Oh Wow, the best Pokemon TGC Art all come from the same person

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Image: Yuka Morii / The Pokemon Company

Over the years, the Pokemon trading card game has seen a large number of artists come and go. Approximately 175 different people contributed to the art of the cards, some designing just one, others contributing hundreds. Heck, Ken Sugimori created 966 of them, starting with the very first Pokémon card game, the base game from 1999. But Yuka Morii stands out among them, with 188 cards to his name, and his unique style of photographing tiny clay pokemon models in nature.

Ever since the Neo Discovery set from the 2000s, Yuka Morii has been sculpting adorable Pokémon out of clay, then photographing them in the perfect frame. his caterpillar of this Neo Discovery set is a classic hit, joined by Omanyte, Kabuto and corsoleestablishing a style that has been an integral part of the TCG ever since.

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As a very late arrival at Pokémon TCG, it was the cards that immediately attracted me. While my son fills his binder with VMAX and Rainbow Rares, my only binder is an ever-growing collection of Morri’s work, giving me the ridiculous goal of one day trying to collect all 188 of them.

On his site, Morii explains perfectly, “My job is to appreciate and do small things.” Our job today is to appreciate them in return. Here are 20 of my favorite Yuka Morii designs.