Art and Video Games: Akihiko Yoshida

Akihiko Yoshida is a Japanese game artist working for Square Enix. In 1995, Yoshida joined Square Co, and with each project he took on, he experimented with different styles of graphic design. He has compared his use of color to that of Kingdom Hearts character designer Tetsuya Nomura, and the keeping of color consistent between the characters and the game world.


Art and Video Games: Tetsuya Nomura

Tetsuya Nomura is a video game director and character designer at Square Enix. He joined the company, then known as Square Co. Ltd., in the early 1990s, and gained prominence when he was selected to become the main character designer for Final Fantasy VII. Nomura’s style has been defined by the vibrant colors as well as the unique amalgamation of eastern and western influences.


Art and Video Games: Yoshitaka Amano

Yoshitaka Amano is an artist who designed many characters in the Final Fantasy series as well as for other series. His uniqueness in his designs are such that he does not design images directly for animation or comics. Amano’s art revolves around the medium of printmaking. Printmaking involves processes such as carving wood and/or scoring copper plates, running ink, and transferring ink to paper. Aside from woodcut and copper plate prints, Amano also uses the method of lithography. He typically uses acrylics to color his prints, using an effect resembling watercolor, and many of his works are influenced by ukiyo-e aesthetics.