So, this guy, Steve Niles tells me he’s working on a new comic book about a robot. One of the things that Steve and I really dig is robots, so I bugged him and bugged him that I wanted to do SOMETHING with this new book, and he finally relented and sent me some sketches of Cy-Bot from his FUSED! comic and I did a pin-up for it (The Vitruvian Man image that is the first one). I don’t remember what issue it was in, but it’s in the TPB “Canned Heat” where I even got jokingly accused for “THE FUSED ARTIST CURSE”.
Here’s some FUSED stuff (I loved this comic book).
Unfortunately for me, but not for Steve, he did this little book called “30 Days of Night” and it kind of caught on and since FUSED! was already having problems there wasn’t much need to do more Cy-Bot stuff. I still bug Steve every once in awhile about redoing FUSED (hell, I even have the whole thing plotted out for about 12 issues) but his horror stuff is doing so well, I can see why he didn’t want to touch FUSED.
I should put up a short-story I did about FUSED and see if any artists want to do it…hmmmm.
So, in search of something else, and after a chat with Ashley Wood at Comic-Con one year, I told him I’d love to do a pin-up for his awesome Popbot series. I don’t remember when this image was printed, but it was in all the IDW issues that month to promote Popbot. This is the one that took 168 hours to render and really pushed the limits of what consumer software was doing. Radiosity, Ambient Occlusion…yadda yadda.
It was a bit of a departure from the ink style I had been doing, but I really didn’t think it worked on Popbot. And I know I said I hated modeling, but this was the most fun doing this guy. The guts were all rigged so they moved and undulated when I posed him. Here’s some close-ups:
I won’t lie…this image took a lot out of me. I remember TRYING to stay awake after a full day at my 3D animator/graphic artist job and trying to get this thing set up to get it to the IDW guys and falling asleep and then waking up with a horrible feeling I had been SLEEP-3Ding YUP! I had continued to do “things” while sleeping…good thing I had a backup.
Next time…I get a message from England and finally get to do something sexy.