Sanosuke Sakuma

Sanosuke Sakuma (Japanese: 佐久間さのすけ Sakuma Sanosuke; born October 31, 1990)[2] is a freelance illustrator living in Kanagawa,[2] who began providing artwork for the Pokémon Trading Card Game in 2013, with her first illustrations featured on cards released in the Shiny Collection. During her career with the TCG, she began working as a character designer on Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Sword and Shield, where she created many of the games' various Trainer classes. She draws digitally, opting to use Adobe Photoshop as her application of choice.[2]

Sakuma's icon as of 2024[1]

Sakuma states that she began drawing from an early age with a particular interest in anime and manga, and was head of a manga club while at high school and college. She specializes in producing artwork with cute characters and invoking a warm atmosphere, utilizing a specific color palette and soft drawing style. She also experiments with different styles, including anime, impasto, and watercolor, and likes to convey a sense of motion in images that require it.



The following are a list of characters designed by Sakuma.

Generation VIII
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Doctor (male)[3]
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Doctor (female)[3]
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Office Worker (male)[3]
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Office Worker (female)[3]
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Poké Kid (male)[3]
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Poké Kid (female)[3]
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Worker (male)[3]
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Worker (female)[3]
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Police Officer[3]


This is a collection of official Pokémon artwork drawn by Sakuma.

Other games

This is a collection of other Pokémon games that Sakuma has contributed artwork to.

Green and Blastoise Legacy Trainer Showdown Event art[4]


This is a collection of official Pokémon merchandise that Sakuma has contributed artwork to.

There are 149 cards illustrated by Sakuma. For a list of cards she has illustrated, go here.

Other artwork

This is a collection of other promotional Pokémon artwork that kurumitsu has contributed to.

3DS theme
Boss Outfit Pikachu[7]
3DS theme
Lapras Ride[7]


Pokémon & GAME FREAK Releases

Title Platform Release date Position
Pokémon Sun and Moon Nintendo 3DS 2016-11-18 Trainer Graphics Design
Pokémon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch 2019-11-15 Character Design
Pokémon UNITE Nintendo Switch 2021-07-21 Key Art

Other works

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Title Date Position
Moonga Online Trading Card Game[8] 2011 Illustration
Hachikami! contest Quasi Excellence Award[8] 2011 Illustration
How to Draw Comics Ultra Beginners[8] September 21, 2012 Illustration
Force of Will Trading Card Game[8] 2012— Illustration
Cardfight Vanguard Trading Card Game[8] 2017 Illustration
Digimon Trading Card Game[8] 2020 Illustration
Insect Quest Play Encylopedia for Kids[8] 2023 Character design


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