Thursday, May 15, 2008

Book: Mecha Force

Mechaforce is the result of my laboring over for more than 6 or 7 months. This is the first book that I ever written, so the excitement for me is without word. Impact Books came to me about an idea of a book to show people how to draw robots, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity.

The book was divided into 3 chapters, chapter 1 being fundamental of all things, not just drawing robots. I've always felt that artworks will look better if you could build it up from the very basics.

Chapter 1 deals with perspective and some sketching techniques. No artist should be without these skills, even if you are not drawing robots, perspective also applies everything in life.

Chapter 2 deals with robotic anatomy. I'd like to get novice artists a different perspective on robots, a view on the inside. How to translate flesh, tendons and bones into something might function mechanically.

Chapter 3 is all about step by step instructions. Taking a few different body types of robotic and show you how I would draw them from scratch, and also in various different angles.

Those who are interested in drawing robots, please check it out, and let me what you think of the book. This is my first book, it's far from being perfect, I hope I get more chances to do more books like this. The more comments and suggestions I can get from the masses, the better I can hope to do in the future.

Mechaforce on Amazon


Anonymous said...

Congrats on getting your book out EJ, I'm going to have to pick it up and give it a look through.


Shinobi Rendar said...

What a nice suprise! Didn't know you were coming up with a how to book. This is a definite must.

I'll share my impressions when i get it.

sora said...

It's exactly a must-have book. Ordered through Amazon. ;)

Anonymous said...

man, well done. Cover looks cool, and can't wait to see more. I'm not much of an artist but I may just get this!

Also - I can't wait to see some interior colours for Sideswipe!!! AWESOME!!! EJ INTERIORS!!! it's taken so long man, great stuff!


D e a n said...

Hey mann.. saw u on youtube. Some news coverage or some sort. Awesome. But yeah didnt understand it coz t'was in chinese. Heres d link

whats that ur drawinng on? issit a wacom thingy?

Spencer said...

Saw it at Book Expo. Beautiful, beautiful book, E.J. Congrats to Impact for having good taste.

Anonymous said...

Hey EJ, the pics C Ryall revealed of Spotlight Sideswipe look awesome as man! Great to see your interior colours on TF!!!

E.J.Su said...

Thanks guys,

I hope you'll let me know what you think of the book, hopefully this is the first of many.

dean: It was from a Taiwanese network, thanks for posting that.
That thing I was drawing on is a Wacom Cintiq 21UX. It serves me well over the years. :)

Bassbot: I am glad you liked the coloring in Sideswipe. It's pretty painstaking, but it was well worth it to push my own boundaries. I am glad I get the chance to do this.

Mike said...

I saw this at SDCC08. I am gonna order one from Amazon very soon. Great tips!

D said...

Wow, I wonder if I can get it in Taiwan...
I really need books of this type.

E.J.Su said...

Mike: thanks for the support, hopefully it's helpful in some way.

D: Are you Taiwanese? if so, I believe carries the book. Otherwise I believe Amazon ships oversea. :)

D said...

Yup, I believe you even replied to one of my posts on the Tong Li Forum, my ID used to be ้›™้ขไบบ(when I was 15, now it's just ้›™).
Anyways, thanks for the info, I'll pick the book up when I can spare the cash, XD.

E.J.Su said...


Wow really? that must have been a while. I haven't been to TongLi board for a while. I can't believe anyone would know my website. :O

When you do pick up a copy, don't forget to let me know what you think about it. :D