I enjoy seeing Yoshitaka Amano’s art for Final Fantasy games where he isn’t the lead character designer — they’re like little glimpses into an alternate universe where the series kept his unique artistic vision. Here’s a sampling of his takes on VII, VIII, X, XII and XIII.
Amano is still the number one artist who has influenced me. Sometimes I think it’s bit weird I’m not so much influenced by his European role model, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. I even consider Toulouse-Lautrec more variable and talented, but I am inexplicably drawn to Amano’s work. It could be just that Toulouse-Lautrec’s work is bound to his own era and culture, whereas Amano’s artwork happens in dreamspace ruled by patterns, colors and dynamic compositions..