Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Flipbook Animation

Posted By yonghow on October 25th, 2011

Japanese animator/concept artist/illustrator Tatsuyuki Tanaka shows off his animation prowess in this short but sweet gif animation clip :

I could watch this clip forever. Anyone who’s tried their hands on traditional animation will know it takes more than a few day’s work to master the techniques necessary to create such fluid movement and beautiful poses. This of course, is kid’s stuff for Tatsuyuki-san – after all, he was the animator assigned to Tetsuo’s mutation scene at the end of Otomo Katsuhiro’s magnum opus Akira.

Tanaka-san san is also a brilliant illustrator – fans will know this from his amazing art book Cannabis Works ( read the book review here ), and he also pens animation masterclass articles frequently on the Japanese illustration magazine Kikan S. He covers the making of this animation in the latest issue of Kikan S – I will post a review once I get the chance.

Big thanks to Hamanaka/Bahi for the heads up on this gif animation.


15 Responses to “Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s Flipbook Animation”

Rafael Pizzo

woow, so cool!
His animation articles must be really awesome


WOW… that’s skill and talent.


i have to purchase the latest kikan S then…


Amazing! simple concept, but an amazing animation.


His mastery of anatomy and body gestures/movements is fantastic. I envy him a lot 🙂
Moreover, he have a unique world, with unusual and intriguing visions.
One of my favorite artists, alongside Otomo Katsuhiro, Moebius, Koji Morimoto …

It’s a pity that he is not very productive 🙁


is that flipbook for sale?

I want it for my collection!!!


Lots of fans ! :] Tanaka-san would be pleased. I do hope he comes up with a new art book soon too ! :]


I am waiting for his artbook “Boiled Head” since 2004 🙁
Hope it will be published someday.


No cabe duda que los japoneses son los reyes de la animación


The secondaries are absolutely fucking brilliant. Pay attention to the little flip of her hair and shirt. How she knocks over the fan. It’s all quite beautiful and realistic.


Ryan – Yep, he’s a phenomenal animator, and illustrator as well.


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