Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy New Year



Hopefully will be a good one for everyone...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Avatar


I saw avatar in 3d with some friends in theater
that was one beautiful experience !

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

He did it again




I call Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea a true Miyazaki's hart movie for every one. it reminds me the nostalgia of Totoro for some reason
Deffenatly will buy the DVD when the english subtitle is out its a must for all!

Samurai Poet sketches and doodles





Thursday, December 10, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Finally RetroroBo with Tim the pilot




100% Stainless steel Including Tim the pilot in SLS and a lether backpack for retrorobo
this work comes directly form my inspirations based on 50's SciFi themes and modern super robot animes
For more documents about how I did it please visit my website (the Toy design section): www.manizamani.com

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The little pilot

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

RetroroBo and the smell of METALLLLLLL

Samurai Poet




My first attempt with the wonderfull world of 3D printing .
just enjoy ;)

ShyBot




Shybot was a project and a research for my plastic course at Design Academy Eindhoven which I focused my researches on analyzing the techniques of vacuum forming for making kit runners. my aim was to design a kit model of a posable robot action figure by using just 2 affordable poly styrene runner. so affordable, fun to make, fun to pose and customizable.

all the steps are done by using balsa wood for the base of each individual part, vacuum forming these parts to reach the final polystyrene parts that are close to what will be when the parts are cut out of the runners (well if its not clear just take a look at the pictures ;)).

Wooden Queen



Wooden Queen was my first attempt toward creating an action figure based on one of my characters with the use of wood. unfortunately having almost no time on my own, instead of using hard wood I decided to go for Balsa soft wood for the body and with use of hard bubinka wood for ball and sockets I created a solid joint system to be able to pose it freely. the whole process of design was very primitive (this is a 3 years old work and during that time i was not aware of the wonder of 3D print technology).so I created the character and its technical solutions in 3D and I printed out the technical sheets and simply I started carving balsa based on this data. the result was a bulky satisfying little wooden queen ;)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The RoseKeeper



This is my first attempt with stainless steal 3d printing which in order to reach a highly sculptural figure with a maximum poseability I decided to use Revoltech joint system. at the end of assembly the result ashived by combining these two material and system was absolute satisfaction...

you can read my interview about RoseKeeper in this link.

Anime movies (non Mecha) that I truly enjoyed watching









these are simply put my must have list for everyone I steel need to buy the DVD of some of theme to complete my collection...
I found a beautifull slide show of a nostalgic combiner super robot toy made by my must respected toy company of all the time, BANDAI

GX-31V Voltes V Respect For Volt In Box

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Shapeways interviewed me in Friday, September 25. 2009

Here is an interview about me by Shapeways (A 3D print manufacturor and online company which I order my parts by them)

this interview was about how did I come up with RoseKeeper which i will add a post about it eventually.

Friday, November 27, 2009

An old illustration



this is an old illustration from my portfolio which I still like its mood and technique after all these years well i guess not so long ago 5-6 years ago to be pricise

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Classics of super robots and macross and gundam...



Grandizer was a huge hit back in the first 6-7 years of my life in North Africa and Middle East doe to its Arabic translation.surprisingly it is still airing in national television over there these days!! Well basically those years were the first years of giant robot invasions through my brain. I remember my elementary school or I guess even before that time my father gave me a video VHS cassette of Voltes Five for my birthday and that was amazing the first Giant robot combiner on TV in front of my eyes as a little kido , I have never saw such level of details and what 5 people riding different vehicles and boom they combine to form an awesome kick ass giant robot , that was enough for me to re watch that show, well some episode of it in VHS for hundreds of time. I guess around that period I started to bring my imaginations by coping voltes five on paper.
Secondary school was the period of satellite dishes and receivers and the magic of cartoon network and its awesome Robotech show (well back then I was not aware of Macross and the big problems between harmony gold and big west copy write issues so I refer it simply as Robotech for now) .Robotech and figuring out its Valkrie’s transformation technique was the main subject of my math classes in high school , sketching and doodling the math notebooks with those beautiful fighters and transforming them to what I refer the best transforming robot of all times, was an absolute joy. Coming toward my pre university, the internet area opens up my world towards all the information. knowing Robotech was basically the work of my all time favourite mecha designer Shoji Kawamori and its true name macross. Finding all the original artworks and starting to know all those great mecha and robot anime and designers was certainly an eye opener those days.

7 people who inspierd my chiledhood's imagination



they are from left to right:
永井 豪, Nagai Gō
石川賢, Ishikawa Ken
富野 由悠季, Tomino Yoshiyuki
Syd Mead
永野 護, Nagano Mamoru
河森正治, Kawamori Shōji
荒牧 伸志, Aramaki Shinji

The first post


this will be more picture than words.