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Update #15

Alteil Artist Spotlight 2 - Shunya Yamashita

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It’s time for our next artist's spotlight, and since last time we took a close look at Yuji Kaida’s incredibly classic portfolio of material, I thought we’d mix it up and focus on someone who made his mark on the Japanese popular art world recently. 

Shunya Yamashita’s distinctive style is not just about faces and poses, but about clothing, armor and weapons. In fact, one of his most infamous Alteil cards is ‘Deathmaker’ a powerful and evil magic sword. If you’ve played a decent number of Japanese video games any time in the last ten years, you’ve probably seen his characters. Or at least, you’ve swung a sword or worn an outfit designed by him. Um, not personally… I mean you’ve played a video game where your character was wearing – nevermind, you get it.

Shunya Yamashita appeared on the scene of Japanese video games in 2000 as a character and weapon designer for Final Fantasy X. Since then he’s worked on countless Square Enix games in various capacities and as a character designer and illustrator on properties all over the gaming world. Some highlights include Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, Xanadu: Next, Depth Fantasia and MU Online. 

But as you may have guessed I’m a bit of a turn-based tactics game fan. If you’re here, you might be too. Yamashita-san also worked for Nippon Ichi on titles like Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome and even Disgaea 4! 

But apparently it’s illegal for a Japanese artist to only have one or two careers, because Yamashita-san has also been very successful with art books, having produced quite a number, and single handedly created the Marvel Bishojo and DC Bishojo lines of illustrations and PVC models that seem to fill the internet. In fact he has a huge second (third?) career in the model world, designing a bunch of Fraulein Revoltechs and seemingly endless number of PVC statues. One time when I was in Japan (3 years ago I think?) I actually had time to goof around Akihabara -- the shelves were just packed with his stuff and every available inch of wallspace was plastered with posters illustrated by him advertising some statue or videogame. Inspired by the success of his Bishojo line, he’s been hired to create official art for other properties originating in the US, including – I kid you not – Ghostbusters, Men in Black and Mass Effect 3

Final Fantasy, Disgaea, Tekken, Marvel superheroes and Ghostbusters. Not a bad portfolio for the youngest of our top four artists! P.S. Oh yeah, and this

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      Creator Apocoplay LLC on September 23, 2013

      So unlike Lucy (Ghostbusters) and Agent G (Men In Black), that last image in the "and this" link is actually a (sort-of) cannon character...

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