Science Fiction Illustration edited by Yuka Tsutsui (book review)

I picked up ‘Science Fiction Illustration’ last year as I’m a sucker for artbooks and this one is only 3 years old. Its sub-title is the lengthy ‘The Near Future And Fantasy Worlds Creators’ Showcase’. A page flick reveals a lot of manga influence but you really need to go through the pages properly because there’s a lot of cityscapes that you might have missed.

This book has, I think, 21 Japanese artists, showing little in the way of western society influence but more of what they were brought up with in Japan. As a Japanese book, the text is in both Japanese and English. The art is often subtle and often with great detail. There are also several examples of how they drew their work combining sketching and digital.

Art is a universal language that can speak without knowing the local language but knowing what you like and dislike which matches personal taste. I can’t infringe copyright by showing the interiors but this book deserves your attention.

It’s certainly and eye-opener and I wish we had more books like this from other countries if for no other reason than to show which countries have a healthy SF and fantasy element of artists.

GF Willmetts

June 2024

(pub: Pie International, 2021. 160 page oblong illustrated softcover. Price: varies. ISBN: 978-4-7562-5522-8)

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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