I am planning on making a toy-robot out of wood. To do that, I need to make a plan. To make a plan, I need to draw. Need I say more?
In my continuing journey through heavy shadow, I have drawn some brawny bots.
I had two goals in drawing these bots: first, the robot on the left has a level of detail that I usually illustrate with line work, but I wanted to try to delineate details with light and shadow rather than line. And second, the robot on the right has a simple enough design that I could get a little playful with my highlights.
I’ve decided to get back to basics: robots comin’ to town!
What love about robots in a city, aside from the obvious, is that it’s a great opportunity to test easier ways to draw cityscapes. You see, gentle reader, while I love looking at cityscapes, as I imagine many of ye do, I find drawing them labor intensive, time consuming, and sometimes boring. So the “robots in a cityscape” exercise is a three-pronged attack: practice cityscapes to become faster and generally more proficient at drawing something that can be un[pleasant to draw; discover new short cuts along the way;draw some robots.
Apologies for the lack of posts, friends: I am weeks away from turning in my thesis, and I have been spending most of my time putting finishing touches on it.
Those few moments that I’ve had to myself, however, I’ve been drawing robots on toned paper. I know that I’ve extolled the virtues of toned paper before, but I’d appreciate it if you’d indulge me again; you see, I have just found out about prismacolor pencils. I mean, I’ve know OF them, but I finally got acquainted with a white prisma pencil, and it is so sweet that I fear I may fall through the pencil marks into another dimension. It allows some really cool gradients of white, so you can be as light or heavy handed as you want. It’s perfect for roboting around, because of all of the shiny materials that one finds in a bot.
I colored this robot in a few different ways:
I used a gradient to do the bulk of the coloring on this robot, then I used a screen brush to add some highlights.
I colored this robot by hand. Using my red brush pen, I feathered lines over the black feathered lines.
I colored the high-lights, the shadows, and the mid-tones in photoshop, but I used only the lasso and bucket tool, so you can really see where each color starts and stops.
What I really wanted to do here was get back to some of that good ol’ line work. But What can I do to spice things up? I can try doing these tapered lines! One of my professors does this sort of line work as if he were a machine. I plan on drinking his blood to gain his powers.
I loved drawing this robot, but I will say that I found this technique even more time consuming than my other line work, perhaps because this is done without the aid of a ruler.