Game Artist Profile
 Yoshitaka Amano

Yoshitaka Amano Yoshitaka Amano was born in Shizuoka City, Japan on July 28, 1952. His name as an artist first became popular for his dark illustrations behind the Vampire Hunter D novel series, and the gaming community today knows him for his hefty contributions to the Final Fantasy RPG craze. Amano's career in artwork started at the age of 16, in the animation department at Tatsunoko Productions in 1967 where he became involved in the early Japanese anime movement. The Speed Racer anime was the first project handed to him, with more positions in anime character design to follow. At the same time, Amano was also studying art styles found in Western comic books and American pop art.

Illustration for Final Fantasy. In his twenties, Amano became interested in studying early 20th century European arts and Japanese ancient hand woodblock printing. He left Tatsunoko Productions in 1982 and in the following year was hired to illustrate the Vampire Hunter D novel series, and further served as character designer for the movie adaptation in 1985. In 1987, Amano ventured into video game conceptual design, joining the struggling Squaresoft company to illustrate for what was believed to be their last video game, Final Fantasy. His fantasy themed illustrations grew in popularity with the game's unpresedented fame, and the Final Fantasy series continued with Amano as returning artist.

Amano continues to give his impressions for the FF series. After Final Fantasy VI, Amano's art involvement with the Final Fantasy series took a back seat to the new and much younger contemporary artist Tetsuya Nomura, who handled character design for the following installments. Amano continued to provide promotional artwork and his own impressions of the characters, and returned once more as character designer for Final Fantasy IX. Meanwhile, his name was spreading worldwide with an art exhibition at Orlean Art Museum in France, followed by a 'Think Like Amano' exhibition in New York, and another 'Think Like Amano' exhibition at the Uenonomori Museum of Art in Tokyo.

Promotional art for Final Fantasy XI. In 2000, Amano illustrated for The Sandman: The Dream Hunters, which was nominated for a Hugo Award and won several other awards. Shortly after, he also provided character design for the Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust movie, and worked with Marvel Comics on Elektra and Wolverine: The Redeemer. In 2006, Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi asked Amano to illustrate for video games at his new company Mistwalker. Amano has also recently commented that he is working on artwork for Final Fantasy XIII.
 Artist's Video Game Work
1987  Final Fantasy (NES)
1988  Final Fantasy II (NES)
1988  First Queen (PC)
1989  Duel (PC)
1989  Duel98 (PC)
1990  Final Fantasy III (NES)
1990  First Queen 2 (PC)
1991  Final Fantasy IV (SNES)
1992  Final Fantasy V (SNES)
1992  Kawanakajima Izu. (PC)
1993  First Queen 3 (PC)
1994  Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
1995  Front Mission (SNES)
1996  Front Mission: GH (SNES)
1997  Final Fantasy VII (PS)
1998  Kartia: World of Fate (PS)
1999  Final Fantasy VIII (PS)
2000  Final Fantasy IX (PS)
2000  l Dorado Gate V.1-7 (DC)
2001  Final Fantasy X (PS2)
2002  Final Fantasy XI (PS2)
2006  Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
????  Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)

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