NOW – Yusuke Nakamura Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on March 12th, 2015

NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book

NOW is a collection of illustrated art work by Yusuke Nakamura, a prolific artist who has created a huge body of art work for album covers, novels, magazines, anime and more. Some of the most well known titles he contributed to include album art work for the Japanese band Asian Kung-Fu Generation, the anime Tatami Galaxy and Solve The Mystery After Dinner.

This is his second art book, compiling about 250 pieces of his work done from 2008 to 2014. His first art book BLUE was published in 2009.

NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book

(above & below) One of Nakamura’s most commonly reused visual motifs is the profile view of a female subject, framed by a montage of props, animals and miscellaneous decorative objects. His strength lies in the impressive skill of merging what is often a haphazard and chaotic jumble of visual forms into colorful, energetic mise en scene.

NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book

(above & below) Posters and art work for the anime Tatami Galaxy, directed by Masaaki Yuasa ( Mind Game, PingPong ).

NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book
NOW - Yusuke Nakamura Art Book

Some of Yusuke Nakamura’s creations can be a little too jarring and noisy for my own taste, but more often than not the disparate elements come together nicely to create fantastic pieces of illustration. Recommended.

“NOW – Yusuke Nakamura Art Book” details :

– Dimensions – 11 x 8 x 1 inches
– Softcover, 224 pages
– Full color, in Japanese ( book contains mostly images )

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4 Responses to “NOW – Yusuke Nakamura Art Book Review”

Ral

His style really goes together with Tatami Galaxy; both give off a strange feeling. And I love it.

yonghow

Ral – I’ve not yet seen the anime, but perhaps I should ! :]

Ral

It’s unique, and if you don’t mind heavy narrative, you’ll love it. 🙂

yonghow

Ral – Thanks for the recommendation ! :]