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

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Ed­i­tor Lorin Wood Pub­lisher De­sign Stu­dio Press Price £21 Web­sign­stu­dio­ 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.

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