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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Broken Robot Girl #1

I'm working on a series of photos of broken robot girls, in collaboration with Tamar Levine. We're hoping to do four or five photos altogether. This is the first one - Tamar took the photo and I did the special effects in Photoshop. We're pretty happy with the way it turned out:

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Here's a close-up so you can see some of the details:

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For some of the other images in the series, we want the robots to be in much further states of disrepair - missing limbs and things like that. We're looking for someone with some skills in prop-making or fashioning mechanical parts who could help us create some cool-looking bits and pieces of robot joints and insides and other mechanical parts that would be coming out of broken-off limbs and cracked-open joints. If you or someone you know has any crazy sculpting/mechanical skills and might want to help out, drop me a line: rob (at) rob-sheridan (dot) com.

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41 Comments:

Blogger JessicaSarahS said...

That is some amazing work. I can't wait to see what the rest of the series will bring.

January 27, 2009 10:32 PM  
Anonymous sourfriday said...

Not too shabby!

January 27, 2009 11:05 PM  
Anonymous Doctor Popular said...

Great piece. Thanks for posting. I look forward to the rest of the series.

January 27, 2009 11:15 PM  
Blogger Patrick Brown said...

Looks so synthetic yet human at the same time. Brilliant, Mr. Sheridan. Brilliant. :D

January 28, 2009 12:08 AM  
Blogger Ratexla Kettleburn aka Yoze said...

:p
Looks perfect. Of course... Are you gonna post anything more specific about the making of the pic?

(Doing some chasing of my prop-making friend, or maybe her prop-making friends... :) )

January 28, 2009 1:20 AM  
Blogger morris said...

very kool and seamless. her expression is nice too~

January 28, 2009 2:23 AM  
OpenID beautyisanimate said...

This may be my favorite of your pieces - top five at the very least.

January 28, 2009 8:09 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

wow! good work!

January 28, 2009 8:46 AM  
Blogger knuckles said...

awesome idea!
oh and i'm sure you'll be able to find someone to help with the prop-making but you should find someone that is an amputee to model. Prosthetics kinda look robotic and some of them, like my housemates, have fake skin on them.
just a suggestion. i can't wait to see the rest of the series.

January 28, 2009 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Rowan said...

Ah, so we finally see what you've been working on!

It looks amazing, and I really like the idea behind it.

January 28, 2009 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Mimi said...

this is very cool, would love to know how you did this on photoshop. looking forward to the series!

January 28, 2009 10:50 AM  
Anonymous MissWhiteMoth said...

here it is at last! awesome work indeed :)

January 28, 2009 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Kitz said...

Really great job, Tamar and Rob! :)

January 28, 2009 2:20 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

The basic process was:

1. Photograph the model in position, wearing a bald cap. Our makeup artist gave the girl fake eyelashes, and put a balm on her body to give it an unnatural shine. The head sitting on the table in the foreground was a mannequin head.

2. Photograph the scene with no model in it from the exact same spot, so I have a clean background to work with, allowing me to easily move and remove parts of the girl.

3. Photograph various tubes and wires and mechanical parts in roughly the position they would be in the final image, so I have materials to use that are already in the proper lighting.

4. Photograph the model's face in roughly the same place as where the mannequin head was, so the girl's face could easily be inserted onto the mannequin head.

5. Bring all those elements together as layers in Photoshop, and begin piecing them together, carefully hand-painting elements that never existed, like the seams on her face and body, and the smooth edges of her detached shoulder, and smoothing out the transition between her skin and the bald cap.

6. ???

7. Profit!

January 28, 2009 4:46 PM  
Anonymous nlemeshka said...

this is quite interesting.
Looking forward to seeing the series.

January 28, 2009 5:49 PM  
Blogger dilek said...

woowww. i want to be a robot girl too .) so cool

January 29, 2009 1:45 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Wait are you -the- Rob Sheridan! Art director for Nine Inch Nails?; responsible of shaping our visual perception of the band for the past decade?

January 30, 2009 7:29 AM  
Blogger Lizzahy said...

That's your guy!

January 30, 2009 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Staci said...

Very cool! I like it a lot, it's very interesting to just stare at and see all the details. Very great!

February 1, 2009 7:25 PM  
Blogger youarehere! said...

wow nice work with photoshop! and the photo is great

February 2, 2009 1:00 AM  
Blogger Jamie Schumacher said...

did you paint in the details with paintbrush, or is it lots of other photographic references composited together.

February 2, 2009 5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont get it

February 2, 2009 12:28 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Very cool idea!
how long does that process take?

February 4, 2009 4:11 PM  
Blogger zoo said...

nice, almost like a matte painting...the help needed you mentioned, do you need "real" mechanics or cgi?

February 5, 2009 12:12 PM  
Blogger LostinBubbles said...

This is fantastic! Can't wait to see the rest of the series. I did a similar series (3) of girls (and one guy) deteriorating, or crumbling. The process was very similar to yours.

I never actually did anything with them once completed. They're still all on my laptop...lol.

February 5, 2009 12:22 PM  
Anonymous lovin said...

I can't decide what I liked more...the photo or your post describing how it was made.

It's one of your finest pieces, in my opinion.

I'm looking forward to the the next installment!

February 6, 2009 6:26 AM  
Blogger Peter Newman said...

beautiful work I look forword to more, and will likely buy a print once theyre available

February 18, 2009 6:31 PM  
Blogger Surrylda said...

Nice Rob, and thanks for posting the basic steps. The seams came out great and the skin looks very plasticized. Its creepy, and I like it.

February 19, 2009 11:19 AM  
Blogger Best Fantasy and Science Fiction said...

Great concept! I think we have all been fascinated with robotic women at one point in our lives, some not so healthy, but this to me shows a side we don't normally think about or see with robots; Insecurity!

February 22, 2009 1:57 PM  
Blogger Sabrina said...

I love all of your creatures and your editing on this photo is so seemless.

keep up the good work! :)

March 3, 2009 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Vinita said...

Pretty cool. but where did you get the face from?

March 31, 2009 12:02 AM  
Blogger Bawitdaba said...

massive Terminator potential

April 4, 2009 8:11 AM  
Blogger E. Fleming said...

It seems like every time I see this photo there's a new little detail that pops to me.

April 13, 2009 1:21 PM  
Blogger jb said...

I was just checking out some of your work. Really amazing stuff. :)

Peace,
JB

May 3, 2009 8:48 AM  
Anonymous tracy graham said...

this project is going to look sick when its done. i've always toyed around with the idea of making a model a machine. you beat me to it. Nice work, and keep it up.

May 8, 2009 7:41 AM  
Anonymous gojeg said...

haha.. i like this one..
how could you make this stuff??

June 8, 2009 2:58 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

That's really remarkably beautiful. Though, I am sure you knew that.

June 11, 2009 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful. I can't keep my eyes off of it.This must have taken you forever and a day to work on using photoshop...wow. Amazing!

July 8, 2009 1:39 PM  
Blogger Compudito said...

We really love this image. We have something similar in file but this one is just great!

December 19, 2009 10:54 PM  
Anonymous C said...

Beautiful work! And what an elegant concept. I wish I would think of things like this.

Please show us the rest of the series as you make them.

February 11, 2010 6:30 AM  

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