Masaaki Yuasa – Animation Projects Sketchbook Review

Posted By yonghow on September 27th, 2014

Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects

“Masaaki Yuasa – Sketchbook For Animation Projects” is a thick, sumptuous art book of visuals ideas from the anime director that bought us such fantastic works like Mind Game, Ping Pong The Animation, Kickheart, Tatami Galaxy and more.

Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects
Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects
Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects

The voluminous book ( 400 pages ) is packed from cover to cover with sketches from Masaaki-san’s many animation projects like the numerous Crayon Shinchan animated films (image above), the list I mentioned earlier above, as well as previously unreleased art from several other projects.

Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects
Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects
Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects

Almost all the illustrations found in the book are rendered in vivid watercolor, and the sketches themselves are imbued with a spontaneous, frenetic energy that is a hallmark of the director’s animation films as well.

Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects
Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects
Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects

(above) Cover art designs for the Mind Game dvd boxset.

Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects
Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects
Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects

(above & below) Surprise find – I was unaware that Masaaki-san was involved and had designed characters for the Studio 4C short film Noiseman Sound Insect ( Onkyo Seimeitai ), a piece I really love and which had a big impact on me during my formative years as an animation student.

Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects
Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects
Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects
Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects

(above & below) At the end of the book is a full color short manga piece “Rocket Boy”, illustrated by the Masaaki-san, as well as an interview.

Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects
Masaaki Yuasa - Sketchbook For Animation Projects

A fascinating peek into the visual thoughts and ideas behind one of the most innovative directors working in the Japanese animation scene today. Highly recommended.

Masaaki Yuasa – Sketchbook For Animation Projects details :

– Dimensions – 8.7 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
– 400 pages
– Soft cover
– Full color, in Japanese (book contains mostly images)

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7 Responses to “Masaaki Yuasa – Animation Projects Sketchbook Review”

Kamikaze

What a jaw-dropping vision! I’ll never get a Masaki Yuasa overdose – he’ll always surprise me. I only wish I could read Japanese to follow his interview..

DISTRAKT

Top choice quality!

DISTRAKT

@Kamikaze no doubt its reasons like this that inspires to learn Japanese, for now will have a friend translate because this is to great to miss out of the morsels in this one indeed.

yonghow

Kamikaze/DISTRAKT – Yep, it’s never too late to start learning Japanese ! :]

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