We are celebrating the 20 Years of Pokémon : The Game Art HQ Pokémon Generation I Tribute
Welcome to the first Pokémon Fan Collaboration on Game-Art-HQ!
We caught all the 151 Pokémon (and MissingNo.) from the first Generation of the Pokémon games (Red, Green, Blue and Yelllow) and tried to illustrate their individual attacks and abilities through no less than 302 artworks by fans from all over the world that liked to share their love for Pikachu, Mewtwo, Bulbasaur, Porygon all the other beings from the Kanto Region. This is meant to be our tribute to the creators of the Pokémon games for one of the nicest video game series we have a lot of fun with since around twenty years now.
Unlike than in other Game-Art-HQ Art Collaborations, the task this time was not to draw super detailed artworks with multiple characters, battle scenes and deep backgrounds; instead the focus was totally on the Pokémon itself and their attacks.
Over 150 (estimated Number for now) artists participated in this Pokemon Anniversary Tribute, many of whom are first-time participants for our tributes and claimed to draw more than just one Pokémon.
The Pokémon 20th Anniversary Art Tribute has a grand total of 152 galleries where you can see two artworks per Pokémon in each gallery.
They also contain the artists’ thoughts and descriptions about the Pokémon series, their illustrated Pokémon, and the Pokémon’s abilities.
Have a lot of fun viewing the 304 artworks and learn a bit about the Pokémon and their attacks!
Don’t forget, you gotta catch’em all!!
We sorted the Pokémon after the official Kanto Region Pokédex:
Did you know that the main inspiration for Satoshi Tajiri the creator of the Pokémon series was his hobby to collect and study insects when he was young?
Satoshi “Dr Bug” Tajiri
His hobby earned him the nickname “Dr .Bug” among his peers. Many years later he saw children playing Game Boy together with the Link Cable and he imagined Insects crawling from one Game Boy to the other. That’s how the idea for the Pokémon came together. Satoshi Tajiri is still the CEO of Game Freak now 20 years after the release of the first Pokémon Games.
While the Pokémon for our Tribute to the series were drawn by many different artists, the official illustrations are all drawn by one single person.
Meet Ken Sugimori, a friend of Satoshi Tajiri who worked with him on the Game Freak magazine already many years before the idea of Pokémon came together.
He illustrated all the different Pokémon as well as the majority of the human characters in the series. Did you know that Ash Ketchum’s name is Satoshi and Tracy Sketit is called Kenji is the original Japanese version of the Pokémon Anime series?
Our Pokémon Art Collaboration was announced on the 29th April 2016 but we planned to create something Pokémon related for over 2 years already.
Ideas ranged from Artworks in the Pokémon card format where full backgrounds would be needed to fight scenes between the Pokémon or a Project with the topic to illustrate the background stories of the Pokémon games so far.
In the end we thought it would be the best idea to tribute the 20th Anniversary of the Pokémon series and get all Gen I Pokémon drawn without backgrounds but with the focus on displaying their different attacks and abilities they have.
The project started on the 29th April, and was first meant to be all about the 20th Anniversary of the Pokémon series but since we had so many artists already asking if post Gen I Pokémon could be included, we thought it over and rebrand the Project being just the first of most likely 7-8 parts of a giant Pokédex project that features all the different Pokémon with artworks that illustrate their moves for now, but stay tuned for surprises in the next years 🙂
100 of the 303 Pokémon-Art spots were taken on Friday the 13th May, just two weeks after our Pokémon project was announced, making it the fastest growing GA-HQ Art Collaboration in hour history so far.
200 on the 11th June. 300 on the 18th September, the last spot, the 2nd move for Dugtrio was claimed by Ra-ooo on the 23rd September.
We decided to publish this project on Christmas as a big gift by and for the Pokémon fan community worldwide and will continue with Gen II in April 2017. Again with the target to publish all galleries on Christmas.
Special credit belongs to the new staff member Shinragod who helped us out with many of the descriptions for the Pokemon and their moves!