Book Review: NOW ~ Yusuke Nakamura Illustration Art works

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Yusuke Nakamura (中村佑介) is a Japanese illustrator known for his use of striking colours with bold graphic illustrations. He actually has an earlier artbook by the name of Blue - 中村佑介画集 that was released in 2009. His latest artbook NOW was published in 2014. I'm not sure if there are any duplication in content as I don't have the earlier book. Both have very positive reviews on Amazon Japan.

NOW is a 224-page paperback artbook that features the commissioned works he has created from 2008 to 2014. There are 253 illustrations and most are printed huge in this large format book. Paper quality is good and the reproduction of colours is fantastic.

Yusuke Nakamura's line art is similar to those Japanese anime art that you see, very clean and refined. However, he avoids the cliche huge sparkling manga eyes although they are still drawn rather stylistically. Most illustrations are some sort of collage of different elements and there's usually a female character. There's a lot going on in each scene and I enjoy looking at how each element is arranged or overlapped.

Yusuke Nakamura's use of colours is bold and confident. He uses a lot of strong colours and the colour combination or scheme may be questionable but the overall result still looks good somehow. It's likely because the line art is already very interesting before the colours are even added on.

The works included are those he has created for other publications, anime and CDs.

It's a wonderful artbook. If you like this, be sure to get the other artbook Blue - 中村佑介画集 as well.

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This book was borrowed from Basheer Graphic Books for review purposes. You can order the book from them. Check with Basheer on Facebook.

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