When did Hajime Sorayama draw his first robot?
Remember that one time I said I loved when people picked their doodle for their birthday? Ya, this one was annoying! First, the request was "self awareness"... ok I can't even find two dictionaries with a similar definition, let alone facts I can trust to support an answer to a question I don't even know yet... NEXT! "Astral planes"... again, you're asking for something that is more in this fuzzy exterior realm, I'm looking for something with actual answers from sources I can feel confident about siting for a question and answer that makes sense... "Ok, ok, how about Hajime Sorayama"... I'm sorry what now?!
Well Google had TONS of information about Hajime Sorayama and it has been fascinating reading. Hajime Sorayama is a Japanese illustrator known for his precisely detailed, erotic portrayals of feminine robots, along with his design work on the original Sony AIBO. He describes his highly detailed style as "superrealism".
Hajime Sorayama was born in 1947 in Imabari, Ehime prefecture in Japan. He was interested in drawing at an early age, using Playboy pin-ups for inspiration. After high school he started at Shikoku Gakuin University, founding the school paper named Pink Journal. The content was criticized by both teachers and other students, so he moved to the Chubi Central Art School in Tokyo to study art. He graduated at the young age of 21 and started working for an advertising agency until he felt he had enough experience to try out a freelance career in 1972.
In 1978 a friend asked him to draw something based on C-3PO from Star Wars. Managing to coordinate his work in fine art, illustration, and industrial design, Sorayama used his fine art, illustration and industrial design to create his first robot. In 1979 he drew his first sexy robot. In 1983, he published his first book Sexy Robot which enabled his organic robotic forms to become famous and recognizable worldwide. The first book was followed by Pin-up, in the same manner. Since then he has published several more books. Creating highly realistic depictions in latex and leather, the robot's popularity grew, so he started to make illustrations for the pages of Penthouse magazine and Playboy TV aired a television special dedicated to his art. In 1985 he released the Illustration Video, which announced his later engagement for the films Brain Dead (1992), Timecop (1994), and Space Trucker (1995). Sorayama also designed the trading cards, limited edition prints, covers for Aerosmith’s 2001 album and produced an initial idea for what would later become Sony’s dog-like robotic pet, the AIBO, which went to market in 1999. Respected as a founder of airbrush technique, Sorayama’s hyper-realistic artful depictions of sensual metallic qualities of robots have established his reputation.
Hajime's work has transcended boundaries and has been infused in several industries. Dior has started using his artwork in their mens collection, he was awarded Grand Prize of Best Design award for his first-generation AIBO design in 2000 and his robotis dog has been included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution.
Ultimately, the annoyance of getting to a good topic today for my Daily Doodle was well worth it. I enjoy learning new things and discovering artists I hadn't known before is always a pleasure. Hajime Sorayama is a master of his craft, and I'm honored to dedicate today's Doodle to his artwork.