“Kikan S” is a popular Japanese illustration magazine released quarterly ( Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec ), and contains a superb collection of the latest art work from the top illustrators and comic artists working in Japan.
Browsing a copy is a great way to be introduced to new and upcoming artists, as well as staying in touch with the latest news and development in the Japanese comics/animation industry. Every issue comes with a pull out poster illustrated by Range Murata. ( above )
The theme for this issue (no. 47 – June 2014) is “Angels & Demons”. (above) Animator/concept artist/character designer Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s piece for the magazine. I love his art work and am still disappointed that his 2nd art book Boiled Head ( Cannabis Works was his first ) was never released.
(above & below) A feature on the animation in Kill La Kill.
(above) Illustration by Taiwanese artist Pinfan/Chen Sufen, another regular contributor for this magazine. Check out their art book here.
(above) Angel sculptures. I’ve always held a fascination for these sculptures and find them incredibly graceful and beautiful. I spent quite a bit of time photographing them I was in Italy ( Cimitero Monumentale ) and Paris ( Montparnasse Cemetery ).
Kikan S magazine is a a periodical and the reprint cycle is limited, so get your copy before it goes out of print.
“Kikan S Illustration Magazine No.47″ details :
– Dimensions –27.6 x 21 x 1.4 cm
– Softcover, 188 pages
– Full color / b & w
– Comes with fold-out Range Murata Poster ( see top image of this post )
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