Man, I would love to see some wip shots by various Japanese artists visit this forum and let us in on some of their techniques.
The realm of garage kits seems strong in Japan. If some of you havn't seen these guys work... some of it is incredible (and i'm not just talking your adverage simple anime stuff either). My favorite would have to be Takayuki Takeya. I have tried to collect as many Japanese magazines named S.M.H. that has his work in them. SMH also has many pieces by Yasushi Nirasawa too. Quite creative stuff. His out-of-print book, "Nira Works" is a source of inspiration too. It's near impssible to find, and probably expensive, but well worth it.
Takayuki Takeya examples:
Not many of his kits are available, but some can still be found at various places online like:
Yasushi Nirasawa examples:
and a forum dedicated to both:
Another guy who did some great 'garage kit' stuff is Makoto Kobayashi:
Incredible illustrations reminicint of Mobius, and interesting models 'kitbashing'.
There's another interesting area prevalent in Japan is dollmaking. they tend to be surreal and a bit more along the lines of Hans Bellmer than Disney.
I notice CA dosn't really have a 'general chat' so I thought this would be a good place for it. If anyone else has interesting japanese artists work, please feel free to link or tell us about them. I usually find myself rt+clicking on alot of these guy's works to put into 'inspiration' folders. There can be some 'wip' gallerys spread about the net (in Japanese of course).