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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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Friday, May 16, 2008

Miscellany

One of these days I'm going to have some new art to post here, I really am. As soon as I get a million other things done. In the meantime, here are some miscellaneous things:

1. The Downtown Art Walk last week was a lot of fun once again. This time I walked around a bit more and spent some time perusing some of the galleries, and I realized just how absurdly out of place my illustrations are amidst most of the other work. Of course, that actually makes it more fun. After seeing dozens of oil paintings of horses or art school caliber "abstract installations" of painted bicycle parts hanging from ceilings, no one's expecting to see cereal mascots and dead children, so the reactions are often priceless. Anyway, Jennie posted some pics from the Possum Saloon show here.

2. Last month I helped Tamar with a Reebok ad she was shooting for Metro.pop magazine. She was inspired by my Robot Block Party image and felt the aesthetic would fit perfectly with the, er, colorful shoes. The end result is the second page spread in this month's issue, and it looks really great, especially considering how hideous those shoes are. Click the thumbnail below to see the full sized image over on Tamar's site:



3. Since I've been playing with Facebook a bit recently, I broke down and made a Facebook page. Aside from being a lot easier to update than my in-need-of-renovation portfolio, it will quell the anxiety of those who keep asking me why I don't have a Facebook page. Please add me if you use Facebook, my newborn page is sad and lonely at the moment.

4. I felt guilty making another post without any artwork, so I did this little one-minute doodle:



I like drawing things without thinking much about them, then trying to piece together all the subconscious influences that went into them. In this one I'm reminded of the wonderful Isz from Sam Keith's The Maxx, which I used to love once upon a time. There's also some Piranha Plant in there, and some of the creatures from the great first Oddworld game on Playstation, and some Ankylosaurus from this old dinosaur book that I had when I was a kid, pre-Jurassic Park when bipedal dinosaurs were still depicted standing upright with their tails dragging on the ground. Ah, those were the days.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

We Could Build A Better Robot, If We Only Had Arms

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Here's the original sketch, and the outline, and the pre-Photoshop coloring.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Leaving Town

Usually when I draw something I have a very specific idea in mind from the beginning. Sometimes, though, I just start doodling and see what happens, and that's where, many hours later, this came from.

There's quite a bit of detail in it, so please, click to enlarge:



This is available as a print.

Detail

Initial sketch

Oh, and here are a couple pretty cool robots that came out while I was sketching.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Watching You Watching Me

The other day I was walking to the grocery store around the corner from my apartment, and I noticed that one of the trees was watching me. I've walked past this tree probably two hundred times, and somehow I never noticed that it had all these creepy eyes all over it. It's a pretty fantastic tree:




It even has a creepy face.

Anyway, the tree inspired me, so I decided to draw it, with lots of outlines so I could really put my new Cintiq tablet to the test. The large, expensive Cintiqs are gorgeous (like an Apple Cinema Display that you can draw on), but the advantage of the smaller one is that you can put it in your lap and relax and draw on it like a sketchbook, turning it and tilting it as desired. So I drew a lot of lines, here and there over the past few days, and I ended up with this:

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By the time I was done with all those lines I didn't particularly feel like coloring the thing in, and I kind of liked it black and white anyway. But it does sort of feel like a page from a coloring book, so I thought maybe someone else might want to color it in. If you happen to feel like coloring, here is a large version you can play with - and do please email me the results, or post them in the comments.

When I was a little kid the local grocery store used to have occasional coloring contests on their brown paper grocery bags. A picture of a turkey at Thanksgiving, or pumpkins at Halloween, that sort of thing. It always annoyed me because with brown as a base color, none of my brilliant Crayolas came out the way they were intended. But I did it anyway, and one time I won five dollars, and it was immensely exciting. This will sort of be like that, except you'll have a nice white base color, and no one is going to win five dollars.

P.S. In case you don't know, a nice way to color a flat image like this is to set it as a multiply layer in Photoshop and then do the color on a layer underneath it.

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Friday, January 4, 2008

New Toys, Monsters

Among other things, I got a really nice set of Letraset markers for Christmas from Tam, a noble effort to get me off of my computer occasionally and maybe draw things on real paper. Go figure, my first instinct was to make some textures with the markers and scan them into the computer.

Then I got myself a Christmas present, the drool-worthy Cintiq pen tablet with LCD display. If you're serious about digital art or photography, you need a Wacom pen tablet - you just can't get any kind of results using a mouse. My lovely Intuos3 served me well for quite a while, but I'd always been eyeing the deluxe Cintiq line, which adds an LCD display into the tablet, so you actually draw directly onto your image! With the new 12wx making Cintiq tablets more portable and affordable, I finally had an excuse to dive in. To break in my new toy, I did a quick sketch today, drawing the outlines on my tablet and then coloring them in with some texture I made with the Letraset markers:

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This was a spiritual successor to a little doodle I did on the airplane the other day with the markers:

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I'm looking forward to spending some serious quality time with my new toys - the results, of course, will be showing up here.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Helicopt-O-Bot

I haven't had time to do any sketches lately, mostly because I've been busy trying to fulfill all the print orders. Is that irony? I'm not sure. Anyway, here's one I did tonight - I ended up with two versions, and I can't decide which one I like better, so I'm posting both. I also made a wallpaper version.

Version 1 - click to enlarge:




Version 2 - click to enlarge:



Here is the original sketch, which has Helicopt-O-Bot looking a bit too robotic. I changed him to look more like something an inventive child could put together out of items from around the house and believe it really works.

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Robot Block Party

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Monday, October 22, 2007

YesterdayCube

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The look of this was inspired by an old metal sign I have - which is also where I got the overlay texture. It's an "Emergency Resuscitation" sign from the '70's - I found it in a ratty old spring factory somewhere in London.

The image itself came from how much I like the word "YesterdayCube," which popped into my head randomly yesterday.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

ShoutBot

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