Saturday, April 22, 2006

Robot, Part 2


I started this the same time I did my other robot; however, I had decided to finish the other first. Although I wanted to finish this one, I wasn't sure how I wanted to do it. After careful consideration and a "just do it" from Cathie. I decided to move forward with a new technique I had never used before.

First, I sketched the entire robot. Next, I outlined it with my 005 Micron pen. I added the details at this time as well. The next step is where I was worried about the outcome. I colored the entire thing with Sharpies. After getting all of the green and browns done, I went back over it with my colored pencils for the finishing details such as shading and other colors.

Again, the concept for this design came from a variety of sources -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Star Wars, and The Black Hole to name a few.

I am actually very pleased with this and cannot wait until my next drawing where I plan on doing more of this technique. Posted by Picasa

13 comments:

the painted pear said...

That looks fantastic. You handle perspective very well! And it might have been you that put the bug in my ear about Micron pens....I think you said it in another post, a bit back....so thanks...very, very much!!

The technique you are playing with is great. Sometimes sharpies can have that streaky look like what a marker usually does, but maybe it is the colored pencil, but I don't see that at all! I like him...he actually reminds me of a monster I would see in Scooby Doo!?!

andea said...

Lou, I just love both of these robots! I am not a "drawer" so I have no idea what you and pear are talking about but I do know what Sharpie is and if you did that with the same pen I use to mark my childrens school stuff than I am even more impressed.

Great job on this weeks theme! I bet your boys loved these drawings too.
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Lou said...

Pear: Thanks, I guess the perspective comes from my technical drawing classes. Yes, I am a converted Micron pen fan. Glad you took the plunge on two of them.

I was impressed (and glad) that the Sharpies did not leave any streaks. The fact that they have so many colors now makes it even more fun. Cathie had a pack of 18 from her teaching days.

That's funny that you said Scooby Doo. Our youngest loves Scooby Doo. Maybe it was drawn subliminally, since I watch that show with him.

Andrea: Glad to see you made it back. Hope you had a great weekend. Thanks for the compliment on my robots.

Yes, the base color was done with the same thing that you use to mark up your kids things. I then used my colored pencils to add the highlights and shadows.

I think the oldest boy liked it more than the younger one.

Thanks to both of you for coming and leaving your comments. I do appreciate it.

HARDWAX said...

This technique worked beautifully, I think the texture and uniform flow of color is [love the green] is very appealing. Awesome looking robot!

Michelle said...

This is a nice addition to the robo-collection.
Thanks for stopping by my site. I love to hear from people.

Michael O'Connell said...

well done… love the composition…

Tony LaRocca said...

Trying to figure the Holy Grail reference- the Black (Green?) Knight, perhaps? Or maybe he just needs a spanking...

steve said...

This guy's awesome! I like 'em both actually--both very different "personalities". Great stuff!

Lou said...

Hardwax: Thanks. I love the Sharpie/colored pencil technique now. Gotta do more of it.

Us: Thanks for stopping by and leaving the compliment.

Michael: Thanks!

Tony: Well, I guess it is a stretch, but the head/helmet is inspired by the Black Knight. The spanking could also be it. :)

Steve: Thanks to your and your Sharpies, I may never have been inspired to try them.

Thanks to all of you for stopping by and leaving your comments!

Robert McLaughlin said...

Thank you for the step-by-step explanation on how you completed this illustration. I have no art training, so it is helpful. I like how the drawing turned out.

Lou said...

Robert: Thanks for the compliment. I have no formal art training, either. Outside of High School art classes, I had one drafting class in college. That's it. I think your work is great for no training.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving the comment.

melanie komisarski said...

awesome!!

Twisselman said...

great Sharpie work! I like both of these, maybe #2 a little more, but I recognize the 'Black Hole' influence on the first. Very cool.