Book Review: 絵師100人 (100 masters of Bishojo painting)

絵師100人 (100 masters of Bishojo painting)

New to Bishōjo? It's translated literally from 美少女, which means beautiful young girls. It's not a genre but these girls featured widely in anime and manga, like everywhere.

This is a 216-page paperback loaded with colourful illustrations from 100 artists, with each taking 2 pages. Depending on the size of the drawings, many are full page, each artist has around 5 pieces of art featured. I'm only able to recognise less than a handful of artists from the hundred.

You'll get to see a lot of talented but lesser known artists. The variety is incredible. Each artist has a short profile written in Japanese and English. Websites and email contact for the artists are also provided.

The quality of work showcased is top notch, with paintings from different style, genre and setting. You'll get to see designs from the simple schoolgirls to the intricate dresses. There aren't any nudity and not much girls in bikinis, nor will you see popular cult characters (maybe there are but I can't recognise them). For some, the backgrounds are as highly detailed as the character designs themselves. Many of the artwork have actually appeared on publications and online.

For anyone who likes Bishojo, this book features a selection of art that will not disappoint.

Here's the list of the 100 masters.

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