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VOFAN

VOFAN is a Taiwanese artist mostly known for his unique, border-less art style that uses a lot of bright pastel colors and soft, natural lighting. He is the illustrator for the Monogatari light novels, having drawn every cover in the series along with illustration pages, promotional artwork, and end cards for the TV series.

Most character designs for the series originate from VOFAN, though those not done by him were created by anime series character designer Akio Watanabe.

Affiliation with Monogatari Series Edit

Other Notable Works Edit

  • Boukyaku Tantei Series (also written by Nisio Isin)

Background Edit

From a young age, VOFAN considered becoming a comic illustrator, but eventually realized he was more suited for single illustrations. He studied architecture in college, but he ultimately wanted to be a professional illustrator and became involved in many works in the field before and after graduating. VOFAN cites Makoto Shinkai, director of Voices of a Distant Star, 5 Centimeters per Second, and your name, and his use of lighting as an early inspiration for his art style.[1]

Vofan skateboard

Vofan holding a skateboard he drew Shinobu on at Anime Central 2018 in Chicago.

Trivia Edit

  • VOFAN's artist name is inspired by the robot fighting video game series "Virtual On" and his love for the series, making him a "vo-fan."
  • VOFAN has been involved greatly with the English versions of the Monogatari Series, designing brand new covers for many of the releases.
  • His favorite characters to draw are Shinobu, Mayoi, and Yotsugi.
  • Despite being a professional illustrator, he also holds a particular interest in photography and uploads professional photos to his Flickr account. His interest in real life photography likely explains his depiction of natural lighting in his artwork.
  • He is appraised as "The Magician of Light from Taiwan" to the Japanese anime community.

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References Edit

  1. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interview/2018-05-23/monogatari-illustrator-vofan/.131757