Cannabis Works – Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on September 11th, 2010

Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book

It’s come to my attention as of late that I have a stash of amazing art books that have never been featured on my site, most of them having been published quite a while before I got into the whole blogging routine. As such, I’ve sorted out a couple of outstanding ones that I feel are really worth sharing with my readers and will be posting them at intervals in the future, starting with Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s “Cannabis Works”.

Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book

Tatsuyuki Tanaka is a veteran Japanese animator with an incredible list of credits to his name, including Akira ( he was responsible for animating Tetsuo’s mutation sequence ), Studio 4°C’s “Noiseman Sound Insect”, Glayz’s MTV “Survival”, Roujin Z, Venus Wars, and so on.

Tanaka’s artwork reveal a hint of influence from other great artists like Otomo Katsuhiro, Koji Morimoto, Moebius and Range Murata, though not in a derivative sense, and he more than holds his own.

Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book

(above) Some images from “Boiled Head”, an artbook that was slated for release sometime in 2005/2006, but was unfortunately canned for reasons unknown. ( below ) An apology note drawn by Tanaka to appease fans who have waiting for the book’s release, to no luck. ( myself included – I very clearly remember seeing this illustration in Shinjuku’s Kinokuniya Japanese art book section. )

Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book

(above) Some beautiful image boards he illustrated for the animation series “Nadia – Secret of Blue Water”.

Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book

(above) Images from “Tojin Kit”, one of the animated shorts appearing in Studio 4°C “Genius Party”. The entire collection of shorts are now available to own in this sumptuous boxset. ( see box art below )

Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book
Cannabis Works - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book

“Cannabis Works” artbook details :
Dimensions – 10.2 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
Hardcover, 143 pages
Full color / b&w drawings

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18 Responses to “Cannabis Works – Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review”

Daniel

I got this art book a long time ago and its definitely my favorite.

Bitter Lix

Me!
I wonder if artworks from Cannabis are part of some manga, or just random pieces of art. Take Linda for example, the girl with orange hair. She’s frequent in this artbook, so is there story attached?

Cheers!

Zack

this book is great. i had seen a bunch of his work before and just never known his name. i just picked this up, thanks to another great recommendation.

yonghow

Daniel : Surely, one of my favs too !

Bitter Lix : The artwork in the book is a mixture of concept art he did for anime series, as well as games, etc. I believe “Linda” is a character from an old Playstation Game.

Zack : Glad you like his work too ! :]

luca

Yeah, definitely one of my favorite as well. Together with Koji Morimoto`s.

ChrisK

One of my favorite artists. Awesome!!!

yonghow

luca – I’ll be writing a post on the Koji book “Orange” soon ! :]

ChrisK – And me too. :]

Sonny

Definitely one of my all time favourites! dare I say better (for me at least) than KABA 2 (KABA 1 is awesome though!)

fony

Yay!
Cannabis works 2 comes out in April!

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