Hiroo Isono: 1945 - 2013
Hiroo Isono worked at a corporate design studio and became a freelance illustrator. He worked for Square on the Seiken Densetsu series and was the "Main Visual" for Seiken Densetsu, Seiken Densetsu 2, as well as Seiken Densetsu: Heroes of Mana (Square Enix). He drew the poster, "Dreaming," for the RPG series.
Hiroo Isono was born in Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture in 1945. In 1967, Isono graduated from Aichi University of Education with a degree in art. Isono was a big traveler and visited places such as Yaeyama Island in Aokigahara, Yakushima Island in Japan, Archipelago, Solomon Islands, Amazon, North America, Kenya, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Maraicia. He drew an "Isono world" - meaning that he drew the world how he saw it. He also worked for the Shiki Theatre Company and a number of large companies. He moved back to his Inazawa office about twenty years ago and actively producted original pieces for the remainder of his life. Hiroo Isono died due to heart failure on May 28, 2013.