Wow, thanks for answering all of my questions. I realize not all of them were designed well for conversation in a podcast, so I'll be careful about that in the future. The reason I had a long list was so that you could drop questions if you chose to do so, or you could have broken up the questions between episodes.
Still, when Chris says we're only answering this giant list because it's the 50th ep, I interpreted this to mean "NEVER DO THIS AGAIN!" Gotcha. Thanks for putting up with me.
I've seen about 4 of Kurosawa's films, I think. Unfortunately, I watched them on TV, which is hard to do since they're so long, and I was unprepared for their length. My favorite of them is still Seven Samurai. And thank you for your suggestions. I had a bit of a hard time sounding out the titles, but I wrote down what I could, and I'll be looking them up. Not a Kurosawa film, but currently my favorite Japanese film is The Hidden Blade. Great stuff, but more for those interested in culture or story than for those looking for an adrenalin rush.
On a somewhat related note, how do you feel about this?
I'm glad you mentioned Junya Ishigaki, Chris. He's like the God of Lineart and deserves way more attention than he gets. This is his homepage
if anyone wants to look. I would study mechanical design under him if I could. Other than him, I really admire Katoki and Yanase, though I'm not really fond of Yanase's work in 00. His remakes of other suits are beautiful though. Seriously.
I would say Katoki and Yanase are similar, but Yanase is somewhat more sophisticated. His style uses a lot of complex geometry and he manages to blend it all together in a rather organic manner. It's very interesting.
I also find it interesting to observe how the styles of fan artists like myself relate to the Gundam shows they started watching. For instance, my design style tends to sit between Okawara and Katoki, looking rather simple and basic. Some artists I know who started with more recent shows like 00 have much more sophisticated design styles like Yanase. Makes me a bit envious, lol, but that's just how it is. =p
I'm also a huge fan of Koichi Mugitani (CHOCO) who does both character and mechanical designs for the Xenosaga series. (You should totally check out the Xeno Emissions art books.) And I'm in love with Kita Senri's character work for the Fire Emblem games. Look those two up if you have the time.
Okay, I think that's enough to talk about for now. Anway, gifts for making it to 50 episodes:
Gundamn's favorite meme
If it weren't for you guys, I would have NO IDEA what was going on here.
Is this funny?
Okay, now I KNOW this one is funny.
Does Soul Bro know this combo?
I drew the Big Zam one.
And on another note, the art contest is now accepting votes.
I'm sorry I was late to update you guys, but it closes on Sunday night. I'm sure the artists would be thrilled to have the Big Cheese and our other hosts vote in the contest. Thanks for all your support!