Fuck Yeah, Ken Sugimori's Art!

✦ Transparent Ponyta | ken SugimoriAs a newborn, it can barely stand. However, through galloping, its legs are made tougher and faster.
 Transparent Ponyta | ken Sugimori

As a newborn, it can barely stand. However, through galloping, its legs are made tougher and faster.
I just wanted to say this is one of the best blogs I've ever seen! I started playing Pokemon when Crystal came out and fell in love with Sugimori's work, but I've never been able to find it all in one place. Amazing collecting skills!

Thanks! I originally started it because higher-res versions of some of the earlier Sugimori art are difficult to find. I’ve slowed down posting recently though since the art book was released and pretty much all the newer stuff you can easily find on Bulbapedia. I hope this blog can still be useful as a resource to some people though!

chloranthy:

*transparent Alakazam [Ken Sugimori]

chloranthy:

*transparent Alakazam [Ken Sugimori]
pulseman:

[image: Pulseman, in an older design that lacks certain details compared to his final design, leans halfway out of the CRT screen of a television set (“Victor” brand) that appears to be sitting on the floor, one hand on the floor and the other balled in a fist on his hip. It is difficult to determine his mood, as his head is tilted downward so that his helmet covers up most of his face. He is staring down a young boy sitting on the floor, possibly his age, who appears to be somewhat disconcerted at the sight of Pulse emerging from the TV, considering how he is leaning back away from him with an expression of surprise on his face and a small sweatdrop running down the side of his head. The boy’s hair is spiked in a manner that resembles Pulse’s helmet somewhat, and is wearing a long-sleeved shirt with a design on the chest that resembles the current Apple logo.]
Caption (Japanese):テレビから飛び出す主人公主人公(SPARK)と, それに付随する男の子がいたと思われる,初期のイメージボード。
Caption (Mod’s English translation):Hero jumping out of the TVIn this early image board, it seems there was a boy who accompanied the hero, Spark.
Early Pulseman concept art by Ken Sugimori.

pulseman:

[image: Pulseman, in an older design that lacks certain details compared to his final design, leans halfway out of the CRT screen of a television set (“Victor” brand) that appears to be sitting on the floor, one hand on the floor and the other balled in a fist on his hip. It is difficult to determine his mood, as his head is tilted downward so that his helmet covers up most of his face. He is staring down a young boy sitting on the floor, possibly his age, who appears to be somewhat disconcerted at the sight of Pulse emerging from the TV, considering how he is leaning back away from him with an expression of surprise on his face and a small sweatdrop running down the side of his head. The boy’s hair is spiked in a manner that resembles Pulse’s helmet somewhat, and is wearing a long-sleeved shirt with a design on the chest that resembles the current Apple logo.]

Caption (Japanese):
テレビから飛び出す主人公
主人公(SPARK)と, それに付随する男の子がいたと思われる,
初期のイメージボード。

Caption (Mod’s English translation):
Hero jumping out of the TV
In this early image board, it seems there was a boy who accompanied the hero, Spark.

Early Pulseman concept art by Ken Sugimori.

pulseman:

[image: A man, Pulseman’s father (known as Suzuhei Yoshiyama in the game manual), and an unnamed female C-Life (computer-generated life form), Pulseman’s mother, gaze at each other in what appears to be virtual space, with a simple grid design representing the “floor”. The man is turned so that we cannot see his face. The bangs of his hair stick up and back in spikes, reminiscent of the spike on Pulse’s helmet. The C-Life’s hair is long and dark and doesn’t appear to be bound to the laws of gravity, flowing behind her as though underwater. She wears a long dark-colored dress that bares her shoulders and comes up to a point on her shoulder blades, resembling that of a Mega Gardevoir’s. She also wears long dark-colored gloves that cover her arms all the way up to her shoulders. It’s hard to tell whether she is down on her knees or floating in mid-air, but there are no shadows.]
Caption (Japanese):CG空間での出会いゲームの設定にもなっている、パルスマンの両親の出会いを描いたイメージボード。左上の少年と、父親の髪型が似ています。
Caption (Mod’s English translation):Meeting in CG SpaceThis image board shows Pulseman’s parents meeting.The boy in the upper left has a similar hairstyle to the father.
The caption references another illustration on the same page that shows Pulse emerging from a TV screen and surprising a young boy.
This is currently the most detailed image of Pulseman’s mother that is available. We still don’t know what Suzuhei looks like from the front.
Early Pulseman concept art by Ken Sugimori.

pulseman:

[image: A man, Pulseman’s father (known as Suzuhei Yoshiyama in the game manual), and an unnamed female C-Life (computer-generated life form), Pulseman’s mother, gaze at each other in what appears to be virtual space, with a simple grid design representing the “floor”. The man is turned so that we cannot see his face. The bangs of his hair stick up and back in spikes, reminiscent of the spike on Pulse’s helmet. The C-Life’s hair is long and dark and doesn’t appear to be bound to the laws of gravity, flowing behind her as though underwater. She wears a long dark-colored dress that bares her shoulders and comes up to a point on her shoulder blades, resembling that of a Mega Gardevoir’s. She also wears long dark-colored gloves that cover her arms all the way up to her shoulders. It’s hard to tell whether she is down on her knees or floating in mid-air, but there are no shadows.]

Caption (Japanese):
CG空間での出会い
ゲームの設定にもなっている、パルスマンの両親の出会いを描
いたイメージボード。左上の少年と、父親の髪型が似ています。

Caption (Mod’s English translation):
Meeting in CG Space
This image board shows Pulseman’s parents meeting.
The boy in the upper left has a similar hairstyle to the father.

The caption references another illustration on the same page that shows Pulse emerging from a TV screen and surprising a young boy.

This is currently the most detailed image of Pulseman’s mother that is available. We still don’t know what Suzuhei looks like from the front.

Early Pulseman concept art by Ken Sugimori.

pulseman:

[image: A window display in what appears to be an electronics store, with shelves lined with television sets and large SALE stickers on the window. A small group of people outside the store are staring at the TVs through the window; one person is pointing at one of the TVs. On each screen, Pulseman (Spark) can be seen, gesturing outward with a pointing finger, slightly similar to the gesture he makes toward the player at the start of the game. There is a short note scribbled under the drawing by Sugimori.]
Note (Japanese): モニタにうつるスパーク
Note (Mod’s English translation): "Spark appearing in monitors"
Caption (Japanese): テレビ画面に映る主人公ゲームでは「パルスマン」はコンピューターネッートワークの中の存在ですが、当初は普通のテレ ビに出現する存在でした。
Caption (Mod’s English translation): Hero reflecting in the TV screensIn the Pulseman game, he lives in the computer network.Originally, he appeared in ordinary televisions.
Early Pulseman concept art by Ken Sugimori.

pulseman:

[image: A window display in what appears to be an electronics store, with shelves lined with television sets and large SALE stickers on the window. A small group of people outside the store are staring at the TVs through the window; one person is pointing at one of the TVs. On each screen, Pulseman (Spark) can be seen, gesturing outward with a pointing finger, slightly similar to the gesture he makes toward the player at the start of the game. There is a short note scribbled under the drawing by Sugimori.]

Note (Japanese): モニタにうつるスパーク

Note (Mod’s English translation): "Spark appearing in monitors"

Caption (Japanese): 
テレビ画面に映る主人公
ゲームでは「パルスマン」はコンピューターネッートワークの中の
存在ですが、当初は普通のテレ ビに出現する存在でした。

Caption (Mod’s English translation): 
Hero reflecting in the TV screens
In the Pulseman game, he lives in the computer network.
Originally, he appeared in ordinary televisions.

Early Pulseman concept art by Ken Sugimori.