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Treeplanting in the backwoods is a backbreaking job. As the declining state of forests around the world become an increasing concern, a treeplanting mech has been created to help. It works alongside those workers willing to work long, long hours in the middle of nowhere surrounded by bugs. It is designed to do minimal damage to the existing forest floor and to maneuver in the small spaces between trees while planting the saplings it carries.
Info and Inspiration:
Article on Treeplanting
1. Design and draw a Treeplanter.
2. That's it... now draw!
I’d just like to say thank you to Pixie Trick for giving Arttorney and me the opportunity to look after this place, and for doing such an exceptional job over the past four years. Pixie has managed to keep this place ticking over nicely, generated some fantastic topics and let people express themselves, producing great industrial design artworks. Personally I would like to thank her for all the great critics and feedback, it’s undoubtedly helped me to improve my work.
Please keep an eye on us as we start to take the reins and if there is anything you feel we are doing wrong, or can improve on, feel free to PM me.
New topic, Tree planting mech sounds challenging, I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.
Here are some thumbs from me. My first round and i don't follow the brief properly! 'Designed to operate in small spaces between trees', Does that mean I can't have an enormous mech that towers above the canopy?.... "no Dayle" Oops...Ok, my second thought then is somewhere between eve from Wall-e and the power loader from Aliens. If I can convince myself that a giant mech can work in these conditions and follow the brief then I might not give up on that idea.
I'm not sure about the "...small spaces between trees while planting..." thing either. I mean, why plant trees in a forest? If it's so dense that the robot has to be small, no sapling would be necessary, nor would it be able to grow because of the other trees.
On another note, I found this tree planting robot design by swedish industrial designer Anna-Karin Bergkvist. It was part of her master-thesis project. It definitely looks cool, I'm not sure how efficient quadrupedal locomotion is, but it's a cool design. Sketches and description of the machine can be found in her portfolio at: http://www.overkillinterstellar.com/
I kinda like the contrast. My first instinct was definitely to make a massive mega-machine, so the litheness requirement makes it an interesting challenge. I'll go ahead and jump in on this one. It'll be my first IDW for some much needed practice in drawing mechanical stuff.
Well congrats to Dayle and arttorney then, I'm sure IDW is in good hands now, and thanks to Pixie Trick for keeping this place going as long as it has...
I still have yet to submit anything to IDW, mainly because hard surface painting frighten me... but I do sketches when I can for pretty much all of the activities so looking forward to seeing what you guys bring to the table!
Well, as somebody who has two biology degrees, I can say that young trees often need more shade than older trees, depending on the species.
That doesn't take away from the fact that a 200 to 300 foot strider machine with a seedling inserter wouldn't get the job done, even among adult trees. How does it avoid stepping on the human planters?
I will focus on the process of transplanting a tree, rather than from a seed. I will concider the process as follows:
2. Place root ball in hole.
3. Fill the hole with some of the existing dirt.
4. Fill the rest, about 1/4 with compost.
Early concept sketch.
Thanks Rob, I appreciate the message and we will try to treat this place with the respect and attention it deserves.
This mech is a small machine designed to work with the environment, around people and trees. So no forest squashing juggernauts please!
Zelda_geek - that sketch would make a great gif / animation. I can just see it as a steam powered old fashioned mickey mouse style cartoon. Cool reference, I want to really explore the existing industry and machines available to help inform what I do before I go any further.
Really like the idea, I'm new to this section and would definitely like to get involve in some these challenges. I've made a few thumbnails to start exploring some ideas. My idea is also a mech that plants young trees, roughly about the size of a large tractor or construction vehicle.
Hi Tosmo! Nice start. I like the second and forth ones best. Not sure if they have a driver / pilot? The function and scale work well and you are on the right track. Look forward to seeing where you take them.
I think I decided on the middle one straight away but just messed around with some alternatives. I have an idea now for an asymmetrical multifunctional mech with chainsaw, core drill, carrying cage, robot arm and elevated perspex cockpit for maximum visibility when negotiating the trees and co-workers.
Hello everyone, brand new to posting on this site... but I figured I'd give this one a shot because I love mechs so much. I'm going for a very construction-type / practical design. Not set on the sapling dispenser right now but the idea is still coming along...
IntoTheVoid - To answer your question firstly I had to google “what's the difference between a robot and a mech” turns out to be a popular discussion, but something I'd never thought to ask before!
“A robot demonstrates artifical intelligence and autonomy. A mech must be piloted by somebody.” - Dude of the internet.
So it must have a pilot but I would argue that the 'pilot' doesn't necessarily have to be in the mech though just be in control of it.
Check this out, but let's create not destroy the forest! Although the concept was designed to reduce harming the environment and I assume this is a sustainable source of wood since it's Finnish.
Thanks for the feedback Dayle, I like your idea of giving the mech a quiver small trees
I'm still working on top of my thumbnails, adding some Cgtextures and masked tree for ref. I want figure how to incorporate a pilot, and possibly a water reservoir while I settle on which design I go for.
Jodali - Very skilful draughtsmanship, I like the perspective, shows off the design really well.
Tosmo - Nice progress, both looking good - Maybe look at shipping containers for referencing details and textures.
I've tried to aim more towards current construction vehicles for design and less of my original scifi aesthetic.
Really nice mechs so far. Such clean designs Jodali, amazing. Really like the fact that you have gone for a "two-part" machine, this will increase its ability to manoeuvre around alot.
InTheVoid, like the fact that it has a bit of an alien vibe. Think you should add some things to make it more practical, like arms to plant the seeds or trees and such.
Cool Robot Dayle, the design is very cool. Small thing, maybe try change the shadow underneath because the shadow on the box on the left and the shadow of the mech dont match at all. And I think there is quite alot of shadow on the box whilst the area seems to be quite light. Hope this can maybe help
Really like your second design Tosmo, I think the shape is more interesting than on the first one. Not sure why
I am in no way good enough to critize anyone of you but I am pointing out things that maybe you have overlooked yourself and want to improve. If you dont agree its probably better to stick with what you believe than to listen to me
Here is where I am at so far. The moving around seems to be a big issue in all our design because we go for the big cool mech's ( ofcourse ) So I thought I'd make mine floating, this way it can go over low grass or land without sticking huge metal feet in there. On the back is a turntable? Not sure what that is in english but there's a thing that can rotate so the arms attached to it can reach everywhere.
Ma Sketchbook brings all the girls to the forums, damn right its worse than yours.
Dennis - Thanks for the feedback, I totally agree. A combination of laziness and confusing myself with the light source so the shadows didn't work. I've altered them now, hopefully for the better! I think your design is interesting and I like how you've got the perspective down so far. I look forward to seeing where you go with it, kind of reminds me of those Droid tanks from star wars episode one, or some covenant tank from Halo.
My update. I may try to increase the saturation to make it stand out a bit more.
I have put up the finals Thread - Good luck, I hope to see you all there!
Hey guys everyone's stuff is looking awesome ! Jodali that is killer. Dayle Your design is looking really good I like the wheeled track for the seedling. Dennis you totally beat me to the floating mech good job man.
so heres what I got just some sketches , running out of time so im going with the platform probe droid look on the bottom left. Its using a rigid aero body that floats using helium or hydrogen. The trees themselves screw into the ground using a biodegradable casing shaped like a screwhead, should probably illustrate that somehow. Anyway hopefully ill make it time. Good luck guys!
So I have never really colored or shaded something in photoshop that I wanted to look realistic, so I want to use textures to make it really look metal. So I have made the whole thing grey in a multiply layer. Should I first put in values in black and white ( what kind of layer ) And then color it afterwards ( what layer ) and then add textures? I thought that was the correct order but I'd like to know for sure
Ma Sketchbook brings all the girls to the forums, damn right its worse than yours.
Well, perhaps you could make this a five value piece by deciding the direction of your light source and then making a layer above this one blocking in basic lighter areas and darker areas while leaving the middles as this gray color. Then you could make a third layer above that one where you put those bright speculars that metals and plastics can produce, and the darkest of the core shadows.