Tatsuhiko Kanaoka (金岡龍彦, Kanaoka Tatsuhiko), better known by his pen name Falcoon (ファルコン, Farukon)[citation needed] is a Japanese artist.[1] He works for SNK. He has been involved in several iterations of The King of Fighters franchise.

Career edit

After graduating from Kyoto Seika University, Falcoon started as a fan-artist doing renditions games of different companies, such as The King of Fighters, Street Fighter, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Falcoon joined SNK in 1998 as a card designer for SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash.[2][3] He was chosen to create the ingame artwork for SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom.[4] Falcoon mostly contributed on character designs and was responsible for the character artwork for The King of Fighters 2003. He was responsible for the alternate designs and new characters seen in the KOF: Maximum Impact series and was the KOF:MI series' producer and art director. Falcoon left SNK Playmore sometime in 2008 or 2009 for undisclosed reasons. All projects related to the Maximum Impact series were officially cancelled in October 2009.

He's now working for SNK in one of their subsidiary, SNK Entertainment.[5]

Style edit

His art is recognized by its heavy emphasis on muscle and weight for both genders, shaded with sharp gradients and highlights. His designs are influenced by the clothing found in Japanese street fashion, particularly Lolita and Fruits fashions. In interviews, he insisted that he uses no reference for his work, relying only on "strong images from memory".

Works edit

Signing of limited edition posters of Mai Shiranui by Falcoon at the E3 2005[6]

References edit

  1. ^ Alfonso, Andrew (19 May 2005). "E3 2005: Interview with SNK's Falcoon". IGN. Archived from the original on May 25, 2005. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Ending for SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash SNK Ver.(Neo Geo Pocket Color)". Vgmuseum.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  3. ^ "Ending for SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash Capcom Ver.(Neo Geo Pocket Color)". Vgmuseum.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  4. ^ "Ending for SNK vs Capcom-Kyo(Neo Geo)". Vgmuseum.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  5. ^ SNK Entertainment, retrieved 28 April 2017
  6. ^ E3 Gets Heavy Dose of Arcade Classics Archived October 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, ClassicGaming, 7 May 2005

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