Thursday, October 23, 2014

Robot In Space

I'm a little surprised that I haven't done anything with space before this as part of my gothic project...although, I suppose this is getting pretty far away from the original direction it was headed...


That spaceship in the background is heavily influenced by the starship art I saw a lot in the 70's.

Prints of this piece are available for purchase at this link

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A collection of my cyberpunk and robot photography and illustration work.
Robots and cyborgs, some sexy, some deadly, all presented as photographed and illustrated by Ian Sokoliwski. Mind-bending cityscapes, ruined wastelands, even some hints of Victorian-era Steampunk homes all provide the settings for these female androids and bionic women.
A showcase of cyberpunk and science fiction robot artwork of photographer and illustrator Ian Sokoliwski.
100 pages, magazine format, available as a printed copy for $19.99 and as a digital download for $1.99...


Monday, October 20, 2014

Painting Process: Screaming Robot

Another in my series of painting process blog posts. As with all these pieces, this was painted in Photoshop, RGB, at 12"x18" and 300dpi.


This one is fairly simple. I started with the photo of the model, Guido, where she was yelling on a table. I created the robot lineart from that.


I wanted her up in the air, something with a good sense of space behind her, so I thought another grid pattern building would work. Some sort of open factory space, almost cathedral in nature. So I created the basic design here.


Laying out the flat colours for the robot. Each colour is a separate layer to be painted.


Laying out the basic background pattern on separate layers as well. Note that the colours for these various layers do not represent the colour scheme of the final painting.


Background painted in. I knew I wanted to go with a cool background and warm foreground, so there are a lot of cool greys and blacks here, with a very strong light source outside the window. I even added in the suggestion of a larger city outside of that window.


The metal beam that Guido is perched on is painted. I gave it a warmer paint scheme, going with the suggestion of it being rusted out.


Basic metal modelling on the robot done. Note that the colour on the robot is universally grey at this point - more subtle colour changes will be added in later.


Colour changes added in to the robot. I warmed her up, included the cooler light from the background on her as well, to completely integrate her into her surroundings.


Final metal polishing and eye effects added in.

Prints of this piece can be purchased at this link. Also, be sure to check out my Twitter feed - there's lots of crazy stuff on there!

Monday, October 13, 2014

1950's Pin-Up Robot

Something new, stylistically, with a new model.


Monique has a wonderfully classic pin-up style, and I really wanted to work with that in my first painting with her. So, developing a mildly crazy vehicle (loosely based on the 1957 Chevy) and creating a future-as-seen-in-the-50's setting, this is what I came up with.

And the name of the diner is a shout-out to my favourite coffee shop here in Winnipeg.

Prints of this piece are available for purchase at this link.

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A collection of my cyberpunk and robot photography and illustration work.
Robots and cyborgs, some sexy, some deadly, all presented as photographed and illustrated by Ian Sokoliwski. Mind-bending cityscapes, ruined wastelands, even some hints of Victorian-era Steampunk homes all provide the settings for these female androids and bionic women.
A showcase of cyberpunk and science fiction robot artwork of photographer and illustrator Ian Sokoliwski.
100 pages, magazine format, available as a printed copy for $19.99 and as a digital download for $1.99..


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Gunslinger Robot

I really do love the whole Old West aesthetic.


This is with Lady Erin, a new model I just did a shoot with this past Sunday. She brought some wonderful qualities to the work, and I've got plenty of ideas for paintings to do with her in the future.

Prints of this piece are available for purchase at this link.

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A collection of my cyberpunk and robot photography and illustration work.
Robots and cyborgs, some sexy, some deadly, all presented as photographed and illustrated by Ian Sokoliwski. Mind-bending cityscapes, ruined wastelands, even some hints of Victorian-era Steampunk homes all provide the settings for these female androids and bionic women.
A showcase of cyberpunk and science fiction robot artwork of photographer and illustrator Ian Sokoliwski.
100 pages, magazine format, available as a printed copy for $19.99 and as a digital download for $1.99..


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Noir Punk Robot Painting

I've done one or two paintings in the past that had film noir elements, but this one is the most deeply-seated in that aesthetic.


Featuring Guido on the balcony of her apartment, although I used a different shot of Winnipeg for the background.

Prints of this piece are available for purchase at this link.

You should also head over to my Twitter account to see my random ...er.... ramblings.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Painting Process: Robot With Gun and Robot Angel

Another in my series of painting process blogs, breaking down the procedures for creating one of my (usually robot-themed) paintings. As with all of these, they are painted in Photoshop, 12"x18", 300dpi, in RGB.


This started as two photos from two unrelated photo shoots. Shlee is in the foreground with the gun (she was using a pellet gun as a prop) while my assistant, Kelsie, is in the background. Kelsie had perched herself on a stairwell railing for that pose, which was tricky to maintain, so I was very happy to incorporate it into a piece. Sketching the whole piece out, I decided to go with a ruined futuristic city.


Dropping in the flat colour layers on Shlee. As always, the colours used in these layers don't in any way reflect the final colours that I'll be painting with.


Dropped in the hair layers. Going in to this piece, I knew that I wanted Shlee to be incredibly dark, with prominent light sources inside of her, which will be all of the red layers you can see so far.


Flat colour layers on Kelsie dropped in. I had initially created the illustration of Kelsie for a stand-alone piece, but realized how much better it looked as a part of a larger piece with another model.


Background flat layers created. On to the painting.


Initial background painted. As with all the other painting steps in this process, all the detail you see is hand-rendered. While I am using a computer to paint this, I'm using it just as you would use acrylics or oils, just with a larger brush selection (most of which I created myself) and less in the way of messy clean-up.


Post and foreground painted. More fog and smoke painted in as well. I've created a lot of organic-sourced brushes for my fog and smoke effects over the years - it's amazing what sources you can end up using to make really cool brush patterns.


Metal on Shlee painted. When I painted the foreground, I kept the light sources on Shlee in mind when creating some of the reflections, so the environment and the robot all look like they belong together.


The gun and additional lighting and polishing effects added in.


Metal plating on Kelsie painted. I also knew that I was going to use the 'glass energy' style of robot with her, so the blue layer has been left unpainted at the moment.


Green 'glass energy' painted on Kelsie.


Additional fog and smoke effects painted in between the two robots to increase the depth and give the painting more of a sense of scale.

Prints (and other products) of the finished piece can be purchased at this link.  You can see a lot more work like this at my Facebook art page as well.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Robot and Dragon pencil illustration

I haven't done one of these for a while, a pencil illustration.


This piece had quite a few inspirations. First, when the model, Luna, and I were coming up with ideas for a shoot, one that she had was a robot holding a dragon. So, yeah, that's a pretty clear line right there. In addition, however, I've been having conversation recently about doing a robot dragon painting, working that into the whole gothic project, and it just reminded me about this set up. So it was a good way to play with robots and dragons on a smaller scale in preparation for later paintings.

This piece is for sale, by the way - it's 10"x15", and available for $150. Contact me for more information.

Also, go take a look and 'like' my Facebook art page to see lots and lots more stuff, including a prelim of this piece.