View Full Version : Machineflesh 2D Challenge Entry: Pablo Valbuena

04-11-2004, 03:08 PM
Pablo Valbuena has entered the Machineflesh 2D Challenge.

04-11-2004, 05:15 PM (

Hi, this is one of the first ideas that came to my mind when i saw the title of this challenge.

The character is going to be a mecha-insect. An improved insect with nanomachines.

I like the idea of giving it a "comunity thinking" property like ants or bees. The one who thinks is not the individual, it's the whole comunity of them...mmmm, i´ve got to improve this idea.

Ok, hope you enjoy my sketches.

Comments and critiques welcome.

04-11-2004, 05:24 PM
Kinda looks like a dragonfly.

Pic itself is neat, but i hope you wont leave people quessing what it is too much.

If you want to bring out that community thinking theme, maybe there needs to be shown hundreds of these insects.

So i hope you get good ideas in future also.

My C&C are over.

04-12-2004, 07:11 AM
Thanks, Falcor.... i have a bunch of sketches made 2 or 3 weeks ago when the challenge started.

They are all insect-machine hybrids based on different insects. Now i'm not sure if the character is going to be only one of these...or it's going to the "community" idea.

Anyway, the next days i'll post all the sketches...

04-12-2004, 07:59 PM (

Here is another concept. Mosquito based.

04-12-2004, 11:08 PM
i really like your stuff, it looks really great ! do you just draw it with a wacom or do you sketch it on paper and scan it in?
your use of black and white is mindblowing!

04-13-2004, 01:21 PM

WOW! Great sketches. I love your style. How did you make it? Very original looking!

Good luck!!

04-13-2004, 01:40 PM
You concept is so good to me, it can actually be an entry.
Are you using painter. I'm new to that program. You make it seem like I have a lot to learn. Good Luck.

My Machine Flesh 3D

04-13-2004, 09:47 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys !

It is just Photoshop with the wacom and a sharp brush, using only black and white with 100% opacity.

The only variation is the size of the brush and b or w. ( if you know hawkprey, i took this technique from his tutorial and made some adaptation ) :wip:

It works great with quick sketches.

More to come with the same technique.

04-15-2004, 08:37 AM (

This one is a mechanic bug.

04-15-2004, 09:59 AM
great work !!! I love the energy you put on these moskitos

04-16-2004, 08:23 AM (

Another one.

04-16-2004, 08:29 AM
love your drawing!:applause:

04-16-2004, 09:31 AM
Your work is impressive and skillful!! I like the style, and the concepts. Go ahead!

Excelente trabajo, tío. Da gusto ver en este foro trabajos tan buenos hechos desde España.

04-16-2004, 06:20 PM
ditto to what the others said! Solid drawings - Good luck:thumbsup:

04-16-2004, 08:02 PM
yo this is some real good stuff man. gotta be james brown commin out those speakers!!!

04-18-2004, 09:09 AM
Thanks for your kind comments, guys. I appreciate it .

I've got some more 4 u !

04-18-2004, 09:13 AM (

Here's another one mosquito based.

04-19-2004, 09:35 AM
Really Cool Idea.

Love the way you have put them together. I also really like the way that its not cristal clear and alot of what is going on with the mecha parts is obscured.

Great stuff. Love the style.
04-19-2004, 05:41 PM
I prefer the number 4 and then the 5.
I like them a lot.
Are you planning to let them black and white ?

04-20-2004, 09:16 PM

this latest one is awesome! they just keep on getting better and better!

04-21-2004, 01:58 AM

The technology looks really good... and it's original!

thanks for the inspiration...!

04-21-2004, 07:08 AM
nice line ! i like your style

04-22-2004, 02:54 PM
Thanks for the feedback!

i'm doing one or two more mosquitos and then start thinking about the final composition.

viag, Ste and the_mighty: glad you liked it... agree with you...i also like the 2nd

SigFire: Thanks!

04-23-2004, 04:31 PM (

Another one. Not only black and white.

04-23-2004, 04:54 PM
Awesome, the style is incredible man loved you got some great sense of design.:)

04-23-2004, 06:18 PM
Los zancudos están excelentes!:applause:

Qué has pensado sobre el escenario?


04-23-2004, 07:51 PM
freaky stuff man, but how is flesh incorporated into this, it is in the form of a bug, but that would make it a robot? que no?

04-25-2004, 02:08 AM
Your concepting style really rocks. The dark lines are great, and your page layout is cool. Your style reminds me of someone, but I can't remember the name. Keep it coming.

04-28-2004, 09:06 AM
Thank you guys....

I'm starting to focus on the final composition, with the environment and the final characters defined...

Some more sketches

04-28-2004, 09:21 AM
This is getting better and better :)

05-17-2004, 11:43 AM
Another sketch, mixing the insect stuff with human shapes. Thinking about some kind of insect centaur...

06-04-2004, 02:00 PM (

This is the basic line art and composition i'm going to develop, she's the Queen of the insect centaurs ;)

06-04-2004, 02:51 PM
Really appreciate your work...very nice and strong sketches. Beautifull black/white balance.
Can't wait to see more !

...................................................:thumbsup: ..................................

06-05-2004, 02:38 PM (

Some color test for the main character.

06-05-2004, 03:09 PM
great test ............:thumbsup:

06-05-2004, 04:04 PM
hey goli, thanks for your support... seems u are the only one out there :rolleyes:

06-05-2004, 04:14 PM
polart you forgot everybody who has been replying you earlier?

Nice color variation going on. Do you have time to finish this up?
Hope so :)

06-05-2004, 06:13 PM
The concept is really nice :applause: And even the test color is great. It's like some heroic/fantasy scene (it's not a mockery, I LOVE heroic/fantasy art). Very cool :buttrock:

06-06-2004, 01:53 PM
Poland :::

I just :applause: :applause: :applause:

Love your sketches and color test. Congratulations!!!

Ps. Your avatar is very cool, like a engraving!!!

keep in this way!


my entry (

06-08-2004, 03:23 PM
Thanks guys...

No, Falcor i didn't forget ;)

thx Londero and neandertal.

Only 10 days left... i must hurry

06-08-2004, 03:29 PM (

Ok here's my final comp with first shades and colour. I started with some details.

06-08-2004, 05:25 PM
.........................another one in my fav..............
Kepp it up man !

I do not see clearly yet the relation between flesh and machine but i think it's clear for you !..

Staying tuned...


06-09-2004, 11:29 PM
I love your concept for this challenge, your portfolio is also very impressive. :thumbsup:

06-10-2004, 08:55 AM
very artistic,,love the drawing

06-11-2004, 02:02 PM
YES ! UPDATE ! *Neandertal executes the dance of Joy*

It's getting more and more cool ! You chose definitely this view or you'll finish the two (My preference purely personal is to the back view, but, like I said, it's purely personal :D )

06-15-2004, 10:25 AM (

ok, going for the final comp and colors, not much time left.

06-15-2004, 11:59 AM
Great ! :thumbsup: Yellow and red are just amazing in this picture :drool:

06-15-2004, 01:53 PM
nice work the colors

06-16-2004, 05:25 AM
The patches of vibrant color could be a little distracting. Cool scene though.

06-17-2004, 01:29 AM
Well aint this a highly interesting piece of work.
Those vibrant colours will work well I think. Kind of like the fluorescent glow some insects have.

06-18-2004, 06:02 PM (

final coloring

06-18-2004, 06:35 PM (

My final entry.

06-18-2004, 06:55 PM
WOAH! Very nice man! The colors matched up beautifully, and i just loved smiling evil men! hehe :beer: The bg is wonderful too! Good luck!! :beer:

06-18-2004, 06:57 PM
:applause: Well worth waiting for...

Congratulations on a fine piece of work...those extra details added since last time I had a look at work in progress makes all the difference. i really like your style of painting

Good luck in the competition / voting:thumbsup: :applause: :beer:

06-18-2004, 06:58 PM
Thanks guys! glad you liked it.

Just say thanks to all you guys for your encouragement, i really appreciate it.

It was incredible to be part of this challenge, there are really great artists around here, huge inspiration for me.

Good luck!


06-20-2004, 08:25 AM
Some close ups for you.

06-20-2004, 04:52 PM
WOW a fantastic piece you got here :thumbsup: best of luck

06-21-2004, 11:34 AM
ahhh you finished it , nice and original concept , i hope to see you in the next challenge :thumbsup:

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