Shinji Kimura is one of my most favorite artists. I started following his work after seeing the film TekkenKinkreet based on a Taiyo Matsumoto manga. His background drawings and paintings for that film blew me away. He is the art director and lead set designer for Studio 4c (Japanese Anime studio) and he also directs and does book illustration. The dude is in his 60s I believe and worked on the original Akira film. Check out some of his work.
Eiko Tanaka is one of the founders of Studio 4C, a Japanese based animation studio specifically focused on anime for televsion, feature length films, music videos, and short films. Eiko began this company in 1986 with animator/illustrator Koji Morimoto. Eiko worked as a line producer on several Studio Ghibli films and has acted as producer for several of Studio 4c’s films such as “Animatrix” and “TekkonKinkreet”. A producer’s job is to communicate between executives and creatives. Their job is to make sure the project stays on time, does not go over budget, and that the creative teams have what they need. As the CEO of the studio she now oversee’s the scope of the company’s current and future projects. Because she and her staff do such amazing work, her studio has received acclaim and awards from all over Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Sources: Studio4c.co.jp/english/ (site), Wikipedia (site), The Origins of Ash panel (youtube)
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