Artbook Review: Cannabis Works 2 by Tatsuyuki Tanaka
Who is Tatsuyuki Tanaka?
For anime and manga aficionados, Tatsuyuki Tanaka is among the most respected Japanese animation directors around. The Fukuoka-born artist is also regarded as a top illustrator – creating iconic characters or directing scenes from popular animations like Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira.
- Book Pages: 160 Pages
- Publish Date: April 1, 2017
- Publisher: fukkan.com
- ISBN – 10: 483545359X
What’s the Book About?
Cannabis Works compiles Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s professional and personal works from 2012 to 2016. Some pages in this art book offer a peek at his process including storyboards, finished works and characters. There are also pages of weapon designs for those interested. Colored illustrations and pencil sketches are also available for you to swoon over.
Tanaka’s illustrations often come with a subtle, moody coloring and minimal saturated colors, if any at all. If you look closely, you’ll find a greenish muted tone in most of his pieces, giving it a distinct look that’s hard to miss.
Green is said to be the color of calm but in Tanaka’s world, it seems to echo unease of some sort. With that in mind, you easily tell his characters don’t live in a word filled with beauty and sunshine.
Would I Recommend This Book?
Absolutely. If you love character or concept design or love anything anime/illustration related, this is a great art book to have. Tatsuyuki Tanaka creates interesting characters surrounded in steampunk urban decay. You’ll easily get lost in the details while pondering what stories they’re longing to tell.
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Where to Buy:
You can get this from the followng:
It retails for about $25 for a new one. Although you can find this used as well.