The Art Director of “The Empire of Corpses” Yuusuke Takeda Reveals the Secrets and Aesthetics Behind the Movie at AinemJapan 2016 Creator Workshop
The movie “The Empire of Corpses” released in October 2015 blew everyone’s mind with beautiful and high-quality pictures. Takeda Yusuke, CEO of Bamboo and art director of “The Empire of Corpses”, held a workshop in AnimeJapan2016, at the Creation Area. The workshop was titled “What are the aesthetics in the ‘The Empire of Corpses’?!” on March 26.
AnimeJapan 2016 is Japan’s largest Anime convention that took place in Tokyo Big Sight from March 25th to March 27th, 2016. Creator Area was a new event that opened on March 26th and 27th. It was the new section of the convention, where various exhibitions, workshops, and seminars were held targeting young people who are interested in the anime industry.
The Host Yuusuke Takeda is the leading expert in background artwork. You can see his beautiful background artworks in anime series such as “Guilty Crown” and anime movies such as “Eden of the East” and “009 RE: CYBORG”. In the first part of the workshop, he gave a lecture on how the anime background evolved over time. In Japanese anime, the background artworks developed in such a unique way that they are “a little different from the actual scenery but true to life.”
According to Takeda, background artworks in the anime industry were drawn just like traditional paintings. But over time, demands increased to make background artwork more realistic, like backgrounds you see in live action movies, having various effects from camera lenses. So gradually expressions with layouts and light effects deepened.
After a Q&A session, the audience participated in a hands-on learning session. They drew a cube with a light source to understand the importance of light in art, what Takeda explained in the previous session.
In the next session, Takeda put artworks from “The Empire of Corpses” on the projector screen, and showed how to express atmosphere with drawings. The story of “The Emperor of Corpses” takes place in more than one country and travels across multiple countries, therefore the image boards were very rich in variety so that it was quite unbelievable that they belong to one movie. The audience couldn’t help but ooh and aah, as Takeda gave a thorough explanation of the image boards and details of background artworks.
Although the workshop targeted anime fans and people who aspire to be in the animation industry, animators and 3DCG creators who already work in the industry also attended the workshop of the leading expert. In the Q&A session, some technical questions by anime creators inspired the workshop such as “how to match 3DCG and background artwork?” and “How to balance between artwork and shooting?”
For aspiring anime creators, it was an encouraging opportunity to listen to discussions between Takeda and anime creators and feel the atmosphere of the anime industry, not to mention the lecture and learning session hosted by Takeda.
Source : http://animeanime.jp/article/2016/04/19/28151.html