It's Artist on Artist for New Exhibition Featuring Yoshitaka Amano, Akemi Takada, Kunio Okawara
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Acclaimed character designers and manga artists drew their own version of one another's work for the "Rough∞Picture" exhibition at 3331 Arts Chiyoda gallery. Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D artist Yoshitaka Amano, Creamy Mami character designer Akemi Takada, Gundam mechanical designer Kunio Okawara, and Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo manga artist Osamu Akimoto participated in the exhibit.
All four artists have previously worked on separate properties for Tatsunoko Pro. They appeared together for a press conference to promote the exhibit on Friday and show their completed art pieces. Amano drew a large grey-scale piece of a Gundam unit with hints of blue. The Final Fantasy artist told the press that it was the first time in his life that he drew a Gundam and also the first time he ever used oil paints.
Okawara drew the crew from Kochikame, adding that he felt it was important to capture a sense of playfulness.
Takada revealed a piece featuring Ken from Gatchaman. The artwork isn't new to the exhibition and was previously drawn for the cover of Anime Busience magazine about three years ago. Takada is actually a long-time fan of Gatchaman since it first debuted when she was in college. She was hired at Tatsunoko Pro after visiting the studio about once a month while the show was airing.
Akimoto also drew a character from Gatchaman, but in his case it was Jun, the Swan.
The press conference was also attended by voice actress Fumi Hirano (Urusei Yatsura's Lum) and anime director Hiroshi Sasagawa (Gatchaman, Yatterman).
The "Rough∞Picture" exhibit will open on April 2, 2019 with approximately 800 pieces of artwork on display. The exhibit will include more artist on artist drawings with Amano's interpretation of Creamy Mami and Akimoto's version of Armored Trooper Votoms.