Trading card art is underrated. The variety of card art, even today, is astounding — and though the ones you remember most from the Pokémon TCG are probably the Fat Pikachu, the holographic Charizard, and Professor Oak standing in front of a concrete wall, there are thousands more now.
For example, we're big fans of Yuka Morii's clay designs, which show Pokémon in the wild:
But now, we're also big fans of Louie Zong's work, despite the fact that these artworks haven't actually made it on to the cards yet. But they should.
These images were all made by Louie in Blender, a 3D art rendering programme, but you might know Louie best from his music, like Ghost Choir, his music theory tutorials, or his animations of McElroy podcasts.
What we're saying is: Louie Zong should also be both the composer and the lead artist for the next Pokémon game. No pressure, Louie.
Good but a bit off-model.
@Tamale A lot of the TCG art is though. I think his art would look great on some of the cards, Louie Zong is really talented, in terms of visual art as well as musical art.
ZUBAT: You're a wizard, Trubbish.
With his talent set he could produce musical Pokemon cards where they play a song when you play the card or something.
Having thought this through for a few seconds, this could be a winner.
@Tamale have... have you seen the original Pokémon cards?? You're lucky to find one that's on model
@Tamale Your avatar is a Kirby who is a square
Why bother? Have you tried buying Pokemon cards in the last year? It's a miracle to find them in stock at RRP. I went on the official Pokemon Center Website a couple days ago and they were sold out. OF EVERYTHING. Booster packs, blisters, pin sets, tins, Elite Trainer Boxes, full booster boxes... Even theme decks! From XYORAS all the way through the latest SWSH sets. And that's the official website!
Since last August, the only cards I've managed to find in a major retailer store were buried in a Wal-Mart toy section instead of the actual TCG section. And they were dirty and clearly not meant to be there.
This artist is very talented and should be proud of their skills. But even if he got hired, actual Pokemon TCG fans would only ever see his art in promo material online or scans on fan sites.
People I greatly dislike have turned Pokemon cards into a pseudo-stock market and are buying and selling them like stocks. Stalkers follow supply trucks around and buy the entire supply a store gets so they can scalp them and sell them at huge mark ups.
@KateGray The Pokemon Company cares more about being on model now... except in the background of the anime.
@kkslider5552000 Yes it is.
The title says it all, wonderful work!
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