Legend 28)
Two evil looking Pokémon are the perfect pair for Team Rocket!
February 9, 2023   Pikachu V-UNION (25th Anniversary Collection 25) A gathering of 25 Pikachu! Each Pikachu is drawn by 1 of 25 illustrators!
February 12, 2023  
(Illus. Naoki Saito)

(Illus. Shin Nagasawa)

Sandshrew (Cold Flare 31)
Alolan Sandshrew (Ultra Moon 1)
Here are 2 Sandshrew drawn in front of certain towns. Can you guess which towns?
February 13, 2023  
(Illus. Tomokazu Komiya)

(Illus. Ken Sugimori)

Pokémon March (Gold, Silver, to a New World...)
Mary's Request (Golden Sky, Silvery Ocean 98)
It's World Radio Day! It seems you can hear sound coming from the illustrations. What song requests will be heard today?
February 14, 2023  
(Illus. zig)

(Illus. kirisAki)
(Illus. Sanosuke Sakuma)

Pachirisu (Violet ex 84)
Jirachi (PokéKyun Collection 15)
Latias & Latios-GX (Tag Bolt 60)
Since today is Valentine's Day, here are some cute illustrations! Perhaps the secret to conveying your thoughts is in the illustrations?
February 16, 2023  
(Illus. Gemi)

(Illus. Lee HyunJung)

Glaceon VSTAR (VSTAR Universe 217)
Deerling (Silver Lance 5)
Poochyena (Battle Region 49)
Every day is cold, but how are you doing? Let's spend winter together with Pokémon without giving in to the cold!
February 17, 2023  
(Illus. Mina Nakai)
Nidoking (Cruel Traitor 22) "One swing of its mighty tail can snap a telephone pole as if it were a matchstick."

Even though Nidoking is this strong, if you can feel the bond between this gentle parent and his child, hit like!

February 19, 2023  
(Illus. 5ban Graphics)

(Illus. GOSSAN)

Incineroar-GX (Dark Order 32)
Hawlucha (Scarlet ex 45)
Because it's Pro Wrestling Day, here are illustrations of the Heel Pokémon and the Wrestling Pokémon! If these Pokémon stood in a ring, who would you be rooting for?
February 21, 2023  
(Illus. Shibuzoh.)

(Illus. Ryota Murayama)

Vulpix (V Starter Deck 10)
Alolan Vulpix V (Incandescent Arcana 22)
Six fluffy adorable tails. A Vulpix with warmth or a Vulpix that's freezing white, which do you prefer?
February 22, 2023  
(Illus. Souichirou Gunjima)

(Illus. 5ban Graphics)

Radiant Greninja (Battle Region 26)
Greninja-GX (GX Ultra Shiny 216)
It's National Ninja Day. Introducing Shiny Greninja! Black skin and a red tongue are cool!

"It appears and vanishes with a ninja's grace. It toys with its enemies using swift movements, while slicing them with throwing stars of sharpest water."

February 23, 2023  
(Illus. Saya Tsuruta)

(Illus. Oswaldo KATO)
(Illus. Miki Tanaka)

Jigglypuff (Skyscraping Perfection 10)
Togedemaru (Fusion Arts 70)
Wooloo (Skyscraping Perfection 54)
Introducing 3 Pokémon that know Let's All Rollout! If these figures satisfy your thirst to roll around, hit like!
  • Let's All Rollout is an attack that does more damage for each Pokémon that knows Let's All Rollout.
February 25, 2023  
(Illus. Shibuzoh.)

(Illus. MUGENUP)

Luxio (Start Deck 100 141)
Stoutland V (Start Deck 100 350)
Zeraora (Start Deck 100 152)
Introducing cute Pokémon that are only available in Start Deck 100: Deck No. 070! These Pokémon are normally drawn cool: which illustration demonstrates that gap the most?
February 27, 2023  
(Illus. Ryota Murayama)
Charizard V (Star Birth 103) February 27th is Pokémon Day! Because it's the release day for Pokémon Red and Green, we're introducing an illustration of Charizard and Venusaur.

In the high-tension battlefield of strength, who would you be rooting for?

February 28, 2023  

(Illus. Kyoko Umemoto)

Gloom (Wind from the Sea 2)
Gloom (Paradigm Trigger 2)
Gloom sleeping peacefully on a tree! Or so it thought... did it fall from tossing and turning!? Illustrations that depict the humor of Pokémon.
March 3, 2023  
(Illus. Taira Akitsu)

(Illus. Yuu Nishida)

Meowstic (Incandescent Arcana 42)
Meowstic (Single Strike Master 26)
In honor of World Hearing Day, we're introducing two Meowstic cards!

Notice Meowstic's ears. Cute, folded up ears, but eyeball patterns on the interior emit psychic energy!

March 4, 2023  
(Illus. kantaro)


Arven (Violet ex 104)
Mabosstiff (Violet ex 88)
Today, from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, we're introducing Arven and his partner!

The sandwich made by Arven looks delicious! The well-behaved Mabosstiff is waiting at his feet. Illustrations where you can feel the bonds between the two and warm you heart.

March 6, 2023  
(Illus. Kagemaru Himeno)

(Illus. sowsow)
(Illus. Tomokazu Komiya)

Underground Expedition (Split Earth 80)
Skorupi (Shield 37)
Onix (Thunderclap Spark 34)
Introducing Diglett in various places!

Three illustrations where light hits Pokémon living in the dirt. Can you count how many unexpected Diglett there are?!

March 7, 2023  

(Illus. Kouki Saitou)

Sprigatito (Triplet Beat 75)
Floragato (Triplet Beat 76)
Meowscarada ex (Triplet Beat 96)
The growth of Sprigatito, Floragato, and Meowscarada, introducing illustrations drawn with plants!

Both Pokémon and plants bathed in abundant sunlight, the form that grows quickly, illustrations represented using the whole card.

  • This post contained the initial reveal for both Floragato and Meowscarada ex.
March 8, 2023  
(Illus. Kagemaru Himeno)

(Illus. sowsow)
(Illus. Tomokazu Komiya)

Meowth (Double Blaze 67)
Alolan Meowth (Super-Burst Impact 56)
Galarian Meowth (Paradigm Trigger 63)
Introducing three Meowth cards! Notice each Meowth's face!

Spoiled, cool, astonished... Expressive and adorable Meowth. Which Meowth expression do you like?


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