Katoh Naoyuki – Sci-Fi Artist Book Review

Posted By yonghow on May 17th, 2014

Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book

Katoh Naoyuki is a veteran Japanese artist/mecha designer who has contributed to many science fiction illustrations since the 1970s, notably cover art for the Japanese editions of sci-fi novels like Starship Troopers. I previously featured his art work in the “Panzer Angel Gabriel” art book review. His distinctive mecha designs have also been released as models and resin kits.

Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book
Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book
Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book
Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book
Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book

(above and below) Many of Katoh-san’s mecha designs and suits are very organic in nature and definitely remind me of HR Giger’s work.

Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book
Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book
Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book
Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book
Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book
Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book
Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book

(below right) Katoh-san cites his artistic influences – paintings by the great Alma-Tadema and John William Waterhouse.

Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book
Katoh Naoyuki - Sci-Fi Artist Art Book

Katoh Naoyuki’s illustrations remind me of those quaint old sci-fiction films from the 80s and I’ve always found his mecha designs visually intriguing and quite attractive; a refreshing break from the overly sleek and largely cookie-cutter looks of recent science fiction.

It’s a pity the print size of the book is quite a bit smaller than your usual A4 sized art book, which makes appreciation of the illustrations less than ideal.

“Katoh Naoyuki – Sci-Fi Artist” art book details :

– Dimensions – 8.2 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
– Softcover, 198 pages
– Full color, in Japanese language

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