Earlier this week, Pokémon‘s original character designer Ken Sugimori tweeted a picture of the original design sketches of the Kanto Gym Leaders. The picture reveals the early designs for Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, and Erika, which ended up becoming sprites for the first generation of Pokémon games. The designs were posted not long after Sugimori announced a Brock sculpture that is being released this November.
Sugimori does mention that more statues could be made if enough people show an interest. These sketches really bring me back to my childhood, when I played Pokémon Blue Version for the very first time. It’s an amazing piece of nostalgia, and I hope Sugimori releases the rest of the sketches soon!
— 杉森 建/KEN SUGIMORI (@SUPER_32X) June 16, 2015