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The daring, yet sweet and sensitive sculptor who uses his many talents to despair over his sculpture.
The sculptor known as Gekko wears two hats. One is that of a Mech Sculptor. The other is that of a Figure Sculptor. His ability to wear both hats is what gives his work its unique style.
His made his Wonder Festival debut in the winter of 2005 focusing on mechanical creations. However, due to the decline of robot anime in the 2000s and the increase of mass produced merchandise, it was difficult for him to find what he wanted to make. As a result, he took up the challenge of figure sculpting, something he always had an interest in.
"I had the choice to further refine my craft at making robots, but I thought it would also be a good idea to build experience in other genres while I could still absorb knowledge quickly. It felt like something I needed to do in order for me to continue this hobby. The skills required were completely different than what I thought I'd need, it's a world filled with logic. (laughs)
Over the past few years, Gekko has shown his skill at combining robotic parts (ship parts) with girls with his SD Maya and SD Akitsushima, both from Kancolle. One can say that he's a step above other sculptors, having obtained the weapon known as multi-talented.
There is another facet to his multi-talented self, the one known as "organizer of the Toyama Sculpting Camp." In addition to regular sculpting sessions, he holds a special Sculpting Camp in September every year.
Gekko says that "with the increase of sculpting sessions across Japan, the medium has become a communication tool for us in addition to being a method of self-expression."
The various hats he wears and the talents he has complete the man known as Gekko, and the reason why he chose himself for the WsSC becomes clear. Now that he has added the hat of WsSC Artist to his arsenal, full focus should be given to what his future will be like.

text by Luv a Sanomasahikoskii

Gekko started building models from a young age. Although he had a brief break when he was in university, going to a garage kit event inspired him to start participating in the 2005 Wonder Festival.
While he first centered his work on garage kits of mechs, he has recently expanded his horizons to include figures.
His goal is to be a well-rounded sculptor.

Web site SCRATCH WORKS ( only in Japanese )     Twitter gekko_tk

Description of the Fraudulently Awarded Creation WsSC#

©Kuromukuro Production Committee

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Kuromukuro-Model Bust

from the TV anime Kuromukuro Nonscale resin cast kit

Special event price: 20,000 yen

Kuromukuro, which aired in the spring of 2016, places its characters in Toyama, which happens to be where Gekko lives. Combined with his interest in complex robot face designs, the show sparked his motivation to create. As detailed images of the designs were not widely available until a book detailing the world of the show came out at the end of 2016, he spent many days analyzing the design prior to its release.
First, he needed to understand the style of mecha designer Tomoaki Okada; how the lines are drawn and how he details his designs. He also needed to account for details not in the original design, adding his personal touches in order to create a convincing piece of work. The result is this large-scale bust, worthy of being displayed. From the design of its head, it's most attractive and complex part, to its torso, feast your eyes on the scale of this Kuromukuro bust, its many parts and how it all comes together to form its inner armor.

's comment

Hello, my name is Gekko and I'm a sculptor.
When I first heard of this, all I could think of was "We have to nominate ourselves...?" but I realized that I had already been "choosing myself" for this by putting a high price on my creations. I then decided to participate in this project. If it'll keep going this would be interesting in its own right. Like of like the Ignobel Prize (haha).
Now, what I love are mecha designs with complicated faces and heads. There was a time when I made a piece that contained over 250 parts, all of which were separated by color and cast in colored resin. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to release many mecha creations at recent WonFes events as there wasn't anything I wanted to make or I had missed my timing to do so.
And then, Kuromukuro was announced and my heart skipped a beat when I saw the official art for the mecha designs in the initial teaser. To top it all off, the local studio, PA Works, would be animating it. At first, there was only material that showed it from the front, so I waited for the design materials to come out as there was no point in making it at all if it wasn't going to be complete, and that wish finally came true.
I've been starting to put digital sculpting to good use, but the feeling of accomplishment that you get from the minute parts coming together after creating them one by one from polyester putty is a feeling I wouldn't trade for anything else in the world. I don't think that feeling will change no matter how much time passes.
My goal is to continue making things that I think is nice, and to continue selling them at events. It may sound cliché, but to "just keep going" is the hardest part...