Thursday, 12 July 2012

Some quick Wick

Drawn by hand with Pencil, and coloured in Photoshop.
I tried giving it a water colour look behind him using the filters, and I'd say it worked quite well. It's the first time I've drawn him with the harsh shading I so enjoy, and I think the final product came out pretty well.
Originally, I drew him without flesh and exposed muscles. I then erased some of the detail- although some of it was so dark I could barely do that. I would've rather have gone easy on the vertical lines above his furrowed brow.

I just enjoy lining up the colouring process like that. Clicking on them and scrolling back and forth you can watch it fill in bit by bit.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

light up, moving, cardboard robot helmet!

I built this back in June for a robot themed party I had.  The visor lights up, and the jaw moves with mine.

The helmet itself is constructed almost entirely from cardboard. I started with the two sides, roughly estimating the proper shape and size. They were connected by a separate strip of cardboard, sliced halfway in four places so it would bend in a jagged curve. Then I added another length of cardboard down the middle of the head, with semi-slices across every inch, so that in bent along the curve of my head.
I realize the detail I'm going in is already a bit too much, so I'll try and skim the rest since I don't have many pictures from when it was in pieces. There are smaller pieces from cereal boxes I used to cover up everything. The nose/cheeks area, is all actually one piece. The jaw is separate of course.

The eyepiece is a glow stick, which can be easily slid out. The great part is that this allows for me to easily change the colour to whatever I want. It's also relatively inexpensive.
To make the jaw move, I attached it with a flat pin. Elastics were attached to the inside, going from the cheek bones to the lower jaw. My jaw simply pushes down on the "jaw-piece" and the elastics pull it back up.
Sometimes I think it looked cooler when it was unpainted cardboard.