The droid-ship is back. You might remember it from months back. I spent forever creating it, and put it in a few short animations, but never really did a definitive image or two or three to show it off. These aren’t that either, necessarily, as they are more studies or experiments. I didn’t pose his legs, or, uh, flippers, or turrets or any of that. Didn’t tweak it out in Photoshop at all. But he’s looking pretty good.
He’s got legs and a distendable (yes, WordPress dictionary, it’s a real word. Goddamn!] suction cup thing that all fold up underneath.
In my last post I was experimenting with combining Google maps and Blender to create landscapes. I made a rendition of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris:
Then I wanted to use something more modern, and decided upon Los Angeles, which is my birthplace. In this case, I wanted to make it a little more complex and put something in it to give it the appearance of larger scale, so it didn’t look like a miniature, like Notre-Dame does.
In goes the droid-ship.
I tried more than a dozen different angles and lighting situations, etc. I tended toward this general view, with a smoggy look so appropriate for the L.A. of my childhood memories.
I spent so long on it (well, over the course of a day) that Los Angeles flooded, and some of the buildings were submerged under the ocean.
I want to hammer out a “concept art” tutorial that might give me a few ideas or techniques I can throw in, and then I’ll attempt using one of those super elaborate Los Angeles freeway interchanges with the droid, with or without the sea enveloping it. I may try breaking apart the mesh of the freeways so they are crumbling, possibly put more than one droid-ship in, so it’s more apparent the city-scape isn’t just a photo in the background.
Close-up in PS:
And here’s one of the droid animations, if you missed it.
Don’t touch that dial!
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