Illustration contests

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Illustration contests are contests in which entrants are invited to create artwork of requested Pokémon in an effort to have it featured on a card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The majority of these contests have only been open to residents of Japan, with many earlier competitions held in Shogakukan publications, such as CoroCoro Comic. Wizards of the Coast and The Pokémon Company International have also held contests in North America and many other countries worldwide during their tenure. The following is a list of contests held in conjunction with the TCG.

Pokémon Card Game Illust Artist Contest

The first illustration contest was publicized in the November 1997 issue of CoroCoro Comic, released on October 15, 1997 and invited readers to draw and submit their favorite Pokémon. The winning entries were announced in the January 1998 issue of CoroCoro Comic, released in December 1997. Three entrants received the Best Award, each of them receiving 20 copies of a Pokémon trading card featuring their illustration and a special Pokémon Illustrator promotional card. These cards were subsequently printed as part of Expansion Sheet 1, available in special vending machines from March 23, 1998. Twenty entrants were also selected for the Excellence Award, all of them receiving a Pokémon Illustrator promotional card. One hundred entrants received the Special Award, each of them receiving a 1998 Pokémon Original Calendar.

Outside Japan, the winning Snorlax card would inspire Wizards of the Coast's Create-a-Snorlax Pokémon Card Contest. Twenty-five years after its original release, the winning Mr. Mime would be printed in English for the first time as a part of Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic.

Illus. Yuuki Kawamura
Illus. Keita Takahashi
Mr. Mime
Illus. Kasumi Matsuda

Mewtwo's Counterattack Commemoration Illust Artist Contest

Another illustration contest was publicized in the May 1998 issue of CoroCoro Comic, released in April 1998, in commemoration of the upcoming Pokémon movie in July of that year. The contest invited readers to create their own original card of either Mewtwo or Mew, and was divided into two categories: illustration and attacks. The winning entries were announced in the July 1998 issue of CoroCoro Comic, released in June 1998. One entrant received the Best Award in terms of illustration and attacks, receiving 20 physical copies of their card and a Pokémon Illustrator promotional card. This card was later printed as part of Expansion Sheet 3, available from November 24, 1998. Four entrants received the Excellence Award in the illustration category and three entrants received the Excellence Award in the attack category, each of them receiving a Pokémon Illustrator promotional card. Thirty entrants received the Special Award, each of them receiving a Mewtwo's Counterattack and Pikachu's Summer Vacation teaser poster.

Illus. Kazuhiko Nishihara

Pikachu's Summer Vacation Commemoration Illust Artist Contest

A third illustration contest through CoroCoro Comic was publicized in the June 1998 issue, released in May 1998, commemorating the upcoming Pikachu short attached to Mewtwo's Counterattack. This contest was similar to the previous one, with both an illustration category and an attack category. Winning entries were announced in the August 1998 issue of CoroCoro Comic, released in July 1998. The four entrants selected for the Excellence Award in both the illustration category and attack category each received a Pokémon Illustrator promotional card. Thirty entrants received the Special Award, each of them receiving a Pokémon Pikachu. The winner of the Best Award was unable to be contacted; as such, their artwork was not turned into a card, and they did not receive a prize.[1]

CoroCoro Best Photo Contest

CoroCoro Comic held another contest in May 1999 and invited readers to take interesting pictures of Pokémon from the recently released Pokémon Snap and submit them in the Best Photo Contest. The top five winning entries had their artwork featured on reprints from Expansion Pack. The five winners each received 20 copies of their card.

Photo. Yuuki Tanaka
Photo. Hiroyuki Sasaki
Photo. Yuka Matsubara
Photo. Ryouichi Abe
Photo. Mina Akuhara

64 Mario Stadium Best Photo Contest

Much like the CoroCoro Comic photo contest, the TV Tokyo variety show 64 Mario Stadium also held a Best Photo Contest in May 1999. The top five winning entries had their Pokémon Snap photographs featured on reprints from Expansion Pack.

Unlike the CoroCoro Comic contest, only 15 of each of these cards were distributed to each of the winners.

Photo. Natsu Sato
Photo. Tsukasa Hosono
Photo. Miyuki Ogino
Photo. Yui Tanaka
Photo. Kaori Samoya

Pokémon Trading Card Game League Create-a-Card Activity

On January 6, 2001, Wizards of the Coast provided Pokémon Leagues with special "create-a-card" activity sheets to commemorate the new play season and release of the Neo Genesis expansion.[2] These activity sheets prompted players to create a fan-made card using a provided template. As no entries would be turned into real cards, entrants were encouraged to be as creative as possible when designing art and mechanics, following the theme of creating a new Baby Pokémon card. League players who earned the Zephyr Badge were eligible to submit a completed card to Wizards of the Coast, and all entrants received a copy of _____'s Pikachu (Wizards Promo 24).

Submissions were separated into three age range categories: 10 & under, 11 through 14, and 15 & over. They were judged based on the quality of their art and game mechanics, with other "surprise categories" that were announced alongside the winners. Sixteen favorites were published to Wizards of the Coast's website in March 2001.[3] Although Wizards claimed the contest had no true winners, the artists of the chosen favorites each received ten copies of the rare 1st Edition stamp variant of Pikachu (Wizards Promo 1) as a prize.[4]

The panel of judges included the following Wizards of the Coast staff:[2][5]

  • Jenifer Hunter, Pokémon TCG League Developer
  • Miranda Horner, Pokémon Online Media Managing Producer
  • Jayne Ulander, Pokémon TCG Art Director
  • Teeuwynn Woodruff, Wizards R&D Game Developer
  • Master Trainer Mike, Pokémon TCG Community Manager
  • Dark Master Trainer Mike, Wizards Customer Service Manager
  • Master Trainer Pat, Wizards Customer Service Representative
  • Dark Apprentice Steve, Wizards Customer Service Representative

The templates used in this competition were also used for side activities at events such as the Super Trainer Showdown Long Beach and Pokémon TCG East Cost Tour. While these activities were not competitions, some of the staff's favorites were posted to Wizards's website.[6]


Due to the nature of the contest's theme, most of the winning entries feature fake Pokémon, in a rare official acknowledgement.

League Create-a-Card Winners
Best Art (10 & under)
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Illus. Cameron M.
Best Overall (10 & under)
PTCGLCAC BestOverall10Under.jpg
Illus. Samantha R.
Best Game Mechanic (10 & under)
PTCGLCAC BestMechanic10Under.jpg
Illus. Kevin R.
Dark Master Trainer Mike's Favorite
Illus. Wayne E.
Best Art (11 through 14)
PTCGLCAC BestArt11To14.jpg
Illus. Eddie R.
Best Overall (11 through 14)
PTCGLCAC BestOverall11To14.jpg
Illus. Alexandra G.
Best Game Mechanic (11 through 14)
PTCGLCAC BestMechanic11To14.jpg
Illus. Justin V.
Jenifer Hunter's Favorite
PTCGLCAC JHFavorite.jpg
Illus. Claudia D.
Best Art (15 & over)
PTCGLCAC BestArt15Over.jpg
Illus. Jan B.
Best Overall (15 & over)
PTCGLCAC BestOverall15Over.jpg
Illus. Sue J.
Best Game Mechanic (15 & over)
PTCGLCAC BestMechanic15Over.jpg
Illus. J.T. M.
Master Trainer Mike's Favorite
PTCGLCAC MTMFavorite.jpg
Illus. Michael F.
Best Family Entries
PTCGLCAC BestFamily1.jpg
Illus. Sharon S.
Best Family Entries
PTCGLCAC BestFamily2.jpg
Illus. Devin S.
Master Trainer Pat's Favorite
PTCGLCAC MTPFavorite.jpg
Illus. Cesar D.
Dark Apprentice Steve's Favorite
PTCGLCAC DASFavorite.jpg
Illus. Terri S.

Create-a-Snorlax Pokémon Card Contest

In early 2002, Wizards of the Coast ran an illustration competition for an English version of Keita Takahashi's winning Pokémon Card Game Illust Artist Contest entry. From February 10th to March 21st 2002, Pokémon League participants could illustrate a Snorlax on a provided flyer and mail it in for consideration. In April, twenty submissions were randomly selected as finalists and uploaded to Wizards's website, where the public could vote for a winner using a ranking system. The chosen image was illustrated by Craig Turvey.

According to Turvey, he was announced as the winner at E3 2002, when he visited Wizards of the Coast's booth and asked who won. For winning, Turvey's League received a plaque framing his original artwork and a copy of the promo card; Turvey received multiple copies of the promo card.[7] The card was released publicly through Pokémon Leagues in August 2002. The winner of the contest was not announced outside of E3 before distribution of the card.

Illus. Craig Turvey


Information regarding the identities of the finalist artists has not been found through archives of Wizards's website.

Create-a-Snorlax Finalists
CAS Snorlax1.jpg
Illus. Craig Turvey
CAS Snorlax2.jpg
CAS Snorlax3.jpg
CAS Snorlax4.jpg
CAS Snorlax5.jpg
CAS Snorlax6.jpg
CAS Snorlax7.jpg
CAS Snorlax8.jpg
Illus. SailorClef[7]
CAS Snorlax9.jpg
CAS Snorlax10.jpg
CAS Snorlax11.jpg
CAS Snorlax12.jpg
CAS Snorlax13.jpg
CAS Snorlax14.jpg
CAS Snorlax15.jpg
CAS Snorlax16.jpg
CAS Snorlax17.jpg
CAS Snorlax18.jpg
CAS Snorlax19.jpg
CAS Snorlax20.jpg

Poké Card Creator Contest

Main article: Poké Card Creator Pack (TCG)

The Poké Card Creator Contest was a contest held by Kids' WB! in 2004.[8] Applicants aged between five and fifteen were invited to create an image of one of five pre-selected Pokémon and submit it to Kids' WB! between February 16 and April 10, 2004. Pokémon USA designed five new cards using the winning illustrations. A total of 5,250 Poké Card Creator Packs were distributed in July 2004: 50 packs to each of the five grand prize winners, and one pack to 5,000 first prize winners. The grand prize winners also won a $500 Target gift card.

Illus. Mark Kraus
Illus. Katie Gross
Illus. May Do
Illus. Rowan Laidlaw
Illus. Sylvia Forrest

2009 Pokémon Card Design Contest

In 2009, Shogakukan held the Pokémon Card Design Contest through many of their publications. Entrants were invited to design the artwork for Spiky-eared Pichu Pokémon M and Arceus. Aside from two magazines that held contests for original drawings, each one provided an outline of the requested Pokémon drawn by professional illustrators (whose artwork were also featured on the cards in the Movie Commemoration Random Pack). This contest was restricted to residents of Japan and had varying application periods across participating publications:

  • Kindergarten; Televi-Kun; Elementary School 1st Grade: February 28 - March 31, 2009
  • Elementary School 2nd Grade - Elementary School 6th Grade: March 3 - April 2, 2009
  • CoroCoro Comic; Pucchigumi: March 14 - April 14, 2009
  • Pokémon Fan: March 18 - April 20, 2009
  • CoroCoro Ichiban!: March 25 - April 24, 2009

Cards were distributed in conjunction with theatrical release of Arceus and the Jewel of Life on July 18, 2009.

At the time the contest was ongoing the following distribution figures were published, covering a total of 552 winning entries across twelve of the thirteen publications, broken down into four bands:

  • Highest award (1 winner; 12 total): 100 copies of their winning design and a limited edition Daisuki Club Giratina Nintendo DS Lite.
  • Outstanding performance award (5 winners; 60 total): Jumbo copy of the entry along with a DX Monster Ball DP
  • Special award (10 winners; 120 total): One copy of Pikachu's Ice Adventure DVD
  • Lucky award (30 winners; 360 total): One Garchomp vs Charizard SP Deck Kit

It is believed that this was not how the cards were distributed when the contest ended, however. A previously unmentioned publication, Shōnen Sunday, also ran a contest. None of the jumbo cards which were intended to be awarded to the 60 originally-mentioned runner-up contestants are known to have surfaced. Significantly fewer of these cards have appeared than that of the 2010 Pokémon Design Contest, and it is speculated that each winner may have received between one and thirteen full sets of the winning designs instead of 100 of their own design.

At the same time these cards were released, another Shogakukan publication, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, organized a commissioned Pichu design by Gosho Aoyama, the award-winning illustrator of the Detective Conan series first published by the same magazine. This card was released as an insert in the magazine and formed part of Japan's DPt-P promotional set.

Spiky-eared Pichu Pokémon M
Kindergarten winner
Illus. Shunsuke Takemori
Spiky-eared Pichu Pokémon M
Elementary 1st Grade winner
Illus. Haruka Uekura
Spiky-eared Pichu Pokémon M
Elementary 2nd Grade winner
Illus. Taisei Fujita
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Elementary 3rd Grade winner
Illus. Shoki Nakamura
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Elementary 4th Grade winner
Illus. Arisa Sugino
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Elementary 5th Grade winner
Illus. Meiko Akiba
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Elementary 6th Grade winner
Illus. Mikako Nishizaki
Spiky-eared Pichu Pokémon M
Televi-Kun winner
Illus. Keita Mizuno
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CoroCoro Comic winner
Illus. Hikaru Okawa
Spiky-eared Pichu Pokémon M
Pucchigumi winner
Illus. Mahiro Shinozaki
Spiky-eared Pichu Pokémon M
Pokémon Fan winner
Illus. Shizuka Kusakabe
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CoroCoro Ichiban! winner
Illus. Ryoga Kawai
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Shōnen Sunday winner
Illus. Natsumi Nishiyama

2010 Pokémon Card Design Contest

In 2010, Shogakukan held another Pokémon Card Design Contest through many of their publications. Entrants were invited to design the artwork for Illusion's Zorua and Illusion's Zoroark, again using a pre-drawn template. This contest, much like the one held in 2009, was restricted to residents of Japan. The application period across all publications ran from February 20 to April 2, 2010. Winners were announced on July 27, 2010.

A total of 660 winning entries were chosen across the ten publications, broken down into four bands:

All selected entrants also received the regular prints of Illusion's Zorua and Illusion's Zoroark (660 total).

† The officially published figure for the number of cards each winner would receive according to both the Pokémon website and the Shogakukan magazines which ran the contest was 100. However, in July 2021 an image was shared on eBay of the pack of cards the Pucchigumi winner Miho Sugano received, identifying the Pucchigumi card as "PCG-Z-PLP67-JPN", and displaying the quantity of cards contained in the pack as 200.[9]

Illusion's Zorua
Kindergarten winner
Illus. Megu Taniguchi
Illusion's Zorua
Elementary 1st Grade winner
Illus. Mayumi Fujimura
Illusion's Zorua
Elementary 2nd Grade winner
Illus. Kousuke Mori
Illusion's Zoroark
Elementary 3rd Grade winner
Illus. Ryusuke Mori
Illusion's Zoroark
Elementary 4th Grade winner
Illus. Kozue Omi
Illusion's Zorua
Televi-Kun winner
Illus. Yuta Koike
Illusion's Zoroark
CoroCoro Comic winner
Illus. Kouhei Yoshihisa
Illusion's Zorua
Pucchigumi winner
Illus. Miho Sugano
Illusion's Zorua
Pokémon Fan winner
Illus. Izumi Sakaga
Illusion's Zoroark
CoroCoro Ichiban! winner
Illus. Kazuki Yamane


Unlike the contest ran in 2009, all 660 chosen entrants were showcased on the Japanese Pokémon movie website. Below are the top six entries for each publication, including some additional entries from Pokémon Fan magazine.

Pokémon Art Academy Competition

Bulbanews has an article related to this subject:

The first international illustration contest invited players of Pokémon Art Academy to create original Pokémon illustrations with the opportunity to have their artwork featured on specially created Pokémon TCG cards. Overall, there were three separate instances of the competition:

  • Japan (where the competition was named Pokémon Art Academy × Pokémon Card Game) – open to residents of Japan.
  • North America – open to residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Europe and Oceania – open to residents of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, and Russia (Italy was specifically excluded).

The Japanese competition began first, with the submission period open from December 13, 2014 to February 1, 2015. The North American competition and European and Oceanian competition began simultaneously on February 18 and ran until March 29, 2015. Each competition comprised two categories: Dress-Up Pikachu and Your Favorite Pokémon. Dress-Up Pikachu required players to portray Pikachu in a costume of their design, inspired by Cosplay Pikachu as featured in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Your Favorite Pokémon invited players to create an image featuring any Pokémon. Once entrants had completed their chosen image in Free Paint mode, they were required to upload it to Miiverse and submit it as part of the competition.

The 5 winning entries from each category in the Japanese competition were announced in March 2015. The 3 winning entries from each category in the North American competition and European and Oceanian competition were announced on June 8 of the same year. The top entrants in each competition were selected from a panel of judges including Pokémon Trading Card Game illustrators. Each of the winners received 100 copies of the card featuring their illustration.

Japanese competition

Illus. gogotake
Illus. pikamania
Illus. Mame Akimaru
Illus. Y. Fujishima
Illus. Sayaka Maruyama
Illus. Mio Muroi
Illus. iwaiya
Illus. rina
Illus. Daisuke Ochiai
Illus. Ginga

North American competition

PikachuArtAcademyPromo Xime.jpg
Illus. Xime
PikachuArtAcademyPromo Ashley.jpg
Illus. Ashley
PikachuArtAcademyPromo Me!.jpg
Illus. Me!
Primal Kyogre-EX
Illus. Mireil
Illus. Gosha
Illus. Gabi

European and Oceanian competition

PikachuArtAcademyPromo Lily-Chan.jpg
Illus. Lily-Chan
PikachuArtAcademyPromo Rhivern.jpg
Illus. Rhivern
PikachuArtAcademyPromo Meli.jpg
Illus. Meli
Illus. Phanpy
Illus. Scarlett*
Illus. Peegeray


Illustrator names when originally submitted to Miiverse appear in brackets, where applicable.

Japanese competition

Dress-Up Pikachu winning entries
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan DressUpPikachu1.jpg
Illus. gogotake
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan DressUpPikachu2.jpg
Illus. pikamania (ゆきち)
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan DressUpPikachu3.jpg
Illus. Mame Akimaru (しらたま)
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan DressUpPikachu4.jpg
Illus. Y. Fujishima (おにぎり)
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan DressUpPikachu5.jpg
Illus. Sayaka Maruyama (さやか)
Your Favorite Pokémon winning entries
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan YourFavoritePokémon1.jpg
Illus. Mio Muroi (ダノンミオ)
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan YourFavoritePokémon2.jpg
Illus. iwaiya (イワイヤ)
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan YourFavoritePokémon3.jpg
Illus. rina
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan YourFavoritePokémon4.jpg
Illus. Daisuke Ochiai (メガネ)
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan YourFavoritePokémon5.jpg
Illus. Ginga (☆ゆーり☆)
Notable entries as selected by judging panellists
Entries selected by Mitsuhiro Arita
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan DressUpPikachuNotable1.jpg
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan YourFavoritePokémonNotable1.jpg
Illus. チハヤ Illus. アマナツ
Entries selected by PLANETA
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan DressUpPikachuNotable2.jpg
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan YourFavoritePokémonNotable2.jpg
Illus. っつさん Illus. パンマニ~ア
Entries selected by Kouki Saitou
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan DressUpPikachuNotable3.jpg
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan YourFavoritePokémonNotable3.jpg
Illus. ほしるび Illus. CARDA
Entries selected by Kagemaru Himeno
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan DressUpPikachuNotable4.jpg
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan YourFavoritePokémonNotable4.jpg
Illus. Poké Mania Illus. かまし
Entries selected by Tomokazu Komiya
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan DressUpPikachuNotable5.jpg
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan YourFavoritePokémonNotable5.jpg
Illus. ももん Illus. えのむし
Entries selected by Creatures, Inc.
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan DressUpPikachuNotable6.jpg
ArtAcademyCompetition Japan YourFavoritePokémonNotable6.jpg
Illus. はにぃ Illus. くいダレたろう

North American competition

Dress-Up Pikachu winning entries
ArtAcademyCompetition NA DressUpPikachu1.jpg
Illus. Xime
ArtAcademyCompetition NA DressUpPikachu2.jpg
Illus. Ashley
ArtAcademyCompetition NA DressUpPikachu3.jpg
Illus. Me!
Your Favorite Pokémon winning entries
ArtAcademyCompetition NA YourFavoritePokémon1.jpg
Illus. Mireil
ArtAcademyCompetition NA YourFavoritePokémon2.jpg
Illus. Gosha
ArtAcademyCompetition NA YourFavoritePokémon3.jpg
Illus. Gabi

European and Oceanian competition

Dress-Up Pikachu winning entries
ArtAcademyCompetition EO DressUpPikachu1.jpg
Illus. Lily-Chan
ArtAcademyCompetition EO DressUpPikachu2.jpg
Illus. Rhivern
ArtAcademyCompetition EO DressUpPikachu3.jpg
Illus. Meli
Your Favorite Pokémon winning entries
ArtAcademyCompetition EO YourFavoritePokémon1.jpg
Illus. Phanpy
ArtAcademyCompetition EO YourFavoritePokémon2.jpg
Illus. Scarlett*
ArtAcademyCompetition EO YourFavoritePokémon3.jpg
Illus. Peegeray

Pokémon Card Game Illustration Grand Prix

Another illustration contest began in late 2018 and invited people to create artwork with theme "Pokémon Landscapes".[10] Images were required to feature one of ten pre-selected Pokémon complete with an accompanying background—forests or cities were cited as examples. These Pokémon included: Charizard, Pikachu, Slowpoke, Eevee, Mewtwo, Ho-Oh, Gardevoir, Metagross, Darkrai, and Solgaleo. The competition website included Pokédex entries, official Ken Sugimori artwork and 3D models of each Pokémon by Creatures, Inc.'s in-house art team 5ban Graphics for reference. Only residents of Japan were eligible to enter the competition. The application period was open from December 17, 2018 until March 31, 2019. Entrants could apply up to three times and were required to submit their artwork via the competition website. All entries were reviewed by a panel of judges, which consisted of The Pokémon Company President Tsunekazu Ishihara, Creatures, Inc. President Hirokazu Tanaka, Creatures, Inc. Executive Producer Yuji Kitano, Creatures, Inc. Art Director Kenichi Koga, and TCG illustrators Mitsuhiro Arita, Kouki Saitou, and Kagemaru Himeno.

The competition website included articles that provided information and insight from individuals involved in the creation of the TCG. The first article featured an interview with Kenichi Koga in which he discusses a general overview of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the varying illustration styles that have been an enduring attribute of the TCG, and tips for creating an effective illustration.[11] Interviews with Mitsuhiro Arita[12] and Kouki Saitou[13] were published on the competition website on February 12, 2019 and March 5, 2019, respectively, which explore their methodology of creating an image as well as insights into the interactions between the illustrator and client.

In total, 5,343 entries were submitted. Fifty illustrations that passed the primary screening were published on the competition website on April 26, 2019. The top 8 entries were announced on May 30 and the final positions were announced during the 2019 Pokémon Japan Championships on June 8. One overall winner received ¥300,000, a trophy featuring their name and winning illustration, and had their artwork featured on an oversized TCG card; one runner-up received ¥100,000 and a trophy featuring their name and illustration. The website stated four entries as selected by the panel were to receive ¥50,000, yet five were ultimately included as part of the Judge's Award, as well as an additional Slowpoke Award, chosen due to its popularity amongst the panel. It is unknown if the additional Judge's and Slowpoke Award-winning entries were also given a prize. Entries deemed excellent by the panel were also approached by Creatures, Inc. to produce official artwork for the TCG. Of the fifty artists whose entries were published, nine have since illustrated official cards: winner Yuu Nishida, runner-up Narumi Sato, Slowpoke Award recipient Amelicart; as well as teeziro, Atsushi Furusawa, OKACHEKE, Nagomi Nijo, takuyoa, and Souichirou Gunjima.

Illus. Yuu Nishida


Top 8 entries
Winner Runner-up Judge's Award
PCGIGP Gardevoir3.jpg PCGIGP Eevee3.jpg PCGIGP Metagross1.jpg PCGIGP Slowpoke3.jpg
Illus. 西田ユウ Illus. さとう なるみ Illus. 倉田理菜 Illus. 岡谷亜希
Judge's Award Slowpoke Award
PCGIGP Pikachu2.jpg PCGIGP Solgaleo1.jpg PCGIGP Charizard5.jpg PCGIGP Slowpoke2.jpg
Illus. このは Illus. 北川徹也 Illus. ハナフサ エリ Illus. ア・メリカ
Other showcased entries following primary screening
PCGIGP Charizard1.jpg
Illus. aya
PCGIGP Charizard2.jpg
Illus. 黒井ススム
PCGIGP Charizard3.jpg
Illus. teeziro
PCGIGP Charizard4.jpg
Illus. 野崎 想
PCGIGP Charizard6.jpg
Illus. 古澤あつし
PCGIGP Pikachu1.jpg
Illus. いもむし
PCGIGP Pikachu3.jpg
Illus. 欄外
PCGIGP Pikachu4.jpg
Illus. んまんま
PCGIGP Slowpoke1.jpg
Illus. 雨音はるじ
PCGIGP Slowpoke4.jpg
Illus. おかちぇけ
PCGIGP Slowpoke5.jpg
Illus. くのじ
PCGIGP Slowpoke6.jpg
Illus. 白石貴士
PCGIGP Slowpoke7.jpg
Illus. namakemono
PCGIGP Slowpoke8.jpg
Illus. バクルズ ジョー
PCGIGP Slowpoke9.jpg
Illus. はしむすび
PCGIGP Slowpoke10.jpg
Illus. フジイカクホ
PCGIGP Eevee1.jpg
Illus. 井上茉莉
PCGIGP Eevee2.jpg
Illus. オオウラシオリ
PCGIGP Eevee4.jpg
Illus. 前屋 進
PCGIGP Eevee5.jpg
Illus. ワキサカ
PCGIGP Eevee6.jpg
Illus. わたあめ
PCGIGP Mewtwo1.jpg
Illus. 井上ムラマサ
PCGIGP Mewtwo2.jpg
Illus. 雲丹海苔
PCGIGP Mewtwo3.jpg
Illus. sho
PCGIGP Mewtwo4.jpg
Illus. フジツキ
PCGIGP Ho-Oh1.jpg
Illus. GoldenBoden
PCGIGP Ho-Oh2.jpg
Illus. Tarai
PCGIGP Ho-Oh3.jpg
Illus. 二条和水
PCGIGP Ho-Oh4.jpg
Illus. ほたてぃーの
PCGIGP Gardevoir1.jpg
Illus. takuyoa
PCGIGP Gardevoir2.jpg
Illus. n:go
PCGIGP Metagross2.jpg
Illus. 軍島曹一郎
PCGIGP Metagross3.jpg
Illus. 水野 佑
PCGIGP Metagross4.jpg
Illus. you8
PCGIGP Darkrai1.jpg
Illus. AKI
PCGIGP Darkrai2.jpg
Illus. 犬ビコちゃん
PCGIGP Darkrai3.jpg
Illus. 潤宮るか
PCGIGP Darkrai4.jpg
Illus. J-Dragon
PCGIGP Darkrai5.jpg
Illus. とみなが まい
PCGIGP Darkrai6.jpg
Illus. 西山はな
PCGIGP Solgaleo2.jpg
Illus. きんぎん
PCGIGP Solgaleo3.jpg
Illus. 星見 しょーり

2nd Pokémon Card Game Illustration Grand Prix

A second Grand Prix illustration contest began in Japan in late 2019, this time inviting people to create artwork with theme "Pokémon's Cool Moments". Like the first Grand Prix, submitted artworks were required to focus on one of a number of pre-selected Pokémon. Entrants could select to portray either Charizard, Pikachu, Tyranitar, Milotic, Lucario, Genesect, Wishiwashi, or Zacian. The contest was only open to residents of Japan and entrants could submit up to three illustrations to competition website from the period December 9, 2019 to March 31, 2020. All entries were reviewed by a panel of judges, which consisted of The Pokémon Company President Tsunekazu Ishihara, Creatures, Inc. President Hirokazu Tanaka, Creatures, Inc. Executive Producer Yuji Kitano, Creatures, Inc. Pokémon CG Studio Art Director Atsuko Ujiie, Creatures, Inc. Art Director Kenichi Koga, and TCG illustrators Hitoshi Ariga, Ryota Murayama, and Yuta Otani.

The competition website included articles that provided information and insight from individuals at Creatures, Inc. and official illustrators. The first three articles were reuploads of interviews with Kenichi Koga, Mitsuhiro Arita, and Kouki Saitou that originally published for the first Grand Prix. The fourth article featured an interview with two members of Creatures, Inc.'s Pokémon Card Development Division: Art Design Team Manager Satoru Nagaya and Illustration Team Sub-manager Natsume Suwabe.[14] The pair discuss the response to the first Grand Prix, the impetus for the second, and exploring the "Pokémon's Cool Moments" theme. The fifth article, published on January 31, 2020, featured an interview with illustrator Hitoshi Ariga.[15] The sixth article, published on February 28, 2020, featured an interview with the winner of the first Grand Prix, Yuu Nishida.[16]

In total, 4,050 entries were submitted. Fifty illustrations that passed the primary screening were published on the competition website on May 1, 2020 and the final positions were published on July 17. One overall winner received ¥300,000, a trophy featuring their artwork, and an official TCG card using their artwork; one 2D Excellence Award winner and one 3D Excellence Award winner each received ¥100,000 and a trophy featuring their artwork; five entries as selected by the panel each received ¥50,000. Entries deemed excellent by the panel were also approached by Creatures, Inc. to produce official artwork for the TCG. Of the fifty artists whose entries were published, six have since illustrated official cards: winner Jiro Sasumo, 3D Excellence Award recipient takuyoa, Judge's Award recipient Rianti Hidayat; as well as Taiga Kasai, Nisota Niso, and Shiburingaru.

Illus. Jiro Sasumo


Top 8 entries
Winner 2D Excellence Award 3D Excellence Award Judge's Award
PCGIGP2 Charizard9.jpg PCGIGP2 Wishiwashi4.jpg PCGIGP2 Genesect1.jpg PCGIGP2 Zacian4.jpg
Illus. 次郎 Illus. 楠木 燦 Illus. takuyoa Illus. ヒダヤト リアンティ
Judge's Award
PCGIGP2 Milotic4.jpg PCGIGP2 Tyranitar4.jpg PCGIGP2 Pikachu2.jpg PCGIGP2 Charizard8.jpg
Illus. 白砂かに Illus. スズキイオリ Illus. ノズル Illus. 雉本 ユーヒ
Other showcased entries following primary screening
PCGIGP2 Charizard1.jpg
Illus. N氏
PCGIGP2 Charizard2.jpg
Illus. あいらんど
PCGIGP2 Charizard3.jpg
Illus. カサイタイガ
PCGIGP2 Charizard4.jpg
Illus. せんこんさん。
PCGIGP2 Charizard5.jpg
Illus. にそにそ
PCGIGP2 Charizard6.jpg
Illus. 雲丹海苔
PCGIGP2 Charizard7.jpg
Illus. 金井 亮介
PCGIGP2 Charizard10.jpg
Illus. 橋本ルウ
PCGIGP2 Pikachu1.jpg
Illus. ささしままい
PCGIGP2 Pikachu3.jpg
Illus. みる
PCGIGP2 Pikachu4.jpg
Illus. 魚野景
PCGIGP2 Pikachu5.jpg
Illus. 仁子
PCGIGP2 Tyranitar1.jpg
Illus. ○A
PCGIGP2 Tyranitar2.jpg
Illus. crudefish
PCGIGP2 Tyranitar3.jpg
Illus. シトニ
PCGIGP2 Tyranitar5.jpg
Illus. ナカジマ ユウキ
PCGIGP2 Tyranitar6.jpg
Illus. ひらやま
PCGIGP2 Milotic1.jpg
Illus. えすてぃお
PCGIGP2 Milotic2.jpg
Illus. タケノコノコ
PCGIGP2 Milotic3.jpg
Illus. ぱにぱに
PCGIGP2 Milotic5.jpg
Illus. 畑 健太朗
PCGIGP2 Lucario1.jpg
Illus. AKI
PCGIGP2 Lucario2.jpg
Illus. sgtoon
PCGIGP2 Lucario3.jpg
Illus. ハチ
PCGIGP2 Lucario4.jpg
Illus. 黒井ススム
PCGIGP2 Lucario5.jpg
Illus. 塩見キキ
PCGIGP2 Lucario6.jpg
Illus. 西山はな
PCGIGP2 Genesect2.jpg
Illus. yorikane
PCGIGP2 Genesect3.jpg
Illus. シブリンガル
PCGIGP2 Genesect4.jpg
Illus. タケノコ太郎
PCGIGP2 Genesect5.jpg
Illus. でんぢ
PCGIGP2 Genesect6.jpg
Illus. ユウイチ
PCGIGP2 Wishiwashi1.jpg
Illus. Ca.OF-3
PCGIGP2 Wishiwashi2.jpg
Illus. momo irone
PCGIGP2 Wishiwashi3.jpg
Illus. えぐざ
PCGIGP2 Wishiwashi5.jpg
Illus. 末宮 市悠
PCGIGP2 Wishiwashi6.jpg
Illus. 西廻り航路。
PCGIGP2 Zacian1.jpg
Illus. DyG
PCGIGP2 Zacian2.jpg
Illus. Ho-oh リン
PCGIGP2 Zacian3.jpg
Illus. TAPI岡
PCGIGP2 Zacian5.jpg
Illus. ヤマタカ
PCGIGP2 Zacian6.jpg
Illus. 砂川 宗一郎

Pokémon the Movie: Koko × Pokémon Card Game Illust Contest

An illustration contest was held in the months leading up to the Japanese theatrical release of Secrets of the Jungle.[17] Those wishing to participate were required to follow the official Pokémon movie Twitter account, @pokemon_movie. A digital copy of the application form could be downloaded from there or the official Pokémon the Movie website; physical copies could also be obtained from participating Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores. Entrants were invited to color in a line drawing of Koko and Dada Zarude based on the Tetsuo Yajima illustration used on a promotional Koko card. The application period ran from October 15 until November 15, 2020 and while the contest was not limited to residents of Japan, prizes would only be shipped to a Japanese address. Entrants could apply once per account and were required to post their artwork on Twitter with the hashtag #ポケモン映画カードイラコン, Pokémon Movie Card Illu Con. Teams of parents and their children could submit their artwork for consideration using the additional hashtag #親子賞, Parent-child Award. Children were required to color the line art of Koko and Zarude; parents could color in the background and add more illustrations if they so wished.

Of all the entries submitted, 55 were nominated by a Pikachu Project judging panel to receive a 2-player TCG Movie Original Design Paper Playmat (Japanese: 映画オリジナルデザイン紙製プレイマット) featuring Koko and Dada Zarude. Nominees were notified via Twitter in late November 2020 and their artwork was showcased on the official website on December 23. Of these nominations, four overall winners were selected across four categories: the Director's Award, the Creatures Award, the Parent-child Award, and the Twitter Special Award. The Twitter Special Award was revealed as a surprise category upon the announcement of the results on December 25, and was determined by the artwork that received the most likes up to December 1. Each of the winning entries received a Jumbo card featuring their artwork plus other Pokémon goods, which began to shipped in late March 2021.


Winning entries
Director's Award Creatures Award Parent-child Award Twitter Special Award
PMKIC Koko53.jpg PMKIC Koko18.jpg PMKIC Koko54.jpg PMKIC Koko3.jpg
Illus. にゃべにゃ Illus. うさまる Illus. そうたパパ Illus. にじまあるく
Other nominated entries
PMKIC Koko1.jpg
Illus. あおなぎ
PMKIC Koko2.jpg
Illus. モネォツェル
PMKIC Koko4.jpg
Illus. ちゃま
PMKIC Koko5.jpg
Illus. 五十鈴 吟叶
PMKIC Koko6.jpg
Illus. KAZU
PMKIC Koko7.jpg
Illus. AXEL
PMKIC Koko8.jpg
Illus. かな
PMKIC Koko9.jpg
Illus. なつモン
PMKIC Koko10.jpg
Illus. ジュリ
PMKIC Koko11.jpg
Illus. ハチ
PMKIC Koko12.jpg
Illus. あき
PMKIC Koko13.jpg
Illus. 石動らとね
PMKIC Koko14.jpg
Illus. Moca®︎
PMKIC Koko15.jpg
Illus. せいくん
PMKIC Koko16.jpg
Illus. たこやき
PMKIC Koko17.jpg
Illus. さき
PMKIC Koko19.jpg
Illus. こうた
PMKIC Koko20.jpg
Illus. 手袋てって
PMKIC Koko21.jpg
Illus. アイリ
PMKIC Koko22.jpg
Illus. 夏月 舞
PMKIC Koko23.jpg
Illus. かざと98
PMKIC Koko24.jpg
Illus. ろーあ
PMKIC Koko25.jpg
Illus. そーたろ
PMKIC Koko26.jpg
Illus. moeka
PMKIC Koko27.jpg
Illus. 大鳥あお
PMKIC Koko28.jpg
Illus. さしみ
PMKIC Koko29.jpg
Illus. ミナキ
PMKIC Koko30.jpg
Illus. よもぎ団子
PMKIC Koko31.jpg
Illus. クロイス
PMKIC Koko32.jpg
Illus. あきやま かずや
PMKIC Koko33.jpg
Illus. うさ吉郎
PMKIC Koko34.jpg
Illus. 七星める
PMKIC Koko35.jpg
Illus. ユイくん
PMKIC Koko36.jpg
Illus. 横澤 真理子
PMKIC Koko37.jpg
Illus. seya6
PMKIC Koko38.jpg
Illus. ちくわ1310
PMKIC Koko39.jpg
Illus. さめのま
PMKIC Koko40.jpg
Illus. そらちゃん
PMKIC Koko41.jpg
Illus. ちー
PMKIC Koko42.jpg
Illus. そうちゃん
PMKIC Koko43.jpg
Illus. TOSHI
PMKIC Koko44.jpg
Illus. りひと
PMKIC Koko45.jpg
Illus. そうまくん
PMKIC Koko46.jpg
Illus. WOR
PMKIC Koko47.jpg
Illus. ソラ -Y-
PMKIC Koko48.jpg
Illus. ぷくりん
PMKIC Koko49.jpg
Illus. ひろむ
PMKIC Koko50.jpg
Illus. いつきち
PMKIC Koko51.jpg
Illus. そうすけ
PMKIC Koko52.jpg
Illus. あちき
PMKIC Koko55.jpg
Illus. シェフチェンコ

Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2022

Following the success of the Illustration Grand Prix contests held in Japan in 2019 and 2020, another illustration contest was announced in September 2021 that was expanded to include residents of Japan and the United States.[18] The premise of the contest remained the same as the most recent Japanese competitions: participants were invited to portray one of eight pre-selected Pokémon centered around the theme "The Daily Life of Pokémon". The eligible Pokémon included Bulbasaur, Charizard, Pikachu, Arcanine, Galarian Rapidash, Scizor, Greninja, and Cramorant. The submission period was open between 12:00 PM JST on October 14, 2021 and 11:59 PM JST on January 31, 2022 for Japanese residents and between 8:00 PM PT on October 13, 2021 and 6:59 AM PT on January 31, 2022 for residents of the United States. Entrants could submit up to three unique works to the competition website.

All entries were reviewed by a panel of no less than four judges that included directors and executives from The Pokémon Company International, The Pokémon Company, and Creatures, Inc. President Tsunekazu Ishihara represented The Pokémon Company. Those representing The Pokémon Company International included President Kenji Okubo, Trading Card Game Senior Director Yasuhiro Usui, Graphic Design Director Chris Franc, and Product Marketing Manager Courtney Kim. Those representing Creatures, Inc. comprised President Hirokazu Tanaka, Senior Executive Director Yuji Kitano, CG Studio Art Director and Executive Director Atsuko Ujiie, Senior Project Manager Kota Okamoto, Senior Art Director Kenichi Koga, Art Director Satoru Nagaya, Illustration Director Haru Saito, Illustration Team Associate Manager Natsuki Suwabe, Illustration Team Members Yuki Shikama and Ayaka Hagiwara, and Art Design Team Member Eiji Ide. Established TCG illustrators Kouki Saitou, Tomokazu Komiya, and AKIRA EGAWA were also part of the panel. Eligible submissions were scored based on the following criteria: interpretation and clarity of the theme (40% of score), creativity and originality of the theme (30% of score), and overall design (30% of score).

Five columns were uploaded to the competition website that provided insights into the creative processes involved with the TCG. The first three were available to view upon the launch of the website, while the fourth, fifth, and sixth were uploaded on December 21, 2021, February 28, 2022, and April 27, 2022, respectively. The first column explored the essence of creating illustrations for the TCG and featured input from two directors at Creatures, Inc.'s Pokémon Card Development Division, Satoru Nagaya and Haru Saito, as well as Chris Franc from The Pokémon Company International.[19] The second and third columns featured interviews with TCG illustrators AKIRA EGAWA and Narumi Sato.[20][21] The fourth column delved into the worldwide appeal of the TCG and featured discussions with the Game Director of Creatures, Inc.'s Pokémon Card Development Division, Atsushi Nagashima and the Vice President of the Trading Card Game at The Pokémon Company International, Barry Sams.[22] The fifth column featured interviews with the winners of the previous Japanese Illustration Grand Prix contests, Yuu Nishida and Jiro Sasumo.[23] The sixth and final column featured an interview with TCG illustrators Tomokazu Komiya and Kouki Saitou.[24]

In total, 10,830 entries were submitted. The results of the first round of judging were announced on April 11, 2022, in which the top 300 quarter-finalists were published on the competition website. Results of the second round of judging to determine the top 100 semi-finalists were announced on May 12, 2022, and the final results, of which 20 finalists were selected, were announced on June 10, 2022.

One Grand Prize Winner from either Japan or the United States received a cash value of $5,000/¥550,000 and had their illustration featured on a promotional card. Two total First Runners-Up, one from Japan and one from the United States, received a cash value of $3,000/¥330,000 and had their illustrations featured on promotional cards; two Second Runners-Up from either Japan or the United States received a cash value of $1,000/¥110,000. Fifteen Judges' Award Winners from either Japan or the United States received a cash value of $500/¥55,000. Across the 300 submissions that made it to the public showcase, five artists have since illustrated official cards: winners REND, Taiga Kasai, and Julie Hang; semi-finalist MINAMINAMI Take, and quarter-finalist satoma.

Illus. REND
Illus. Taiga Kasai
Illus. Julie Hang


Winning entries
Grand Prize First Runner-Up (Japan) First Runner-Up (United States) Second Runner-Up
PTCGIC22 Arcanine14.jpg PTCGIC22 Greninja15.jpg PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur15.jpg PTCGIC22 Arcanine15.jpg
Illus. REND Illus. Taiga Kasai Illus. Julie Hang Illus. RossDraws
Second Runner-Up Judges' Award
PTCGIC22 Pikachu16.jpg PTCGIC22 Arcanine36.jpg PTCGIC22 Cramorant7.jpg PTCGIC22 Cramorant12.jpg
Illus. Mingo Illus. Shinnosuke Yajima Illus. Heeyun Chung Illus. Lico
Judges' Award
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash32.jpg PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash16.jpg PTCGIC22 Greninja3.jpg PTCGIC22 Greninja18.jpg
Illus. Maeya Susumu Illus. Xous54 Illus. Aldo Kcomt Illus. kobayamato
Judges' Award
PTCGIC22 Scizor3.jpg PTCGIC22 Scizor5.jpg PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur49.jpg PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur45.jpg
Illus. hashi96 Illus. Katkichi Illus. Aziro Yuji Illus. Pochinokuro
Judges' Award
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur58.jpg PTCGIC22 Charizard24.jpg PTCGIC22 Charizard19.jpg PTCGIC22 Charizard20.jpg
Illus. Takashi Shiraishi Illus. Marina Chikazawa Illus. Miyanose Natsumi Illus. Rondo

PTCGIC22 Arcanine5.jpg
Illus. April Borchelt
PTCGIC22 Arcanine17.jpg
Illus. Steven "Ski" Nosov
PTCGIC22 Arcanine21.jpg
Illus. ista
PTCGIC22 Arcanine22.jpg
Illus. Kinshi
PTCGIC22 Arcanine26.jpg
Illus. Hitotoki
PTCGIC22 Arcanine27.jpg
Illus. Maki
PTCGIC22 Arcanine35.jpg
Illus. Minaminami Take
PTCGIC22 Cramorant3.jpg
Illus. Austin Pettit
PTCGIC22 Cramorant6.jpg
Illus. Christopher Johnson
PTCGIC22 Cramorant9.jpg
Illus. Julie Hang
PTCGIC22 Cramorant29.jpg
Illus. Onomio
PTCGIC22 Cramorant31.jpg
Illus. Tetsu Kurosawa
PTCGIC22 Cramorant34.jpg
PTCGIC22 Cramorant43.jpg
Illus. hatty_san
PTCGIC22 Cramorant47.jpg
PTCGIC22 Cramorant53.jpg
Illus. Naoki Eguchi
PTCGIC22 Cramorant60.jpg
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash3.jpg
Illus. Brenna Johnson
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash6.jpg
Illus. Grace Kraft
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash9.jpg
Illus. Keigo Kawai
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash10.jpg
Illus. LR
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash13.jpg
Illus. n:go
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash20.jpg
Illus. Tokage Kato
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash23.jpg
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash25.jpg
Illus. yukio
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash26.jpg
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash29.jpg
Illus. natsuko
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash30.jpg
Illus. nomichi
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash31.jpg
Illus. Hatsuse Chisato
PTCGIC22 Greninja1.jpg
Illus. 184
PTCGIC22 Greninja2.jpg
Illus. hoshi
PTCGIC22 Greninja7.jpg
PTCGIC22 Greninja10.jpg
Illus. l_aciel
PTCGIC22 Greninja11.jpg
Illus. Melissa Pierce
PTCGIC22 Greninja16.jpg
Illus. Kadoka
PTCGIC22 Greninja19.jpg
Illus. gomashiwo
PTCGIC22 Greninja20.jpg
Illus. Shin
PTCGIC22 Greninja21.jpg
Illus. Spareribs
PTCGIC22 Greninja23.jpg
Illus. Clay yoshirin
PTCGIC22 Greninja26.jpg
Illus. doggo
PTCGIC22 Greninja27.jpg
Illus. Nishiyama Hana
PTCGIC22 Greninja28.jpg
PTCGIC22 Scizor4.jpg
Illus. Jan Apple
PTCGIC22 Scizor9.jpg
Illus. N-shi
PTCGIC22 Scizor11.jpg
Illus. POKImari
PTCGIC22 Scizor12.jpg
Illus. Qchan
PTCGIC22 Scizor13.jpg
Illus. REND
PTCGIC22 Scizor18.jpg
Illus. kemokamo
PTCGIC22 Scizor20.jpg
Illus. savoteri
PTCGIC22 Scizor21.jpg
Illus. nagi
PTCGIC22 Scizor23.jpg
Illus. MAATO
PTCGIC22 Scizor27.jpg
Illus. Makihitsuji
PTCGIC22 Pikachu1.jpg
Illus. Akuru
PTCGIC22 Pikachu2.jpg
Illus. Eggspensiv
PTCGIC22 Pikachu5.jpg
Illus. REND
PTCGIC22 Pikachu7.jpg
Illus. Yellow
PTCGIC22 Pikachu15.jpg
PTCGIC22 Pikachu19.jpg
Illus. Akiwashi
PTCGIC22 Pikachu24.jpg
PTCGIC22 Pikachu25.jpg
Illus. Le Yamamura
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur3.jpg
Illus. Ala Lockhart
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur4.jpg
Illus. Artsy Theo
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur5.jpg
Illus. champi
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur9.jpg
Illus. Jaksin
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur14.jpg
Illus. Josh Floyd
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur32.jpg
Illus. yoss
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur33.jpg
Illus. ayo
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur35.jpg
Illus. Egza
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur42.jpg
Illus. tessy
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur46.jpg
Illus. TamiMakura
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur59.jpg
Illus. nomichi
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur61.jpg
Illus. HATOBA009
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur62.jpg
PTCGIC22 Bulbasaur65.jpg
PTCGIC22 Charizard2.jpg
Illus. Bryce Warner
PTCGIC22 Charizard5.jpg
Illus. Jeffrey Evan
PTCGIC22 Charizard14.jpg
Illus. Sakuma
PTCGIC22 Charizard16.jpg
Illus. tessy
PTCGIC22 Charizard17.jpg
Illus. Torako
PTCGIC22 Charizard23.jpg
Illus. Susumu Kuroi

PTCGIC22 Arcanine1.jpg
Illus. 6_L0V3
PTCGIC22 Arcanine2.jpg
Illus. Adi Astraya
PTCGIC22 Arcanine3.jpg
Illus. AJ Cho
PTCGIC22 Arcanine4.jpg
Illus. ameruu
PTCGIC22 Arcanine6.jpg
Illus. Ava Cuttill
PTCGIC22 Arcanine7.jpg
Illus. Eggspensiv
PTCGIC22 Arcanine8.jpg
Illus. Luke Hoese
PTCGIC22 Arcanine9.jpg
Illus. Maribel Montalvo
PTCGIC22 Arcanine10.jpg
Illus. mori
PTCGIC22 Arcanine11.jpg
Illus. n:go
PTCGIC22 Arcanine12.jpg
Illus. Oliver Hamlin
PTCGIC22 Arcanine13.jpg
Illus. OMATZ
PTCGIC22 Arcanine16.jpg
Illus. Ryo_has
PTCGIC22 Arcanine18.jpg
Illus. zephyrine-gale
PTCGIC22 Arcanine19.jpg
PTCGIC22 Arcanine20.jpg
Illus. aka chiriko
PTCGIC22 Arcanine23.jpg
Illus. kousuke
PTCGIC22 Arcanine24.jpg
Illus. Sakiika
PTCGIC22 Arcanine25.jpg
Illus. nijimaarc
PTCGIC22 Arcanine28.jpg
Illus. meshida
PTCGIC22 Arcanine29.jpg
Illus. rou
PTCGIC22 Arcanine30.jpg
PTCGIC22 Arcanine31.jpg
PTCGIC22 Arcanine32.jpg
Illus. Mari Inoue
PTCGIC22 Arcanine33.jpg
Illus. Chiori Okawachi
PTCGIC22 Arcanine34.jpg
Illus. Ryota Shiina
PTCGIC22 Cramorant1.jpg
Illus. Albert Guo
PTCGIC22 Cramorant2.jpg
Illus. April Borchelt
PTCGIC22 Cramorant4.jpg
Illus. Brian DiGiovanni
PTCGIC22 Cramorant5.jpg
Illus. buboplague
PTCGIC22 Cramorant8.jpg
Illus. Jairo Contreras
PTCGIC22 Cramorant10.jpg
Illus. kanosu
PTCGIC22 Cramorant11.jpg
Illus. Kiki
PTCGIC22 Cramorant13.jpg
Illus. Michelle Flitman
PTCGIC22 Cramorant14.jpg
Illus. Miranda Jacoby
PTCGIC22 Cramorant15.jpg
Illus. Nicholas Cruz
PTCGIC22 Cramorant16.jpg
Illus. Noctem
PTCGIC22 Cramorant17.jpg
Illus. Ogawai
PTCGIC22 Cramorant18.jpg
Illus. Peggy Zisk
PTCGIC22 Cramorant19.jpg
Illus. runeowl
PTCGIC22 Cramorant20.jpg
Illus. Sage Sui
PTCGIC22 Cramorant21.jpg
PTCGIC22 Cramorant22.jpg
Illus. Seika Gabriela
PTCGIC22 Cramorant23.jpg
Illus. Sicong Sui
PTCGIC22 Cramorant24.jpg
Illus. SVLT
PTCGIC22 Cramorant25.jpg
Illus. Toye
PTCGIC22 Cramorant26.jpg
Illus. yonarutogo
PTCGIC22 Cramorant27.jpg
Illus. aikawa kaoru
PTCGIC22 Cramorant28.jpg
Illus. Odo
PTCGIC22 Cramorant30.jpg
Illus. Kunoji
PTCGIC22 Cramorant32.jpg
Illus. satoma
PTCGIC22 Cramorant33.jpg
Illus. Sabatsuka
PTCGIC22 Cramorant35.jpg
Illus. John
PTCGIC22 Cramorant36.jpg
Illus. John
PTCGIC22 Cramorant37.jpg
Illus. Dashimaki Gorilla
PTCGIC22 Cramorant38.jpg
Illus. Designer Ojisan
PTCGIC22 Cramorant39.jpg
Illus. touhudashi
PTCGIC22 Cramorant40.jpg
Illus. nao
PTCGIC22 Cramorant41.jpg
Illus. hashigodaka
PTCGIC22 Cramorant42.jpg
Illus. hachi
PTCGIC22 Cramorant44.jpg
PTCGIC22 Cramorant45.jpg
Illus. fujituki
PTCGIC22 Cramorant46.jpg
Illus. Butasan
PTCGIC22 Cramorant48.jpg
Illus. mogusamaru.
PTCGIC22 Cramorant49.jpg
Illus. yuki
PTCGIC22 Cramorant50.jpg
Illus. yorikane
PTCGIC22 Cramorant51.jpg
PTCGIC22 Cramorant52.jpg
Illus. Chihiro Asaoka
PTCGIC22 Cramorant54.jpg
Illus. Kanami Ogata
PTCGIC22 Cramorant55.jpg
PTCGIC22 Cramorant56.jpg
PTCGIC22 Cramorant57.jpg
Illus. yuto tuibami
PTCGIC22 Cramorant58.jpg
PTCGIC22 Cramorant59.jpg
Illus. hoshikagewataru
PTCGIC22 Cramorant61.jpg
Illus. Tomatou Momoki
PTCGIC22 Cramorant62.jpg
PTCGIC22 Cramorant63.jpg
Illus. Haruka Yokoyama
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash1.jpg
Illus. Aldo Kcomt
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash2.jpg
Illus. ameruu
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash4.jpg
Illus. Chris Weiford
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash5.jpg
Illus. eswannysong
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash7.jpg
Illus. Hailey Scioscia
PTCGIC22 Galarian Rapidash8.jpg
Illus. hashi96
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Illus. mado*pen
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Illus. moneko
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Illus. Oliver Hamlin
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Illus. SinCityYeti
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Illus. Asagi
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Illus. arolnica
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Illus. hajimeikoma
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Illus. Sakanazaka
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Illus. Yukari Kurata
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Illus. Burdrehnar
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Illus. chagawo
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Illus. Diego Lozano
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Illus. Koby Griggs
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Illus. l_aciel
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Illus. punico
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Illus. SinCityYeti
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Illus. umi
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Illus. kuroyagi
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Illus. Nibiiro
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Illus. Hiramushi
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Illus. kouyama haruki
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Illus. maruei
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Illus. atchukoy
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Illus. kaeria
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Illus. Louie Zong
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Illus. mizua
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Illus. osare
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Illus. Stephen McDermott
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Illus. Steven "Ski" Nosov
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Illus. ista
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Illus. okayamatakatoshi
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Illus. SabamisoTaro
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Illus. Nitar
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Illus. Mari Inoue
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Illus. hurudate rino
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Illus. kowamote
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Illus. paseri
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Illus. UMiUSHi
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Illus. Asagi
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Illus. imomushi
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Illus. Ono Emi
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Illus. Tatsuya
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Illus. Tamakilum
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Illus. Hino
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Illus. Peishin
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Illus. yoshimi
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Illus. Aomatu Aika
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Illus. Mari Inoue
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Illus. hinata hokori
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Illus. Mai
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Illus. 6_L0V3
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Illus. Akuru
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Illus. Greg Claver
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Illus. jackie h
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Illus. Jaine Evora
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Illus. Jamari Jackson
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Illus. Jeffrey Evan
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Illus. John Grosjean
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Illus. Josh Floyd
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Illus. Maggie S. Chan
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Illus. Nekia Donkey
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Illus. Nicholas Schukay
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Illus. Oliver Hamlin
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Illus. Paula Socha
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Illus. pmapma
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Illus. Porosuke
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Illus. Quin
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Illus. Sarah Fragela
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Illus. Seika Gabriela
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Illus. shirono_kuma
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Illus. Styraco
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Illus. TEDDY
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Illus. Tiki
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Illus. Wesley Fuh
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Illus. itosaya
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Illus. Shiba Kimika
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Illus. shuro
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Illus. Designer Ojisan
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Illus. Mai Tominaga
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Illus. nekotakokilin
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Illus. midaka
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Illus. otonoha aika
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Illus. Katsura Chiyo
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Illus. KenshiNagataro
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Illus. Tatsuya Sasaki
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Illus. SangatsuMomotarota
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Illus. Shibata Kenshiro
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Illus. Hachi Takashi
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Illus. fukaiao
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Illus. Miyazaki Unica
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Illus. af
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Illus. C Conrad
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Illus. Canvas
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Illus. Kelsey Cretcher
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Illus. Marco Nabi
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Illus. Maxwell Ortiz
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Illus. Tana Birky
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Illus. TNT
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Illus. yuu
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Illus. kuroyagi
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Illus. Sozentsu
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Illus. Fujimoto Gold
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Illus. ishidate ryu
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Illus. kuniharu

CoroCoro × Pokémon Card Game Illustration & Move Name Contest

An illustration contest centered around Grafaiai was announced in the CoroCoro Comic January 2023 issue.[25] Entrants to the contest could use an included postcard to submit both an illustration of Grafaiai and a name of an attack, which would be used as inspiration for a Grafaiai ex card. Both the winning attack name and illustration were announced in the CoroCoro Comic July 2023 issue.[26] The winning attack name was Poipopoison, and the winning illustration was recreated in a 3DCG style by aky CG Works.

Illus. aky CG Works
The Popopoison attack was translated into English as Toxic Throw


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Winning illustration
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Submission postcard

Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2024

Following a successful expansion into the United States in 2022, another high-profile contest was announced in September 2023.[27] In addition to Japan and the United States, residents of four further countries — the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand — are able to submit entries. This contest features two divisions, allowing artists to submit either a standard card illustration or a Pokémon ex card illustration. Participants can portray one of ten pre-selected Pokémon centered around the theme "Magical Pokémon Moments". The eligible Pokémon include Charizard, Pikachu, Eevee, Feraligatr, Flygon, Absol, Bidoof, Melmetal, Amped Form Toxtricity, and Koraidon. The submission period is open from 6:00 AM PT on October 12, 2023 to 5:59 AM PT on January 31, 2024.

All entries will be reviewed by a panel of no less than four judges that includes directors and executives from The Pokémon Company International, The Pokémon Company, and Creatures, Inc. Presidents Tsunekazu Ishihara and Kenji Okubo represent The Pokémon Company and The Pokémon Company International, respectively. Those representing Creatures, Inc. comprise President Yuji Kitano, Executive Director and CG Studio Executive Art Director Atsuko Ujiie, Executive Director and Pokémon TCG Development Division Executive Creative Director Atsushi Nagashima, Art Director Satoru Nagaya, and Illustration Director Haru Saito. Also part of the panel are established TCG illustrators OOYAMA, kantaro, Teeziro, and Atsushi Furusawa as well as "special judge" Masahiro Karasawa. Eligible submissions will be scored based on the following criteria: interpretation and clarity of the theme (40% of score), creativity and originality of the theme (30% of score), and overall design (30% of score).

So far, three new columns have been uploaded to the competition website that provide insights into the creative processes involved with the TCG. The first, posted on October 12, 2023, discusses the new elements of this contest with Satoru Nagaya, Haru Saito, and TPCI Director of Design Kevin Lalli.[28] The second, posted on November 17, 2023, features an interview with Atsushi Furusawa regarding the process of creating the illustration for 151 Arcanine.[29] The third, posted on December 15, 2023, features an interview with takuyoa regarding the process of creating the illustration for ex Start Deck Greninja ex.[30] Additionally, all six columns from the 2022 contest were reuploaded to the 2024 contest's website.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash value of $5,000 and have their illustration made into a promo card. One Best Standard Card Illustraion Winner and one Best ex Card Illustration Winner will each receive a cash value of $3,000 and have their illustrations made into promo cards. Six First Runners-Up will receive a cash value of $1,000. Fifteen Judges' Award Winners will receive a cash value of $500.


  1. Early Pokémon Illustration Contests
  2. 2.0 2.1 Create Your Very Own Pokémon Game Card!
  3. Pokémon Trading Card Game League Create-A-Card Gallery
  4. Wizards of the Coast Illustration Contests
  5. Team Compendium Emeriti
  6. Create Your Own Card Gallery
  7. 7.0 7.1 Interview with Craig Turvey (Create-a-Snorlax Card Contest)
  8. Pokémon Fans Become Card Designers on Kids' WB!
  9. Winners of the 2010 Design Contest received 200 cards
  10. Pokémon Card Game Illustration Grand Prix
  11. Kenichi Koga interview
  12. Mitsuhiro Arita interview
  13. Kouki Saitou interview
  14. Satoru Nagaya and Natsume Suwabe interview
  15. Hitoshi Ariga interview
  16. Yuu Nishida interview
  17. Pokémon the Movie: Koko × Pokémon Card Game Illust Contest
  18. About the Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2022
  19. The Essence of Creating Illustrations for the Pokémon Trading Card Game
  20. Behind the scenes: the process of creating a Pokémon TCG illustration
  21. A Conversation with Two Pokémon TCG Official Illustrators Akira Egawa and Narumi Sato
  22. Pokémon Trading Card Game: Enjoyed Around the World
  23. A Conversation with the Winners of the Pokémon Card Game Illustration Grand Prix
  24. A Conversation with Two Pokémon TCG Official Illustrators Kouki Saitou and Tomokazu Komiya
  25. CoroCoro × Pokémon Card Game Illustration & Move Name Contest
  26. A Special Card from the CoroCoro Collaboration!
  27. About the Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2024
  28. On Illustrating for the Pokémon TCG as Told by Directors
  29. Behind Drawing Pokémon TCG Illustrations "Bringing an Illustration to Life" (Part 1)
  30. Behind Drawing Pokémon TCG Illustrations "Bringing an Illustration to Life" (Part 2)

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