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Everything About Mechanical Insects - Evolving Mechanical Mutants

Everything About Mechanical Insects - Evolving Mechanical Mutants

Mechanical insects made from paper clay, wire, machine parts, and other waste materials, are showcased together with their cool modeling techniques. Discover the making process of the stunning mikado potter wasp and multicolored scarabs, explained step by step with pictures of every phase! The book also features a gallery of the author's representative works, including steampunk-inspired pieces of art.



Chapter 1: Creating an original piece of art from paper clay

Chapter 2: Creating a piece of art that can be replicated

Chapter 3: Creating an original piece of art from multiple materials

Chapter 4: Gallery of past and recent original works


    ■ by craft factory SHOVEL HEAD Yasuhito Udagawa, edited by Tsubura Kadomaru

    ■ 257 x 190 mm / 176 pages

    ■ Published in December 2016

    ■ ISBN: 9784798613048

    ■ Japanese title: 機械昆蟲制作のすべて 進化し続けるメカニカルミュータントたち

    Buy on Amazon Japan


    Rights sold to Taiwan, Hong Kong, China


    After graduating from the Department of Architecture of Musashino Art University, Yasuhito Udagawa worked for an architecture firm for seven years, while at the same time creating artistic objects and displaying them at group exhibitions. In 1996 he founded the art studio "craft factory SHOVEL HEAD" and devoted himself to creating pieces of art. He makes and sells mechanical insects –– "mechanical mutants" –– based on both realistic and fictional creatures using paper clay, metal, electronic parts, plastic scraps etc.


    Tsubura Kadomaru has always loved drawing and sketching, and in middle and high school was the head of the school's art club. She protected the club, that had become a manga study group and Gundam get-together, and its members, raising creators who now work in the game and anime industry. She studied oil painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Tokyo University of the Arts at a time when film studies and contemporary art were thriving. She has authored, edited, and conceived dozens of drawing manuals.

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