Originally intended as art for my friend Jesse's robot themed mini-comic. It probably won't translate well to B&W, but I just wasn't interested in producing B&W art so instead I used it as an opportunity to practice painting. This took about 12-14 hours total including concept development. I'm starting to get a better feel for going straight from sketch to colour. Story after the picture.
The XP-802F autopilot was given a unique form by the Air Ministry in an attempt to lift the spirits of hard pressed RAF and Commonwealth pilots in North Africa. "Grablebot" (a name given by fellow flyers), was an exceptional combat pilot. She had 6 aerial victories before being shot down by Luftwaffe ace Hans-Joachim Marseille in late 1941. Grablebot was recovered from the desert and shipped to England for repairs, but was never seen again.
Update: After getting some feedback on a variant of the piece over on the ImagineFX forums I decided to make some changes that I think improved the piece greatly. What you're seeing now is the revised piece. Also included is a grey scale version that I did for the actual comic.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 12:07 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Last weekend was my friend Jesse's 33rd birthday. He had people draw him dancing for his Dancer a Day tumblr. If you haven't seen it before I highly recommend stopping by. Anyway, I along with a whole slew of Boston Comics Roundtablers, did of him dancing. So this officially became my first finished piece of 2012.
The officially posted version comes with a spiffy gold frame. This is rougher than my usual finish but it's also a bit of a milestone piece for me in that it's one of the few times I felt comfortable enough with just painting and leaving behind the safe embrace of an ink foundation. Total time was probably about 6 hours all in including penciling, inking, initial colour blocking, then throwing away the inks after some more work, and finally painting for finish making it all up along the way.
Yep, I've been away from here a long time. Mostly, because I haven't done any artwork in a while.
Some of that time was spent writing a GURPS adventure that I played with some other BCR friends this weekend. I love modern computer games of all kinds, but it's still hard to top a good table top RPG with some friends. RPG adventure writing is the a unique challenge. You basically have to write a story for as many protagonists as you have at the table and absolutely nothing is guaranteed to turn out the way you planned. I've got an article in my head about that somewhere, but it'll have to be another post.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 10:54 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
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