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Thursday, August 17

The Inc Kickstarter Is Up!


This is Inc's “Alas, poor Yorick” moment. Confronted with the fact that there's very little that sets Inc apart from a pile of robot parts, he has to question his place in the universe, does he have a greater purpose beyond serving humans?

To find out, get your copy of "The Story of Inc" narrative artbook for $20+shipping. Hardcover, 168 Pages, 10.25" x 8", 12 artists, a bold scifi adventure you will never forget.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1464795223/the-story-of-inc-narrative-artbook

Tuesday, July 25

Inc God Robot 1

"The Citadel was protected by the Guardians, massive compared to a human, which the ancients considered to be minor deities sent by the Great God to guard their water supply. They were feared and worshiped by the Citadel Monks of The Oasis."

 The God Robots (later renamed Guardians) are based on a number of influences, mostly ancient statues of Greek, Roman, African and Oceanic origin. And of course my general love for giant robots started at a young age with Goldorak (the french version of the Japanese robot Grendizer by Go Nagai) The first in the set was specifically inspired by Ray Harryhausen and a statue that sits in the De Young Museum in San Francisco. The robot was fully modeled in 3dsmax, but since it was only going to show up in a couple of paintings in the book, all its texturing was done in 2d to save time. Later on, it ended up appearing in far more paintings than planned, so in hindsight doing a full 3d paint job would have probably been the better course. Ah well.

Thursday, July 20

Inc Coral Desert Wandering 10


From the Inc book project: Inc The Robot and Landis roaming the barren desert. The original human modeling/texturing was done by Bill Zahn, robot modeling/texturing by myself, then I integrated them into the environment, and painted in details in 2d.

Friday, July 14

Guardian



"I was just about to put my cup to the wall when the ground shook under my feet, sending me backward onto the dirt. It was as if the building had come to life."

Tuesday, June 27

Inc The Robot Rough


A bunch of variations for the Inc The Robot design. We started with design 1, decided to keep the arms and legs as well as the face (since that's his soul), but we were going to modify the silhouette.

So first I photobashed together a bunch of alternate silhouettes, using lots of construction equipment reference (since he is a welder robot), all the time keeping our word list in mind. Inc needed to feel like a big toddler, innocent looking, a little awkward, his body could be many shapes, but the new shape needed to satisfy the story requirements exemplified by these words.

We then showed these images to a bunch of artist friends to get feedback. Most important when getting feedback is why they like what they like, because if you understand the why, you can fix the design issues in your own creative way, rather than it becoming a design by committee.

Many favored the taller robots, since they had the same height as design 1. One person pointed out that number 13 had a head too similar to "M-O" from Wall-e, so we nixed that one. People liked the chubby number 7, but felt he may have trouble getting through doorways or reaching for objects, he's supposed to be a little awkward, not super awkward. Number 9 and 3 were in the same chubby design realm, but a little more balanced. Number 2 kept coming up in people's favorites, they felt the big backpack made him look like a young kid going to school. People also liked 8 and 6, and the fact that you could see through the chest of number 12, which really made him feel robotic.

My favorite was number 8 (my opinion before we got feedback from people), so I went back and started with number 8, then modified the design based on what people liked and disliked in the other designs to arrive at the final number 14. For example, instead of putting the backpack from 2 directly on number 8, I scaling up his welder weapon and placing it on his back to served a similar visual purpose to the backpack.

Hopefully this gives you a little insight into the design process, how to start with a firm idea of what you need to accomplish for the story and for the character's personality, make a bunch of variations, get feedback from a large selection of people, and then use that feedback in a constructive manner to get the best design possible.

Monday, June 26

Inc Distant Mirage 2

“I know I have a tendency to get on your nerves,” INC said, “but our current water issue …” I handed him the jug. That would give us about two days to find the next source.

Tuesday, June 20

Inc The Robot Redesign

Here we are, the redesigned Inc The Robot. The goal with Inc's design was always to make him feel like a big kid. He had to be "cute", but still able to smash people when necessary. In his former career, he was a welder robot, hence his spot welding weapon of choice. But he has since been retrofitted by his new human owner Landis for a whole new function, which is where our story begins. Modeled and Textured in 3dsmax and vray.

https://www.artstation.com/artwork/42wXq
















And here are two turntable videos:

https://vimeo.com/195146798
https://vimeo.com/195146754

Monday, March 6

Ship Jumper Super Robot 1

Working on a new IP called Space Jumper, more on that in the future. In the meantime, here's a Rough Line Sketch and Rough Painting for a giant robot that will feature in the property. All painted in photoshop.