This incredible painting (done by my hugely talented friend Alex) is actually an anime portrait of my sister and I.
I commissioned Alex to paint it as a surprise for my sister's 30th birthday (she's on the left; I'm on the right).
There's something about anime art that just makes me stop, look, look again, and then go "wow", "geez", or "who's the artist and can he/she do a painting for my sister's 30th birthday?"
I think what appeals to me most about anime is a mixture of its aesthetic beauty, its dramatic fantasy (it gently floats from dark, to light, sexy, to sweet) and the fact that it reminds me of some of my favourite childhood cartoons...
Anyone remember Astro Boy?