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Final Fantasy Artist Draws the Cover of Vogue Magazine

The artist best known for his work on the Final Fantasy series has taken on a different kind of assignment, as he has drawn an illustration for the cover of the Italian version of Vogue. Yoshitaka Amano is a Japanese artist who has created character and costume concepts for numerous fantasy and science fiction franchises, but he is most famous for the artwork that he has contributed to almost every Final Fantasy game.

Amano’s association with the Final Fantasy series dates back to the first game in the series. He was the character and logo designer for the first six Final Fantasy games, before taking more of a backseat role and only creating promotional artwork for games like Final Fantasy VII. Amano created a lot of unused designs for the Final Fantasy series, some of which the fans have preferred over what made it into each game. He has also worked closely with international creators on franchises outside of the Final Fantasy series, including a short story with Neil Gaiman that put David Bowie in the role of a Sci-Fi hero.

Related: Final Fantasy 7 Remake Was Informed By Games Like Spider-Man

The latest Amano project is a collaboration with Vogue, as there are seven variants of the January 2020 issue will include illustrations of women, rather than actual photographs. The reason for this is to outline how important fashion illustration is, which is why all of the artists who contributed covers were basing their images on real women. In the case of Amano, he created a cover for Vogue Italia and was working on a photograph of a model named Lindsey Wixson-Young, who was pictured wearing a Gucci dress. Young discussed the photo on her Instagram page. Vogue Italia isn’t the first magazine that Amano has created covers for, as he infamously created a cover for Illustration magazine that depicted Aerith from Final Fantasy VII in the nude.

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Such an honor to be asked to have my portrait for @vogueitalia *NO PHOTOSHOOT PRODUCTION WAS REQUIRED IN THE MAKING OF THIS ISSUE A preview of the January 2020 Vogue Italia Special Issue on newsstands January 7th! @Yoshitaka_Amano featuring @LindseyWixson in @Gucci Cover 5 of 7 *** "All of the covers, as well as the features of our January issue, have been drawn by artists, ranging from well-known art icons and emerging talents to comic book legends, who have created without travelling, shipping entire wardrobes of clothes or polluting in any way. The challenge was to prove it is possible to show clothes without photographing them. This is a first, Vogue Italia has never had an illustrated cover: and as far as I know no issue of Vogue Italia in which photography is not the primary visual medium has ever been printed. Thanks to this idea, and to these artists' process, the money saved in the production of this issue will go towards financing a project that really deserves it: the restoration of Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, severely damaged by the recent floods.” @efarneti See more via link in bio. Full credits: #LindseyWixson @thesocietynyc Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @ferdinandoverderi Fashion @franragazzi @robertaninapinna Casting directors @pg_dmcasting @samuel_ellis @ DM Fashion Studio #voguevalues2020

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Amano was an important figure in the creation of the Final Fantasy series. His artwork was a key component in helping the series to be noticed in the days when the Dragon Quest series was the dominant force in the RPG market in Japan. It’s just a shame that the 8-bit and 16-bit machines struggled to accurately reflect his artwork, with playable character sprites only bearing a superficial resemblance to their concept art.

The modern Final Fantasy games will often use Amano artwork in its promotional material, but his character design days are long behind him. Amano is sixty-seven years old, but he doesn’t appear to be slowing down. He recently collaborated with the creators of Magic: The Gathering and created artwork that merged the classic Final Fantasy style with Magic: The Gathering. The days of the elaborate character designs of Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI are over, but Amano is still gracing the world with his beautiful artwork.

Next: Why FFXIV Is So Important For The Next Decade of Gaming

Source: Vogue, Lindsey Wixson-Young/Instagram



2020-01-06 01:01:30

Scott Baird

Property Brothers Publishing Magazine About Decor, Home Reno, & ‘Living Life to the Fullest’

The stars of Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, are pushing the envelope for what’s possible for them by moving in a new direction – the magazine business. The magazine they are launching, still unnamed, will consist of tips on decor, home reno, and most importantly about “living life to the fullest.”

Property Brothers, a staple of HGTV since 2011, consists of twin brothers Jonathan and Drew who help couples transform their fixer-uppers into dream homes, with the help of older brother JD, they use 3D programing to imagine how they will transform the space. Then, the potential home buyers decide whether to take the risk on the renovation or not. In their new spinoff, Property Brothers: Forever Home, the original concept is flipped on its head, as the families they work with have already decided on their home as being “the one.”

Related: Property Brothers’ Jonathan Scott Is Dating New Girl Star Zooey Deschanel

According to People, the 41-year-old twin brothers are now adding more ventures to their portfolio, as they are launching their new lifestyle magazine that will hit newsstands in January 2020. The HGTV stars partnered with Meredith Corporation, which just so happens to be People’s parent company, on a quarterly print publication. The brothers are planning to announce the name of their magazine in the next few weeks will be available in the new year for $9.99 per issue or $20 for an annual subscription of four issues. The brothers are very excited about their new venture. Jonathan said in a press release, “We love print and have always wanted to extend our message of living life to the fullest through this medium.”

Drew added, “For us, it’s always been about taking the small, simple steps that earn big results at home, work, rest and play.” He continued, “With a platform like this, we get to develop a consistent and thoughtful way of sharing great ideas and actionable insights with our audiences.” The subject matter for the magazine is very diverse, but it will primarily focus on subjects the Property Brothers are known for, such as home renovation and home decor. According to the press release, there will also be exclusive insight into the HGTV stars’ love of “entertaining, family, food, gardening, outdoor living, wellness, music, travel and more.” The magazine will also showcase bold photography and a limited amount of advertisements that will give the readers a unique magazine experience.

It seems that the Property Brothers were inspired by fellow HGTV stars, Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines and their publication that is also a lifestyle quarterly – Magnolia Journal. It seems the Property Brothers’ empire will just continue to grow as they will reach more and more people with their magazine. Fans will have to look out for the publication hitting newsstands this new year, until then, they can get their home renovation fix by watching the twins on Property Brothers.

Next: Fixer Upper’s Chip Gaines Teases 6th Baby, But Joanna’s On the Fence

Source: People


2019-10-14 04:10:18

Julia Odom

Unofficial Avengers Magazine Puts Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man on the Cover

An unofficial Avengers: Endgame magazine includes Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man in their hero line-up. In less than a week, Marvel Studios’ culminating movie will finally hit theaters and as its release inches near, marketing for the project is ramping up. But an unauthorized publication that released their guide for the film mistakenly used Maguire’s version of the character instead of Tom Holland’s who’s currently portraying the character.

The first actor to portray the web-slinging hero on the big screen, Maguire played the iconic Marvel hero three times in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy in the 2000s. The films were positively received in general with Spider-Man 2 still a favorite for a lot of loyal supporters. Following a disappointing Spider-Man 3 from 2007, the actor hung up the suit, with Andrew Garfield picking up the mantle for Sony’s reboot in The Amazing Spider-Man from 2012. The British thespian eventually left the role in after  2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now, Holland brings the hero to life in the MCU. But despite a couple of iterations, it appears that one outlet didn’t get the memo about the character going through actor switches.

Related: Endgame Poster Highlights Original Avengers & Their Dusted Counterparts

Shared on Reddit by a user with the handle JoshuaForLong is the cover of Hollywood Spotlight Magazine. For their latest issue, they feature “The Ultimate Guide to the Avengers” in light of the upcoming release of Endgame. At first glance, it looks like any other magazine covering the upcoming film but long-time fans will notice some minor mistakes in their cover photo. First, the heroes’ photos are outdated. Thor’s look is all the way from 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, Black Widow’s is from 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, while Groot remains to be an infant as seen in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But arguably, its biggest miss is including Maguire’s version of Spider-Man in their line-up. Check out the cover photo below:

The magazine included the disclaimer that says it “has not been licensed or approved by the owners of the Avengers characters or entertainment properties,” which is probably why they’re unable to use the updated looks for the heroes. Then again, they’re able to include a promo image of Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel for her origin film last month. Granted that she has an updated aesthetic for Endgame, the photo she used of her is still fairly new. What’s interesting now is whether or not there were some restrictions that hindered the outlet to use official photos for the Phase 3 capper or they just didn’t think much about it.

While it’s understandable to switch different versions of Spider-Man considering that the character has his mask on in the image, it’s peculiar to come out with an “Ultimate Guide” and miss this kind of detail. Holland has been playing the character since 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and has replied the role two more times in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War and he’s tipped to return in Spider-Man: Far From Home. It’s still unclear if he’ll appear in Avengers: Endgame, but he’s expected to. Considering what the outlet is advertising on their cover, fans would expect that they have accurate details, but this mistake only makes it more questionable.

More: Thanos Wants to Destroy Earth (Not Balance It) in Endgame TV Ad

Source: JoshuaForLong


2019-04-22 06:04:01

Ana Dumaraog

Netflix Is Launching A Magazine To Help Win Awards

In a bid to stake its claim as a top player in the TV and movie business, Netflix is now planning on launching Wide, a new publication that will help promote the work of the ever-growing brand that’s now become a household name. This development comes as Netflix continues to compete more directly with major movie and TV studios.

It’s anticipated that this move is part of Netflix’s strategy to promote their talent and services to an industry whose landscape is shifting, and where streaming services like Netflix and Amazon are now going head to head with big Hollywood networks such as HBO. It goes without saying, therefore, that they’re keen to acquire recognition for their work in terms of awards and accolades. The news of Wide’s launch comes ahead of the upcoming Emmy Awards in September 2019. Last year saw Netflix pick up awards for a number of their shows, including Black Mirror, Godless and most notably, The Crown, which awarded Stephen Daldrey with the Emmy for directing a drama series, and where Claire Foy picked up the award for lead actress in a drama.

Related: Netflix In Talks To Buy Its First Brick & Mortar Movie Theater

According to Bloomberg, the new publication is intended as an industry journal that’ll not only help garner support for awards such as the Emmys, but will also act as a way of promoting new and upcoming titles to the wider industry. Netflix is especially keen to do this now that there’s such a wide array of talent that they work with and attract both in front of and behind the camera to produce massive hit shows like Stranger Things. Wide will be packed with news, features, essays and interviews relating to Netflix shows, their creators and their stars. And so, with voting on the nominations for the Emmys taking place in June, it makes sense to launch just in time for awards night. They were the network leaders in 2018 in terms of Emmy nominations, but are still chasing some of the major trophies such as best drama and best comedy.

Since Netflix’s inception in 1997, the California-based media provider has grown into a global brand with over 139 million subscribers worldwide to its streaming services. It’s maintained a weighty commitment to not just streaming but producing original content that has helped to develop the brand and bring in customers from across the viewing spectrum. It’s no wonder therefore that Netflix is now more eager than ever to capitalize on their recent successes with shows across all genres. From drama to documentary, comedy to film, Netflix has been become a major player in this ever-changing industry and, undoubtedly, one that’s here to stay.

Netflix has produced shows that have involved some of the best and well-known talent in the industry, with shows such as Ozark, and movie titles such as Birdbox bringing Hollywood heavyweights such as Jason Bateman, Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich to small screens in much-anticipated movies. The Emmys are to be held on September 22. Whatever happens with their new publication, fans can be sure to see Netflix up there with big players such as HBO, FX, and Amazon on awards night. How much Wide has contributed to that will ultimately be down to analysts to decipher.

More: The 25 Best Films on Netflix Right Now

Source: Bloomberg


2019-04-11 07:04:34

Melanie Smith