Tomokazu Komiya

Tomokazu Komiya[1]
Artwork by Tomokazu Komiya

Tomokazu Komiya (Japanese: こみやトモカズ Komiya Tomokazu; born 1973) is an illustrator who has provided art for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, as well as several Pokémon Tales books. His illustration style is well known within the Pokémon community particularly due to his deformed and loosely colored images. This is intentional, as Komiya is a practitioner of Primitivism, an art movement that takes inspiration from themes or stylistic elements of prehistory, tribal cultures, or children's art.

For the 2023 "Pokémon x Van Gogh" art collaboration, Komiya contributed illustrations of Sunflora and Smeargle, inspired by Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers and Self-Portrait as a Painter, respectively.




Title Date Publisher
Ready, Set, Dodo! (Pokémon Tales #16) (no English release) 1997-11 Shogakukan
Nazonokusa's Hide and Seek (Pokémon Tales #29) (no English release) 1998-04 Shogakukan
Heart-pounding Sand (Pokémon Tales #39) (no English release) 1998-12 Shogakukan
The Important Feeling 2000-07 Futami
Corsola's Brave New World (Pokémon Gold & Silver Tales #9) 2002-08 Shogakukan
Contact with the Sea 2005-07 Shinpusha
The Mysterious Drum (Pokémon Daisuki Tales #8) 2007-07 Pokémon Daisuki Club

Work for the TCG

Tomokazu Komiya has been illustrating cards since the Expansion Sheet 1 expansion. Komiya exaggerates the features of Pokémon in his art, particularly facial and bodily proportions, focusing on the eyes or length of the face. He often uses vibrant colors or unusual tones to create a stark contrast between the Pokémon and the background environment. He also varies his style to convey different feelings in his art, using soft blotches of color to emulate placidity, or using very deep areas of color and rapid brushstrokes to give a dominant feeling. Thus far, Komiya has illustrated 260 cards. For a list of cards he has illustrated, go here.


  1. "A Conversation with Two Pokémon TCG Official Illustrators Kouki Saitou and Tomokazu Komiya." Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2022 Column

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