Ken Sugimori
Ken Sugimori
Born January 27, 1966
Tokyo, Japan
Company Game Freak (since 1981)
Current Position Art Director
First game Mendel Palace
Latest game Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Twitter SUPER_32X

Ken Sugimori is an Art Director and Member of the Board at Game Freak. He is mostly involved as the main art director and illustrator of the Pokémon series.


Sugimori started his carrer by helping Satoshi Tajiri providing illustrations for his Game Freak magazine. As Game Freak became a video game developer, Sugimori would assist Tajiri with the development of the games providing much of the graphic design work.

With the development of Pokémon Red and Green, he led the design team that came up with the design of all of the original 151 Pokémon creatures. Since then, he has been involved as the main art supervisor of the series, approving all of the official Pokémon designs produced by Game Freak and external illustrators. He has also produced much of the official artwork and package covers of the series.

Sugimori has also directed some minor projects at Game Freak, such as Drill Dozer.

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