Photograph of Makoto Ouchi
I have had a long-standing admiration for Mr Ouchi's
airbrush illustration work.
is one of a small group of great masters in the art of traditional Airbrush Automotive Illustration.
The level of detail and precision in his
airbrush artwork demonstrates a degree of craftsmanship and love for the art-form that is rarely seen today.
Makoto Ouchi was born in 1949 in Mito city, Japan.
had a passion for cars since he
was a young child.
After graduating from Hosei High School in 1965 he embarked on his career path working for Subaru in their automotive design department.
Expanding on his
knowledge of automobile design, Makoto
began to develop his
skills as a technical illustrator and airbrush artist.
early clients were Yamaha Motor Company
, Fuji Heavy Industries, and automotive magazines.
1969 Nissan R382 Grand Prix Car
Makoto Ouchi - Nissan Cutaway
In 1977 Makoto
journeyed to Munich, Germany to continue his
study of technical illustration under H.Schlenzig.
In 1979 he
returned to Japan where to this day he
continues to work for some of Japan's leading automotive, motorcycle, and industrial manufactureres.
1949 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta
Makoto Ouchi - Ferrari 166MM Cutaway
starts out with rough pencil studies for various parts of the car (frame, engine, suspension, wheels, etc.). All of the individual detail drawings are drawn to scale and given registration marks.
Using the registration marks as a guide, Makoto
then transfers each individual sketch into a final line construction on illustration-board or scans them into Photoshop to paint digitally.
1960 Maserati "BirdCage" Tipo 60/60
Makoto Ouchi - 1960 Maserati BirdCage Tipo 60/60
airbrushed color work is created by spraying Liquitex or Nicker acrylic water-based paint onto Crescent NR110 Illustration board.
uses a masking film or masking sheets to cut each shape, which is sprayed using one of several Hohmi airbrushes.
Makoto & Hulsey Photos in Japan 2007
Several of Makoto's
more recent works have been painted exclusively in Adobe Photoshop.
These Photoshop images include his
Ferrari 166MM, and Nissan Grand Prix Car illustrations (above), and the Alfa Disco Volante (below).
works in Photoshop his
image file size is approximately 20 inches (7000 x 4800) at 350 dpi.
1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante
Makoto Ouchi - Disco Volante Cutaway
Makoto Ouchi - Napier Sabre 24 Cylinder Aircraft Engine
Makoto Ouchi - V8 Engine
Makoto Ouchi - MV Agusta Motorcycle
Makoto Ouchi - Yamaha Motorcycle
Makoto Ouchi - 1946 Miller Indy Car
Makoto Ouchi - Subaru Outback
To view more of Makoto Ouchi's
artwork please visit his
own website or the Japanese Automobile Artist Association
(JAAA) website listed below.
Makoto Ouchi's Home Page
JAAA - Japanese Automobile Artist Association