Hajime Sorayama (b. 1947) has been a longtime influence of mine, ever since I discovered his work as a teenager. And although his mostly erotic work may not be every Artist’ ‘cup of tea’, the man’s skill and creativity is certainly undeniable. Having essentially created an entire genre unto himself, Sorayama’s influence can be seen in nearly every facet of modern Science Fiction art.
I’ve taken a renewed interest in Sorayama’s work recently, as I contemplate shifting more toward water based media. Fortunately, there is a lot of information available on his working methods, as he generously includes tutorials and step-by-steps in many of his art books. Still, in my searches, I was excited to come across this series of videos called ‘Sorayama’s Secrets Revealed’. More than 3 hours long, this video captures most Sorayama’s process, entirely in real time!
Known for his colorful paintings, most often depicting strong women, Dan's work spans a variety of genres including novels, comics and film. He has worked for clients such as Disney, Universal Studios, Saatchi & Saatchi, Scholastic Books, The Greenwich Workshop, Penguin Books, Random House, Tor books, UpperDeck, Wizards of the Coast, and DC Comics.
Dan has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2007 Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist, the Chesley Award winner for Best Paperback Cover of 2007, and Gold and Silver Medals from Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. His illustrations have graced the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller list numerous times.
Aside from freelance illustration, Dan also enjoys teaching. He has lectured all over the country at various workshops, and is the founder of Muddy Colors. He currently resides in Greensboro, NC where he lives with his Wife and two sons.
Woah! Thanks for pointing those videos out … never knew such a series existed! Will be nice to watch 😀
I didn’t know either, but am thankful for the depths of youtube!
Beautiful work, very inspiring and… WAIT! You’re shifting to water based medium!? Isn’t that like Heff moving out of the mansion? Which water based media are you contemplating?
Actually, most of the work I’ve been posting of late is done in water based media and colored pencil. I’ve been using the airbrush a bit more and really like the results.
So a Drew Struzan influenced work method?
Thank you for highlighting this great artist and his amazing techniques
Is that just bristol board?
And what is that tool he uses to paint straight lines!?!?! I need that!
It is Crescent Brand Illustration Board (You can see the logo when he wets the back). Though, in honest, you would be better off with Strathmore 500 series Illustration board in my opinion. It’s the same surface, but with a better backing.
As for the straight lines, I assume you’re referring to the flexible stencil he used when airbrushing? It’s called an airbrush shield. There are lots of styles. Just Google it.
Thanks for the info! I agree on the board. I’ve never seen someone wet the entire board like that. Scared the hell out of me.
I was referring something he used at 1:18:39 in the second video. It’s like a rail that he uses to guide his hand. Very interesting.
In one of his books its referred to as a bezel but I cannot find anything else about it.
yes! though too shy to have one of his books lying around, love his work for some time now
I know the feeling! I also adore the work of Milo Manara and Serpieri, both of whom can get REALLY explicit at times though. I have bookshelf really high up where I keep those out of my kid’s reach.
Maybe we will have to have a NSFW week here on Muddy Colors sometime. 😉
You put it front and center and own it with pride ^^ (Hiding it from children is probably good though)
Great stuff Dan! And, I love your works as well. I too was influenced by Master Sorayama since High School in 1995 and just admire his mastery of the wet media and airbrush. So amazing! I still gaze through his how-tos while I hold my iwata. Thanks for sharing his tutorials!
Eu baixei este vídeo de um site qualquer e na época 420p, 12 anos atrás, era a qualidade máxima pra tudo. Eu compartilhei pros amigos no meu Facebook!! David Baldo o copiou do meu One Drive e o pulicou no You Tube com qualidade menor, E já era baixa. Desde então – ” Sorayama – Secerets Revealed ” isso é a unica coisa da internet!! Por favor, quem tem o DVD original fazer uma cópia pra NET em 1080P, VIA TORRENT E NOS DE UM PRESENTE, PLEASE!!! Compartilhe em alta resolução! Por favor!! 🙂
great videos Dan. but I have a question. What support board or surface did he use to endure to resist such erasing tool like a minidrill?