Artist / Graphic Designer / Mangaka
See also: Yoshitaka Amano's English site
Yoshitaka Amano is a Japanese artist, character designer, illustrator and a theatre and film scenic designer and costume designer. He first came into prominence in the late 1960s working on the anime adaptation of Speed Racer. Amano later became the creator of iconic and influential characters such as Gatchaman, Tekkaman: The Space Knight, Hutch the Honeybee and Casshan. In 1982 he went independent and became a freelance artist, finding success as an illustrator for numerous authors, and worked on many best selling novels such as The Guin Saga and Vampire Hunter D. He is also known for his commissioned illustrations for the popular video-game franchise Final Fantasy.
Since the 1990s Amano has been creating and exhibiting paintings featuring his iconic retro pop icons in galleries around the world, primarily painting on aluminium box panels with acrylic and automotive paint. He is a 5 time winner of the Seiun Award, and also won the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for his collaboration with Neil Gaiman, Sandman: The Dream Hunters.
Amano's influences include early Western comic books, art nouveau, and Japanese woodblock prints. In early 2010, he established Studio Devaloka, a film production company.
Anime Convention Guest Appearances
- Crunchyroll Expo 2017 - August 25-27, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA 2016
- ANI:ME 2016 - October 27-29, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Anime Expo 2016 - July 1-4, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA 2015
- Paris Manga & Sci-Fi Show 2015 - October 3-4, 2015 in Paris, France
- Monaco Anime Game International Conferences 2015 - March 21, 2015 in Monaco 2012
- New York Comic Con 2012 - October 11-14, 2012 in New York, NY
- Kawaii Kon 2012 - March 16-18, 2012 in Honolulu, HI 2010
- FanExpo Canada 2010 - August 27-29, 2010 in Toronto, ON, Canada 2008
- New York Anime Festival 2008 - September 26-28, 2008 in New York, NY 2006
- Oni-Con 2006 - October 20-22, 2006 in Houston, TX
- Metrocon: Amano's World 2006 - October 14-15, 2006 in Tampa, FL 2005
- AniZona 2005 - March 25-27, 2005 in Phoenix, AZ 2000
- New York Anime Film Festival 2000 - October 6-8, 2000 in New York, NY
- Katsucon 2000 - February 11-13, 2000 in Arlington, VA