Tomohiro Kitakaze (Japanese: 北風友裕, born April 8th, 1983 in Kobe) is a freelance illustrator. He is an Osaka University of Arts graduate and previously worked at Monolith Soft as a 2D designer, providing concept art for characters, monsters, and machinery. He later worked for Game Freak, again as a 2D designer, providing concept art and designs for Pokémon characters, though it is unknown which specific Pokémon he designed. In addition, he also provided artwork for one card from the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Kitakaze's subjects are initially drawn traditionally, and then enhanced digitally afterwards. His cartoon strips and characters are created in anime style, though his more detailed illustration work draws inspiration from mythical creatures and the occult, sometimes incorporating mechanical motifs.
The following is a list of Pokémon designed by Tomohiro Kitakaze.
|Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier||Nintendo DS||2000-05-29||Staff, Monolith Soft|
|Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions||Nintendo DS||2009-09-12||Special Thanks|
|Pokémon Black and White Versions||Nintendo DS||2010-09-18||Pokémon Character Design/2D Dot Graphics|
|Pokémon X and Y||Nintendo 3DS||2013-10-12||Pokémon Characters Design/Concept Illustration|
|Pokémon Trading Card Game illustration||2011-09||The Pokémon Company|
|GanGan online illustrations||2011-11||Square Enix|
|Dark Bound ~Saiyū Senki~ illustrations||2012-11||Rekoo Japan Co., Ltd|
|Force of Will Trading Card Game illustrations||2013-01||Force of Will Co., Ltd|
- Twitter post by Tomohiro Kitakaze about the Venipede family he designed
- Tomohiro Kitakaze's response to a comment on DeviantArt
- Anime News Network's page about Pokémon Origins. Tomohiro Kitakaze is listed among the original character designers despite not having worked on Pokémon Red and Green and Pokémon Gold and Silver, meaning he is responsible for the only design from Pokémon X and Y in that series, Mega Charizard X.