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06 June 2004, 11:47 AM
Today's topic:

"Our Robot Overlords" inspired by Hypercube

Posted FRIDAY June 4TH 2004: 10:00 US EST

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06 June 2004, 01:32 PM
thanks Roberto for posting this one a few hours earlier, this way I had a change to participate without rushing!

This is 1H work, PS.

it's a bit messy.. But I got a little tired of it so this will be it.

06 June 2004, 02:20 PM
30 mins

Decided to finally try the paints out.

06 June 2004, 03:05 PM
heres mine: good old pencil and paper-about 30mins,no time for colour
sorry the quality aint that good,i have trouble with digital cameras.
nice one Garma i like the colours

06 June 2004, 03:20 PM
Hehee Clanger I like yours... I doubt it's supposed to, but the robot makes me laugh : ).

Here's mine. About 1:30 total. Done in PS, with a few scribbles for ideas done on paper.

A monument in remembrance of a past reign of robots over humans...

06 June 2004, 03:24 PM

06 June 2004, 03:40 PM
Andyman, I got chills looking at yours.

Reminds me of Shelley's poem "Ozymandius". A statue in the desert is inscribed with the words, "My name is Ozymandius, King of Kings, Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!", but his entire empire is in ruins and the statue itself is broken.

06 June 2004, 04:03 PM
great ideas guys!! It a bit late for me to start drawing so it will have to wait till tomorrow. *excited*


Clanger, really like your work dude. nice blur effect, don't see much of that in digital painting I think. :thumbsup:

Garma, great peice although it is a little messy. nice mood to it.

Andyman, I think there's lot more to this image. makes me think. :buttrock:

Rio Yeti
06 June 2004, 04:47 PM
Too bad I didn't have time to do the last two threads (evil twin would have been nice).
Anyway, here is a quick photoshop/mouse/20min sketch

06 June 2004, 05:02 PM

30 Mins Painter8

06 June 2004, 05:12 PM
thanks guys, really appreciate your comments :thumbsup:

I realised it was messy but now that I see it on another computer I also see it is way to light, so I darkened it somewhat, it looks better now. still messy but the background isn't interfering so much anymore.

06 June 2004, 05:13 PM
J-Grieve thats one's really funny!

06 June 2004, 05:55 PM
Thanks Supervlieg :)

been mucking about with oils and a little too much blender..

'Maybe we can get along...'

20mins painter8

06 June 2004, 06:00 PM
Hi, here is another sketch of mine, since most of you are pros here, I would appriciate if you gave me suggestions on what I should improve on etc...

15 min

One question to whom it may concern, I'm thinkin of getting a wacom tablet, is it worth buying one, especially if you sketch once in a while as I.

06 June 2004, 06:18 PM
Andyman, that rocks!

06 June 2004, 07:41 PM
This is great Andyman :thumbsup:

Here is mine:

~1.30 hours with Painter.

Edit: I've just realised the robot doesn't has a right arm :D

06 June 2004, 08:27 PM
Blargh, making things look like they're on a television screen is hard. This isn't a political statement, though I guess some might see it as such. Mostly I think robots in suits are extra creepy.

1:30 in photoshop w/ WACOM tablet... sucka!

EDIT - Well, I took yer advice Goro and tried to bump up the intensity of the lighting. I actually have to go, so I didn't have a whole lot of time to work on the picture. I have to admit you hit the nail on the head - if there's one thing I would pick out of my work that I really want to improve, it's my sense of lighting. I tend to make everything washed out and flat color wise because I don't want to commit to light and its effects. Thanks for the pointers!

06 June 2004, 08:30 PM
Painter Classic - 2h

06 June 2004, 09:39 PM
Good work so far guys.

Question: Does this sketch thread end tomorrow at 10, or is THIS the weekend sketch? And if it is the weekend sketch, Im assuming the deadline is Monday at 10, correct?

06 June 2004, 09:47 PM
yeah good question zzacmann...

as stupid as this sounds, i dont exactly know what a "robot overlord" is... i just thought of someone w/ power...

so here be robo-hef. he has the most power over the bunnies! ;D

PS - 1.5hr

06 June 2004, 10:03 PM
Thank you tons, guys : ).

Nice perspective, jeroentje.

06 June 2004, 10:24 PM
1min pencil sketch, had a different idea while doing this one, I'll post that later hopefully.

Clanger - like the crowd, ambiguous if its a cheering or protesting mob :)
Andyman - interesting colours there, like the fist as well
J_Grieve - hehe made me laugh
PaemrI - I like the idea, perhaps a different view inside looking out or something would be cool. Tablet wise I'd say get one if you can aford it, might take a while to get used to it but you have this forum for lots of practice ;)
jeroentje - really nice, like the sense of scale when you see the little guy


06 June 2004, 10:53 PM
Some crits and feedback

Try to add more detail in the face area.
You should darken the face more and you could work
with shadows and highlights a bit more.

I think your sketch would look much better without the blur.
The colors are good! and the robot looks nice too.
keep it up!

Good start. Try to focus more on the proportions and

Nice! You should work on the girl a bit more imo
looks a bit stiff. But anyways nice mood.

Rio Yeti:
Cute little sketch. Like the Idea

Hahaha that's a good one!

The sketch is nice so far. I would suggest to choose more
dynamic perspectives and poses. It's not easy I know. Have
also trouble in doing that but it will make your image much more
interesting. And think about every stroke you draw. It's really
important if you draw complex poses.

interesting sketch. The highlight of the left arm of your robot is
exelent. nice one!

Try to think about where the light comes from. The television
is your only light source in your image. You could use more saturated
colors for the TV screen and more darker cold colors for the
rest of your scene. Then you should add bright highlights at the edges of the
fist and the can etc.
You chose a really difficult lighting.

Nice as usual Jerontje! Love the hard brush strokes!

Is he a robot?
He seems really satisfied!

Love your sketch. waiting for more!

Here is mine for today!
About 3hours Photoshop

06 June 2004, 10:56 PM
awesome goro:applause: :buttrock: :applause:

06 June 2004, 11:43 PM
Ball Point Pen / 25 min

There are some nice ones today. I love this sketch group. Just what I need to keep the creative juices flowing.
Mmmmmmmm......... lunch?

06 June 2004, 12:19 AM

i have a dexxa tablet now.. used and not presure sensitive.. but it will do for now..

around 7-8min, photoshop...

goro, i love the expression on ur bots face lol.. its like "look at the pretty ants..."

06 June 2004, 12:20 AM
not sure where the pan and hat came from, maybe I'm hungrey :drool: Paper, pencel, paint shop pro 4 (to scan and clean up) about 20 min ( mostly spent on the lady).

06 June 2004, 12:32 AM

I spent way too much time on this one. About..erm..4 hours. And then I gotta downsize it to 640 -_- :D

Anyway, here it goes. Don't ask me why they need oarsmen on that spaceship :P

Nice sense of scale goro. Good job - I don't like it as much as your other pics though. It looks a little flat.

06 June 2004, 12:36 AM
stephan that's really impressive!!
I still have to learn a lot from you!

06 June 2004, 12:43 AM
Thanks, and look! There's even a girl in there :D

06 June 2004, 12:46 AM
Some really nice sketches here :)

Here's my meager contribution. I kinda got carried away as you can see heh...The scanner kinda made it a bit brighter, the original is much darker and it has much more detail.

Done in 20 min with pencil on brown recycled paper.

06 June 2004, 12:49 AM
lol sula thats exactly the same concept i came up with, :beer:

06 June 2004, 12:50 AM
CRAP!!!.... red the topic wrong

i thought it said Robot OverLoads! GRRR!!!
i got like 45 mins into it, and checked the forum 2 see if anyone was taking my exploding robot idea, re read the topic slower then start hitting desk and bouncing in my comp chair like a angry baby that didnt get the food it wanted

well this is what i have done and probly goin 2 stop it now !! :cry: :cry:

mybe about an hour wacom+photoshop
would have got it in around 1 pm but had major host problems

06 June 2004, 01:00 AM
FANTASTIC!! so many great ideas !

goro, mate you the man, seriously !

iamintricate, great idea! the chicks bit ugly though ;) Oh and I also don't really know what overlord means...:shrug:

mustard, that's beautiful mate, I haven't used ball point in a while, good job!!

stephan, awsome and sick lighting

jeroentje, nice perspective and supa red and blue lighting..

PS just a bit over an hour...This one was really hard coz I haven't drawn a robot in......well since I was very little. And I just painted this time which I am crap at...heheh It looks more like an alien though...

06 June 2004, 01:15 AM
*Yawn*.. after spending all day and night yesterday no kidding form 9am thursday to 11 am Friday at school finishing all my art projects for my finals I didnt think I would want to draw again, but Id hate to miss one now,
Its just a 5 minute sketch, I didnt even bother to earse mistakes this time cause I am very tired, goodnight.
5 minutes, pencil paper Robot overloads.

First I post then I look at peoples work.

Andyman- scary! I like the mood.

J-Grieve- that is funny

Goro- you never cease to impress me. i love all your stuff.

StephanS.-This one is my favorite, I really like it.... lol, I have no idea either why they would need oarsmen on a spaceship, but I guess they can never be to cautious.

Fine 2257- :) As you can see from my sketch I read it wrong too so you are not alone, I could fix it, but I refuse to pick up a pencil for at least the whole weekend :surprised

06 June 2004, 01:27 AM
haha, alteast i wasnt the only one =D

when i read it this morning i was so possitive it said overload :thumbsup: good times

06 June 2004, 01:36 AM
I hate to keep bringing this up, but does anyone know whether this is the weekend sketch or not? I can loose half a nights sleep working on this tonight or if the deadline isn't until Monday, I can spend all day tomorrow working on it and get a full nights sleep tonight.

Come on people. Work with me here. As one sleep deprived artist to another.

06 June 2004, 01:57 AM
Ah hell, I decided to throw the hat in the ring.
Verions 2
PSP 3 hours

And relax guys, my entry is NOT in competition.

PS There will be entries this weekend. Sorry for the lack of sleep.

06 June 2004, 05:12 AM
Okay, Im starting to get a little burned out here. I dont have to the time or the energy to color and complete this piece so Ill just post the sketch itself. Hey, this IS a sketch forum. I didn't imagine I'd be spending hours upon hours working on these "sketches" when I was so gun-ho about it last week. Honestly, the work here is getting more and more like the kind of stuff you'd see in the Finished 2D Gallery and less and less like sketches. Im not complaining. The work here so far has been fantastic and I hope you guys keep it up. But I can't keep putting the time (hours and hours) into these things like I have. Sorry for the rant. Heres my sketch.

I was going for a giant robot head that is hooked up to an automated factory that rips out human's brains. The robot grows stronger with the more brains it has, so the machines around it are dropping the human brains into its head. 1 hour.

06 June 2004, 05:31 AM
Great to see new faces here. Here's mine, then to bed!

WARNING: DO NOT, under any circumstances, make fun of your robot overlord. He has:
1. No sense of humor, and
2. Death rays that shoot from his eyes.
You have been warned.

About 3 hrs in photoshop

06 June 2004, 05:38 AM
Awsome work guys, as usual! I especially liked Goro, stephan.s and bumskee

Goro and Kieronh, thank you for taking your time mates, I will take your advice and hopefully make some improvements for the next time.

06 June 2004, 05:54 AM

why must they supress us just because they are our overlords? Cant they set us up on dates instead?

06 June 2004, 06:53 AM
i'm reading The Long Ships at the moment so had the same idea as StephanS (great work BTW)...anyway something similar...

Robots Rule!!

painter / 1hr30

Agent D
06 June 2004, 07:21 AM
In the year 2082, an advanced robotic killing machine was sent back in time by Skynet to infiltrate the governments of the early 21st century... upon successful election, the Terminader shed it's artificial skin, activated the Skynet program, and declared itself Supreme Overlord of Earth. The battle was short, and humanity was destroyed...

Yeah... anyway, about 3 hours in Painter 8. :p

06 June 2004, 07:40 AM
PS 30min

06 June 2004, 09:46 AM

Damn, just had no time to spend on this one :hmm: 2min sketch, 30mins Photoshop/Wacom. Had a 3rd one in the works maybe I'll post that with some feedback later today. Nice work from everyone.


06 June 2004, 11:50 AM
Here's mine...

3 hours in Photosho & Wacom

It's titled "Palanquin II"

(now that I've finished, I'm gonna see the another entries)


06 June 2004, 12:58 PM


Telemaco: Great style, lovely lines.

Goro: Great as ever!

Andyman: Marvellous atmosphere.

Augustus: Nice job, love the shading.

stephan.s: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

With this one I sign of for the holidays, see y'all in about three weeks! Cant wait to see what's going on when I return!

06 June 2004, 01:53 PM
cool work

06 June 2004, 02:02 PM

Real quickie, 15 min. Painter 8.1

06 June 2004, 02:19 PM
great drawings everyone, really enjoy looking at them, here's mine, it's the idea that counts :p

done with a mouse (really missed my wacom), 20 min, photoshop

06 June 2004, 03:08 PM
Some fantastic entries! I especially like Telemaco's.

Here's my scribble

Photoshop, wacom, 20 mins

06 June 2004, 03:43 PM
cute one telemaco! i like your style

06 June 2004, 03:46 PM
Looks like we started serious and ended funny.

PaemerI -- I like your picture and it's a cool concept. If you zoomed in more I'd like to see if the human was trying to escape or jumping for the food his robot overlord was giving him.

Clanger -- LOVE the lighting on the crowd. The blur on the robot makes me reach for my eyeglasses, though.

Flatuoso -- When I drive by houses at night, there's a bright blue glow in every window that has a tv on. A nice light blue hilight might be just what you're looking for.

bumskee -- "Step forward and be judged". Don't know if you intended it, but it looks like a trial. Nice.

buzzz3d -- I like pic as well as the new avatar. HA HA cracked me up, and I love the "be just as afraid of little robots" idea that you and AJ keyed into.

Supervlieg -- Humans are mere playthings of the bots. I like the bot in the right background frying humans with laser vision like a kid burns ants with a magnifier.

Archeophant -- You think like a writer. Sounds like a riff on Anne Frank's Diary. Awesome.

Telemaco -- It's good to know that robots only want to oppress other robots. Very nice.

BTW, I was stumped when I first read the topic and thought of doing a "My robot's overboard!" piece. Maybe someday. :shrug:

06 June 2004, 04:04 PM
Very Nice entries here.

AJ_23: Very Funny. I love it!
Supervlieg: Liked your composition and framing of the scene

Telemaco: liked the your drawing style, very distinct.

Ilikesoup: Hilarious. Loved the Captions.

Great work everyone who posted. Hopefully I can post one up for the next topic . I need more time...sigh.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

06 June 2004, 04:41 PM
Garma: Like the colors.
Clanger: Cool idea and setting. Background may be a little too blurry.
matty_UK: Good design although I missing the link with humans
Andyman:Yeah, that it. Good colors. Personally I would have made the hand a little higher because now it is in line eith the edge the person is sitting on.
Cyro: Like the tentacles
Rio Yeti: That's funny.
J_Grieve: Great idea (dog) and big robot!
PaemrI: Very good sketch. About the wacom, if you intend to do painting I would say yes, it's worth it, but for sketching i still prefer pencils.
augustus: great mood. Scary.
Flatuloso: Good work
jeroentje: Love the contrast
iamintricate: Thats bunny, I mean funny :)
Kieronh: Sketch looks promising
Goro: You're always great with poses
MustardWash: Cool design. I like the robot.
made in uterus from oink zoink: Good idea
LeifThoreson: Doesn't show for me, sorry
stephan: Looks very professional
sula_nebouxi: Funny
Fire2257: It's even funnier now
bumskee: Wow, my fav for today
sagi_13: Funny
RobertoOrtiz: Woo, cool robot.
zzacmann: Good sketch.
Ilikesoup: Ah, that's funny. Great colors.
Archeophant: You have good skills.
drawMonger: Cool. Good idea too.
Agent D: LOL. Sounds familiar, very well executed.
JDex: He looks mean
Kieronh: Nice textures on this one
Telemaco: Love it, love the lines, love the design. Excellent.
Supervlieg: Good work
neednoname: Original.
AJ_23: LOL, like your work.

Good work everybody!

06 June 2004, 05:36 PM
Telemaco, Supervileg, AJ-23: Nice job

Buzzz3d: Very cute and annoying

jeroentje: I like your shading.

Goro: Yeah, robots :thumbsup:

stephan.s: :eek: :applause: :applause:

Good work eveyone :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 06:18 PM
alright here is my entry with the correct topic =D, it was about 2 hours for me... mostly erasing and figuring out what i should do.... drew the torso then was like "now what?"

hope u like it wacom + photoshop

06 June 2004, 10:56 PM
Originally posted by Fire2257
drew the torso then was like "now what?"

heh... I was in the exact same situation 1 hour ago. I had a head and had no clue how to continue.. I changed my concept :surprised

06 June 2004, 01:53 AM
Originally posted by J_Grieve

30 Mins Painter8

You're really funny J_GRIEVE. nice painting:thumbsup:

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