Ken Sugimori’s original Pokemon Red/Green Concept Art is Awesome


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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?

  • Stephen Mulholland

    Well, quite frankly, I’m really sick of the “original 151 were the only ones that were good” mentality.  Sure, 4th gen was pretty bad, but the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th gens, were mostly great.  I mean, some of the original 151′s designs include: gas that turns into more gas, a mole that turns into 3 moles, a magnet that turns into 3 magnets, and sludge that turns into more sludge. Don’t get me wrong, the 1st gen was great, but I wouldn’t be lying if I said it’s a tad overrated…

    But onto the real topic…that Lapras picture brings back memories. And LOL at the picture of Pikachu and Charizard. I mean, look at his JAW!!

    • Magiphart

      I almost agree except for the :”4th gen was pretty bad”.

  • Pirateshackle

    I like some of these more then what they actually went with. They look more natural. Like they could be actual animals.

    • Pirateshackle

       Especially the pokemon shop and the nidoking looking guy

  • KeijiKG

    Pokémon fans. The only Nintendo series whose monster designs aren’t good enough for the “true” veterans. 

    Suck it up.

  • Silver

    most of the originals were exaggerated versions of animals the creator played with as a kid. his Idea was to make a virtual bug collecting game but people pointed out the dog fighting aspect so they had to make the designs more unrealistic and…gooey

  • ChrisP

    A lot of these look like scans from a book- where did you get it? I’d love to buy/read it myself!

  • JustSayin

    “There also appears to be hints of a third female Pokemon trainer. Perhaps she was the love interest between Red/Blue Ash/Gary?”
    Pretty sure it’s Gary’s sister.

    • Space Gandalf

      Nope, just a playable female character. She was put in the manga, too.

  • marowak96

    this is rad, where’d you find the b/w sketches?

  • skooter07

    awwwwwwwww hell naw i know you just did not diss 1st and 4th gen two of the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ~sinnoh born