Final Fantasy “The Sky” by Yoshitaka Amano
Yoshitaka Amano may not be a household name, but the series he helped shaped the visual style of very much is; none other than Final Fantasy.
Known for its wispy lines and vibrant use of colour, Amano’s influences include early Western comic books, art nouveau, and Japanese woodblock prints - the latter very clearly seen emerging through these scans here.
Amano may not be as involved in the series as he was pre-Final Fantasy X but, thankfully, his beautiful art lives on through most of the series’ box designs.
These scans come from the highly exclusive artwork collection Amano has curated called “The Sky.” If like me you missed the original boxed edition of “The Sky,” never fear; a less exclusive slipcased version is headed to bookshops for £54 in August 2013.