Yoshitaka Amano is one of my favorite artists. I first knew him from “The Sandman: The Dream Hunters“, his collaboration work with Neil Gaiman, and knew about him making the character designs for Square Enix‘s Final Fantasy series, but I recently just noticed (way to knowing the name of a person but not being able to link both works -_-) that he was the person that made the both of them and I discovered he also made artwork in very different fields, like stained glass, and theater design. Here are the links to his English and Japanese websites. He recently had an exhibition in San Francisco, Super Frog Gallery.
“Born in Shizuoka City, Japan, Amano started working for Tatsunoko Productions, where he worked on character development for such popular animated television series as Gatchaman (G-Force), The Adventures of Hutch, the Honeybee and The Time Bokan series.
After he left Tatsunoko Productions in 1982, he started working as a freelance illustrator and expanded his career to gain worldwide recognition for his visual concept design for the popular game Final Fantasy.
His works both in illustration and computer game design, such as “Vampire Hunter D”, “Guin Saga”, “Final Fantasy”, “Front Mission” etc., became legendary in the industry. His fine art oriented works have been shown in galleries and art fairs all over the world in recent years.
In 1997, Amano’s first gallery exhibition THINK LIKE AMANO was held in New York City and his career as a contemporary artist took international route followed by concept design for the first philharmonic production of 3D/2D animated short film 1001 Nights which debuted at the Los Angeles Philharmonic April Concert, solo exhibition at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Exhibition THINK LIKE AMANO at Uenonomori Museum of Art in Tokyo, and solo exhibition HERO at Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York City (1999).
In, 2000 THE SANDMAN: The Dream Hunters was nominated for Hugo Award and won Eisner Award.”