Hajime Sorayama – Heavy Metal

Jan 17th, 2009 | Categories: Airbrush / Realistic | Art | Hajime Sorayama | Sci-Fi

Sorayama - Heavy Metal

A chromed robotic female suggestively poses for the cover of “Heavy Metal” the infamous American/French Sci-Fi Magazine. Art from the idiosyncratic airbrush of Hajime Sorayama – dated Novemeber 1980.

Heavy Metal was created by American Publisher Leonard Mogel, who upon a trip to Paris had come across “Metal Hurlant”(Howling Metal) a French science-fantasy magazine that had debuted in 1974 and featured contribution’s from illutrators such as Jean Giraud AKA Moebius, Phillippe Druillet, Philippe Caza and Italian Erotica specialist Milo Manara. Inspired, Mogel set about licensing and translating this material for an American version and thus in April 1977 Heavy Metal was born, a franchise that’s spawned two feature length animated Movies and still runs to this day – check the official site: (warning Saucy over 18 type content)

Read more about Heavy Metal at Wikipedia: 

Image Sourced via Flickr User  jl.incrowd – check his excellent selection of  scanned Heavy Metal Artwork:

So back to the subject of Hajime Sorayama and all thing’s bright, shiny and VERY 80′s – Hafidz from has kindly contacted me to reccomend these lovingly crafted techinicolor  Sorayama tribute Wallpaper’s:

Digital Art by: sakke soini… Cheers!

One final note I’d like to add – I think perhaps the most enduring element of Heavy Metal is the collapsing chrome Logo-type – Perfection!

Hajime Sorayama “Gynoid” vs H.R Giger “BioMechanoids”

Sep 10th, 2008 | Categories: Airbrush / Realistic | H.R.Giger | Hajime Sorayama | Illustration | Low Palette | Sci-Fi

Hajime Sorayama - Gynoid (3)

H.R Giger BioMechanoid

A tentatively posed model is airbrushed into another part of the “Gynoid” Series, by Hajime Sorayama. The Gynoids are very much the same concept harvested by H.R.Giger with his BioMechanoids; that is to say they’re both a fusion of machine and the female form, but the similarity pretty much stops there.

Sorayama’s work is sweetness and light, he uses the body hugging chrome prosthetic to re-enforce softcore/pin-up titillation, machine enhanced but very much human. Giger’s approach is the reverse, sinister machine like humanoids – alien (literally) – the example shown is one his earlier works, a pre-airbrush piece from around 1970.

Hajime Sorayama – Gynoid (2)

Aug 28th, 2008 | Categories: Airbrush / Realistic | Hajime Sorayama | Illustration | Sci-Fi

Hajime Sorayama - Gynoid (2)

Another example of a “Gynoid” by Hajime Sorayama, super sexy airbushing pretty much unsurpassed IMHO – I really like the subtle glows and Sheen

The term “Gynoids” was created by the female British SF writer, Gwyneth Jones, and developed by another British writer, Richard Calder. The word is a combination of “droid” (greek “in the image of”) and “gyn” (greek “woman”). See more on Sorayama here

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