Nuthin’ But Mech 3
Mech apeal The future is bright, shiny and fully automated in the visions of 54 artists, beautifully curated by concept artist Lorin Wood
Editor Lorin Wood Publisher Design Studio Press Price £21 Web www.designstudiopress.com Available Now
Everyone loves robots, so in 2009 Lorin Wood started a blog about drawing them. It was such a success that three years later he published the first Nuthin’ But Mech, a collection of work from 31 artists. That was followed by volume two in 2014, and now comes the third and biggest to date, with 54 new and returning contributors.
Packed with high-quality digital paintings, 3D models and traditional art, this book delivers a solid diet of mech goodness. There are sketches, works-in-progress and finished pieces created using a variety of 2D and 3D software, and it’s all laid out beautifully, giving each piece room to breathe.
If you’re worried 152 pages of mechs might become samey, don’t be. There’s a huge range of styles and ideas here, from Ash Thorp’s pen-and-ink vision of a deadly flying mech monster to Francis Tsai’s geometric art-inspired vision of a sad-looking robot. There’s a painterly mech vs samurai battle from Elijah McNeal, quirky 3D prototypes from Steve Talkowski, an ethereal scene from Thierry Doizon… the inventiveness on show is endless. This book is dedicated to long-standing contributor Francis, who died last year, and proceeds will be donated to his family.
Miguel Lopez worked with Leo Zugner and Eleazar Carmeli to create this mech that’s able to traverse snow.