Final Fantasy

  1. Manga Mondays ~ Yoshitaka Amano

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    Artist and illustrator, Yoshitaka Amano, has amalgamated an anomalous body of work across all fields of art. Starting his career in the late 1960s working on, and developing characters for, aniemes including Speed Racer, Gatchaman, Tekkaman: The Space Knight, and Casshan. He has illustrated for novels including Vampire Hunter D, The Guin Saga, Elektra and Wolverine: The Redeemer and The Sandman: The Dream Hunters. Although, Amano is possibly best know for being the character and logo designer on the very popular RPG franchise Final Fantasy.

    Yoshitaka Amano style can often be very varied, as his artist influences stretch from both tradition Japanese wood block printing to contemporary western comics, Art Nouveau to Pop Art. His combination of influences along with his unremitting skill make for truly stunning and incomparable work. You can see some more of his work here, and watch a good interview here.

  2. History of 3d-Animation & CGI

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    In less than 40 years, CGI & 3D graphics have moved from a mere twinkle in the eye to become one of the most popular creative industries in the world. Each year we are seeing more and more 3D and Special effects enhanced movies appearing on our cinema screens. 3D generated illustration, movies and advertising has now become the dominant force in comparison to traditional art-working methods.

    The history of CGI This is a great link to a page where you can watch clips of groundbreaking CGI movies such as Tron in chronological order. There is some handy info about the films as well.

    A History of CGI in Movies Is another great source, written by Simon Vreeswijk. This page also includes some fantastic video clips and details.

    In depth CGI timeline This is a fascinating page that looks at the evolution of CGI and details specific developments in technology that brought us to where we are today.