Sanosuke Sakuma (Japanese: 佐久間さのすけ Sakuma Sanosuke), born October 31, 1990, Kanagawa Prefecture, is a freelance illustrator 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.
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. For a list of cards that Sakuma has illustrated, go here.
The following are a list of characters designed by Sanosuke Sakuma.
Artwork to celebrate her work on Pokémon Sword and Shield
Artwork of Green and Blastoise for Pokémon UNITE's Legacy Trainer Showdown Event
|Pokémon Sun and Moon||Nintendo 3DS||November 18, 2016||Trainer Graphics Design|
|Pokémon Sword and Shield||Nintendo Switch||November 15, 2019||Character Design|
|Moonga Online Trading Card Game illustrations||2011||EverdreamSoft SA|
|Hachikami! illustration contest Quasi Excellence Award||2011||Tinami|
|How to Draw Comics Ultra Beginners illustrations||September 21, 2012||Seibundo Shinkosha|
|Force of Will Trading Card Game illustrations||2012—||Force of Will Co., Ltd.|
|Pokémon Trading Card Game illustrations||2013—||The Pokémon Company|