As per the title, this is possibly a stupid question, but does anybody know who the artist is behind the artwork on Topps cards? I mean this style of art:
Is it really just Sugimori again but in a different style?
From memory, this more anime-style artwork was used on all kinds of merch like the books, toy packaging, magazines, annuals, Pokemon encyclopedias etc. and not credited to anybody in particular.
I just noticed that this sort of art doesn’t pop up when searching for “Sugimori” art, for example. And even when Sugimori switched away from traditional watercolours from Gen 3 onwards, the art didn’t look anything like these Toppe artworks.