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Hajime Kusajima

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Hajime Kusajima (Japanese: 草嶋一) is an illustrator for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Kusajima has been providing artwork since Pokémon VS and over the years, he has changed his style several times. During the e-card era, Kusajima's method consisted of watercolor and ink, but he also used varying intensities depending on the Pokémon portrayed. In some cases he used light tones with thin outlines, but for more dominant images, switched to deeper colors with heavier brushstrokes and thicker outlines. During the early EX era, he switched to a more computer-aided style with solid colors and tone highlights that gave an almost cartoon-like appearance. It was also during this time that he began to use often very colorful or detailed backgrounds in order to create contrast. Towards the end of the EX era, he expanded on this style by using much heavier outlines, larger areas of shadow and more vivid colors while also experimenting with his original style to produce soft and realistic images by effectively using light and shadow. He would not illustrate any other cards until the Stormfront expansion, where he again demonstrated the variety of his coloring techniques over the coming sets. Some featured plainly colored images and others with varying brushstroke effects, while some featured extremely deep colors and areas of shadow, as well as the complete opposite with images highlighted with intense light. For a list of cards he has illustrated, go here.

Works

Games

This list is missing several credits

Title Platform Date Position
Tsuutenkaku PlayStation 1995 Graphics
Tenshou Gakuen Gekkouroku PlayStation 2 2006 Graphics
The Promise of Haruhi Suzumiya PlayStation Portable 2007 Graphics

External links

Kusajima's personal site (under construction)