Illustration on Machines

Requested a brief from Kult to do an illustration on machines. I had a hard time deciding what kind of machinery to focus on. Sexy robot type has been done to death, A.I. type boring, military type appeared in so many games. Raw and rustic type sounded good, then my son suggested steam punk. I remembered how the movie “Wild Wild West” robotic machines intrigued me many years ago. Most importantly, I have never tried anything like this before!

The idea was to highlight the future robotic machinery for extinct species. The panda came to mind. It is such a delicate animal who feeds only on bamboo. With the rate of deforestation going on, global warming, and other environmental issues, the bamboo will run out eventually. Erecting one robotic panda for remembrance seems logical. So here I went.

For the longest time, I have not engaged myself in a piece of work which took me 6 hours to complete! Not in one go, I indulged 3 hours each for 2 days straight.

Let me break it down in stages of the process.

Digital Penciling.
Digital Penciling.
Created a background, then worked on the greyish parts.
Created a background, then worked on the greyish parts. Focused on the joints, seams and garnished the weathering.
The black parts were furnished with details of different textured material.
The black parts were furnished with details of different textured material.
The eyes, inner ears and claws were featured as gold.
The eyes, inner ears and claws were featured as gold.
Here was where I 'installed' the gears and other mechanical parts in the hind leg section.
Here was where I ‘installed’ the gears and other mechanical parts in the hind leg section.
A close-up on the mechanical parts.
A close-up on the mechanical parts.
Pipes were 'installed' as exhaust for steam release.
Pipes were ‘installed’ as exhaust for steam release.
Puff out some steam effect and its shadow casted on the mainframe.
Puff out some steam effect and its shadow casted on the mainframe.
The finished work with background rendered last with a little more details of its artificial habitat.
The finished work with background rendered last with a little more details of its artificial habitat.

It was quite an experience after a long drought of laziness. After all, I was pretty happy with this achievement. Will I do another one? Definitely, yes. How soon? Absolutely no idea.

Steam punk, done!

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