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Gundam Dawn by Tekka-Croe Gundam Dawn by Tekka-Croe
All right, for reals this time. This is the third image I've posted of my original mobile suit "Gundam Dawn." Once again, you may notice that it looks utterly unlike the previous version. This is because I'm never happy with how my mecha turn out. However, I think I've finally got Gundam Dawn's design locked in. Little things may change here and there, but from now on, Gundam Dawn will look pretty much like this.
In fact, the one part of Gundam Dawn that has remained virtually unchanged from the very beginning is the "face" area- the muzzle, and eyes.

With this, I've tried to blend the sleek elegance of Gundam 00 and the chunky goodness of Gundam Unicorn in to one small, feminine package.

This is the title mecha for my Gundam 00 side-story, Gundam Dawn.

Gundam (c) Bandai/Sunrise

EDIT 11/21/10: Updated image background to DA's signature grey-green. May become standard for reference sheets.

EDIT 12/4/11: I've completed a better, more refined reference for Gundam Dawn which can be found here: [link]
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vinf22 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Student Artist
Gn drive or fusion reactor?
It have some bits of IBO-ish vibe to it imo
Great work!
CyberChangeling Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
This gundam design is amazing!
DownTownAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
Damn this looks so sleek af!
thekippusan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
Barbatos much?
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thekippusan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
Look up the Barbatos Gundam from Iron Blooded Orphans. This is more or less the same concept.
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I honestly don't see the connection.  Is it that they both have large amounts of the inner frame exposed?

If that's the case, then I'd encourage you to check out the GATX-105 Strike Gundam, the RX-178 Gundam MkII, and the GN-001 Gundam Exia.  Having exposed frame segments on a mobile suit isn't exactly a new idea.

(Also, you do realize that I did this illustration 5 years ago, right?)
GlacierIceDragon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Student General Artist
I love the look how the inner frame is exposed.....also gundam unicorn and 00 are two of my favorite series :)
alucurup Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
hi! I from indonesia, and in this month there is a japanese festival in my school, so may i take this picture and make this as a sticker, please
thanks :)
heavy147 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it
Armanfseiei Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
A W E S O M E . . . !
CharTeam Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
oh wow. i want this to be a real model kit
charactermaker27 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Artist
JetuKiritateru Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool!
Big fan of fanfics/original gundams/mobilesuits (Which leads me to hate those who grab images of a suit; and rename them)

You've done a great job with this.
skak45 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
very nice
UltimateGundamGeek Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rocklobster44 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Badass looking gundam
Reminds me of the Stargazer gundam and the Nadleeh
Verry cool man
corruptus118 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
YulanFaner Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Good design, nice coloring... your good
HaseoYashimora Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
now make it have a katana and ill kiss you xD
ActionMechNow Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
I was wondering if I could use Gundam Dawn for a Roleplay I've just started. If not, then how are you on requests, even quick ones?
ZaXo-KenIchi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gahh! I don't understand how people do this! It's so... cohesive. It makes sense. And most of all, it looks bad-fricken-ass! Mechs are so hard to get down. Any tips?
Rhythem02 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow, great design, most of all the design you could line this up with the original series and no one would suspect this is a fanmade
PsycoT3ddiB3ar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Dude effing amazing! Looks like something that would come from Gundam 00!
ironespio Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
looks good does the dawn have any special abilitys that the other mobile suits don't?
crazychris1995 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
here's an idea.the lightest gray you have on it(feet, shoulders and some datails). make them red just like the other gundam 00
StoicNinja Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
I'm gonna guess that this suit has some awesome special features. Because it looks like it would get torn up in a straight out duel. Not that I'm saying I don't like the design, because I do. It just looks... not melee oriented.
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It certainly is melee oriented, but instead of thick armor, it relies on speed and agility to avoid damage. You're correct that it wouldn't last long in a drag-out duel. It's not built for endurance, it's built for rapid strikes, which is pretty much Celestial Being's specialty.
masarebelth Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Emmm... I love bare mechanical frames..:D It's sexy to all :D
txfarmer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
sexy :horny:
orihalchon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student Filmographer
Finally i found someone who drew mecha in both front and rear view, WITH great mecha proportions!!! :iconkermityayplz:

Anyway...This Gundam was very interesting, especially in terms of the design :D I love those small details on the joints. Your design style here was like a combination of Hajime Katoki and Ebikawa. I give you that ;)

Other than that, it's perfectly done! :ahoy:
StreyCat Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! This one looks Kit bashable :D Nice Concept
zenebier Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
woah!!! this is awesome!!!!! great job!!!
onetruezombie Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
when will we be able to read it?
kimchijung Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
nice piece... took a look at the other concepts of your gundam dawn.
i like it, i see resemblances of Qan[T]'s chest design there, with slight resemblances of the GNX series in the leg and arm mechanics... and nice head piece.

might i suggest improving on the butt area of the mobile suit? its very box like... maybe get some inspirations from Exia's or Qan[T]'s rear end plate?

it looks like your design is cut out to be close combat oriented with its quick-to-draw beam saber design and the large sword... i wud say the joint areas seem very bare and ungaurded :/

im not a hater i really like it, im just throwing some ideas out there, since i draw some gundams myself xD
ApeCape92 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the mecha design that you did
Heatheru Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
OH MY GOSH. I love this.
HundredHands Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's great to see blocky mechs that don't feel overly bulked-out. This thing looks FAST. Beautifully done.
RogueGamer23 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
looks really great.
Lanc3rZ3r0 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
sick design!
Guyverman Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Could this have a female pilot as well?
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed. The only reference I've got is from a few months back: [link] The character has changed a little bit since then, but none of the current references are finished.
OpenGL Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice concept
ArtScanner154 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
That's one nice Mobile Suit you've designed here. :) I'd love to see its combat capabilities.
SSG-Scorps Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Looking at it now, it seems to be leaning forward a bit too much.
sielre Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
i like the design ;)
Shir0gane Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010   Writer
it's very cool and truly beautiful!
E-Squid Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Nice... thing in the chest. Is it a power-source? I like how it's partially obscured by parts of the armor in front.
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's part of the power source. The GN drive is a cylindrical device which slots into the upper torso. The front usually has a glowing dome, and the back manifests itself as a conical protrusion from the mobile suit's back.

Here: [link] one of the images shows a breakdown of the 00 Gundam's GN drives.

And here: [link] there's an image of the more conventional GN drive used by the Exia.
E-Squid Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Oh, thanks. That's pretty neat.
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