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Thread: IDW #62: Ancient Automaton
February 24th, 2008 #1
IDW #62: Ancient Automaton
Topic: Ancient Automaton
Background: No long briefs or background this time If you're not sure what an Automaton is: Automaton - Wikipedia.
Please note that this is not necessarily a robot as such, and I challenge you not to make it Steampunk
1. Design and draw an Ancient Automaton!
2. That's it... now draw!
Deadline: Saturday March 1
Last edited by yoitisi; March 1st, 2008 at 05:33 AM.
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February 24th, 2008 #4
mannnn this one sounds reall good
I wish i could do this one so bad........ I just dont have any time
It'll be interesting to see the results
February 24th, 2008 #5
February 25th, 2008 #6
hmm.. good ideas coming to mind here... ill endeavour not to rush this one so horribly
please tear apart my sketchbook! http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=118570
February 25th, 2008 #7
Here's a question: Can the automaton be 'gifted' to an ancient race, like the Egyptians, by, say, aliens? Hence the technology could be more advanced than water and levers but 'look' sort of Egyptian? Or is that cheating? Only my second IDW so I want to be clear I'm staying in the rules. Thanks.
February 25th, 2008 #8
February 25th, 2008 #9
When you say ancient, do you mean looks, is from an ancient time (100 years plus)?
February 25th, 2008 #10
Vorp: As long as its clear it isn't something futuristic with a retro look or something that'd be okay. It's been done a couple of times already though so try to find an original way in I suggest.
Pixie Trick: Yep at a first glance it must be clear we're not dealing with a shiny new one or some futuristic moon exploring android.
February 25th, 2008 #11
This is the first really quick, really bad sketch of my idea - Oracle of Delphi a la carnival fortune teller machine.
I know there is lots wrong. I go all squiggly at first.
Back to the battle of the pencil...
Madeline Carol Matz
February 26th, 2008 #12
Not sure if this'll fit the bill for ancient automation or not, but here goes...
Supposed to be an unearthed ancient personal computer from days long past... It floats, not a blowup.
February 26th, 2008 #13
February 26th, 2008 #14
mcmatz: Take care not to make it too humanoid, right now it looks more like a character design to me to be honest
Kuth: What exactly makes it 'ancient'? All I see at the moment is a futuristic bot.
Tsujni: Like where this is going, you might want to check on the proportions of the legs though. Also, it reminds me a bit of the movie Metropolis
February 27th, 2008 #15
I was thinking of adding texture and color to it, but I'm not sure if it's worth the effort in the end. Might have to think about it further or bow out for this week if I can't think of something better
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February 27th, 2008 #18
For those of you having trouble with the ancient part - you need to check out Keith Thompson's work- he does some great stuff in the ancient area - like his clockwork Geisha. I don't have his main page info handy but you can check him out at keithwormwood.deviantart.com
February 28th, 2008 #19
Hendric VII: Yep I did a quick search, his website has a lot of images as well. Check it out here: Keiththompsonart.com/robots. The Geisha is a nice example. The rest of his gallery is cool too.
Tinfoil (check his featured art by clicking his thumbnail image on the top of this site) has some great inspiration as well, especially his puppet fighters. Check it out here: Tinfoil - Puppet - Arena Net
Last edited by yoitisi; February 28th, 2008 at 02:46 AM.
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February 28th, 2008 #21
Mhh this will be my first try of participate in these activities
I'll try to get it finished in time...my ancient automaton.... A serve-automaton *g*
I will work in b/w first and color this, when it's enough time for it..my first try of doing first the b/w thing and color later....
I'll use aztecan designelements on it....
Edit: next version (wont start new post)
and a try to color... I like this technique....I guess
Last edited by Ethion; February 28th, 2008 at 12:39 PM.
February 29th, 2008 #22
Here's my quick SketchUp wip, I'll use it as perspective guide when painting in Photoshop, hope I'll make it look and feel old. Still haven't decided on which camera angle I want it to be, lower angle makes it look large and intimidating, higher view shows more details :
Last edited by Paul Dolgov; February 29th, 2008 at 12:38 AM.
March 1st, 2008 #23
Some 26-28 hours to go before I close this round, make sure you've posted your finals by then.
Ah uhm my bad, I put the deadline on Saturday March 2 but since February had an extra day this year it should've been Saturday March 1. Hope this doesn't cause trouble for anyone, but if so please let me know.
Last edited by yoitisi; March 1st, 2008 at 05:35 AM.
March 1st, 2008 #24
wip δ - not going to finish
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March 1st, 2008 #27
tsujni-Looks great man! Those loose sketchy lines are sweet. I hope you do have time to tighten it up just alittle
artistpavel- Woah, awesome render and design.
Built deep in the jungles by a elusive and ancient civilization this automation served two purposes. It's first purpose was used to scare off intruders trying to enter the villages. The automation itself was entirely harmless however it's sheer size could easily frighten anyone. It's main and more important purpose was to hold and preserve water supplies. The automation itself was a vital instrument for water to the villagers and could hold vast amounts of it for long periods of time.
March 2nd, 2008 #28
FINAL: Avoiding "long briefs and background", hopefully this image conveys the concept on its own.
Last edited by vorp; March 2nd, 2008 at 07:02 AM.
March 2nd, 2008 #29
final - courier automata
March 2nd, 2008 #30