La Madonna is a splendid collection of character illustrations from the immensely popular 80s anime Kimagure Orange Road. The artist behind the illustrations is Takada Akemi, who is also the character designer for the Patlabor anime series.
The illustrations include those used for CD, laserdisc jackets, dvd box covers, posters and more. Quite a few of these ( including the top image above ) I remember vividly as an impressionable kid growing up with anime.
Flipping through the book I seem to see some visual affinity in the illustration style of Takada-san and the Taiwanese artist Pinfan – although the latter utilizes a lot of photo references.
The book is a little on the pricey side, but it’s certainly the best collection of Orange Road art work out there. I wish only for a similar book with Takada-san’s equally beautiful illustrations from Patlabor. Highly recommended.
“La Madonna – Takada Akemi” art book details :
Dimensions – 10.2 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches
Soft cover with clear plastic slipcase, 120 pages
In Japanese language ( contents are mostly images )
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