Done for Sketch Theatre’s monthly forum challenge, July 2012, with the theme of Gundam.
I wanted to go somewhere different with this challenge. I’m not some one who draws anime robots (mechs, Gundams etc), or anime, or robots in general, but am a fan of the genre so I thought that it would be good for me to take on the challenge and try something I rarely undertake.
I didn’t want to adopt the style that the genre generally dictates, nor slavishly create a sketch of an existing design but, use that as more of a starting point. Having just finished reading Wayne Barlowe’s “God’s Demon,” (which is all about Hell and its denizens), I also wanted to draw something that could be conceived as organic, made of bone and sinew and that could exist in an Hellish plane.
Starting with a pencil sketch, I shaped out the design and details. Not satisfied with leaving it there, I splashed some water colours over it and used some acrylic to pick out some of the lost details. I still consider this a sketch, a sketch of an organic, demonic, Gundam styled, machine and, purely because I set the challenge upon myself, I feel satisfied with the rough result.