This one was a killer. I think I redrew this half a dozen times.
A BATTLE DAMAGED MECH/MECHA
SUBJECT: ILLUSTRATE A BATTLE DAMAGED, BUT TRIUMPHANT MECH/MECHA (Yes, apparently there’s a difference. While doing the research, I learned that Mechs are typically associated with Western designs, while Mecha are associated with Eastern design influences. Who knew?)
CONCEPT: This is a little different from what we normally do, but I think that’s what makes these challenges fun. You’ll be tasked with designing and illustrating a battle damaged mech. The setting and situation are both left open to you, which means there’s a lot of room for creativity. Try to work up your own setting and situation for your mech/mecha. Consider things like the size of the mech/mecha, whether not it’s manned, who or what it had been battling, the setting and time period. This is a great way to develop your creativity and concepting, while you’re working on your art. Good luck!
THE ART CLASH is a weekly art challenge. Each TUESDAY a new Art Clash challenge will be posted. You may work in ANY MEDIA you like, but you must stick to the brief of this week’s Art Clash. And please, no posting old work in the Art Clash. This is about encouraging growth through work, so we expect a new piece every time.
Your final art will need to be uploaded to an image hosting service (here are a few I recommend: Imgur, Google Photos and Flickr) and then may be posted here ANY time until SUNDAY evening at MIDNIGHT (EST). Voting begins immediately afterward and polls close on MONDAY at MIDNIGHT (EST). So don’t miss out!
The artist with the most votes for the week by the close of the polls is declared that week’s winner and chooses the next Art Clash.
***A BRIEF NOTE BEFORE WE BEGIN***
Just a reminder that we’re currently in The Art Clash version 1.1. The primary difference in this iteration is each week’s Art Clash will feature two tiers of competition: sequential and pin-up. Anyone entering can choose to illustrate that week’s challenge in a sequential storytelling form (page templates will be provided here) or as a stand-alone, pin-up-style image. Build and illustrate a story of your own around an Art Clash challenge, or wow your audience with a single powerful image. It’s up to you. We want to foster all levels of creativity here, so this will provide an opportunity for all artists to take their work in whatever direction he or she desires and to whatever degree of finishing.
Ok, Knight wants us to switch things up and do a battle-damaged (yet victorious) futuristic mech/mecha. I’ll try to figure out how to fit all of that on the new Challenge form 😉 . So, get to designing something cool!
BOOM! I’m calling this for Knight!
Knight, buddy, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am SOOOOOOO proud of your work on this one! GREAT JOB! This is how you do it. This is how you improve. You work smarter and you keep doing it, time and again. You learn from mistakes and you build on your successes. You study how other people “got it right” and you look at what they did. Learn everything you can about how to and how not to do something. If you keep doing this–IN ANYTHING–you WILL improve! WAY TO GO!
Now what comes next? 🙂 🙂 🙂
GREAT WORK EVERYONE!
Knight, that’s DEFINITELY the best piece you’ve done! Great work!
Scott, I gave you two slots, just to see which one people preferred, but we’ll compile the results for the two pieces. You did two–you deserve all the votes you get.
I like the second one better as well. I think it has something to do with the control and fluidity of the forms…probably helped a lot by your great inking.
Here you go, Scott. It’s an easy fix. I think you just had the crotch too high. Thankfully, the overalls are a great cover for such things. Just a thought, but even with the exaggerated proportions (which I’m all for), if you use subtle markers to kind of check yourself, you generally won’t have a tough time with the proportions…or at least you’ll avoid second-guessing yourself a lot. Great work!
I was very inspired by Jock’s work on this one. I watched this video and found it very inspiring. He mentioned not enjoying drawing something twice (penciling, then inking) and so I thought I would give it a shot. I did a few very loose pencils and NO laying out of perspective guides. I just drew and let the ink do the work. Let me know what you think!