At the start of his career, prolific artist and honorary MOL captain Ryohei Yanagihara illustrated numerous book covers and movie title sequences. He created the cultural icon, Uncle Torys, for Suntory whisky before becoming one of the key figures in Japanese independent animation of the 1960s.
Born 16th November 1916, Miroslav Sasek grew up in Prague. After finishing school he wanted to study to become a painter, but his parents were disapproving, so to appease them he decided to studied architecture instead. He did however study drawing and painting with Czech landscape artist Otakar Blažíček, and later in 1947 moved to Paris to study at the École des Beaux Arts. Just at the onset of his illustration career, prompted by the 1948 Czech coup, Mr Sasek decided not to return to his homeland and instead emigrate to Munich.