When Pokémon red and blue launched for the first time, the game was accompanied by a large amount of excellent art of Ken Sugimori. The impressive art of sugimori watercolor can be found in the instruction manual, the player’s guide, the promotional material and more. Over the years, Sugimori’s style has evolved a lot, but many old school fans still love art and original Pokémon designs. The artist Fan @pokeyugami on Twitter decided to take Sugimori’s style and imagine how he would be applied to a modern Pokémon game. The result is nothing less than impressive and a must for life fans!
The @Pokeyugami video can be found below.
In the video, we can see Red walking through the Viridian forest, going through a little handful of Pokémon that can normally be found in the area, including Caterpie, Weedle and Pikachu. There is also a catcher bug that seems ready for battle. The user interface is clearly based on Pokémon Legends: Arceus, with poke balls and potions in the lower right of the screen, and the backpack and pokedex assigned to the same buttons that are in the Nintendo Switch game. Clearly, @Pokeyugami thought a lot about the creation of this video!
It is difficult to exaggerate how great this video is. There is something really lovely in the ancient art of Pokémon, before each character design was strictly in the model; Game Boy graphics left space for greater artistic interpretation. It is also one of the reasons why I am a great admirer of the comic art of Pokémon from Toshihiro Ono. For some reason, The Pokémon Company has not made any art book collecting ancient material, apart from one based on thePokémon_ manga, although we are never likely to make a real game with the old sugimori style, it would be good for old fans for old fans and new see all that artistic material compiled in one place. For now, we will only have to keep bothering The Pokémon Company for something to happen!
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