Game-Art-HQ Pokémon Collaboratio Logon

Welcome to the first Pokémon Fan Collaboration on Game-Art-HQ!

We caught all 151 Pokémon (and MissingNo.) from the first Generation of Pokémon games (Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow) set in the Kanto Region.  Fans from around the world shared their love for Pokémon by illustrating the unique attacks and abilities of monsters such as Pikachu, Mewtwo, Bulbasaur, Porygon and all the other first Generation Pokémon. With 300+ artworks provided by over 150 artists, this is our tribute to the creators of Pokémon, one of the greatest and most enduring video games series of the last 20 years.

Pokemon 20th Anniversary Banner 1

Different from other Game-Art-HQ Art Collaborations that often feature highly detailed characters and backgrounds, the task this time was to focus on the Pokémon themselves and their unique attacks.

More than 150 artists participated in this Pokémon 20th Anniversary Tribute, many of whom were first-time participants in Game-Art-HQ tributes, and most artists drew more than one Pokémon.

The Pokémon 20th Anniversary Tribute has a grand total of 152 galleries with 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.

Enjoy viewing the 300+ artworks and learn more about the Pokémon and their attacks!

And don’t forget: You gotta catch’em all!

 

We sorted the Pokémon as listed in the official Kanto Region Pokédex:

001 Bulbasaur Pokemon 20th

#001 Bulbasaur

Ivysaur Thumb

#002 Ivysaur

Venusaur Thumb

#003 Venusaur

Charmander Thumb

#004 Charmander

Charmeleon Thumb

#005 Charmeleon

Charizard GAHQ Pokemon Tribute Thumb

#006 Charizard

Squirtly Pokemon Tribute Thumb

#007 Squirtle

Wartortle Thumb

#008 Wartortle

Blastoise Pokemon Tribute Thumb

#009 Blastoise

Caterpie Thumb

#010 Caterpie

metapod-pokemon

#011 Metapod

Butterfree Thumb

#012 Butterfree

weedle-thumb

#013 Weedle

Kakuna Thumb

#014 Kakuna

Beedrill Thumb

#015 Beedrill

Pidgey Pokemon Tribute Thumb

#016 Pidgey

Pidgeotto Thumb

#017 Pidgeotto

Pidgeot Thumb

#018 Pidgeot

Rattata Thumb

#019 Rattata

Raticate Thumb

#020 Raticate

Spearow Thumb

#021 Spearow

Fearow Thumb

#022 Fearow

Ekans Thumb

#023 Ekans

Arbok Thumb

#024 Arbok

 

Did you know that the main inspiration for Satoshi Tajiri, creator of the Pokémon series, was his hobby collecting and studying insects when he was young?

 

Satoshi Tajiri the creator of Pokemon

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 Pokémon came together. Satoshi Tajiri is still the CEO of Game Freak 20 years after the debut of Pokémon.

 

Pikachu Thumb

#025 Pikachu

Raichu Thumb

#026 Raichu

Sandshrew Thumb

#027 Sandshrew

sandslash-thumb

#028 Sandslash

Nidoran Make Thumb

#029 Nidoran♀

Nidorina Thumb

#030 Nidorina

Nidoqueen Pokemon Tribute Thumb

#031 Nidoqueen

Nidoran Male Thumb

#032 Nidoran♂

Nidorino Thumb

#033 Nidorino

Nidoking Thumb

#034 Nidoking

clefairy-pokemon-tribute-thumb

#035 Clefairy

Clefable Thumb

#036 Clefable

vulpix-pokemon-thumb

#037 Vulpix

Ninetales Thumb

#038 Ninetales

Jigglypuff Thumb

#039 Jigglypuff

wigglytuff-pokemon-thumb

#040 Wigglytuff

zubat-pokemon-thumb

#041 Zubat

Golbat Thumb

#042 Golbat

Oddish Thumb

#043 Oddish

Gloom Thumb

#044 Gloom

vileplume-pokemon-thumb

#045 Vileplume

Paras Thumb

#046 Paras

Parasect Thumb

#047 Parasect

Venonat (Pokemon)

#048 Venonat

 

While the Pokémon for our Tribute were drawn by many different artists, the official illustrations are all drawn by a single person. 

Ken-Sugimori 

Meet Ken Sugimori, a friend of Satoshi Tajiri who worked with him on Game Freak magazine many years before Pokémon came together.

He illustrated all of 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 in the original Japanese version of the Pokémon anime series?

 

Venomoth Thumb

#049 Venomoth

Diglett Thumb

#050 Diglett

Dugtrio Thumb

#051 Dugtrio

Meowth Thumb

#052 Meowth

Persian Thumb

#053 Persian

Psyduck Pokemon Art Tribute Thumb

#054 Psyduck

Golduck Thumb

#055 Golduck

Mankey Thumb

#056 Mankey

Primeape Thumb

#057 Primeape

Growlithe Thumb

#058 Growlithe

Arcanine Thumb

#059 Arcanine

Poliwag Thumb

#060 Poliwag

Poliwhirl Thumb

#061 Poliwhirl

Poliwrath Thumb

#062 Poliwrath

Abra Pokemon Art Tribute Thumb

#063 Abra

Kadabra Thumb

#064 Kadabra

Alakazam Pokemon Art Tribute Thumb

#065 Alakazam

Machop Thumb

#066 Machop

Machoke Thumb

#067 Machoke

Machamp Thumb

#068 Machamp

Bellsprout Thumb

#069 Bellsprout

Weepinbell Thumb

#070 Weepinbell

Victreebel Pokemon Tribute Thumb

#071 Victreebel

Tentacool Thumb

#072 Tentacool

Our Pokémon Art Collaboration was announced on April 29th, 2016, but we had already planned to create something Pokémon-related for over 2 years.

Ideas ranged from artworks in the Pokémon card format where full backgrounds would be needed to illustrate fight scenes between Pokémon or a project with the topic of illustrating the background stories of Pokémon games.

In the end, we thought it would be best to do a tribute for the Pokémon 20th Anniversary and get all Gen I Pokémon drawn with a focus on displaying their different attacks and abilities.

 

tentacruel-pokemon-thumb

#073 Tentacruel

Geodude Thumb

#074 Geodude

Graveler Thumb

#075 Graveler

Golem Thumb

#076 Golem

Ponyta Thumb

#077 Ponyta

Rapidash Thumb

#078 Rapidash

Slowpoke Thumb

#079 Slowpoke

Slowbro Thumb

#080 Slowbro

Magnemite Thumb

#081 Magnemite

Magneton Pokemon Art Tribute Thumb

#082 Magneton

Farfetch'd Thumb

#083 Farfetch’d

Doduo Thumb

#084 Doduo

Dodrio Pokemon Tribute Thumb

#085 Dodrio

Seel Thumb

#086 Seel

dewgoing-thumb

#087 Dewgong

Grimer Thumb

#088 Grimer

Muk Thumb

#089 Muk

Shellder Thumb

#090 Shellder

Cloyster Thumb

#091 Cloyster

Ghastly Pokemon tribute Thumb

#092 Gastly

Haunter Pokemon Tribute Thumb

#093 Haunter

Gengar Thumb

#094 Gengar

Onix Thumb

#095 Onix

Drowzee Thumb

#096 Drowzee

The project at first was meant to be all about the 20th Anniversary of Pokémon covering the entire series, but many artist requests prompted us to rebrand it as being focused on just Generation I with the other Generations to follow later on as a sort of giant Pokédex project. Stay tuned! 🙂

 

Hypno Thumb

#097 Hypno

Krabby Thumb

#098  Krabby

Kingler Thumb

#099 Kingler

Voltorb

#100 Voltorb

Electrode Thumb

#101 Electrode

Exeggcute Thumb

#102 Exeggcute

Exeggutor Thumb

#103 Exeggutor

Cubone Thumb

#104 Cubone

Marowak Thumb

#105 Marowak

Hitmonlee Thumb

#106 Hitmonlee

Hitmonchan Thumb

#107 Hitmonchan

Lickitung Thumb

#108 Lickitung

Koffing Thumb

#109 Koffing

Weezing Pokemon Art Tribute Thumb

#110 Weezing

Rhyhorn Thumb

#111 Rhyhorn

Rhydon Thumb

#112 Rhydon

Chansey Thumb

#113 Chansey

Tangela Thumb

#114 Tangela

Kangaskhan Pokemon Tribute Thumb

#115 Kangaskhan

horsea-thumb

#116 Horsea

Seadra Thumb

#117 Seadra

Goldeen Thumb

#118 Goldeen

Seaking Thumb

#119 Seaking

Staryu Thumb

#120 Staryu

 

100 of the 303 Pokémon Art spots were taken on May 13th, 2016, just two weeks after our Pokémon project was announced, making it the fastest growing GA-HQ Art Collaboration in our history so far. The final spot, the 2nd move for Dugtrio, was claimed by Ra-ooo on September 23rd.

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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 with Christmas 2017 targeted as the publication date. 

Special credit belongs to new staff member Shinragod, who helped us out with many of the descriptions for Pokemon and their moves!

 

Starmie Thumb

#121 Starmie

Mr Mime Thumb

#122 Mr. Mime

Scyther Thumb

#123 Scyther

Jynx Thumb

#124 Jynx

Electabuzz Thumb

#125 Electabuzz

Magmar Thumb

#126 Magmar

Pinsir Thumb

#127 Pinsir

Tauros Thumb

#128 Tauros

Magikarp Pokemon Tribute Thumb

#129 Magikarp

Gyarados Thumb

#130 Gyarados

Lapras Pokemon Tribute Thumb

#131 Lapras

Ditto Pokemon Art Tribute Thumb

#132 Ditto

Eevee Pokemon Tribute Thumb

#133 Eevee

Vaporeon Pokemon Tribute thumb

#134 Vaporeon

Jolteon Pokemon Tribute Art Thumb

#135 Jolteon

FlareonThumb

#136 Flareon

Porygon Thumb

#137 Porygon

Omanyte Thumb

#138 Omanyte

Omastar Thumb

#139 Omastar

Kabuto Thumb

#140 Kabuto

Kabutops Thumb

#141 Kabutops

Aerodactyl Thumb

#142 Aerodactyl

Snorlax Thumb

#143 Snorlax

Articuno Thumb

#144 Articuno

Zapdos Thumb

#145 Zapdos

Moltres Thumb

#146 Moltres

Dratini Thumb

#147 Dratini

Dragonair Thumb

#148 Dragonair

Dragonite Thumb

#149 Dragonite

Mewtwo Thumb

#150 Mewtwo

Mew Thumb

#151 Mew

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