06 June 2004, 02:33 PM
Celebrate and rejoice as yet another CG babe joins your midst.
(Babe as in infant. NOT babe as in "attractive" female)
Speaking of babes (the second variety), I was looking through the challenge forums and found many a mention of the large number exposed female chests in the entries. Perhaps then, it is particularly appropriate (or inappropriate) that I have chosen to mechanise exactly that part of the anatomy. So, I present to you the mechanical mammary.
As I was searching for a concept to meld machine and flesh, I realised that most of my ideas involved a mechanisation of the limbs or sense organs. Wanting to get away from those obvious answers as far as possible, I looked elsewhere and invariably settled my attention on the female breast. (that might not have come out exactly as I intended ...)
If you look beyond the surface, the mammary glands are possibly one of the most specialised and functional parts of animal physiology. So, I have to figure out why anyone would want a mechanical mammary. The obvious answer is that it might be needed to produce something other than human milk. Why? Perhaps because the child being nursed is not quite human. What exactly this not-quite-human child is I still need to decide on.
Meanwhile I have decided on a visual style for the image. The history of art is replete with many images of the mother suckling her child. Many of these take on the religious symbolism of Madonna with a child in more recent works. Older works use other mythological symbols, and even more abstract concepts such as charity. All of these works have a common visual presence and certain archetypal poses and compositions that I would like to emulate. So here are some very rough concept sketches all based on older paintings of a similar nature. My final work will be totally original in its content, but these studies help to quantify the composition and visual style that I wish to further in my image.
Comments and critiques are welcome as always.
06 June 2004, 03:04 PM
Some more sketches.
01 January 2006, 10:00 AM
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