Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Steam powered lava walker! This is a sketch I did a long time ago (see my first post) but never really got around to adding color to the concept. The inspiration for it was just by coming up with three random themes. Lava, steam punk, and 4 legged. I love picking the three random things because it gives you starting point instead of just pulling something from the air.
I tried something a little different with my approach by laying out flat colors and then using the burn and dodge tool in photoshop then going over a second time with some color to add the glowy parts.
I also overlaid a few textures that I got from HERE. Awesome site, with lots of free textures to choose from. It’s easily the best texture site I have found yet.
That’s it for now. With any luck I’ll be posting next week too. Hey nobody is perfect….
This week’s sketch falls in the same universe as last weeks. Remember Castle Von Beacon? Well this would be one of the Marshals heavy tanks. I was going for something not too futuristic with a heavy iron style. Kind of like a big daddy from Bioshock but way “more machine now than man”. Err if you can call a big daddy a man.
First nothing says bad ass like a huge mec with lobster claws for hands! Then if that wasn’t enough he has guns coming out of his arm pits… I liked the guns so much I even threw in a second sketch of it. Throw in some metal bolts to give it that heavy metal feel and boo-yea instant walking tank. I toyed with putting a third leg on the mec but too many dirty jokes came to mind.
All right I’m done for now. As always I open to suggestions for next weeks sketch.
It seems like just yesterday I finished last weeks sketch. Man how time flies! This week’s sketch of the week is a fish operated, robot, out of the water.
When I was sketching this I tried to twist the look of a deep-sea sub and warp it to look as if a creature from the ocean designed it. You can see the influence from a crab and an octopus. I wanted this thing to walk out of the ocean so the crab and octopus seemed like the obvious choice for influence. I know and octopus doesn’t technically walk but it does kind of pull itself along coral reliefs at times.
I do like the how the pilot is in essence in a fish bowl. He really couldn’t pilot the robot with any limbs so I hooked him up to the mech matrix style. Note the little army he is already started to form below him. The streets shall flow with the blood of the air breather!
At one point I had scanned it and posted this sketch only to take it down and add the little tentacles you see hanging from the bottom and a few extra robot claws. I really think it helped. Once I saw it on the monitor it was kind of like looking at the image with a different set of eyes. I could pick out flaws that that I had just gotten use to after starring at the image for too long. I have one friend that will hold a piece he is working on in front of a mirror to get that fresh look.
See ya next week
The idea of the sketch of the week is simple in theory. Take three random items and combine them into one sketch. For example this week is steampunk, 4 legged, lava walker. Mash those together and this is what you get.
For now, I’m going to generate the themes but hopefully as this website picks up some steam, I want everyone to pick the themes and also submit their own concepts.