Katsuhiro Otomo – Akira

Katasuhiro Otomo - Akira

Katasuhiro Otomo - Akira

Super detailed draftsmanship from the absolute master of techno-Illustration; Katsuhiro Otomo, the Japanese Illustrator behind the legendary cyberpunk manga-fest “Akira”. This image is taken from the Epic Books Akira Collection “Part 10″ fairly close to the epic sagas end.

The Akira Manga ran from Dec 1982 through June 1990, and was the basis for the simply stunning 1988 animated feature film, although the story is only loosely connected. The most fasicanting thing with Otomos work is the unbelievable attention to detail, every element is impeccably fashioned and has function. take for a example the above Illustration, Otomo has not just drawn this fighter jet, it’s designed to be as realistic as possible, his take on exactly how a US Navy jet would look in 2019. For case in point note the tilting Canard Wing and airspeed pitot tube (thanks Pete/NelC) at the front of the craft…simply amazing stuff!

Read more about Katsuhiro Otomo at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katsuhiro_Otomo and the Akira Manga: (Warning Spoilers!!) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katsuhiro_Otomo

Lower B/W image via Flickr user: art_files

13 thoughts on “Katsuhiro Otomo – Akira

  1. Cheers :)

    Yeah some of the drawing in the Akira series is simply astonishing – The destruction of Neo Tokyo in particular… I’ll get that Scanned soon

  2. just a note i think it’s not a “refueling nozzle at the front of the craft” its a airspeed pitot like this -http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question/instruments/q0251.shtml

    nerd stuff….. ; )

  3. Hmm, erm thanks for pointing that one out Pete :) I’ll update the post… my bad

    best brush up on my knowledge of aeronautics !! don’t want to be making stuff up…

  4. I can’t shake the feeling that the jet must be of soviet origin. There’s a lot of Su-27 in that drawing. But given that amount of “cross pollination” that went on in both sides of the cold war that may not be all that surprising.

    I have always got the impression that there was a lot people on both sides saying: “If the USA/USSR is researching X, then there must be something too it.” Little knowing that the only reason that either of them are researching it is because the other one is.

    –Aygar

  5. Hey Charles,

    yeah I know what your saying there, your spot on in fact! I’m not sure if you’ve seen the rest of the comic, the aircraft Otomo has drawn features forward swept wings and looks very much like this jet experimental russian jet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Su-47 though perhaps a bit more butch… anyway a cool design, if not slightly dated against tommorows stealth/wedge-esque designs

  6. The coloring attempt is commendable for the effort but work like Otomo’s on Akira is I feel, best left in the original black and white. There’s a gestalt there that is beyond the illustrative attempt at the top with the literal coloring.

  7. I may be mistaken, but I was under the impression that Katsuhiro Otomo like many other manga creators works with a studio of artists to produce these images. Which isn’t to say the picture isn’t noteworthy (the comics are amazing), but it is the work of many, rather than the efforts of an individual.

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