See Through Trunk

category: > Features, > Illustration

written by: Jaap Proost

AS a kid I frequently visited local car dealers in the hope the salesmen were kind enough to give a seven year old kid their shiny catalogues. First in line was the Audi dealer, and the goal was a brochure from the Audi Quattro. But I also liked the dealers of Japanese vehicles because their catalogues had cool illustrations of cars that never had to pop the hood to show the engine inside.


In the early eighties Japan had a big scene of illustrators that followed the ‘super-realistic’ style. It was surely a men’s world, because the subjects are mostly machines and nude women. Next to the fact that you can show the engine with a closed hood, the illustrations were popular because the drawings often gave a sharper impression than a photo.














1. > Hide Nakajima, illustration for a magazine

2. > Fujine Yano Mini Cooper S1275, illustration for a calender

3. > Makoto Ouchi, illustration for a catalogue

4. > Yasuhiro Kawakami, illustration for a plastic model package

5. 6. > Yasuhide Ishizaki, Toyota Hilux illustration for a catalogue

7. > Takeshi Hosokawa, Mazda Familia, illustration for a catalogue

8. > Takeshi Hosokawa, Ford Telster, illustration for a catalogue

9. > Shin Saito, illustration for catalogue








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