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The Mecha Sketchbook - 25 by PlasmaFire3000 The Mecha Sketchbook - 25 by PlasmaFire3000
Installment 25: September to December 18, 2009

Final exams are over. Time for recovery...

These are some of the sketches and component studies I've done in the past few months, within class and whenever I had a little free time.

I've become re-attached to Rapidograph technical pens despite their high maintenance requirements. The consistent lines they can produce and the "fast" feeling are simply astounding, especially with the smallest tips. It's been a lot of fun experimenting with loose and tight methods; perhaps there's a middle ground where I can finally settle upon... ;)

And oh yes, I really like the Five Star Stories manga series--particularly their Mortar Headd designs! Take a look at them; maybe you'll find some inspiration from Mamoru Nagano's chivalrous universe too.
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:iconloone-wolf:
Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hollllyyyy.....
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
...robots!

Holy robots, right? :p
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Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
well... i was going to say mech but okay, that will do:P
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ArtCrusade Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, awesome sketches! Love all of 'em ;)
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Thanks, ArtCrusade! Just gotta keep on sketching...
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
details lol
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Eyestrain LOL

:la:
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Indeed haha. I got to say, your designs are really cool, but maybe just a little to detailed. I'd say try and focus a bit more on the form, cause its hard to make out sometimes lol
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Yeah, this was a year ago, and people have continued to mention that to me. I'll have to work harder at understanding form more as time goes on...
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Yeah, I'm sure it will come to you
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MsCyberBird Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You have a great understanding of depth and perspective!!! The armor and the Mecha-cycles are awesome!!!!!
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Thanks, Brittant! This collection of sketches is one that I still look back to nowadays.
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MsCyberBird Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I can understand why too!!!! No problem!!!
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Setzuo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks a lot like my sketchbook, but you've got quite a bit more than me, it seems.
Excellent work!
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
It's a large accumulation of scattered thoughts, and that's what I like most about this compilation. Thanks.
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
this is a damn impressive collection! really nice details, too...
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Pardon for the late reply, but thanks Jan! I guess the results of drawing in class still has its benefits, eh? Just gotta practice when and where it's possible. :)
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
hey, np... i'm quite busy (and lazy ^^) too... take your time

yeah, practice makes perfect as they say... can't wait to have my finals done and get into some serious painting, taking a bit more time than 1-2 hours... :)

keep up the great stuff!!! :thumbsup:
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your sketch book better than mine. It's like you ink it without pencil it first.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
I looked through your gallery, and you have some cool stuff too, including your sketches! The important thing is to have fun doing it; you'll improve with time, and you'll look back and see it.
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. That so motivate me :).
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shinypants Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
ahhh... nothing like a good page of mecha :D
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Ain't it the truth. ;)
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Robot-drawing-club Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Amazing work! I love the designs! :D
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Thanks, and for the fave too!
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theIIofswords Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
WOW, pretty good man. The motorcycle one is the most impressive to me at least, or the second to the last one. I'd be interested to see the scales of these. I wonder if you'd use the metric system for it or not. Also, I wonder what a basic cocpit system is for you, I'd be interested to see you concept of that.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Thanks! I really liked how the bike (trike?) and that mech turned out, so they may be starting points for some future techniques.

Scale-wise, I use the metric system due to simplicity in powers of 10. For sketches like these, though, I rarely consider scale (except relative to the paper size!). I tend to avoid "true" giant robot measurements, something like 20 meters and above in height, but anything up to 10 meters is fair game.

So far, I haven't done many cockpit studies--a sign that I need to pull out the aircraft/military hardware books and read them again :p . However, my preferred layouts are either a semi-open bubble canopy with forward instrumentation (similar to modern fighter aircraft) or a fully-enclosed, all-around instrumented setup common in Japanese mechs.
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theIIofswords Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
i like both myself, the instraments are the cool parts. I forget where it is, but I once found somewhere once upon a time that had the plans to the Jap. Mech. Style cockpit system, and operations and such. It's been a few years since ive seen it myself. I'd say its the most important part of the whole machine.

That Trike idea is fascinating, I like the concept, reminds me of something... but I can't place the source. Maybe something from my megaman days. I like that one though, looks good!
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Was it the TRON Light Cycle? I'll admit, I had no good ideas that night, so a sci-fi classic derivation surfaced instead. -_-'
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theIIofswords Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
hmm possibly, I think I'm thinking something from megaman X to be honest
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Tabnir Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009   Digital Artist
Think at this point you need to focus less on component design and look at mech anatomy holistically.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Completely agreed, Tabnir. It's been something I've been having a lot of trouble with mainly due to time :( . Hope this winter break will provide more room to do human and machine anatomy studies.
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purplekero Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
wow your mechs designs are awesome very technical
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Thank you, purplekero. Your character designs have been improving lately; keep up with it!
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Milk and cookies keeping you awake, eh Sebastian? ^_^

Good work here. Maybe I should find some boring shit to listen to so I can refine my mecha-chops like this...

And yes, Five Star Stories is DA BOMB. Thank you for posting the link to Gears Online! We worked hard on that section!
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
You worked with the Gears Online team? That's fantastic, Newton! This site, alongside MAHQ, are two of my favorite Japanese mechanical design references. Gears Online has the noteworthy bit of having large subsections, like FSS, and lesser-known series such as Madox-01 (great OVA!) and Japanese Battletech.
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah! We've become pretty good friends for people who've never met in real life...^_^

I joined Gears because Tachyon has a really good and informative thing happening there. I was and am happy to be a part of a group that is about more than just "oooh, cool mecha". There are folks on there who will gladly chew your ear off about the psychology of mecha design, symbolism, history - all kinds of stuff. I'm grateful to be able to contribute to a group like that.

And yes, the info sections are the best. That also attracted me to Gears - the way they back up descriptions with pictures. There's a lot of cool stuff out there that a lot of people haven't seen, and Gears has become the place to share it.
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JMC13 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Looking pretty sweet. Hope to see more of this :D
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Will try to do more before the next round of classes swamps me yet again. :p
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Meiseki Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Wow, thems a lotta robots. :ohnoes: I don't know how you can stand drawing all that technical stuff. Great ink work, though. As far as pens go, I think copic multiliners are good, but you might only need the reall thin ones.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Eh, I don't know if I could get myself to do human character design like yours. As the people say, "To each his [or her] own."

Copics seem to have even smaller tip diameters, but there's a practical limit depending on the medium--the paper fibers could impede ink flow without frequent cleaning (as they do with Rapidograph). I prefer wholly-reusable pens instead of cartridge-based ones, anyway. :)
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Meiseki Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I've never tried pens like those, I have no idea. I guess you go through a lot of ink on projects like that too.
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Seig-Warheit Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hohoho so ur on exams last weeks?

ur mech style more like a super robot :D

i like the bottom right the most
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Finals week varies for everyone at my school. Depending on which classes a student takes, one could have no final exams/projects, one exam for every course, or projects for certain courses instead. But in almost everyone's case, it's the craziest week of each semester.

Super robot style? Hmm...that's actually what I'm trying to avoid; I like real-robot styles better, but this will require more component studies. Thanks for the comments, though!
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Seig-Warheit Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaa
well, at 1st glance, i though u liked super robot style...
since they're big n stuff...
the armor i mean...

i use Armored Core and Wanzer for my real robot designs...
u might as well use em too since in my opinion, they're the most realistic robot i ever know...
mmhh metal rage is good too :)
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