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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).
You know these guys are my personal heroes. I have Creature Core signed by Nira and Angles of Hunters signed by Takeya. I also have and incredible Erosive Guyver paint up signed by Takeya in Japanese and English.
Hey, I might also throw Yuji Oniki into that mix. With his work on Nina Darkness, Nina in the Creature Suit, Guillotina, etc.
Thanks for the heads up on the cool links.
Try as you might, you can't help but love the work these guys put out. Just when you think they can't take something in a new direction, they put a hole straight through your imagination.
For instance: Basketball Shoes: Nike WhiteDunk Exhibit
Martian Factory has a great forum thread going on the Japanese process of model sculpting. I highly recommend checking it out. Sadly, I can't pull up the forums to drop the link here. Try hitting their main site later and punching through from there: Martian Factory.
I don't know iff you guys know but since you've added eyedia as a link you guys might find it interesting that a lot of Japanese model-kit sculptors also make Resin casted dolls!! This type of sculpting and casting was introduced by the Volks model-kit company in Japan. It was meant for the female market since most women do not like model-kits. But with these casted dolls came a lot of talented female painting-artists. Which is kind of cool since boy and girl seem to like both qualities that resin has to offer! Girls just like their resin fully poseable hahahahaha..^_^..well I do!!