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Ken Sugimori

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[[Image:Ken Sugimori.png|thumb|Ken Sugimori in September, 2010]]
'''Ken Sugimori''' (Japanese: '''杉森建''', born January 27, 1966) is a friend of [[Satoshi Tajiri]] and illustrator of the original artwork for [[Pokémon]] [[Pokémon games|games]]. He also has developed conceptual artwork for the {{pkmn|movie}}s, and illustrates {{Trading Card Game}} cards and merchandising.
Sugimori's change of style over the years has been noticeable. Initially, he used a stiff, lightly shaded style using watercolors that was very reminiscent of [[{{wp:Akira Toriyama|Akira Toriyama]]}}'s visual style, particularly that from 1989-onwards. However, his now digitally-produced drawings of people and creatures have gradually gained more muscle definition, significantly rounder corners, heavier shading, and more natural and fluid poses.
The character in the [[Pokémon anime]], Kenji (called [[Tracey Sketchit]] in the dub), may be a homage to him, especially as both enjoy creating art. This is similar to the way Satoshi (called [[Ash Ketchum]] in the dub) is named after Satoshi Tajiri.
For a complete list of cards that Sugimori illustrated, go [[:Category:Illus. by Ken Sugimori|here]].
* '''{{wp|Mendel Palace}}''' (1989) - Character Designer, Character Digitalizer
* '''{{wp|Smart Ball}}''' (1991) - Game Designer, Story, Character Designer
* '''{{smw|Yoshi (game)|Yoshi}}''' (1991) - Character Designer
* '''{{wp|Magical Taluluto|Magical Taluluto-kun}}''' (1992) - Direction, Game Design, Graphic Design
* '''{{smw|Mario & Wario}}''' (1993) - Character Designer
* '''{{wp|Pulseman}}''' (1994) - Direction & Game Design, Graphics
* '''{{game|Red and Green|s}}''' (1996) - Character Design, Monster Design
* '''{{jwp|バザールでござーる|Bazaru de Gozaru no Game de Gozaru}}''' (1996) - Graphics
* '''[[Pokémon Blue (Japanese)|Pokémon Blue]]''' (1996) - Character Design, Monster Design
* '''{{jwp|BUSHI青龍伝〜二人の勇者|Bushi Seiryūden: Futari no Yūsha}}''' (1997) - Graphics
* '''[[Game Boy Camera]]''' (1998) - Special Thanks
* '''[[Pokémon Stadium (Japanese)]]''' (1998) - Original Characters
* '''[[Pokémon Conquest]]''' (2012) - Game-Design Advisor
* '''{{game|Black 2 and White 2|s}}''' (2012) - Director of Pokémon Characters, Pokémon Character Design
* '''{{wp|[[HarmoKnight}}]]''' (2012) - Adviser
* '''{{game|X and Y|s}}''' (2013) - Character Art Director, Pokémon Characters Design (Director), Pokémon Design Coordination
* '''[[The Thieves and the 1000 Pokémon]]''' (2014) - Very Special Thanks
* '''{{game|Sun and Moon|s}}''' (2016) - Pokémon Characters Design, Trainer Graphics Design (Lead)
===TradingTCG Card Gameillustration===
For a list of cards illustrated by Ken Sugimori, go [[:Category:Illus. by Ken Sugimori|here]].
=== Animation ===
* 1998-07-18 ''[[PK01|Pikachu's Vacation]]'' (Character Concept Art)
* 1998-07-18 ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back]]'' (Character Concept Art)
* 1999-07-17 ''[[PK04|Pikachu's Rescue Adventure]]'' (Character Concept Art)
* 1999-07-17 ''[[M02|The Power of One]]'' (Character Concept Art)
* 2000-07-08 ''[[PK07|Pikachu & Pichu]]'' (Character Concept Art)
* 2000-07-08 ''[[M03|Spell of the Unown: Entei]]'' (Character Concept Art)
* 2001-07-07 ''[[PK10|Pikachu's PikaBoo]]'' (Character Concept Art)
* 2001-07-07 ''[[M04|Celebi: Voice of the Forest]]'' (Character Concept Art)
* 2002-07-13 ''[[PK11|Camp Pikachu]]'' (Character Concept Art)
* 2002-07-13 ''[[M05|Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias]]'' (Character Concept Art)
* 2003-07-19 ''[[PK12|Gotta Dance!]]'' (Character Concept Art)
* 2003-07-19 ''[[M06|Jirachi: Wish Maker]]'' (Character Concept Art)
* 2004-07-17 ''[[M07|Destiny Deoxys]]'' (Character Concept Art)
=== Manga ===
* ''Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Explorer's Guide'' (Original Manga by Sugimori included with Guide)
* Sugimori's favorite Pokémon is {{p|Gengar}} due to its simple design.{{fact}}<ref name=fav>[ What is your favourite Pokémon? - Pokémon Black and White interview] (archived)</ref>
** TheSugimori's Japaneseanother favorite Pokémon X/Y Strategy Guide listsis {{p|Venusaur}} as another of Sugimori's favorite Pokémon, but he has also said its complexity makes it his least favorite to draw.{{fact}}<ref name=fav/>
* His favorite Pokémon from {{game|Black and White|s}} is {{p|Zekrom}}.<ref>[ What is Ken Sugimori's favourite Pokémon?] (archived)</ref>
==External Links links==
* [ Personal blog at Game Freak's official site] (Japanese)
* [!/art/ Personal blog atSUPER_32X GameKen FreakSugimori's officialTwitter sitepage] (Japanese)
* [!/SUPER_32X Sugimori's Twitter page] (Japanese)

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