View Full Version : CgTalk Daily Sketch 393 REDESIGN THIS: “Metropolis”(Classics of SCIFI)

07 July 2005, 01:25 PM
This week we will go into the movie biz.
Imagine you have been contracted to work on REMAKES of a classic SCIFI TV show or movie.


"Metropolis is a science fiction film ( produced in Germany set in a futuristic urban dystopia ( Released in 1927 (, it is a black and white silent film ( directed by Austrian ( Fritz Lang ( and was the most expensive silent film of that time, costing 7 million Mark (equivalent to around $200 million today) [1] ( screenplay was written in 1924 by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou ( and novelized in 1926 by von Harbou."

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07 July 2005, 04:54 PM
1hr. 45 min., Photoshop/Wacom

07 July 2005, 05:46 PM
Little more than an hour in Photoshop. Checked out some posters for the movie for ref. Really wanted to use the energy rings around the robot thing.

I like the rivet plate look in your image amadeus.

07 July 2005, 07:49 PM
Photoshop 30 min

Anatomy sucks :( I haven't drawn for a while so I'm a newbie again. *sighs*

07 July 2005, 08:16 PM
Yo Roberto, the description post still says "bladerunner"

Great entries everyone. I might jump in if I get the time.

07 July 2005, 08:16 PM
about 2h, wacom, painter & ps

not very creative today, so i decided to do the movie poster...

cool sketches guys...:thumbsup: i like your version of the inventor, Amadeus001!
i didn't know that metropolis was a german production, thank you very much Roberto for the interresting link...:)

best wishes

07 July 2005, 09:12 PM
Hey everyone, last time I was here was about sketch 121. This is my first painting since then.... I know that is an awful thought. Well, hope I can keep up and join in once and a while.
OpenCanvas 1.1
If it wasn't obvious, I have no Idea of what metropolis is.

07 July 2005, 10:21 PM
OC/Wacom/45 Minutes

I kinda skrewed up this one. Another day another sketch eh :shrug:

Nice to see you back meta_Nerd!

07 July 2005, 11:57 PM
didnt see the movie...only the anime from Osamu Tezuka ..

anyway heres my sketch...never done anything in this style before and i have to admit that i dont like the colors very much but somehow it was fun doodling this :D

mouse + ps | 1.5h

07 July 2005, 01:04 AM
2B pencil and then photoshop colouring, 2 hours

07 July 2005, 02:57 AM
this is my 2nd submission to the DSG. never saw metropolis either, but i'm drawn to the concept of the tower of babel. i'm not very happy with the lady, or the tower for that matter. but i like her hair. lol
done in flash mx and photoshop.. took about 2 hours. :|

07 July 2005, 03:36 AM
More inspired by Metropolis, than a redesign. 45 mins, ArtRage.

07 July 2005, 07:39 AM
csgirl: great sketch, lovely girl.
hologlyphic: Keep 'm coming, you're right, hair looks good!
Lord Dowswell: Nice sketch, the old fashion pencil rock.
Vahn: Man! This is like an art piece. Awesome!
Supervlieg: Busy, busy, looking good tho!
meta_Nerd: I'll guess you win this one! just great!
SalamanderCoral: I just love your style!
DreamMaster: Nice one. Keep sketchn'!
Novacaine: Good sketch! Tastfully posed.
Amadeus001: Looking awesome! Great sketch. Good colors!

Very nice entries guys n gals..

07 July 2005, 08:02 AM
30 minutes in ArtRage. I really like that this program has the option for larger canvases now (although I certainly didn't use that here) and generally find it fun to use. I was rather baffled at my inability to get darker but not the darkest colors out of the pencil tool, though.

I like to think the parallels between this and the dancin' entrancin' scenes in the movie are noticeable, but they probably aren't.

Fun robots, meta_Nerd. Impressive mouse lovin', Vahn.
csgirl, stuff like that makes me want to keep practicing at ArtRage instead of staying in my comfort area. Curse and bless you.

07 July 2005, 08:11 AM
sketch metropolis, 3 hours, wacon, paint, photoshop.

07 July 2005, 08:25 AM
First time sketch ever, just wanted to mess a bit and loved the Metropolis theme.
I'm not even sure that one can understand that the dark thing on the bottom is oily water submerging the old metropolis...
I wanted to try to put boats on it but I'm out of time.

took me 3 hours with sketchbook, photoshop and a wacom.

awesome work everybody on top...
meta_nerd... woah!

07 July 2005, 08:29 AM
sorry for the double post....

07 July 2005, 03:53 PM
Created in about 15 minutes last night in Photoshop. Shouldn't have tried to do a cityscape when I only had 15 minutes, because it shows that it was made in 15 minutes :eek: I just tried to establish a few different shapes and some values. The perspective is really sloppy, I should be ashamed of myself. :D

The Vux
07 July 2005, 04:08 PM
haven't seen this movie either (surprise surprise:rolleyes:) and my wacom was... not here so I decided to try out some scrapes but that was a total disaster so I drew one of the logos that I saw and used as a ref pic.

the second picture was the final work but I liked the simple yellow and black pic so much that I decided to post both of them

took me about 30min with mouse

the result after playing around a little bit

07 July 2005, 04:15 PM
csgirl, stuff like that makes me want to keep practicing at ArtRage instead of staying in my comfort area. Curse and bless you.

Aw, shucks. I'm in the same boat as you, though. I've never really spent much time playing in ArtRage (or OpenCanvas), but since I joined the DSF, i thought, hey, what they hey. You're doing it quick and rough anyways, you may as well do it in a program I need to learn. And after seeing Aleksi Briclot's Qin - Mai Lin-chi (, I realized you really could do some awesome stuff with ArtRage.

Slybones: Hey, it still looks great, ESPECIALLY since you only took 15 minutes.
hologlyphic: great start! keep at it!
Supervlieg: love your style. Very nice.
SalamanderCoral: The poster looks great

07 July 2005, 01:57 PM
ZOUNDS!! Another thread full of amazing work! Y'all never fail to stun and amaze me with your fantastic work!

Amadeus001, Novacaine, DreamMaster, SalamanderCoral, Supervlieg, meta_Nerd, LordDowswell, csgirl - all of these are "Sketch of the Week" material - FANTASTIC!!

ilpoldo - welcome aboard! Awesome first sketch! That's a good style you have going there. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work.

07 July 2005, 06:39 AM
And after seeing Aleksi Briclot's Qin - Mai Lin-chi (, I realized you really could do some awesome stuff with ArtRage.

He did that with ArtRage :eek: ?
ArtRage is fun, I really love it.

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