Oh wow, the best Pokémon TGC art all come from the same person

Swirlix between macarons and cookies.

Image: Yuka Morii / The Pokémon Company

Over the years, the pokemon trading card game has seen many artists come and go. About 175 different people contributed art to the cards, some designed just one, others contributed hundreds. Heck, Ken Sugimori has made 966 of them, starting with the very first set of Pokémon cards, the 1999 Base Set. But the most striking thing for me, with 188 cards to her name, is Yuka Morii, and her unique style of shooting of small clay model Pokemon in nature.

Ever since the 2000 Neo Discovery set, Yuka Morii has been sculpting cute clay Pokemon and then shooting them in the perfect setting. Hair Caterpie of that Neo Discovery set is a classic recording, accompanied by Omanyte, Kabuto and Corsolcreating a style that has been a core part of TCM ever since.

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If a very late arrival in the Pokemon TCG, these are the cards I was immediately drawn to. While my son stuffs his folder with VMAXs and Rainbow Rares, my own only folder is an ever-growing collection of Morri’s work, giving me the ridiculous goal of trying to collect all 188 works one day.

on her websiteMorii explains perfectly: “My job is to appreciate and make small things.” Our job today is to revalue them right away. Here are 20 of my favorite Yuka Morii designs.

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