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Ken Sugimori

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Ken Sugimori (2010)

Ken Sugimori (Japanese: 杉森建, born January 27, 1966 in Tokyo, Japan) is a graphic artist from Japan who is the art director of the Pokémon games. Sugimori designed the first 251 Pokémon virtually by himself, and since Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, he has been part of a character design team. His other work for the series includes the design for the human characters such as gym leaders, as well as the first and second-generation Pokémon trading cards. Sugimori's art pieces of each Pokémon are commonly used for generic images of each character on forums and websites.

Sugimori is a close friend of Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon. He has also helped on the art direction for the Pokémon in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Ken Sugimori has also released an art book known as Ken Sugimori Works, featuring some Nintendo IP artwork (namely from the Pokémon series and Drill Dozer).

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