Cannabis Works 2 – Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on May 2nd, 2016

Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review

Cannabis Works 2 is the much awaited follow-up art book to renowned Japanese concept artist/illustrator/animator Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s original Cannabis Works, released more than a decade ago. This book is so good I don’t even know where to begin, and more than makes up for cancelled “Boiled Head” art book.

Filling the pages are Tatsuyuki’s stupendously detailed illustrations spanning concept art for numerous anime, storyboards for commercials, magazines and personal work in between; the context of the art work serves only as background information – everything is top notch in here.

Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review

(above & below) Storyboards for a short film called Angel Mask by Hongkong photographer/filmmaker Wing Shya, who is a frequent collaborator with Wong Kar Wai.

Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review

(above & below) Character concept art on Otomo Katsuhiro’s anime Farewell To Weapons, based on the manga of the same name. The full collection of concept art for the film can also be found in the Farewell To Weapons art book.

Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review
Cannabis Works 2 - Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review

Tatsuyuki Tanaka is one of my favourite Japanese artists and this book easily makes it into my top art books of 2016. Highly, highly recommended.

Cannabis Works 2 – Tatsuyuki Tanaka” art book details :

– Dimensions – 26.7 x 19.2 x 2.4 cm
– Hardcover, 160 pages.
– Full color, in Japanese/English language

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9 Responses to “Cannabis Works 2 – Tatsuyuki Tanaka Art Book Review”

DISTRAKT

Truly remarkable as usual!

Mfon

Finally! Awesome work.
Mine should arrive in a few days.
totally worth the wait.
great blog as always

martin

EGAD, i must get this! much awaited indeed. would love for him to do another animated short.

anon

I like the book but a huge complaint I have is that a lot of the images appear blurry and seemed to be sourced from low-rez digital images. Didn’t he keep any of the original files?

Christopher

“Highly,highly recommended.” Music to my ears! I was hoping CW2 was just as good, if not better than the first.

CW

Gah, another for the order pile.

Li-An

Great news. Have to buy this…

yonghow

Mfon – Thanks ! :]

anon – It’s true that some of the reproduced art work aren’t the sharpest, although I can’t be certain if it’s because of the poor quality of the original source.

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