Yoshitaka Amano: Illustrations, characters and concept art
Yoshitaka Amano is a japanese illustrator and character artist. Born in Shizuoka City Japan on July 28 1952. He began working as an animator but is most famous for working on the Final Fantasy series. First as a concept artist and character designer and later as an illustrator. In his twenties, Amano became interested in studying early 20th century European arts and Japanese ancient hand woodblock printing.
In 1987 he ventured in the videogame concpetual design joining Squaresoft in qhat was believed to be their last game: Final Fantasy. The sixt instalmente of the series (Final Fantasy VI) was the last one on which he worked as a designer, leaving the role to Tetsuya Nomura. He kept working as an illustrator for the company.
Since the 1990s he has also been creating and exhibiting paintings featuring his iconic retro pop icons in galleries around the world, primarily painting on aluminium box panels with acrylic and automotive paint.
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