the Art of Video Games: Issue 1

The Artists of Famous video games and where they are today. Video Game Art, Video Game Concept Art, Video Game Art Design, These are Things that Most of Us Only Dream of, but AnYtHiNg is POSSIBLE if we put our mind to it.


I just awoke from a vivid dream perhaps triggered by watching an action packed trailer for the Final Fantasy XIV game online or maybe it was something that just came to me because someone out there had a question I sensed needed answering.  Whatever the reason, I awoke from a vivid dream with the images of Chrono Cross in my head.  Serge’s face and his lion-like adversary Lynx, who you get the chance to play in the game; His whiskers tickling my face as I rise from my contorted position on the couch after passing out from a long day at the office.

Hovering over my head in the living room was also the cover art that appears like a time honored tradition at the top of each Final Fantasy game just behind the title of the game.  As these images and many more flooded my mind I started to wonder who the artists were that made this visually stimulating art and where they are today.  Luckily I have this handy dandy all knowing information gathering, data collecting, visual sharing device known to yours truly as the ninja-computing laptop-bot integrated into a binary graphical user interface bound to a massive series of interconnecting computers deemed lightly as the interwebs but commonly known and widely accepted as the internet.

Basically, I’ve got a laptop with an internet connection.  😉  So here we go, off into those interconnecting webs in search of names, games, and to check on fame.  Here we go, where we stop nobody knows….

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First stop: Whiskers caress my dreams in crayon colored land

Artist Name:  Nobuteru Yūki (結城 信輝)
Nom de Plume: The Man in the High Castle (高い城の男 Takai Shiro no Otoko)
Famous for: Chrono Cross artwork
Artbook: Chrono Cross, Xenosaga the animation, the Vision of the Escaflowne, and many more!
Website: http://web.archive.org/web/20080503094840/http://www.ac.cyberhome.ne.jp/~say/hall.html

Nobuteru Yūki (結城 信輝 Yūki Nobuteru?, born December 24, 1962) is a Japanese mangaka, illustrator, and animator. He began as a doujinshi artist under the nom de plume The Man in the High Castle (高い城の男 Takai Shiro no Otoko) and Yubic (ユービック Yūbikku), both references to the works of American science fiction author Philip K. Dick. He has designed characters for manga, anime and video games, and has frequently collaborated with director Kazuki Akane, including on his most famous work, The Vision of Escaflowne.  He has also attended several international animation festivals as a guest of honor, including Anime Expo and Otakon.

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Second Stop: Those lines floating above my head are artistic and intrinsic as each Fantasy they say is the last.

Artist Name:  Yoshitaka Amano (天野 喜孝 (formerly 天野 嘉孝) Amano Yoshitaka)
Nom de Plume: none
Famous for: Final Fantasy Logos & Vampire Hunter D
Artbook: Final Fantasy Video Games (the entire series), Vampire Hunter D, Studio Deva Loka (Amano’s own film production company started in 2010)
Website: http://www.elevenland.com/amano/amano.php3

Yoshitaka Amano (天野 喜孝 (formerly 天野 嘉孝) Amano Yoshitaka?) (born July 28, 1952) is a Japanese artist. He began his career as an animator and has become known for his illustrations for Vampire Hunter D and for his character designs, image illustrations and title logo designs for the Final Fantasy video game series developed by Square Enix (formerly Square). His influences include Western comic books, art nouveau, and Japanese woodblock prints. He has won awards for his work, including the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for his collaboration with Neil Gaiman, Sandman: The Dream Hunters. In early 2010, he established Studio Deva Loka, a film production company.

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Third and Final Stop: When murder came to those most honored, it shocked and saddened even the most stalwart gamer.  We still miss our kind and sweet Ancient.

Artist Name:  Tetsuya Nomura (野村 哲也 Nomura Tetsuya)
Nom de Plume: none
Famous for: Final Fantasy & Kingdom Hearts characters
Artbook: Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, basically any new Square-Enix characters
Website: http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Tetsuya_Nomura

Tetsuya Nomura (野村 哲也 Nomura Tetsuya, born October 8, 1970) is a Japanese video game director and character designer working for Square Enix (formerlySquare), best known for his work on both the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series.

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That was a ton of fun and so amazing digging through pages and pages and killer art to share with you!  Check back for more articles on “the Art of Video Games” in the future and remember to keep dreaming and drawing!

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