Monday, January 21, 2013

The Illustration of Amano

Yoshitaka Amanois a Japanese illustrator and concept artist that specializes in character and costume design. Grounding his career in the development of early anime such as "Speed Racer" and "Gatchaman", he was able to become independent as a freelance artist by the early 80s. Since, he has worked on novels such as "Vampire Hunter D" and Neil Gaiman's "Sandman." Amano has become very well known in America through the commissioned concept illustration that influenced many of Squaresoft's (now Square Enix) game series, particularly their pillar franchise "Final Fantasy".

Character designs for Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy IX

Vampire Hunter D

Today, Amano is still freelancing and producing projects in the graphic novel, illustration and animation industry, including "Zan", a 3D animated film he is currently directing.

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