Gallery 2

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Art for Ted Chiang's "The Lifecycle of Software Objects" - part two!

Here's some of the stages the Fetal Bot image went through from the original pencil sketch to the final painting. I did quite a few variations for Ted while finding the right rendering style, this was only like half 'em!


  1. mmmm processs... *salivating* Will there be a series of sketches of this robot going through adolescence? just a thought (haha)

  2. Ha! That's exactly what happens Jez! I'll put up some more of the pics that show him growing up, his maturation very loosely mirrors what happens in the story.

  3. Christian,

    Could you please elaborate on how long it took you to execute the final artwork and the medium you used?

  4. Hey James!
    I used Artrage to colour up pencil sketches, I'll go into that process a bit more in a post I'm putting together now.
    I'd say each page took a full day to complete. There's about 10 pieces in the book but most of the time I spent on this project was actually designing the character and nailing down a look.


  5. Thanks Christian,

    I really appreciate the time you take to explain your process and I can not wait to see your upcoming post.

    I'm going to look into acquiring Artrage, your experiments with the 99DS challenge got me to homebrew and start sketching that way, so why not Artrage.

    Keep up all the great work.

    Ta, Thanks

  6. Wow. I've gotta buy ArtRage. I love the analog look to it that you're achieving.

  7. Artrage is free isn’t it? or maybe I did something illegal.... ow well, its a sweet program to mess with.

    Loving these guys by the way, gotta say I like the little ink drawing the best, nice and simple and stands out really well! Can’t wait to see more.

  8. James - thanks a lot man! I found this project to be a real challenge but I also think I learned a lot and it made me work in a very different way. I'm really glad to hear that it's of interest to anyone that's not just me!

    JF & Benjie - there's a free demo that lets you try just about everything it has to offer. I struggle with it like crazy but it's an awesome piece of software.

  9. Just one word: Thatssupercoolomygodhollyshitsweetjesusbyjove


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