Zeta Plus (A1 test type)
Another pen and marker project, because I haven’t been using my markers as much as I should lately. Below is the MSZ-006A1 Zeta Plus A1 Test Type from the fictional universe of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise.
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As with my previously posted Gundam drawing, this also is from the graphic novella Gundam Sentinel.
For those unfamiliar with Gundam (pronounced gun-dum), it is a long-running Japanese science-fiction franchise, still going since 1979. It has spawned anime, manga, books, movies, mini-series, music, video games… the whole gamut. While there are also “Alternate Universe” (AU) stories, the original (and best) story-line is set in the real world in the “Universal Century” (UC) which is a new calendar started when man first began to build colonies in Earth orbit and on the moon (UC replaces AD). At its most basic, it is a thoughtful story about conflict and mankind’s evolution. The titular “Gundam” is actually the name for a series of experimental mecha (human-piloted machines), so as the story progresses there are many different Gundams.
The Zeta Plus appears only in the Gundam Sentinel novella, and is the mass-produced version of the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam (the titular mecha from the TV series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam [50 episodes ’85-’86]).
The A1 Test Type of the Zeta Plus is an atmosphere-only version (the later C1 model being a space-capable version) piloted by Amuro Rey, who is the protagonist of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series (43 episodes ’78-’80) and is a recurring character throughout a majority of the UC-story line.
I was particularly attracted to this version because I thought the orange-red coloring was so distinct from the normal coloring of a Gundam (normally variations of white, blue, and red), or of the latter C1 version, which is mostly grey. Along with the RX-78NT1 Gundam ‘Alex’, and the EX-S Gundam from the same novella, the A1 is one of my favorite designs from the Gundam series. Additionally (and, hopefully) we can also see some improvement the composition, coloring, and execution of my drawings with these markers, from the NT-1 Alex, to the EX-S, and now to the Zplus A1.
Of course, there are several errors abound. Some are of my own doing, while others are simply due to the fact that there are multiple versions of this same design with slight differences in the Gundam Sentinel book, so that accuracy can be sometimes difficult. Because of this, I have taken liberties in some cases. Also, some of the fine text markings are intentionally misspelled in English- a homage to the regularly misspelled English found in Japanese anime and manga. =D
Drawn with UniPin fineline pens and Letraset Promarkers on A4-size marker paper.