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04-15-2004, 01:32 PM
Theo has entered the Machineflesh 3D Challenge.

04-15-2004, 02:26 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/5/3327/3327_1082039168_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/5/3327/3327_1082039168_large.jpg)

Initial rough/concept sketch.

Minimum Requirements: Tongue firmly in cheek! :)

The year is around 1940s-1950s.
I envisage a scene based on the old concept of the 'mad scientist' and his mad experiments. In this case the mad scientist being the husband...and the unsuspecting victim (his mad experiment) being the wife!

I guess you could say the title of this piece is "The Perfect Wife".

1: This sketch doesn't yet show the true mechanical-flesh aspect of the wife. Once 'upgraded' she will be expected (well, she won't have a choice!) to cater to the needs of her husband and tackle all the mundane household duties.

2: I want the position and posture of the wife to be influenced by the stereotypical male programming of the husband. She has to be sexy of course, even when doing the housework! Her posture may change in the next concept sketch.

3: The newspaper the husband is holding will be replaced with a bulky, transistor remote control unit. The unit will emit a red glow/light. I want the red light to highlight his face; as any 'mad scientist' must have a red light and an evil grin to set the scene!

4: Everything will be designed to reflect the era it is based in. I have already started researching clothes, furniture, appliances, household fittings, etc from the era.

Additional notes/ideas:
1: I imagine the wife to have a permanent smile.
2: Her eyes will be big and welcoming. She won't be able to blink anymore, so she'll have a little contraption etched into her skull. This contraption will be a small water based spray, to keep her eyes moist/stop them from drying up. Ironically, I am thinking this may cause the odd trickle of water to run down her cheeks, as if she is crying (happy on the outside but sad on the inside etc).
3: Her high-heeled shoes may be roller-skates, with small jet-propulsion units fixed to them. The husband figures that way she can move around quicker and effortlessly.

That's it for now.

04-17-2004, 06:07 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/5/3327/3327_1082225270_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/5/3327/3327_1082225270_large.jpg)

This is one design of the girl in the scene (not final by any means but I feel it's a good starting point) still trying out different ideas at the moment.
I've started coloring so I'll post an update later tonight hopefully.

04-17-2004, 08:16 PM
This looks good!
But perhaps the second picture isnt so very 1950īs?

If you ar not to shy (or young) you could try looking on some Petty Page images on the net, she will give you an idea of old fasinoned sexy underware.

Anyway, I look forward to see what happens. The beginnning is fine!

04-17-2004, 11:16 PM
Hello Isabelle,
Thanks for the kind comments.
You are right of course, it doesn't look very 1950s, and I plan to work on that aspect. It is tricky because I want to show how the girl has been experimented on but also have her wearing the proper clothes for the time. Regular/everyday clothes for the era will cover up too much of her, so I need to find the right type of dress/clothes...maybe skimpy maid clothes? :p

Good idea re Betty Page...I didn't think of her. I have found a few good websites with 19402s/1950s pin-up girls and they are excellent resource for old fashioned sexy clothes...I will go through them and see if I can find the type of clothes that might work.

The hairstyles of the era are so recognisable as being from the 1940s/50s that it doesn't help if she hasn't got any hair. To get round that I plan to show her wig on one of those wig stands.


04-18-2004, 12:22 AM
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Here's an update: still coloring.
Ta ta for now.

04-19-2004, 09:07 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/5/3327/3327_1082408830_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/5/3327/3327_1082408830_large.jpg)

Still coloring...taking quite a while to do this but I think its worth the effort. It definitely helps to visualise as much as possible before moving onto the next stage.

This image gives you a good visualisation of the rubber-gel compound some parts of the body are made from...showing internal parts (which still need to be more detailed but that will come later).

What do you think?

04-21-2004, 06:12 PM
Just a quick update on the concept...after giving this some more thought. I'm not too keen on the 'eye-spray thing' I mentioned initially, a bit of a naff idea, so thats a goner now.

Same for the boots and rockets idea. Naff. Gone.

An update on the concept sketch coming soon.

My MachineFlesh Challenge (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?threadid=138004)

04-21-2004, 08:07 PM
great idea,i like that,:thumbsup: and i think the blue one is better.

i'm forward to see more man.:bounce: :bounce:
keep uploading.

04-21-2004, 08:16 PM
just noticed the on her back , good one :thumbsup:

she's maybe a bit too bald ?

that first sketch had some stuff in her head , maybe bring
them back or add something completely different but something
nonetheless more ?

04-21-2004, 08:21 PM
Hey really nice concepts and a good idea. What puzzels me about it is that if it was made for real, you would probably cover up her mechanical parts as much as possible. And that would make her kind of boring to look at :) so maybe you should model her too look like a prototype robot where you can see her mechanical parts more - like shes unfinished or something. - anyway its just a thought =)

keep it up man.

04-22-2004, 08:42 AM
Looking good Theo. I like the tracks you are thinking along. The Glass/Gel windows in to the body are a good idea although IMO they would be better if they were smaller looking on to a more mech skeleton. Looking forward to seeing the final design. :thumbsup: This is one of the better ones I think.

Blue Gekko :cool:

04-22-2004, 03:27 PM
I also find the transparent parts othe body a good idea. I like the part on her legs..

04-22-2004, 03:43 PM
kmest: Cheers! Yeh, originally I visualised the gel compound areas as green-based, but after coloring the body I found that it was lacking in contrast between elements...so, I played around in Photoshop and decided on a dark blue to compliment the skin tones, and then changed the gel areas to a light color to compliment the dark blue! Phew! :)

Squibbit: Hehe. Thanks...I think you meant to say 'key'...which is fixed to her back. I like the idea of this massive key, which can wind up the girl! Haha.

Trenox: Spot on! Thats the dilemma I had...because you are also right. If you created a "thing of beauty" you wouldn't want to show all the gears and wires inside...but this is a machineflesh challenge, so I had to make some compromises to set the scene.
I like the idea of the prototype robot...I'll give it some thought and see how it pans out. Thanks.

BlueGekko: Yep, again, good idea...I think we may be on the same lines, but I want to keep this "old" technology, if any! Cogs, gears, wires, springs, etc. Like a beautiful Swiss clock! :p

Isabelle: Thanks...I think it works well. :)

Cheers everyone!

04-23-2004, 08:08 AM
Hey Theo! Good to see you here! :)

Your concept art looks great so far, but I have to say that I like the 1940s/50s style of the first image a lot better. The other images are rather futuristic looking. Nice too, surely, but I'd love to see the first image you posted come to life.

I also like the guy there smirking at his own invention while more or less hiding behind his newspaper, as if he was slightly embarrased with his somewhat politically incorrect creation! ;)

If you keep the more futuristic looking style, then keep the glass bits you added in the last pic. They're quite nice and add a lot of interest.

Overall good stuff and I'll keep an eye on its progress! :)

PS. How about adding a mechanically driven child doing the dishes in the kitchen in the background? ;)

04-23-2004, 08:21 AM
yes , key , how did it get lost I do not know. . .odd..


well , good job , dude waiting for another update :thumbsup:

04-23-2004, 08:25 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/5/3327/3327_1082751936_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/5/3327/3327_1082751936_large.jpg)

Another update, and probably the last one for this image. I need to address the issue of her wearing some clothes, and perhaps having hair afterall (the see-through skull idea is lacking impact as it is).

04-24-2004, 08:27 PM
That is looking much better! :thumbsup:
If the Key stays in the final design then it would be nice if this style is continued inside the character by makeing the funtions of her clockwork. e.g lots of cogs and gears and belts etc.
IMO This would add the the 50's/retro feel.


04-25-2004, 08:00 AM
It's still looking pretty futuristic, but I like it better and better. The "internal parts" of the breasts are a bit... ehm... disturbing :)
What's their function anyway? Do they give salt & pepper? :D

04-25-2004, 05:39 PM
Thanks BlueGekko. The key is definitely staying. :)

LOL. Like your comments Skyraider. Umm, I've probably gone a little overboard with the detail in the chest...hence the 'disturbing' feel. Function wise, they will serve the same functions as the real thing! Nuff said? :) Oh, and no salt and pepper! hehe

I'm going to start modelling next...I'd like to start with the wife character as it is the most dificult in the scene, besides it is key element to the overall concept so I want to make sure I get it right.

When I have something decent I'll start posting some 3d modelling images.


04-25-2004, 08:59 PM
Beautifull concept !!!
Very clean and nice !
I stay tuned about update to your work !!

04-25-2004, 09:14 PM
Thanks harnelbe! You are too kind! :)
I spent quite a while today going through your machineflesh entry...very interesting, excellent work allround...great concept sketches and good modelling.

05-05-2004, 11:43 PM
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Modeling only at this stage.

05-05-2004, 11:47 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/5/3327/3327_1083800876_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/5/3327/3327_1083800876_large.jpg)

Very much work in progress. Eyebrows, eyelashes and eyes are temporary meshes.

More to follow soon.

P.S. Apologies for the poor quality images; they look fine on my PC but don't look so good after uploading. :(

05-14-2004, 04:17 PM
Looking forward to this one ;) GL

06-25-2004, 08:16 PM
*cough* ;)

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