Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I also did a little bit of touch-up on the Lt. suit, mostly just secondary highlighting and a name-tag on the helmet.
Speaking of tags, you'll notice I've begun to tag things!! I'll keep doing that until I forget to...
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
So I went back to the drawing board with it, first re-reading the relevant sections of the book and then pawing through my vast reference files. I've been working on this all morning:
It feels much bulkier and cruder, which is exactly what I was going for. My two main pieces of reference were spacesuits and modern ballistic vests. When I finish it and the third suit (the one that Mandella wears as a Major in 2458,) I'll put them on a single image.
Monday, February 22, 2010
The way I've been working for a while now is to do a completely rendered greyscale drawing before even thinking about color. I get all the problems of proportion, value and design figured out before worrying about color. The color layer comes next, right above the greyscale layer and set to "multiply". You can see that in-process above. Once the color layer is down, then I start on the highlight layer.
I've also been experimenting with the layer setting "soft light recently", yielding mixed results.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I should have it finished soon.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The other really cool thing about this project is how much more stuff there is to do: The huge warships Mandella and the rest of the Army fly around in , the dropships, and the Taurens themselves. Triply-cool is the fact that there are three separate time periods, so I get to draw the fighting suits as they evolve through the war over the course of a few hundred years.
I think I'll do a detail of the laser finger next, or maybe the grenade launcher that Mandella is occasionally equipped with....
Monday, February 15, 2010
Even partially-realistic depiction of lasers in science fiction is the exception, not the rule. For the most part, laser weapons are treated like modern-day battle rifles, only they shoot lasers instead of bullets. I'm re-reading Forever War, and Haldeman seems to have actually did his research(okay, not so much with the finger-lasers on the fighting suits, but they get a pass for being so damn cool) The bases that the army builds are ringed by giga-watt laser cannons slaved to a targeting computer, which handles defensive use automatically.
Sounds simple, but it opens up a whole new dimension for future war scenarios. Check out this clip, and imagine that instead of a manipulator hand, there's a frickin' laser on it!
After you watch that, you can imagine this guy in action:
The idea would be that the robot arms would be controlled by an A.I., sort of like a fucked up robot Master Blaster. They would melt rockets out of the sky before they could do any damage. The actual soldier becomes more like a destruction facilitator.
Hopefully more Forever War tomorrow.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."
*Probably. I mean, the Internet says so, but the Internet will also tell you that there's a song by The Who called Teenage Wasteland....
Look to this space to see stuff I'm working on, links to stuff I think are cool, you know, bloggy shit.
To get the ball rolling, here's the first in a series of pieces of inspired by Joe Haldeman's Forever War. More to come....