Part 3 of BMCMBs Yoshitaka Amano featurette.
Today’s gallery is part 1/2 of pieces from Amanos’s collection The Virgin.
Welcome to today’s installment of BMCMB’s feature artist curation.
Brief artist bio can be found here.
Gallery pieces from Marchen, a collection of illustrations inspired by European folklore. The usual suspects are included: little red, sleeping beauty, snow white, little mermaid et al.
This week, BMCMB will be doing her first Feature Artist review. Her subject is Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano. Subsequent image gallery posts will compose an online curatorial project.
Today’s post: an introduction and background of Yoshitaka Amano, and the first image gallery.
–Intro and Edit by Pont
Yoshitaka Amano, born in 1952 at the foot of Mt Fuji, is today’s feature artist. Prepare to enter a world of somber, beautiful delicacy.
Many of you may recognize Amano’s name (or at the very least, his designs) from his work with the Final Fantasy franchise. I’ll be steering clear of this body of work, since many are familiar with them and not as many are familiar with his other pieces. I therefore encourage you to read this Kotaku article for a good Final Fantasy/Amano gallery.
Amano’s career began in the animation field but by the time he was thirty, he’d grown bored and gone freelance. Besides his work in video games, Amano’s portfolio notably includes work on Vampire Hunter D, and cult Japanese film Angel’s Egg (with legendary director Mamoru Oshii).
Also; some fascinating, genre-bending work, like a visual concert 1001 Nights. It comprised of a live orchestral performance featuring an original score by David Newman, played alongside Amanos signature animation. Next time you have half an hour to spare, please watch the video below because it is stunning (fans of Fantasia take special note).
And if all that is somehow not enough for you, he’s also worked with Neil Gaiman on the Sandman series.
Having sufficiently preambled, I present to you my first hand picked Yoshitaka Amano gallery.
Having asked around about this Arumakan character, a mutual friend described spending time with her as “cathartic and wonderfully angry” and characterizes her personal outlook on life as being “100% legit in the most hilariously brutal way” (quotes from BMCMB). She sounds like our kind of dame, please to inspect with us?
If you follow this DeviantArt link, you’re going to find some luscious and precisely rendered work in prismas, inks, and digital. You can track her progress as an artist through her gallery and, unlike so many, her steady improvement over the years is apparent. There’s a healthy dose of old-school fanart, some wicked original pieces and some of the coolest, most humble manga-style self-portraits you’re going to find on the internet. Seriously, does this not look like a promotional poster from Kill Bill?
Honestly, if anyone out there is used to dealing with anime artists on the internet, you’re used to seeing stuff like this:
Not to detract from Neko Ainu’s artistry skills or anything, but seriously? Cat ears? Why do you look like you’ve been cornered in a dark alley? You drew this of yourself? You’re not going to find any of those weeaboo shenanigans on Arukaman’s court.
I leave you with the only completion of Nyu’s Art Meme that I have ever personally enjoyed.
-Posted by Pont, artist recommendation by BMCMB