Throughout the history of the Pokemon TCG, many talented illustrators have used their skills to depict the hundreds of Pokemon in the Pokemon series. Full art cards, a type of card where the artwork takes up the entire card, allow these illustrators to make the most of their creative abilities, giving them more room to work.
The use of color, the composition of the Pokemon, and the background of the artwork all help to make a card stand out from the rest, resulting in a new take on the Pokemon. While these full art cards can be expensive if you want a specific one, the distinctive artwork makes them worth seeking out.
ten Love is in the Air: Latias & Latios-GX (Team Up #170)
The legendary Pokémon Dragon and Psychic, Latios and Latias are difficult to separate from each other due to their close connection to each other in the legends of the Hoenn region. Sanosuke Sakuma pays homage to this strong bond, as Latios and Latias are depicted wing to wing, with the space between them forming a heart shape.
The illustrator chose to depict a tender moment between these two Pokémon as they stare into each other’s eyes, both with a small smile lighting up their expressions. The inclusion of a sunset in the background cements the card’s tender atmosphere.
9 Forest Spirit: Celebi V (Fusion Strike #245)
This full art card, illustrated by Teeziro, depicts the Pokémon Grass and Psychic Celebi, using its powers to welcome the coming spring. In the illustration, Celebi flies through the environment, spreading her magic to sprout green foliage on the leafless trees.
What makes this portrayal of Celebi so enchanting is how Teeziro is able to capture the charm of such a moment, using a trail of twinkling lights to symbolize Celebi’s life-like dust-like abilities. fairy. As Celebi is known as the “Voice of the Forest”, it’s no surprise to imagine her rejuvenating the forest after a harsh winter.
8 Flames of Friendship: Flareon (Shining Stars #TG01)
The Pokemon TCG illustrators always do a great job of capturing snapshots of normal life in the Pokemon universe, and this map is no exception. Illustrated by You Iribi, this full art card shows the close relationship between Blue and his partner Flareon, and is one of three cards where Blue is shown with an Eeveelution.
Iribi’s use of soft colors makes this card’s artwork stand out as it perfectly captures a peaceful moment between Pokemon and trainer. The happy expression on Blue’s face as he strokes Flareon’s mane also adds to the cuteness of this card as it shows that Blue cares a lot about his Pokemon, despite his competitive nature.
seven Best Friends: Silvally-GX (Cosmic Eclipse #227)
In Pokemon Sun and Moon, Gladion leaves the Aether Foundation alongside a Type:Null he stole from the lab, hoping to stop his mother Lusamine and free the Type:Nulls from the Foundation’s control. Gladion is eventually able to evolve his Type: Null into Silvally, successfully releasing it through great friendship, as shown in this Pokémon card.
Megumi Mizutani chose to show Gladion and Silvally in a serene moment, sitting together in the grass as Silvally cuddles up to Gladion’s head. The illustrator perfectly captures their close bond through the happy expressions on both of their faces.
Hyogonosuke took a different approach to illustrating the three legendary birds of the Kanto region, drawing inspiration from the stained glass windows often used to depict important religious figures. The bright colors and stained glass effect help elevate these Pokémon, establishing them as legendary symbols.
You can imagine the artwork of this card displayed in the Pokémon world, in a place where people can show their respect for the legendary Kanto Pokémon. The map stands out from other full art maps thanks to Hyogonosuke’s distinctive approach to these elemental birds.
5 Heroes and Legends: Reshiram and Zekrom-GX (Cosmic Eclipse #222)
Illustrated by Naoki Saito, this card features N (the king of Team Plasma and an antagonist of Pokémon Black and White) standing in front of Reshiram and Zekrom, the legendary Pokémon of the Fifth Generation. This card encapsulates the special connection between N, Reshiram, and Zekrom through the vibrant illustrations of Naoki Saito.
The composition of this Pokémon card centralizes N as the centerpiece without sacrificing detail on Reshiram and Zekrom. The use of blue and orange, two complementary colors, helps to make the card striking and only serves to enhance the overall effect.
4 Moonlit Night: Umbreon VMAX (Evolving Skies #215)
This Umbreon card, illustrated by Keiichiro Ito, features Dynamax Umbreon wrapped around an arrow, reaching its legs towards the full moon. The moon shines brightly in the star-studded blue-green sky, reflecting in the calm waters below.
The card pays homage to the Pokedex category of Umbreon, known as Moonlight Pokemon, by focusing on its connection to the moon. The map has plenty of detail, not only of Umbreon itself, but also in its backdrop of a seaside town at night, where the glowing lights of buildings match the yellow rings of Umbreon.
3 God of All: Arceus V (Brilliant Stars #166)
Considered the god of the Pokemon universe, according to the legends of the Sinnoh region, the mythical Pokemon Arceus is considered the creator of all things, as he says in his Pokedex entry in Pokemon Legends: Arceus.
Kawayoo’s illustration captures this awesome reputation as they chose to show Arceus rising above the land of Sinnoh with a light that seems to shine from his very being. He captures the essence of Arceus, placing him above all living beings where he watches over the world he created.
2 Birth of a Legend: Mewtwo-GX (Shining Legends #78)
Illustrated by Mitsuhiro Arita, this full art Pokémon card focuses on the artificial creation of the legendary Pokémon Mewtwo. It shows Mewtwo trapped within the confines of a glass tube while scientists test his DNA. The treatment of Mewtwo by the scientists who created it was appalling, as they sought to create a powerful Pokémon using Mew’s DNA, regardless of that Pokémon’s feelings.
Mitsuhiro Arita’s attention to detail in their artwork effectively conveys Mewtwo’s gruesome beginnings as he floats in his tube, bent over, and surrounded by various lab equipment. The only sign that Mewtwo is aware of his surroundings is his slightly open eyes – a nice touch that suggests Mewtwo will break free soon.
1 Force Of Love: Enamorus V (Lost Origin #TG18)
Introduced in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Cogita is a mysterious character who seems to know a lot about Hisui’s ancient past, including knowledge of the Legendary Pokemon. Illustrated by Akira Egawa, this artful map captures Cogita alongside Enamorus, the fourth member of the Forces of Nature.
The card represents the majesty of this Pokemon, as the dynamic pose and vibrant color palette help convey its legendary status. The use of light pink flowers in this illustration is also a great touch, symbolizing the incarnated form of Enamorus, whose love is said to cause “new life to blossom through Hisui.”
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