Ken Sugimori’s original Pokemon Red/Green Concept Art is Awesome
With Pokemon Black and White 2 hitting Japan this summer, I started to reflect on some of the newer Pokemon and their designs. While its true that series artist Ken Sugimori has direct influence and the final say on new Pokemon designs, each one seems to be lacking the charm of the original 151. I managed to DIG up some old concept art from the Red/Blue days and they really display a different side of Pokemon.
It is interesting to see the thought and design process behind the Pokemon battles/trading. There also appears to be hints of a third female Pokemon trainer. Perhaps she was the love interest between Red/Blue Ash/Gary?