The Art of Juni Ito: Twisted Visions

I found this book, “Twisted Visions” at Books A Million a few months ago and I fell in love with it. I have always had a great appreciation for art; especially horror art. I found this fascination by looking at the artwork by Gustave Doré in Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy.” Doré’s dark artwork within the “Divine Comedy,” especially within Inferno is what peaked my interests in this type of art. 

“Twisted Visions” showcases the artwork by Junji Ito. The different styles that he does is breathtaking and also mesmerizing. There is something haunted, twisted, and dark that lies behind the artwork. The art book also has an interview portion at the end of the book that speaks with the artist, Junji Ito. His main style is manga and the interview goes through his thought process while drawing, what is his overall goal is, his influences, and so much more. 

Ito is heavily influenced by Kazo Umezz’s work and his influence shows up quite frequently within his manga artwork. He states that this is unconscious and that he doesn’t even realize how much of an influence Umezz has on him until after the fact. One artist that he consciously patterned his work after is Katsuhiro Otomo and Chihiro Iwasaki. Iwaski has influenced his fascination with watercolor, as well as the works of Shigehiko Ishikawa and Charles Reid. 

Let’s now get into some of my favorite artwork that is in “Twisted Visions.” This was hard to narrow down because each piece has something intricate and moving within it. But I will try to narrow down my favorites! I think all of these would be great album covers OR something that would occur within The Saw’s Butcher Shop. 

Tomie 

Mansion

Moromi

Voices in the Dark 

Kyoshitsu Igyo Collection (Fantastical Classroom Collection) 

Honored Ancestors 

Which one is your favorite? 

Stay Metal, 

THE SAW