Beyond The Bosoms, This Art Is Some Of The Best In The Business

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OK, so there are some issues with the character design in Dragon's Crown. Jason has written about this, people are divided about it, and many in both camps have very valid reasons for their respective cases.

I don't want to talk about that today. Not for Fine Art. Here, I want to talk about the art of the man behind the game that doesn't involve giant women with tiny heads. Or at least, not as much.

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In some ways it's a little sad that the first time many people are hearing the name "George Kamitani" this week is because of the issues some are having with Dragon's Crown's characters, because the man is also responsible for some of the finest artwork the medium of video games has ever seen.

Yes, some of it can be a bit much. Some of it, like his annual "fan art" pieces, are even NSFW (I've included one of the tamer versions at the bottom of this post). But on the whole, his work has a vibrancy and pop that is a welcome palette cleanser from most other dev's more realistic palettes.

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The founder of Japanese studio, and also the outfit's lead artist, he's the man to thank if you've ever played a game like Odin Sphere or Muramasa and thought, holy shit, this is so beautiful I wish I could scoop it into a bowl and eat it.

Like other Japanese artists working at smaller developers, Kamitani also has the luxury of seeing his artwork literally come to life in Vanillaware's games: from the character sprites to the lush backgrounds, his art is able to make the leap to the screen almost entirely unchanged.

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Which means, unlike just about any other artist I ever feature here, I get to include screenshots here alongside more traditional art.

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Other games Kamitani has worked on include Grand Knights History and GrimGrimoire.

To see the larger pics in all their glory (or, if they’re big enough, so you can save them as wallpaper), click on the “expand” button in the bottom-right corner.

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Fine Art is a celebration of the work of video game artists, showcasing the best of both their professional and personal portfolios. If you're in the business and have some concept, environment, promotional or character art you'd like to share, drop us a line!

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DISCUSSION

"OK, so there are some issues with the character design in Dragon's Crown. Jason has written about this, people are divided about it, and many in both camps have very valid reasons for their respective cases."

No, there are no issues with the character design. No, not both sides have very valid reasons. The one side can appreciate the excellent art for what it is, so something which is just as exaggerated in proportions of male characters as it is for female characters, but no less gorgeous to look at for that.

The other "group" is a few sad people who play the pseudo oh so politically correct oh so non sexist tune cause they think its hip that they totally ignore things like male characters being just as exaggerated in proportions there and you know what, this featuring art, hence what about you just stop right there with your desperate search to frame something for being sexist when clearly its not and instead a coherent art style for all characters. But yeah..

By the warped world view of such people any kind of classic art would have been forbidden because of being politically uncorrect and/or sexist. Venus of Milo? Sooo sexist!

I'm all for equal rights and fighting for women getting equal rights where its needed.

If you really care about that get active in many parts of the world where women are treated badly, not by playing games and speaking "the very important message" of how badly women would be portrayed in games" which is such childish nonsense.

Games can be fictive novels, they can tell storylines, they can include art, who are you to deny all art creators to depict a women strong or weak just like a men strong or weak?

Sad to see Kotaku turning into something supporting crap like that while there are really women treated wrong in the world in many places, but no, let's play the tune of youtube pseudo feminist activists who have nothing better to do than cash in on "exploiting" "serious issues" on such ends in video games, an art form that should be free to express itself, yes, also by showing exaggerated proportioned females and males when it wants to.

Seriously..

As a game developer who has and will show both males and females strong and weak in both realistic and fantasy environments i feel like personally insulted by such crap, being forced into such discussions thanks to people who are basically just cashing in on talking about such nonsense in video games and the tech and video game audience and industry and all too easy target.

Yes, there are not as many women in leading positions in tech/ game companies as there are males, yes, there are models booked as "booth babes" on some events.

So yeah, sure, why not take the whole how unfair women are treated in these industries discussion to the level of some youtube video makers cashing in on the general women rights movement to a level where we forbid all games to show anything you don't find politically correct?

How awesome would that be??

Not. at. all. awesome.