Japanese artists have had a huge influence on me throughout my life, from the reflective scenery of Hokusai and Hiroshige to the futuristic visions of contemporaries such as Katsuya Terada and Katsuhiro Otomo.
I’ve always loved their near-future cyberpunk aesthetic and have enjoyed watching it’s ceaseless evolution from the 1980s onward. Tsutomo Nihei (弐瓶 勉 Nihei Tsutomu) is an artist who continues this journey. Residing at the more industrial end of cyberpunk, he infuses it with his his own special blend of gothic darkness, creating vivid and sometimes brutal worlds. Here’s a few images from 2 of my favourite, and highly recommended of his manga series – Biomega and Blame! Enjoy.