Katoh Naoyuki – Guin Saga Art Works Book Review

Posted By yonghow on May 16th, 2015

Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book

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Katoh Naoyuki – Guin Saga Art Works ( 加藤直之グイン・サーガ画集 ) is a collection of illustrations for the long running Japanese fantasy novel Guin Saga by Kaoru Kurimoto, with art work by Katoh Naoyuki. The story centers around a mysterious warrior named Guin, an amnesiac with a leopard mask magically affixed to his head.

Besides Katoh Naoyuki, other notable artists have also illustrated art work for the novel, including Yoshitaka Amano, Jun Suemi and Shinobu Tanno.

Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book

In his other art book Katoh-san cites his artistic influences by Victorian artists like Alma-Tadema and John William Waterhouse; often I see a visual affinity to paintings by the great Gustav Klimt and William Bouguereau as well.

Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book

(below) Besides the colored art work there is also a section of monochrome illustrations near the end of the book.

Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book
Guin Saga Art Works - Katoh Naoyuki Art Book

Although I personally prefer Katoh-san’s science fiction illustrations, his fantasy art work is equally fascinating and well worth a look. Recommended.

“Guin Saga Art Works – Katoh Naoyuki” art book details :

– Dimensions – 11.5 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
– Softcover, 95 pages
– Full color, in Japanese language

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4 Responses to “Katoh Naoyuki – Guin Saga Art Works Book Review”

James

That is some lovely art. Btw, do you know if the manga is any good?

yonghow

James – Unfortunately I’ve not read the manga before, but I’ll check it out if I have the chance. :]

Lavinia

I always asked myself in what artbook of Naoyuki Katoh can I find this beautiful image:

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yonghow

Lavinia – There are a couple of Katoh Naoyuki art books that I’ve not yet browsed through before, I’m fairly sure this piece of art work might just be in one of these books.