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Old 04 April 2005   #1
Industrial/Mechanical Designers

A project I'm working on is calling for research of good mechanical design. This is an area I'm not too familiar with, so could use the names of some artists who might be considered "masters" in that genre.
What I'm looking for specifically is mechanical design with lots of moving parts exposed, pistons, gears, and joints. Something along the lines of Japanese Mecha is good, but preferably with more more detail than the sleek, enclosed designs I usually see from that genre. More open, grittier, lots of thought put into the function and form as if the machinery in question existed for a reason. Doom 3's environmental machinery as a simpler example.

Are there one or two names that stick out above all others? Does anyone know where I can draw inspiration for this?

Many thanks in advance for the feedback! I'm totally lost here.
 
Old 04 April 2005   #2
A true master, although not what I would call an industrial or mechanical designer. He is, however, a progenitor of the type of imagery I think you are seeking:

H.R. Giger
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Old 04 April 2005   #3
Yes, Giger is a fantastic artist. He's very organic though, and I'm looking for something more like raw mechanical inspiration, or even steam punk.

Thanks very much!
 
Old 04 April 2005   #4
Inspirational...

Edouard Martinet: http://www.edouardmartinet.com/contents.html


Nick Pugh's XENO car... http://www.nickpugh.com/nicks_conte...o_III/index.asp


Meats Meier 3D Art: http://www.raph.com/3dartists/artgallery/ag-ap394.html
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Old 04 April 2005   #5
Shioji Kawamori - Macross, Cyber Formula

Shirow Masamune - Ghost In The Shell, Appleseed, Intron Depot, etc.

Hajime Katoki - Gundam (various series), Virtual On, BANDAI mechanical designer

Mamoru Nagano - Five Star Stories

Ron Cobb - Star Wars, The Abbys, The Last Starighter, etc.
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