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Apr 29

Y is for Yoshitaka Amano

In today’s continuation of the A-Z Challenge, I give you:

Y is for Yoshitaka Amano


Yoshitaka AmanoI swear I wasn’t aiming to put all the artists at the end of the A-Z Challenge, but that’s where they ended up. If you’re a fan of the Final Fantasy video game series, you already recognize the name (or should!) as Yoshitaka Amano has done the concept art for the series since the beginning. (You should also check out F is for Final Fantasy and U is for Uematsu.)

Yoshitaka Amano is an amazing artist and not just because I love Final Fantasy. His work falls on the abstract side of art at times, but demonstrates the emotions of the games and characters very well.

The first time I saw his art was on the concept art for Final Fantasy III (VI in Japan), followed up by the Japanese game box:

Final Fantasy VI Box Art by Amano

Click to view this larger. Trust me.

The steampunk-esque gritty city with Terra on MagiTek was gorgeous to me. Back when it was released, the Internet wasn’t nearly as large and gaining access to such art was much more difficult. I didn’t see his art outside of game logos until the release of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: The Dream Hunters cover. After that, I was hooked.

We own several of his art books, and even though neither of us read Japanese, it doesn’t stop us from enjoying his art.

Artwork by Yoshitaka AmanoYoshitaka Amano inspires me to make great art in whatever way I’m capable. There needs to be more of this in the world.

(Images are copyright Yoshitaka Amano and used under Fair Use for the purpose of education and criticism.)


This post is part of the A-Z Challenge. Every day (except Sundays) in the month of May, I’ll be posting about people, places, books, games, and other things that influence me as a writer or add a certain magic to my life. Join me in April as we explore a Hodge-Podge of Influences & Wayward Treks through the Fantastical.

Read more of my A-Z Challenge posts here.

About the author

Raven Oak

Bestselling science fiction & fantasy author Raven Oak is best known for Amaskan’s Blood, Class-M Exile, and the collection Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays.

She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet. When she’s not writing, she’s getting her game on, enjoying cartography, or staring at the ocean.

She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach.

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