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Thursday, May 1

Military Drone

I had the urge to make a robot for a scene involving a long corridor, strip lighting and reflections, I didn't know what it would be, just that it would make you feel a bit trapped and claustrophobic to look at it, I didn't want it to look like it was chasing you, only that it would ominously make its way towards you... no where to run..... So I started off with a quick sketch then jumped into PS, kit bashing some military equipment together to create new shapes, I came up with this 'V' shaped collar and tapered panelling in the sketch so I was keen to keep it, from here it was just a matter of making sense of what was connecting everything. I spent about two days in SketchUp with this one, I'm slowly building a library of parts and panelling that I can re-use to save time on the detailing and allow me to just concentrate on the shape and design, I knew it was going to me mostly back-lit so I wanted the silhouette to be interesting and strong.... I was looking at F-35 jets for the surface stealth panelling and colours and carried that over into the Keyshot renders, using a photo backplate and an HDRI that would be a close lighting match I came up with this scene, the blood and bullet holes were added to try and create a dramatic narrative - did the robot do that, or is it investigating...? I'll leave that to you to decide.

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Belly detail

 Initial rough
 PS concept
SketchUp model


  1. I love the fact you put this much thought into a back story. Glad to see that there are others out there who share this sentiment when designing.

  2. Thanks Lorin, glad you appreciated it, a touch of narrative makes developing the visual more interesting for me, suddenly the thing has a "personality".... I actually have an earlier version that I may post, went way too "Michael Bay" with it though, lens flares, hot sparks dialled all the way up! :D

  3. Hey now, no need to badmouth Michael. I actually think there wasn't enough party-favors. If I don't succumb to seizure by looking at it is my personal gauge for lens flares and sparkles.


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