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05 May 2004, 07:29 PM
Andrew Johnston has entered the Machineflesh 2D Challenge.

05 May 2004, 07:38 PM (

Hello everybody. This is Bobo from the side. Next I'll add Bobo's arm and then add some more conceptual sketches to get a better feel for the character.

05 May 2004, 07:44 PM (

Finished Bobo's arm. I'm still working on the design and will probably add and remove detail as I draw some more. This is FUN!

05 May 2004, 10:45 PM (

Bobo from the front. Had some trouble with this one, still trying to get a feel for the character.

06 June 2004, 12:40 AM (

Playing around, trying to decide what colours to use on this guy.

06 June 2004, 01:07 AM
Excellent sketchwork bud, love the style of your character. some really nicely exagerated mechanical parts.

Very alien looking, i like it a lot esspecially the huge arms in your first concept, the disproportionate features are nice.

Perhaps i might suggest that you make the definition between the organic and mechanical parts of the body more definative. Ive sort of had the same problem with my stuff but im working on it.

The whole machine flesh thing is a odd thing to cover as to a certain extent you need just as much flesh visable if not more and yet still show mechanically functioning characteristics. Just a matter of finding a nice mixture of the two.

Keep the updates coming, i look forward to more of your work:thumbsup: :bowdown: :beer:

06 June 2004, 10:54 AM
Thanks for the advice, I'll see what I can do.

06 June 2004, 03:53 PM (

Working on the layout for the final illustration. Added three other characters.

06 June 2004, 04:24 PM
Decided to pay your thread a visit! First time actually and i do look at the other threads a lot.

Nice work i have to say! :thumbsup:

Cute monster :)
Very different kinda plastic and fun.

Just send more and the clock is ticking :surprised

You like Capcom stuff? Feels bit like those night warriors.

06 June 2004, 04:33 PM
I grew up on capcom stuff, I'm a big fan 2d fighting games, probably because of all the great characters they contain. Anyway, thanks for the visit.

06 June 2004, 07:35 PM
a good start, i love your character designs, you are really talented , very nice and interesting approach to the machine flesh, keep going cant wait to see more :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 07:48 PM
Nice drawings man ! And fresh vision. You have a good sense of volume, and your character is nice..keepitup:D

06 June 2004, 09:36 PM (

Sketches of T-Teddy. A mechanical bear designed for combatting evil cybernetic devices. The sidekick of "Antie-Biotieka" (Afrikaans name that doesn't translate well into English).

06 June 2004, 09:49 PM
Corlinator and Goli, man I feel honored. There are so many talented artist in here I could die of happyness. Thanks guys, you're both a great inspiration to me.:bowdown:

06 June 2004, 10:31 PM
I really like the direction of that green "frog-bot". It has a nice animation feel to it.

Nice stuff!

My Entry (

06 June 2004, 11:15 PM (

This is "Antie-Biotieka". One more character to go then I'll start work on the actual line drawing.

06 June 2004, 11:25 PM
bad ass drawing!

06 June 2004, 02:49 AM
I love what you have done bud, keep the ideas coming, it looks awesome. I love your sketches of the teddy and auntie.

Keep it up:thumbsup: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

06 June 2004, 11:24 AM (

Some thumbnails, trying to determine his facial expression.

06 June 2004, 07:13 PM (

Mystery character... check! Finally, I have all the characters I'm planning on using. Time to start planning my layout.

06 June 2004, 08:41 PM (

Not much at the moment, working on the layout , just thought I'd share before bed time, so no more for today...

06 June 2004, 09:48 PM
:) Great drawings, Great characters

just gets better and better

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 07:18 AM (

Ah why not, here's some more of my mystery character. This probably won't make it into the final, just some more background for the character.

06 June 2004, 12:30 PM
Awesome Drawings!!! really cool man!
i like your style:eek: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 10:16 PM
Great drawing style.:buttrock: I'm longing for seeing for more. I hope you'll have enough time for your final composition.:p

06 June 2004, 10:47 PM (

I have the roughs for the background...

06 June 2004, 10:51 PM (

...and I have my characters where I want them. NExt I'll start working on refining everything.

06 June 2004, 11:45 PM (

Refined Teddie, wonder who I'll do next... first me needs to sleeps

06 June 2004, 12:15 AM
Love your latest sketches, it looks like an awesome action scene, the battleing antie, boy and super teddy, sonds like a good formula for a comic or even a video game.

Keep the updates coming i love your pencil work and the characters. I really enjoy seeing your progress.:thumbsup: :D

Keep it up.:bounce: :beer: :D

06 June 2004, 05:09 AM
I like your sketching style. Nice and clean and the scene has potential. Looking forward to seeing it fully finished.

06 June 2004, 04:58 PM (

Done with "Antie-Biotieka"

06 June 2004, 05:07 PM (

Done with "Antie-Biotieka"

06 June 2004, 06:54 PM (

Here you go, had some trouble with his outstreched hand. I won't be able to work on my stuff this weekend, expect more on monday though. Till then N-Joy whatever you guys are working on.

06 June 2004, 08:34 PM
I like very much!!!:bounce

Your draw is clean and in this resides a lot of power in terms of expression and movement.

Keep with this very nice job!!!:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

this last is my favorite!

my entry (

06 June 2004, 11:02 PM
ilike ur drawings
ilike the robot woman really stylish
good work man
keep going:thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 12:58 AM

I like your drawings a lot. They're pretty solid and have a great artstic sensibility in them. The line of action of your pose is a nice continuous line. It doesn't stop before it gets to the head like a lot of people tend to do (myself included), and the expression on the characters' faces reenforces that line of action making it all strong, alive and appealing.

It would be a SHAME if you have to reduce the sizes of all this appealing characters just so you can fit a big dumb creature/ robot in the same illustration.

please don't do that... Your character work is VERY nice, but it will all be lost, if you place them in a distant / stablishing shot like how you have now.

I suggest you refine your composition. Pick the Machine Flesh characters and make them the main focus of your illustration.

You can still suggest the idea of a confrotation by showing part of the creature/robot facing them. (like for instance, the robot/creature's foot on the foreground, will suggest that something is keeping them from carrying on with their journey), and that should be enough to create a sense of what's going on in the picture.

Also, adding perspective or even simply overlapping planes (having a clear sense of what's in the foreground, middlegroung and background) can make your illustration much more dynamic.

I see potential in this one, that's why I took some time to write all that. Hopefully it will be of some help.

Good luck,

Bruno (

06 June 2004, 11:06 AM
Thanks for the feedback Bruno, I do agree with you on loosing all the detail of my characters by making them small. Originally the whole idea was to make them pretty small, but after my initial concepts scetches I was aching to focus more on them, that's why I drew them bigger. The plan howerver is to keep with the current layout, it would then be easy to adjust the size of the characters acordingly. What I could do in the meanwhile is give a few variations on the layout. Your comments would be greatly appreciated, it already is.:wavey:

06 June 2004, 07:42 PM (

Having a bad day, but still managed to do some machineflesh work, So here's Bobo.

06 June 2004, 10:04 PM
Very nice characters 0-2 ...............:thumbsup: ..........

I wait for the next !!:)

Keep up etc..etc...:D
.......................................:thumbsup: ..............................................

06 June 2004, 10:08 PM (

Here's the line art for my final. Elements not shown herin are shallow water and foilage in the foreground. It felt like forever to just get to this stage, I'm realy looking forward to the actual colouring process, only 11 days to go, hmmm...I think I'll manage. Good luck to everyone who's not done yet, have fun.

06 June 2004, 10:57 PM (

Quickly started placing shadows and highlights on Bobo, I'm not going any further tonight, time for bed.

06 June 2004, 01:37 AM
Your characters...

Just one thing to say: Solid!!!!:buttrock:

06 June 2004, 06:45 AM
This bobo guy is beginning to grow on me...

its good to see your progress

is there stuff comming out of his mouth?

any way keep up the good work, h


06 June 2004, 08:52 AM
Great Job! I can really tell you have a great understanding of structure. These characters are really thought out. Plus the style works, all of them fit in the same world. Keep it up. I want to see more.:beer:

06 June 2004, 08:56 AM
Can you gimme your great style? :eek:
Your image is very very promising, for what i see now, the final will be great ! I can't wait to see it :bounce:

06 June 2004, 09:15 AM
:) As I've said before, great characters and line drawings.....and the composition really works well

But there's no time for bed when we've only got two weeks remaining!!

Looking really good...Good luck with the colour WIPs:applause: :applause:

06 June 2004, 12:03 PM
I love the dynamics of the piece. Your style is simply superb. Can't wait for the final colouring.


06 June 2004, 07:28 PM
:wavey: Thank You all for your comments, I do feel honored to be complimented by great artists like yourselves and I hope that my drawings inspire you as your's have inspired me.:bowdown:
To MadPhoenix. to awnser your question, ther will be a light glowing from within Bobo's open mouth, glad you like Bobo and thanks again, to everybody.

Noenoes to Poekie Paai;)

06 June 2004, 12:23 AM (

Added some colour to Bobo, still needs textures for certain parts as well as colour.

06 June 2004, 12:37 AM
this looks cool , and you gonna put the characters running
in a shallow stream ? cool!

06 June 2004, 12:45 AM
Excellent sketches, beaut colour work, you can do no wrong my friend, Good going. Keep it up.:bounce: :thumbsup: :bowdown: :beer:

06 June 2004, 07:54 AM
:applause: :thumbsup:

O my... Great use of colour... even better than the first colour drawing of bobo ... using the colour like this makes the creature look more alive and 3d

Your slowly growing into a master :bowdown:

Can't wait to see the final

hope its vibrating with as much life as this one



06 June 2004, 11:39 AM (

Did some work during Lunch.

06 June 2004, 11:44 AM
niiiiiice.....great talent you have..keep going

06 June 2004, 11:48 AM
Can't wait to see the final image !! :drool: :drool: :drool:

06 June 2004, 12:07 PM
what speed!
that's the "Deadline effect" :buttrock:

06 June 2004, 12:52 PM
Very cool.

Congrats............i love your style.


06 June 2004, 07:47 PM (

Placed the highlights and shadows on this guy, think I'll do some colouring now.

06 June 2004, 10:38 PM (

Added some colour, having a hard time to get it right.

06 June 2004, 11:31 PM
Yesssssss go on.
Great posture and dynamic!!! Great shadows placement.
So the scene will take place at night ?

06 June 2004, 08:32 AM
awesome drawing...nice coloring

06 June 2004, 09:05 AM

Great drawing nice colouring job.

Keep it up

06 June 2004, 11:14 AM
Thank you very much. :wavey:

06 June 2004, 02:29 PM
Awesome colour work bud, i like it a lot...Post up a full version of the compsition so we can see what it looks like as a whole. Youve done damn well considering when you actually decided to join the comp... i look forward to seeing more from you. :thumbsup: :D :bowdown: :beer: :beer:

06 June 2004, 05:54 PM (

Ok, just for you Sketchfiend. Well it doesn't seem like I'll be able to work on my piece for the next 3 days (Hectic crunch mode session at work). That doesn't mean that I wont try, I guess I just have to go without sleep for a while. Once again I would like to thank everyone for their input and good words, you're the best!

06 June 2004, 06:56 PM
the colouring is comming out super sweet, i love what you did on the creature so far it is looking super fab, keep it up
*ps, dont stress so mutch about work:beer:

06 June 2004, 12:00 AM
very dynamic! This is going to look so sweet when it's finished!!!
:bowdown: im not worthy

06 June 2004, 12:54 AM
Originally posted by 0-2 (

Ok, just for you Sketchfiend. Well it doesn't seem like I'll be able to work on my piece for the next 3 days (Hectic crunch mode session at work). That doesn't mean that I wont try, I guess I just have to go without sleep for a while. Once again I would like to thank everyone for their input and good words, you're the best!

Thanks mate, looks awesome!!!, really nice feeling to it, reminds me of the freeze framed action sequences out of japanese anime. The moment just before the final clash....and then cool action poses from each of the characters....hehehe

Anyway im dribbling again:drool: i tend to do that when i see something i like...and ME LIKEY!!.

Thanks again bud, i hope you find the time to continue, just take things as they come, ive had to work on my stuff during my lunch breaks at work and i found that really useful. Where ever you can fit it might find that youre getting more done than you expect. Goodluck i hope to see more soon.
:thumbsup: :D :beer:

06 June 2004, 07:42 AM
The other contestants need to watch out - I think we have got a winner here !!!:bowdown:

Great stuff from 0-2 ( like always ) Good luck and may all your days have 25 hours in them till you finish :applause:

06 June 2004, 07:40 AM (

I'm back, damn 3 days to go, SOOOO much to do, time to get a bit freaky with the pace and feel the BURN! First of my fourth and final character, the background, I've realised I haven't realy shown how I work so I'll try to show my process with the background (Just for those who need to know, but I'm sure it will be nothing new for you guys). A yes , the background, if this one fails I'm doomed for sure, anyway I usually start things of in black and white, putting in a mid tone first, then adding shadows and finally higlights... more as I progress

06 June 2004, 09:52 AM (

...anyway, so after I,ve placed my high and lowlights, I add little details, and will keep adding details as more of the image gets done.

06 June 2004, 02:06 PM
very nice work! beautiful lights and shadows, very good colours -the diffrent shades of green, dynamic composition. I like bobo a lot! cheers!:wavey: :bounce:

06 June 2004, 02:14 PM
looking great - i'm getting "my neighbor totoro" dvd next week , so once you have finished the competition and got some sleep , you can come watch it !!!!! but first you have to finish !!!!

06 June 2004, 09:37 PM (

Still on the process of how I work. Now that I have all my detail I want in black and white, colour is added by creating a new layer and applying a colour blending mode to the layer, on which colour is painted.

06 June 2004, 10:57 PM (

...which leaves me with this. I also used layers with a hue blending mode applied to it.

06 June 2004, 12:35 AM (

Started with "Antie Biotieka", still have to colour her as well as T-Teddy, then need to add water and effects.

06 June 2004, 02:14 AM (

Finished adding colour to "Antie", that's it for me for today, next up T-Teddy

06 June 2004, 05:37 AM
Looking great mate, keep it going...i hope we'll both make it. Thanks for your help earlier much appreciated.:thumbsup: :D :beer: :wavey:

06 June 2004, 07:21 AM
Wow,Talk about speed...Personally I prefer the lighter background,

This is excelent, the story is getting interesting... keep it coming;) ;)


06 June 2004, 11:53 AM (

Busy applying colour to T-Teddy

06 June 2004, 02:59 PM
:bounce: :applause: This is definetely going to be a tight squeez , but you'll get it done....

good luck... and remeber not to rush things

06 June 2004, 04:35 PM (

still adding colour to T-Teddy...

06 June 2004, 06:11 PM
Glowing Eyes... interesting...

Just one question, in comparison to the other characters, teddy looks a bit fuzzy, is it the resolution or does it look like that on your side?

Good luck anyway, looks like you'll be finished soon at this speed


06 June 2004, 06:57 PM (

Lightened the background a little bit, added a moon glow behind T-Teddy. Busy working on the water.

06 June 2004, 07:13 PM


Dit lyk wonderlik!!!

06 June 2004, 07:22 PM (

Changed the shadow on T-Teddy's face and lightened the surounding trees behind him

06 June 2004, 07:23 PM
ag dankie man...NOENOES!!!:love:

06 June 2004, 07:24 PM
Like I said before , it ooks great

Keep it up

:bounce: :thumbsup: :applause:


06 June 2004, 11:15 PM (

And I'm done! Here's my final coloring.

06 June 2004, 11:37 PM (

And here's my final,FINAL!! With 23 minutes to spare! HA HA HAAAAA!!!

06 June 2004, 12:48 AM
I really love the colours tones and lighting in this piece, very effective - The postures have such emotion in them.

Great viewing your thread, and the very best of luck :)

06 June 2004, 09:49 AM
I agree with MicroVisuals! Your lighting and mood of the image is realy great! Good work!

06 June 2004, 10:12 AM
looking excelent !! glad you finished - with time to spare !!

06 June 2004, 04:20 PM
I really appreciate your picture. It has a great dynamic movement.

Waiting the full size to see more details.


07 July 2004, 02:57 PM
I agree with the above comments...Your image has beautiful lighting, and color...and you have a great sense of movement! Good job! Enjoy the rest of the competition and good luck~:D

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