We Lost A Great Japanese Illustrator Today

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

Respected artist Noriyoshi Ohrai died earlier today, reports the Japanese media. You might not know his name, but you should know his work.

Born in 1939, Ohrai illustrated a wide variety of works — from pulp fiction covers and history books to Hollywood blockbusters and video games.

He first really made a name for himself with his art for the international Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back poster.

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Film On Paper via io9]

And this 1982 re-release of Star Wars Episode IV:

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Film On Paper]

Via the Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition Facebook page, here are more of his Star Wars illustrations:

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

He also did one of the posters for The Goonies.

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image via Branded in the 80s]

And for eight Godzilla movies.

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Film On Paper]

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Film On Paper]

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

I have to agree with Film On Paper that Ohrai was truly one of the greatest movie poster illustrators of all time.

Ohrai also lent his talents to Koei.

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

Among other game makers.

Ohrai left us with a varied, impressive body of work.

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image via Cryptic Corridor]

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

For that, we thank him. May he rest in peace.

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]

Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator

[Image: Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition]


Comments

    Gorgeous stuff!! Especially love the Godzilla posters.

    The Super Dimensional Fortress Macross one brings a tear to my eye.

    Amazing work.....Really gorgeous work. May he R.I.P

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