Anatomy Sculpting – Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on September 20th, 2014

Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book

Katagiri Hiroshi is a veteran special effects makeup artist/creature designer/sculptor whose many credits include work he did at Stan Winston studios and for films like Pacific Rim, Cabin In The Woods, War Of The Worlds, Hellboy and more. I first featured his work in the 2nd issue of Sousakuzine.

This book (Anatomy Sculpting) is both a portfolio of his sculpt pieces for feature films/personal works, as well as an instructional/masterclass on the numerous techniques he employs for his sculpting work.

Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book
Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book
Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book
Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book

(above & below) Sculpt design for the Gypsy Danger Jaeger from GDT’s Pacific Rim. The final realized design is beautifully reproduced on this 18 inch NECA model.

Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book
Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book
Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book
Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book

(above) Merman monster design from Joss Whedon’s Cabin In The Woods. (below) Alien creature design from Spielberg’s War Of The Worlds remake.

Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book
Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book
Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book

The 2nd half of the book delves into sculpting techniques and there is great emphasis on the reference/study of accurate human muscle structure and form.  Dedicated sculpting notes on both male and female body forms are included.

Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book
Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book
Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book
Anatomy Sculpting - Katagiri Hiroshi Art Book

A great showcase of Katagiri Hiroshi’s body of work and sculpting techniques. The book is in Japanese, but perhaps a tip or two can still be figured out from the surplus of images found in the instructional section.

“Anatomy Sculpting – Katagiri Hiroshi” book details :

Dimensions – 10.1 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
Soft cover, 160 pages
Full color, in Japanese

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