As the site title indicates, one of the reasons I love Murata's art is the attention to detail in his work. I also love the realism mixed with the more traditional manga style, the retro influences and "steampunk" look as seen in Last Exile, and his use of color, from bright and cheery to dark and moody. I'm not an art expert or even trained in art, but I can still appreciate incredible talent when I see it.
If you're a fan of Range Murata's art, in all its diversity of moody guys, wide-eyed girls, and techno-detailed gadgetry, I hope you'll add your name to the list.
About the Artist
Range Murata (born Oct 2 1968) is a Japanese artist who specialized in cover art and video game character designs and illustrations until his work on the anime series Blue Submarine No. 6 caught international attention. He's published doujinshi, worked as an illustrator for the magazines Kairakuten and Comickers, and created covers and pin-ups for the manga publication UltraJump. Lately, he's been applying his talents and eye for detail toward fashion design.
Anime Projects: Last Exile (GONZO, 2003); Blue Sub No. 6 (GONZO, 1998)
Video Games: Power Instinct (Atlus, 1993); Wachenroder (Sega Saturn); Groove on Fight (Sega Saturn); Matrimelee (NeoGeo); Spy Fiction (PlayStation 2)
Art Books/Doujinshi (1995 - present): Form|Code (2006); Synchrotone (Dec 2005); Robot 4 (2005); Robot 3 (2005); Robot 2 (2005); Last Exile Aeral Log (2005); Spheres Pre ++ (2004); Robot 1 (2004); Spheres + (2004); Rule (2004); Spheres2 (2004); fa Documenta (2004); Spheres1 (2003); Futurhythm Standard Ed (2003); Futurhythm Preview (2002); 0.5 Like a Balance Life (2000); Blue Submarine 6 Graphical World (2000); Flat - 2-Book Collection (1999); Tempao Second Edition (1999); The Missing - Special Remix (1998); World of Wachenröder (1998); Special Remix (1997); Wildflowers (1995)
The books are hard to find and often expensive, but I'm very happy to have bought my own copies of Special Remix 1997, Missing Special Remix 1998, Futurhythm, Like a Balance Life, Spheres1, Spheres2, Spheres+, Spheres Pre ++, Rule, Blue Sub 6, Last Exile Aerial Log, the domestic releases of Robot 1 - 3, Synchrotone, and Form|Code. Looking forward to picking up the rest of the domestic editions of the Robot series through UDON.
In His Own Words
"Relocating to Tokyo allowed Murata to become more involved with the production of Last Exile, which was inspired by Roland Emmerich's American Revolutionary War epic The Patriot. Then-president of Gonzo and series planner Showji Murahama was particularly taken by the movie's battle scenes, during which the blue- and red-coated soldiers lined up to shoot each other down, row by row. 'He wanted to know if we could do that in an anime,' Murata recalls. 'At that time the story was going to be about troops fighting in space.' Although the setting changed considerably during development, The Patriot's military motif carried through. 'That's basically where the designs for those anachronistically beautiful outfits [worn by the Anatory and Disith troops] came from.'" (From the 3-page interview in Newtype USA, Sept 2004)
"Hmmm, I don't think I like airplanes that much. I like cars. It's not just cars, though. I like motorcycles and bicycles, anything with wheels. You don't see very many airplaines unless you go to the airport. It doesn't feel very real to me. I like things that are of a size that can be touched with my hands. I think the most common machine you see in everyday life is the car. That's why the design of the Vanship was based on the cigar-shaped racing cars of the 1920s and '30s. I put in various details that are common to cars. I also added the airplane element to them." (From the 5-page interview The World of Nuts and Bolts: RangeMurata Interview, AnimePlay, Vol 4 2004)