I’m so jazzed about Mobile Suit Gundam right now that I spent today making another one instead of doing my taxes. This one is the RX-78-2 Gundam.
Also I decided that I’ll be selling this one and Char’s Zaku as a set of prints starting at MoCCA in NYC this weekend. Come snag ‘em and say whassup!
Seeing Evan’s Gundam illustrations at MoCCA Festival really ignited something within me.
It wasn’t just a sensation of “Hey, someone I respect in my niche field likes the same thing I do!”
When I saw Evan’s prints, I thought, “Yeah, this is it. This is the way I see it, too. This captures the sensitivity and the warmth and all those things I’ve tumbled over myself for thirteen years trying to describe.” And Evan may or may not see it that way. This is strictly about my personal response to the work, and we all take something different away from the media we participate in. But when we create, reflections of our inspirations are filtered into our work, and the elements of Gundam that are filtered into Evan’s illustrations are some of those which capture my heart most.
There’s the soft palette, showcasing a welcome amount of Minovsky Particle pink, and the slender and organic form that calls out to how Yoshikazu Yasuhiko animated the mobile suit. And then there’s just a general sense of playfulness in the proportions and rendering. It doesn’t go so far as to make the source material seem goofy and childish, as a lot of this stuff ends up doing in the indie comics scene; it’s reserved and full of charm.
Long behind me, there’s a community of passionate folk who can’t admit to obsessing over a children’s cartoon without justifying it through deathly serious and grim interpretations of such. And ever since I left that, I’ve been amongst wonderful people who I can’t be entirely genuine with, largely because I can’t articulate my love for something.
But Evan’s work, whether by coincidence or solidarity, captures a lot of that. And I hope the things I make convey the same for everything I love, animated, fleshy, and otherwise.
Anyhow, Evan’s original art is also wonderful, so please check it out. Apologies to Evan for using his art as a vehicle for my sappiness.