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I first came across Range Murata’s art through Blue Submarine No. 6 when Toonami aired it.  I always loved the design work, but just kind of tucked the series away in my head. While I was in Japan I kept coming across various anthology books (Flat and Robot, for example) that featured his work.  Wherever alternative Japanese mangakas are, Murata seems to be involved. His work is super clean and he often relies on minimalist backgrounds allowing his character design to do the heavy lifting.  He loves to draw young girls and has a particular knack for making unique looking tech.  While I have seen him tell stories with his art, he seems to shy away from sequentials in lieu of pin-up work. He has a great handle on rendering metal in his work. Definitely something worth studying! Enjoy some of his artwork below:

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