Staring at these Sean Ostashek illustrations inspired by the anime 'Akira,' I couldn't help but think aloud, "What the...?" But that's okay, because the 1988 cult cartoon classic also left me with the same feeling, making Ostashek's work a perfect tribute to the Japanese cinematic masterpiece.
Sean Ostashek is a Canadian artist based in Vancouver, and this series, also titled Akira puts his skills in 3D imaging and Photoshop to good use. Viewers will instantly identify with the neon glow of the images as something prominent in the original Katsuhiro Otomo anime. The highly detailed architecture and the motorcycle helmet in Ostashek's tributes also hearken to much praised elements of the movie.
It's actually quite fascinating to see the influence of Akira on modern pop art. Even the likes of Kanye West and Daft Punk cite the film as inspiration.
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