Sofa space­ships have lift off!

Doo­dle de­signs Mech afi­cionado Lorin Wood’s latest book is a show­case of space­ship sketches, all drawn from the com­fort of his full-length couch

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Since watch­ing Trans­form­ers as a pre-teen, Lorin Wood has been ob­sessed with draw­ing mechs. This fas­ci­na­tion of his has since spread be­yond his job, as lead con­cep­tual de­signer at Gear­box Stu­dios, and into his free time.

In the world of mechs, Lorin Wood is a gi­ant. He’s the cre­ator of Nuthin’ But Mech (NBM), a blog that col­lects the web’s best ro­bot draw­ings, and has also re­leased two print vol­umes based on the site.

For his latest book, Woosh!, Lorin at­tempted to re­lax his imag­i­na­tion by draw­ing from his couch. “The pri­mary rea­son,” says Lorin, “was that I was just tired, lazy and didn’t want to sit up.” Though he adds: “It was in part a per­sonal chal­lenge, to see if I could draw from an oblique an­gle.”

Sketched in Mole­sk­ines and on Strath­more pa­per, Lorin drew space­ships inspired by Star Wars and the 1985 film Ex­plor­ers. Each sketch took un­der an hour, with Lorin com­plet­ing the whole col­lec­tion in just over two months.

Woosh! is out now, fol­lowed by Nuthin’ But Mech 3 in Oc­to­ber. Pro­ceeds raised by NBM2 and NBM3 will go to the wife of tal­ented con­tribut­ing artist Fran­cis Tsai, who re­cently passed away.

You can see more of Lorin’s work – and pur­chase Woosh! – at

Oc­to­ber 2015

Lorin de­scribes the sketches in Woosh! as “vis­ual ram­blings of a de­signer on the verge of los­ing con­scious­ness.” Cargo Ship III took Lorin just 30 min­utes to com­plete, us­ing pen, marker and white paint pen.

Many of the sketches in Woosh! are Lorin’s take on clas­sic Star Wars space­ship de­signs.

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