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September 23rd, 2008 #1
IDW #79: The Clockwork Heart - an IDW/CHOW cross-over event
Topic: The Clockwork Heart - an IDW/CHOW cross-over event
"The creaking of floorboards and the sound of heavy footsteps in the hall dragged the boys mind back into the damp and dark living room he had been playing in. Someone was at the door. The boy glanced at the clock to check the time, but the clock had stopped working ever since his dad had thrown it against the wall years ago. The doorknob squeaked. The boy dragged the wooden locomotive, which missed a wheel since he could remember having it, back with him into the shade as he hastily crept back to his corner, a hiding spot behind the desk. A tin soldier was left behind in the middle of the bare floor but the boy did not dare leave his hiding place to go back and retrieve it. The door creaked and then slammed shut. The footsteps came closer, then suddenly stopped. The boy peeked around the desk and caught sight of a large silhouette of a man in the doorway, framed by the light coming from the hall. The figure turned its head towards the boy. Not daring to move, the boy stared wide-eyed back at the man. Daddy was home.
Without showing any sign of acknowledging his son, the man grunted and slowly took another step. With every step the man took, he seemed to slow down and become more and more unsteady. Finally he reached a flimsy wooden chair and sank down on it with a deep sigh, making it almost collapse under a weight is was never build for. The man’s breathing had become louder and heavier all the way towards the chair. With a tired sweep of his arm he took off his hat. Slowly he started to unbutton his heavy coat, and what at first was a faint ticking at the edge of hearing since he had entered now became the steady tick-tock like a clock. It seemed to come from inside the man’s clothes. The boy knew what was coming, but he remained hidden still.
The father kept unbuttoning several layers of clothes, until he came to a leather chest piece held together by several belts. The ticking became louder. The boy dreaded this moment worse than any other time of the day, even worse than facing the other kids at school. With each belt that was unbuckled, the ticking seemed to become more aggressive and present. Finally, the leather chest piece came loose. The boy closed his eyes, but his mind could picture every detail of what he did not want to see. Roughly where the man’s heart should have been, a metal contraption was buried in his chest that ticked with the deafening punctuality of a clock. Moving parts where visible inside it, gears and flywheels and springs, all moving to the same beat. The boy opened his eyes, preparing for what was to come.
The man fumbled with the clamps that kept the contraption in place, then grabbed the clockwork heart with both hands and with a grunt of effort he pulled it out and slammed it on the table next to him. It kept on ticking, but now the table acted like an amplifier. The boy wanted to clasp his hands over his ears to keep the sound out, but knew it would only make his father angrier. Slowly he got up on his feet, dropping the toy train. With an impatient gesture his daddy motioned him to come closer. This movement seemed to cost him a lot of willpower, as his eyes rolled up to show only white for a moment and he gasped for breath. A hoarse whisper came out of his mouth: “rewind it, son…before mom comes home...”
The IDW side of this topic is to design the clockwork heart of the father. As it stands there on the the table ticking, imagine the camera zooming in on it to show a close up of the object. For such a shot to work, the heart should be just as well designed as the character of the father, as they both tell important aspects of who he is and what he does.
If you like to, feel free to include any of the other prosthetics worn by the characters mentioned in this short story (the son and the mother).
If you are participating in this weeks CHOW as well, you can include the character on the same sheet as the heart. Just realise that this is IDW, so the heart should be just as well worked out as the father.
The CHOW round for this event can be found here: CHOW 128 :: The Clockwork Heart - an IDW/CHOW cross-over event
1. Design and draw The Clockwork heart of the father!
2. If you are doing this weeks CHOW as well, please include it in your final entry.
2. That's it... now draw!
Deadline: Monday, September 29
Last edited by yoitisi; September 23rd, 2008 at 02:13 AM.
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A small note: I am aware that there is a small overlap with the previous IDW round, as that one closes on Wednesday. If this causes problems for anyone, let me know. I might extend the deadline a bit if need be, but this both the CHOW and IDW can run simultaenously.
September 23rd, 2008 #3
i'm assuming we dont have to read the whole short novel and can just design the character plus his mecha heart based on this excerpt alone?
September 23rd, 2008 #4
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Hey guys and gals. New here. love the site so far. Hopefully i can find the time to participate. I do have a question for this. Is it just the clock heart's design or do we do the chest piece it plugs into aswell?
September 23rd, 2008 #6
Nicopen: Good point...hm I think if you'd combine it with CHOW, the part where the heart plugs in is going to be the father so you'll have to design that too anyway. If you're only planning to do the heart I leave it up to you. It'd be great if you'd include the chest piece itself too though
September 24th, 2008 #7
Ok yoitisi, I came over. Well, I've never tried anything on here before, you guys do some AWESOME designs though. The first one was my initial concept and then I tried to incorporate some gears and things into it to fit the story better. Any critiques would be great.
September 26th, 2008 #8
oh dear, this thread is lacking some love compared to the CHOW thread!
I've just come back from holiday and have been looking forward to sinking my teeth into a bad-ass brief, such as this one! Hopefully I can bust a groove and whip up something for monday.
Edit: Sunday 28th WIP
A few rough sketches and renders I did last night. Pretty much settled on the design: 2 cam and shaft driven pumps for the right and left ventrical, inside a glass and copper casing. Gonna work on the perspective render tonight and brush up the ortho sketches. Any comments and crits highly appreciated!
Last edited by B-zilla; September 28th, 2008 at 11:59 AM. Reason: added WIP
September 26th, 2008 #9
Hi guys! Im new to CHOW and IDW, but I worked on this today, I hope it flies..or if not let me know ^_^
September 27th, 2008 #10
Hey KuGu, looking REALLY good.
Only question would be where you pump the blood through? I see where the blood should go in but not how it would be pumped.
I'd assume with that rotor you couldn't really determine thru wich tube it's supposed to come out, except for if you have some automatical shutters.
But all of the nifty little parts look fab! Not that I'd be knowledgable enough to really figure how it works.
If I get my CHOW to an acceptable degree of , uhm, being finished, I'll through my heart in here too (how poetic. ...). It exists already... like in my brain. :s
One question, does the deadline end on monday night 12:00 (Yoitsi, I figure we're in the same timezone) "our" time or 12:00 in Japan or anywhere, like in CHOW?
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September 27th, 2008 #11
Here's a preliminary sketch for the heart design. I won't have enough time to go as in depth into the design as I would have liked but I'll do as much as I can. hopefully I can include a brief explanation as to how it is supposed to work.
September 28th, 2008 #12
I just want to make sure I understand what I have to do.
Do we have to include our CHOW entry with our IDW design or can we just post the IDW design?
Also, what format does the final piece need to be saved as and do we need WIPs?
September 28th, 2008 #13
KuGu: It's looking really good. You have the inner workings which is pretty challenging. I do agree with DigitallyDumbfounded. I think shutters in the arterial connectors would be a fabulous idea for determining where and when the blood is let out.
Some more work done on the heart. I think I'll have to label it and describe what the parts do. I'm still working it all out in my head and am getting some ideas that i'm not sure if i want to go through with but we'll see.
My take on it is that it is essentially a clockwork pacemaker. The clockwork motor (the detachable bit) plugs into the chest receptor which is implanted in the breast bone. This connects the motor to two leads that go directly into the heart via the Superior Vena Cava into the right atrium and the right ventricle. The clockwork engine feeds a small electrical charge through a small generator located in the chest receptor to stimulate the muscles of the heart thus causing it to beat and keep the subject alive without a naturally working heart. The design is sleek and rounded so as to not to snag on any living tissue.
I'm not sure if I'll have time to fully illustrate all the inner workings so I was wondering if it'll be ok to just indicate where all of these parts are located in the casing.
Let me know what you think so far.
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