Okay. So, I haven’t updated in a while. “What is this,” you ask? Well, I’m glad you did ask because that gives me an opportunity to talk about something kinda cool.
Polycount is hosting a contest called “PETROL\BLOOD,” and this is the concept work for my entry. I don’t normally get to do much “proper” concept work anymore, so this was a nice exercise. I’ll go into the reasons for me entering the contest once I get knee-deep into the 3D part.
The idea was simple: I wanted a woman riding a cybernetic spider with Attack on Titan-style 3D Maneuver Gear welded to it..
What you see above is more-or-less the process it took for me to come to the concept you see just above. Looking at it now, it seems like I skipped a couple of steps; but truth be told those steps were really boring to look at.
So, how do I justify this fictionally? Copy-pasted from my Polycount post:
Sometime in the future, there is a steel shortage. Scientists decide to genetically manipulate spiders to giant proportions because SCIENCE (and because spiders’ webs have a tensile strength greater than steel). These giant spiders’ webs were broken down and mixed with certain polymers to create a plastic with steel-like qualities (called, interestingly enough, “Plastick”). However, this genetic manipulation came with side-effects for the spiders. The increased size of these spiders meant that their brain mass was exponentially larger - and since only a very small part of that brain mass is necessary for a spider’s day-to-day activity, they had an excess of brain matter - and nearly complete use of it. This resulted in most of the spiders possessing precognitive abilities, and in a few terrible and tragic cases, telepathy and mind control. It was found that networking a live human brain with a spider’s brain kept them efficient and compliant and broken of will. However, the spiders retained their superior mental abilities. And, doing so was essentially the same as assigning a taskmaster to a slave. After a while, someone got the genius idea to add additional cybernetics to these giant spiders for weaponization.
The woman was in some incident where she lost most of an arm and both of her legs - as well as her husband. Her husband’s brain was able to be resuscitated and (as was the law at the time) was networked to a giant spider. After she recovered from the incident, she sued for custody of her husband’s brain and won. Due to the danger posed by an unrestrained super spider, it was also awarded to her. The particular spider was a black widow cybernetically optimized for bridge work. She had it fitted with weapons and joined the gladiatorial circuit to ensure a fitting death for them all - her, her husband, and the spider that was foisted onto her. The problem? Well, before the incident, she and her husband were mercenaries. What should have been certain death became a somewhat lucrative career.
Years later, she’s become known as “The Blitz Widow” - one of the most beloved gladiators in the circuit… And she still hasn’t found a fitting death.
I sure hope I can finish this entry.
Oh no. What the heck is this?
Long story short, I got an idea, I had some time, and I sculpted this…
On a technical level, I felt that a lot of my women weren’t very soft, so that’s something I wanted to try to improve upon… If only I could figure out how to adequately soften the arms or something… It’s been a minute since I’ve done any sculpting outside of work.
Some of you may recognize her from the GWIT busts I did a while back…
'Can't wait to tackle that frog…
What the heck are you looking at?
Background: On the Mighty No. 9 forums, the topic of boss combination attacks came up. One of the attacks I thought up is the Double Magma Driver. Think of a tiger driver, except delivered by two individuals, and into a fresh puddle of molten rock! The two individuals delivering this outrageous attack would be none other than Mighty No.’s 1 and 4.
I actually think it fits because of Mighty No. 1’s pro-wrestling background (at least, in terms of his design), and Mighty No. 4’s bulky build.
Done during break. Really rough sketches. Hm. Come to think of it, I haven’t done a motion study since Mid-Air Twerk Combo… If I ever get the time, I might consider refining the sketches.
Hope you like it.
Oh no. Again.
For some reason, her face reminds me of someone I went to college with. [REDACTED]
Anyhow, I have no idea how it happened, I only noticed once I put the finishing touches on this sculpt. If you’re out there reading this for some odd reason, sorry for unconsciously jacking your facial features.
Yo. It’s been awhile… Couple of quick sketches, but I’m no K. Sugimori.
I was watching the latest Super Best Friends Play Pokemon Leaf Green Nuzlocke run when somewhere around the 26:20 mark, Woolie just lets loose with some goddamn genius stuff:
Woolie: “Imagine if its [Vileplume’s] body proportions were, like, cool guy proportions… And it had, like, like, rice hat thing…”
Matt: ”That’s really dumb.”
Me: (thinking) Holy shit. Woolie just made one of my least favorite pokemon freaking awesome! I’ve gotta sketch this!
And the end result is what you see on the right. Dammit, if Vileplume had something like this as a Mega Evolution, I’d probably be more inclined to use it for something other than occupying some cobwebbed corner of my PC boxes.
On the left is what I imagine one of my favorite pokemon (second only to Arcanine) would look like if it had a mega evolution…
In other news, I’m still trying to figure out what to do with/for Woolie. I’m thinking a combo comic may be in order…
On the original art front. I’m working on something. It’ll be a while before anyone gets to see it… Or at least, the safe for work portions of it.