Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cannabis Works

Tatsuyuki Tanaka made his reputation with his masterful animation of Tetsuo’s mutating arm in Akira and since has split his time between animating, anime layout, conceptualization and manga. He worked on the image boards for Fushigi No Umi No Nadia (The Secret of Blue Water), character designs for the video game Linda Cubed, and tons of storyboards for Studio 4C, famous for it's work on Animatrix, Spriggan, Memories, and Vampire Hunter D, as well as Grasshoppa and Vermilion Pleasure Nights.
Scans of his graphic novel called "Cannabis Works" can be found at Digik Gallery.

His style of drawing is known as 'Superflat', a postmodern art movement founded by the artist Takashi Murakami, which is influenced by manga and anime. It is also the name of a 2001 art exhibition, curated by Murakami, that toured West Hollywood, Minneapolis and Seattle. The term is used by Murakami to refer to various flattened forms in Japanese graphic art, animation, pop culture and fine arts, as well as the "shallow emptiness of Japanese consumer culture."(espvisuals)

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