In the early 1980s, Yoshitaka Amano concentrated on illustrations for science fiction and fantasy works.
Combined with the influence of his prior experience in animation, this focus resulted in a personal style influenced by both modern surrealism and realism
Yoshitaka Amano (天野 喜孝) born 1952, is a Japanese artist, character designer, illustrator and a theater and film scenic designer and costume designer. He first came into prominence in the late 1960s working on the anime adaptation of Speed Racer. Amano later became the creator of iconic and influential characters such as Gatchaman, Tekkaman: The Space Knight, Hutch the Honeybee and Casshan. In 1982 he went independent and became a freelance artist, finding success as an illustrator for numerous authors, and worked on best-selling novel series, such as The Guin Saga and Vampire Hunter D. He is also known for his commissioned illustrations for the popular video-game franchise Final Fantasy.