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  • What's new in my robots pages?

    Wednesday, apr. 6th, 2005 :
    Updated the Toys page with pictures and details for a few new toys.

    Sunday, feb. 6th, 2005 :
    Updated the Fujitsu, Nec and Promet pages with pictures, text and a video.

    Wednesday, sept. 8th, 2004 : BN-1
    Added a Bandai BN-1 page to my real robots collection. Also updated the Wonderborg page a bit.

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    Personal artwork : mecha design
    I'd *love* to match the talent of the japanese mecha-designers! There's a long long way to it, though. When i read my books featuring japanese mecha sketches, it's sometimes inspiring, sometimes frustrating not to be able to be half as "mecha-fluent" as those guys are.
    Anyway, i do not spend enough time practicing, and it's been years since i did not work on any new robot sketch.

    Here are 3 robot designs i've completed, starting from sketches up to finalized and colored versions.

    Mark-I (above) this is the very first design i've taken from a sketch to a photoshop version. My method is to scan the original sketch, then re-draw the outlines and correct the perspective on Illustrator; and finally import it to Photoshop to include the colors. As in most of the pictures in this page, the background and the robot do not get along good enough, as i've been too quick considering the picture was finished while i still had to define a background...

    Armor (above). Changing from the previous design, here's a powered-armor. Whereas the first robot is supposed to be about 20 meters high, the armor here is approximately 3 to 3.5 meters high. I've begun with sketching the pilot position, then building an armor around the pilot's figure.
    Ultimately, here is how the pilot stands into the armor : the pilot's feet are located inside the armor's knees, and his/her arms go through the shiny tubes that appear just over the inside of the armor's elbows.
    The machinery behind the arms are the main engine and the arms power-drive. The pilot's wrists match the armor's wrists, and the pilot's legs movements take place inside the armor's thighs, from where they're demutiplicated.
    I do like this drawing. As compared to the first drawing, there's a different, more realistic work on the textures and lights. Anyway, the overall balance is not perfect, and the background is really really poor. Sigh. I should *at least* change this before even beginning another drawing...

    Mark-II (above) After drawing the Mark-I, i've had the luminous idea to name my next robot "Mark-II". How clever. Ok, well, my lazyness in naming is actually due to the fact that i'm not satisfied enough with my designs to work on an actual identity for them.
    This said, when i'll start telling a complete background story for the robots i draw, this will mean i'll be happy enough with what i produce!
    This model, anyway, has an existing background story, which the 2 previous models had not! I've started thinking of this machine as a prototype for a new, out-of-gravity bio-engineered metal production technology. The pink "drops" here and there on the machine contain a special bio-component that has the ability of repairing the damaged metal-parts of the robot.
    The overall design is not satisfying to me, though, and again, although there's quite a few hours spent on the machine itself, the background design is something i should be ashamed of (well, i am actually ashamed of it!).