Thanks for the feedback!
Zelda-Geek: Very nice looking little UFO car. The illustration is really charming too. Hope you manage to finish it.
DNVN: I like the scale-fish-like look of the design. The composition is not showing off your design to the fullest potential though. Maybe you could show it a little more from above.
xingdesign: I like the tripod Idea. I think It would look stronger if the three legs extended directly from the cockpit, but perhaps you wanted that precipitous look?
8smoku8: I think it's looking really good. My only crit would be that the wheel/paddling thing at the back is out of perspective with the rest of the car.
ControColpo: Hard to give you anything constructive based only on the wheel design, but it seems like it could work. Hope you manage to fix your tablet.
Didn't get a lot done this week, but I managed something tonight (thanks for extending the deadline Pixie Trick). I mixed some elements from my first thumbs and tried to imagine several kinds of vehicles designed after the same principles. Not sure about wich one to choose though. I'm probably going for the bus, since it's looking very big and macho
Here's my progress so far;
I kinda like the overall shape of the vehicle so far, but it might have a more human design, like humans build it.
Also I fixed my tablet, so I tried to sketch it into an environment, but i do not really like the overall feel of it so far; too saturated i think. And I do not like the composition. I'll try to move stuff around later this week.
man this is an awesome topic. I wish that I wasn't so busy this weeked, I had a cool idea for it, but I just don't have the time to put in on this.
An Industrial Designer who likes to pretend he can paint.
but.. lava is a high viscosity fluid ( i imagine it almost solid ) so the next step from a boat propeller is a drill or a very fast vehicle that can glide like over it like a hovercraft. I assumed Aliens' technology is at our current era and similar to ours, no antigravity engine or sci-fi stuff, more like our automobile industry developed on a different enviroment, no wheels but drills
what i'm going with
8smoke - Love your design, would love to go speedboating in a lava stream
obstfelder - I really like your design. you obviously thought hard on the 'wheel' design. it seems like it'd really work in high viscosity fluid! i really like your colors.
DNVN - your lava powerboat looks awesome!! really like the scaled design of the hull
r3u5 - I like your propulsion method. I was thinking about some type of screw propulsion aswell, but my design started to look alot like one of those tanks from fallout 3... so i scrapped that idea. i like how you implemented the screw design.
Here's my progress so far. Still messing with the values of the environment and the vehicle... I kinda like the top left of the picture, in terms of colors.
Nice stuff everyone, I got totally distracted this week. We finally kicked on the AC here, and kicked out this dumb ass bitch who was driving me crazy, so maybe i can think clear enough to draw something better than weird ass Victorian shit and giant bananas next week! lolz
Really some cool ideas in here fur sure!! Bravo!
I've been following this thread for a while now, and there's some really great work. I particularly like R3uS's, ControColpo's and xingdesign's, because there're some really novel ways of tackling the problem of driving on lava.
I kinda rushed for this one, so the deadline extension was a lifesaver
My vehicle (a 'bus') uses the heat from the lava to power itself. Water-filled pads are heated up, the steam from which shoots up pipes to the engines, making the turbines go around, which in turn power the thrusters that keep it floating above the lava.
where is the FINALS thread?
and here is my entry, I'm not really happy with it but it will do...
I'm waiting for the final tread, but since its almost past wednesday here in The Netherlands, i'll upload my final here.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to paint the design the way i have it in my head. At the moment it's going very slow with finding the right colors and such. Hopefully, practice will improve that!
So anyways, the final design is a modular 'road'train that is capable of driving both on solid or liquid surfaces. The individual modules of the train can be used to carry either cargo or passengers, depending on the purpose of its journey.
Each module is powered by a sterling-type engine, using the temperature differential between the hot planet's surface (specially lava) and the air above the vehicle.
Any tips and advice is welcome, because I really want to learn from these experiences to improve my art.
Anyways, looking forward to seeing all your final designs!
Last edited by ControColpo; May 30th, 2012 at 05:52 PM.
The Alien Lava Vehicle:
The Wheels are combined with a propeller system that helps push the vehicle out of the lava as it moves. They are made from a composite of ceramics and asbestos and some other more exotic materials that allow them to be submerged in the magma without melting. The wheels are also the engine system of the vehicle. The open center of the wheels let the lava heat the piston system that forces them to turn around.
The ribbed sides are to maximise surface area and ensure better heat disipation to the atmosphere. In case of extra hot conditions the vehicle can extend it's cooling rods and shed even more heat.
This was as far as I could get with this right now. Would have liked to do more, but there is always next time.
Great work from everyone!
Sorry guys! Switching this around made me forget to put up the finals thread. I'm going to get it up now and it'll be there for about a day and a half (I'll be sure to do a 10h or so warning) and the new (crossover!) round will be up while the finals is open. Sound good?
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