Tomohiro Kitakaze

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Tomohiro Kitakaze next to his key visual art for The Crown Tundra.

Tomohiro Kitakaze (Japanese: 北風友裕, born April 8th, 1983 in Kobe) is a freelance illustrator. He is an Osaka University of Arts graduate and previously worked at Monolith Soft as a 2D designer, providing concept art for characters, monsters, and machinery. He later worked for Game Freak, again as a 2D designer, providing concept art and designs for Pokémon characters, though it is unknown how many Pokémon he has designed.

In addition, he also provided artwork for one card from the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Kitakaze's subjects are initially drawn traditionally, and then enhanced digitally afterwards. His cartoon strips and characters are created in anime style, though his more detailed illustration work draws inspiration from mythical creatures and the occult, sometimes incorporating mechanical motifs.

He claims that his design for Mega Mewtwo Y was influenced by his adoration for Mewtwo Strikes Back as a child.[1]

Pokémon

The following is a list of Pokémon designed by Tomohiro Kitakaze.

Cards illustrated

Other illustrations

Works

Games

Title Platform Release date Position
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier Nintendo DS 2008-05-29 Staff, Monolith Soft
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions Nintendo DS 2009-09-12 Special Thanks
Pokémon Black and White Versions Nintendo DS 2010-09-18 Pokémon Character Design/2D Dot Graphics
Pokémon X and Y Nintendo 3DS 2013-10-12 Pokémon Characters Design/Concept Illustration
Pokémon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch 2019-11-15 Key art for The Crown Tundra
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Nintendo Switch 2022-11-18 Pokémon Design

Other illustrations

Title Date Publisher
Pokémon Trading Card Game illustration 2011-09 The Pokémon Company
GanGan online illustrations 2011-11 Square Enix
Dark Bound ~Saiyū Senki~ illustrations 2012-11 Rekoo Japan Co., Ltd
Force of Will Trading Card Game illustrations 2013-01 Force of Will Co., Ltd

References

External links


Pokémon designers

Hitoshi ArigaHiroki FuchinoMotofumi FujiwaraMisaki Hashimoto
Mana IbeTomohiro KitakazeYusuke KozakiKazuyuki Kurashima
Lee HyunJungMegumi MizutaniShigeki MorimotoKeiko Moritsugu
Kensaku NabanaAtsuko NishidaYusuke OhmuraTomohiko Ōkubo
Muneo SaitōKen SugimoriReiko TanoueKenkichi ToyamaSaya Tsuruta
James TurnerTakao UnnoEmi YoshidaHironobu Yoshida