Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Six-Armed Robot Painting

This was a tricky one to develop.

This is the first piece with Richelle, and it's a doozy. We came up with the notion of a spider-like robot, something I have played with in the past, but never quite so creepily realized, I think. This is what crawls around in disused spacecraft hangars, I suppose.

Prints of this piece can be purchased at this link. And, as always, please check out my Facebook page for more of my work.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Steampunk Robot and Giant Statue

I'm playing with the colour green right now.

I'm also exploring some more ideas with the whole steampunk theme right now - there will be some new pieces using that motif in the next while, mixed in with some very angry cyberpunk ideas as well.

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

Monday, January 19, 2015

Painting Process: Robot With Gun And Armed Vehicle

Here's another of my posts breaking down my painting process for one of my pieces. As with all of these pieces, this was done in Photoshop, 12"x18", 300dpi, in RGB.

This started with a photograph of Erin from a shoot we did out at the Sandilands Provincial forest - the overall idea for the shoot was 'armed robot with armed car', loosely based on the setting from the game Car Wars. As I've discussed before, I'm a long-time fan of that game and setting, and I love working with that particular aesthetic. Erin was very keen on the idea as well, being someone who is a fan of Airsoft, even going so far as to provide her own props for the shoot. For this piece, I was working with the idea of her exploring a bombed-out town, and developed the line illustration around that.

Laying down the flat colour layers on Erin. As with all of these pieces, the separate colours each represent a separate colour layer to paint later. The colours used won't necessarily reflect the final overall colour scheme used in the piece.

Flat colour layers for the vehicle dropped in. I based the design of the car on a few different vehicles, although certainly there is a lot of Camaro influence.

The town painting layer dropped in.

I decided to go with a night scene, with very dark and cool colours. This would, of course, make me want to work with warmer colours on the vehicle and Erin later.

Painting the vehicle. I was going for a sense of mass, of making the car look much heavier than current sports cars actually are, so that it would be able to physically hold the weaponry on it and withstand the recoil from all of them firing.

Hair and weapon on Erin painted. The gun design was based on an Airsoft rifle that Erin had provided, but both thickened and shortened. I realize that removing the barrel past where her left hand is holding it would drastically reduce the effective range, but I liked the idea of it being a tougher weapon, more designed for house-to-house actions rather than long-range combat. She probably has a sniper rifle or something inside the vehicle if that would be required, anyway.

Robot design painted. The entire foreground is much warmer in tone than the background without being hugely saturated. I quite like muted colours for these pieces, although I have been tinkering with more saturated colours in some of my more recent work. Still, the orange headlights create a nice pop of colour saturation without being too distracting to the overall piece.

Final lighting and polishing effects added, as well as a soft blue fog effect to separate Erin from the vehicle and background, as well as further separating the vehicle and the background.

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Crossbows and Giant Robots

...well, okay, really only one of each.

Here's one with my assistant, Kelsie, in the foreground from a very recent shoot and my friend Jamie in the background from a shoot we did about four years ago. It made me very happy to use the crossbow prop I received for my birthday in a shoot, although I think Kelsie was even happier pointing that thing around!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Steampunk Robots in a Gentleman's Club

I do love the aesthetic of the old Gentleman's Club. I much prefer the clubs, however, when women are actually allowed in.

During a recent shoot with Emily, I came up with the idea of the Egyptian-style statue in this sort of setting. Much of the shoot was done with steampunk ideas (and, specifically, Emily as a robot that was reading) in mind, but the statue in between two EmilyBots just seemed to fit into that whole look. I just ended up building the entire club room around her.

I also realize that I could easily have added in heavy cigar smoke for atmosphere, but I like how the clean look works here.

Prints of this piece can be purchased at this link. Redbubble has been adding other products that also carry this image, including t-shirts, laptop covers, coffee mugs, travel mugs, lots of different things. So go, take a look at the different products that they've got customized with my work on it.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Painting Process: Heavy Metal Robot

I really can't think of a much better name for this painting, aside from referencing the wings in it.

Here's another of my painting process blog posts, breaking down one of my paintings. As with all of these robot pieces, they are painted in Photoshop, in RGB, 300dpi, 12"x18". I use an Acer laptop with a Bamboo tablet.

I started with a photograph I had taken of Luna. In addition to her body language and overall look, one of the things that were informing the idea of this piece were the arm bands she was wearing. I decided to run with that idea and add some chain elements into the robot design.

Like with her last piece, I went with a pentagram-inspired wing pattern, as well as the inclusion of a bit more chain work. The background is inspired by some machinery in a train museum I had photographed a year or so ago.

Laying down the initial flat colour layers to be painted on Luna. As with all the previous paintings, these colours do not reflect what colours I will eventually choose to paint with, but simply demarcate the various layers on the figure and painting.

Wing layers flatted in.

Background painted. I decided to go with a strong warm light source behind her, off between the pipes and machinery, so I will then be relying on a cool light source for the figure modelling. 

Hair and part of the metal modelling painted. 

Remaining metal modelling on the figure completed. The machinery on her works with the chain work I have draped over her.

Wing pattern painted. The cool tones on the robot contrast nicely with the strong warm light source behind her.

Additional modelling, polishing, and lighting effects added in to complete the piece.

Prints of this piece can be viewed (and purchased) at this link. You should also check out my Facebook page for more of my work and other random bits that I post.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Film Noir Robot Desktop Wallpaper

I've made another robot desktop wallpaper available for free download.

You can see the original image (and purchase prints of it) at this link. Also, go and give my Twitter account a follow.