Naoki Saito

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Saito at an exhibition in 2022

Naoki Saito (Japanese: 齋藤直葵) is a digital illustrator who has provided art for the Pokémon Trading Card Game since the HeartGold & SoulSilver expansion, as well as art for a couple of Pokémon games. Saito is a graduate of Tama Art University and previously worked at Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. before becoming freelance. In addition to the Pokémon TCG, he has also provided illustrations for several other trading card franchises: Duel Masters, Monster Hunter, Juushinden: Ultimate Beast Battlers, and Eternal Wheel. For a list of cards that he illustrated, go here.

Saito's style is vibrant and surreal, and often juxtaposes or merges the organic with the geometric. He also puts emphasis on texture to give subjects character. His work within the TCG is similar but subtler, instead using highlights and contrasting colors to make Pokémon stand out. In addition to card illustrations, Saito provided the packaging art for the Garchomp and Hydreigon Half Decks, and the box art for Everyone's Exciting Battle. He also illustrated the Pokémon Tales book Crustle's Moving, available to read on the Pokémon Daisuki Club website.



The following are a list of characters designed by Saito.


This is a collection of official Pokémon artwork drawn by Saito.



Title Platform Release date Position
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs Nintendo DS 2010-03-06 Oblivia map illustration
Boss Pokémon illustration
Pokémon Black and White Versions Nintendo DS 2010-09-18 Unova map illustration
Castelia City illustration
Black City/White Forest illustration

Manga and other published work

Role/Title Release date Publisher
Colorist for Worst 2002-05-30 Akita Shoten
Colorist for Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades 2006-04-27 Akita Shoten
Illustrations for Les Chroniques de Sillage Vol. 5 2008-04-25 Delcourt
Colorist for Baki the Grappler 2007-12-07 Akita Shoten
Colorist for Grappler Baki: Scarface 2009-05-08 Akita Shoten
Colorist for The Strongest Introduction to Philosophy in History 2010-04-14 Magazine•Magazine
Eguzamurai CG Lithograph 2010 Shueisha
Colorist for Garouden Vol. 25 2010-12-22 Kodansha
Co-author and illustrator for Contes cruels du Japon 2011-08-24 Delcourt

External link

Chirarism, Saito's personal website (Japanese)