One of the nicest things about running this site has been the number of people that have contacted me directly to chat about our shared interests. Perhaps not surprisingly a lot of them seem to be from creative backgrounds – graphic designers, artists, animators, writers, CGI modelers, mangakas – some from Japan, many from Europe and even more from the US. But today I want to showcase the work of three people from here in the UK whose anime and manga influenced work has really impressed me.
Rory Doona is an artist and animator from my adopted hometown Bristol, and is probably best known round these parts for his awesome work doing flyers for local club nights like Byte. Clearly influenced by the likes of Hayao Miyazaki and Kazuo Oga, the man is so talented it’s a little bit scary. Hit his website below and see for yourself.
By day David Surman is Senior Lecturer in Computer Games Design at University of Wales, Newport, and by night he hands squeeky voiced Texan pre-teens back their arses on Street Fighter IV via Xbox Live. In between those two states he’s usually scribbling. Some crazy, fucked up shit. Check it out. And don’t worry, he’s cool. I’ll vouch for him. He even did the pic above of Blanka from SF just for this post. Isn’t that nice?
Kairi is a 20 year-old mangaka at Glyndwr University, where she’s doing a BA in Illustration for Graphic Novels. Wow. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t an option when I was applying for any colleges anywhere. Anyway, she’s hugely influenced by manga and Japanese/Harajuku fashion and design, but most impressively for someone as early in her career as she is, she’s already creating a unique style for herself, especially in her vibrant use of colour. Her recent design for a laptop skin has been causing a justified buzz around the ‘net. Hit the links below for more.
Think I’ve missed someone out? Think you should be here? Then drop me a line and let me know.