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Hirofumi Nakano (Japanese: 中野博文), born in Tokyo, is a 3D illustrator who has provided artwork for the Pokémon Trading Card Game on a few occasions, with his first appearing in the Dragons Exalted expansion. He is normally credited as "HiRON" (ハイロン) in his work.
Nakano is a member of DigitalImage, a part-time digital design lecturer at the Niigata College of Art & Design, and a part-time illustration lecturer at the Tokyo Designer Gakuin College. His work primarily features on covers and in articles of computing and car magazines. Subjects are often exaggerated versions of their normal counterparts, with vehicles such as cars and aircraft created to make them appear more futuristic, and anthropomorphized animals with proportionally larger body parts. Among his interests, he often delves into the realms of science fiction and animation for his work, with images including various types of mecha or assorted creatures. Many of his images are illuminated with an intense light and textured with a highly reflective surface. Nakano regularly participates in producing exhibition work, and has also branched into producing some of his work into jewelry, as well as creating traditional Japanese illustrations for smart phone cases and music players.
For a complete list of cards that HiRON has illustrated, go here.
|WEB+DB PRESS Vol.31 "Web Driver" cover illustration||2006-03-24||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|WEB+DB PRESS Vol.32 cover illustration||2006-04-25||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|WEB+DB PRESS Vol.35 cover illustration||2006-10-21||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|WEB+DB PRESS Vol.36 "Samurai Robo" cover illustration||2006-12-22||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|WEB+DB PRESS Vol.37 "Devil Robo" cover illustration||2007-02-23||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|Wonder Festival 2007 Winter 2007 Exhibition illustrations||2007-02-25||N/A|
|CG Illustrator & Creator Index 2003 cover illustration||2007-03-14||DigitalImage|
|WEB+DB PRESS Vol.38 "Pig type radio clock" cover illustration||2007-04-24||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|WEB+DB PRESS Vol.40 "Penguin King" cover illustration||2007-08-24||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|WEB+DB PRESS Vol.41 "Dr. Frogger" cover illustration||2007-10-23||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|Weekly ASCII "Pen-shaped quantum computer" illustration||2007-11-25||ASCII Media Works|
|ULVAC, inc. brochure illustration||2007-12-03||N/A|
|DigitalImage Exhibition 2007 "Technology of Fallen Angel" illustration||2007-12-23||N/A|
|Weekly ASCII "Mobile PC" illustration||2008-01-23||ASCII Media Works|
|Weekly ASCII "Assembly" illustration||2008-03-06||ASCII Media Works|
|Illustration File 2008 Digital illustrations||2008-04-19||Genkosha|
|Shimizu Dream visuals illustration||2009-06-20||N/A|
|MAG-X cover and article illustrations||2010-04—||Sanei-Shobo|
|Hayabusa has Returned||2010-12-15||Heart Publications|
|"Let's walk together" Exhibition character illustration||2012-05-03||N/A|
|Pokémon Trading Card Game illustrations||2012-05—||The Pokémon Company|
|WEB+DB PRESS Vol.72 "Blue Ball Whale" cover illustration||2012-12-22||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|WEB+DB PRESS Vol.73 "Orange Skater" cover illustration||2013-02-23||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|WEB+DB PRESS plus: IT System Development Thorough Capture "Red Knight" cover illustration||2013-04-10||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|WEB+DB PRESS plus: Development Tool Thorough Capture "Blue Archer" cover illustration||2013-04-10||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|WEB+DB PRESS plus: Web Service Development Thorough Capture "Gold Knight" cover illustration||2013-04-26||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|
|WEB+DB PRESS Vol.74 "Rookie Dog" cover illustration||2013-04-24||Gijutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.|