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
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
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.