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The idea behind this character was actually very simple. I've always liked robots, so I thought I'd make one with a clean and simple design. I thought I would make it look a bit retro rather than similar to the modern robots that we see a lot of these days.

Shapes and Weights

I started by sketching in Photoshop using a few simple lines to create a nice, well-distributed shape. I then dedicated some time to making sure that the character looked balanced. Every image has a virtual weight that is perceived by the viewer's eye. This weight is demonstrated in many elements of the picture like the composition, light, shadows and shapes. When I had spent some time sketching and considering my design, I came up with what you can see in Fig.01.

Fig. 01

Box Modeling

The next step was to begin the model. Similar to the sketching phase I started with basic primitives and shapes. This step was when I was able to finalize the shape and form of the robot. In Fig.02 you can see the basic model, which I created in about five minutes.


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(ID: 191397, pid: 0) Kidqube on Tue, 09 April 2013 1:33pm
@artemis and to all who is interested, the free Lscript plugin for small detail is Mike Green' "Ultimate Clone v1.3" You can found it here: Thanks to the developer :)
(ID: 191088, pid: 0) Artemis on Sun, 07 April 2013 5:12pm
Wow, a great simple Robot, I love it. Can you tell me the name of free plugin to clone small details?
(ID: 177515, pid: 0) Absolud on Mon, 21 January 2013 9:32am
I love the way you made it look so simple. Everyone is doing dynamic action poses. So choosing not to is also a good choice. Standing ovation!
(ID: 173975, pid: 0) Riccardo Zema on Sat, 29 December 2012 2:18pm
Thank you all for the comments. @Johnny Boy: you're right, the pose is very standard, the character was done mainly for rigging study, a short rig demo here, forgot to put in the tutorial :)
(ID: 173707, pid: 0) Gioracle on Thu, 27 December 2012 3:05pm
very good!!!
(ID: 173689, pid: 0) Dan on Thu, 27 December 2012 11:23am
Hey, great tutorial. Quite simple, but very appealing design. I just saw this on one of the Prime Wars cards. Congratulation.
(ID: 173668, pid: 0) Johnny Boy on Thu, 27 December 2012 10:30am
It looks great but it is such a boring pose. Since you have rigged it, pose mr robot in an interesting and dynamic way that tells something about its characters. An awesome stoytelling pose + polished robotic look will makes this image so much better :)
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