Yoshitaka Amano's NFT collection is genuinely important

An illustration of a girl in a pink cap
(Image credit: Yoshitaka Amano)

Legendary artist Yoshitaka Amano is one of the world's most popular illustrators. Famous for his sublime art for the Final Fantasy series of games Yoshitaka Amano is considered a pioneer when it comes to designing imaginative worlds, and now he's turning his traditional art into digital wonders, and you can take part.

The artist's Candy Girls collection will be developed into NFTs – read our guide 'What are NFTs?' for an explainer of non-fungible tokens – and hosted on the Astar Network (opens in new tab). (If you are a collector, then take a look at the best NFT displays.) This is important because Astar Network is a multichain platform that connects many blockchains, including Polygon, Ethereum and Cosmos, and sets up Yoshitaka Amano's art as a new world of Web 3 entertainment. 

Ownership of a Candy Girls NFT will enable you to earn from the art's uses – Candy Girls (opens in new tab) has already inspired the Tokyo Girls Collection 2017 clothing range and the high fashion Mitsukoshi Ginza Discover Tokyo events. Now with Astar Network's help Yoshitaka Amano's traditionally created art can be owned and used in future digital projects.

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"Without a doubt, Yoshitaka Amano is a legendary artist in the 21st century. I am very honored to be able to work with him and host his first NFT on Astar Network," said Sota Watanabe, founder and CEO of Astar Network in a statement. 

Yoshitaka Amano isn't an artist shy about trying new things, in a career that has spanned video games, fashion, film and scene concepts, as well as jewellery design. The artist is pleased too, saying: "For people to see and appreciate my work is a bonus. It makes me want to draw even more. That was already the case when I was a child, and it hasn’t changed ever since," said Yoshitaka Amano.

A sketch of a Japanese girl on a brown background

Yoshitaka Amano is considered one of the greatest artists of the 21st century (Image credit: Yoshitaka Amano)

There's another string to the Astar Network deal with Yoshitaka Amano, as it also includes a partnership with Twin Planet, a talent management firm that aims to enable traditional artists to bring their work into Web 3 as NFTs.

While many traditional artists, such as Nina Chanel Abney and Takashi Murakami, have already embraced NFTs, many pen, ink and paint illustrators are still unsure of the potential of NFTs. Now that Ethereum has merged and energy costs are reduced, the obstacles to entering Web 3 are being dismantled. So is it time you followed in Yoshitaka Amano's footsteps?

We have a guide to how to make and sell an NFT if you're keen to see how this all works. It's perhaps best to try creating an NFT for free to begin with, particularly as money is tight. If you want to read about where NFTs can go and they're true value to artists, read my interview with Bilali Mack on NFT art and the future of nfts. More and more artists like Yoshitaka Amano are finding value in creating NFTs from their art, and you can find advantages in non-fungible tokens too.

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Ian Dean is Digital Arts & Design Editor at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his love to bring the latest news on NFTs, video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Corel Painter, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.