This art book is a collection of his illustrations and drawings, some 480 pieces in all, with about 150 colored pieces.
Besides illustration work, Akihiro-san also does concept art work from time to time – like the exquisite character designs he created for the film Shinobi – Heart Under Blade
(above top right) The character depicted in the illustration is Ishikawa Goemon, a legendary master thief in Japanese folklore not unlike Robin Hood. See this older post.
Goemon was eventually captured and boiled alive in a giant vat – till this day the vats often seen in Japanese hot spring baths are called Goemonburo (Goemon baths).
(above & below) The latter 1/2 of the book features monochrome illustrations.
A beautiful collection of art work from a veteran illustrator with exceptional draftsmanship skills. Highly recommended.
Yamada Akihiro – A Collection Of Paintings art book details :
– Dimensions – 11.6 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
– Softcover with dust jacket, 150 pages.
– Full color / B&W, in Japanese language ( book contains mostly art work )
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