Master and Servant 2D Entry: Matt Dixon

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  03 March 2005
Thanks for the comments ( and the nice welcome ).

This is still early stuff, and while the ideas in my head are starting to take shape now, I expect the image will change a great deal before the final. Still lots of ideas to play with - I don't like the symmetrical arrangement of this one, and I'd like a more dynamic viewpoint.
  03 March 2005
Whistle While You Work With Toxic Waste

Cool concept of marching across a toxic planet every morning just to be eaten by work in the city. Or perhaps here work comes for the workers.

Hmmm. Sort of like prison labor.


I've changed my mind. Creepy concept. And well worth exploring.
  03 March 2005
Very interesting indeed. I look forward to watching this one.

  03 March 2005
Thanks, Rancher and Paul.

Perhaps I should explain the concept a bit. The Master here is 'The Machine' - a giant robot carrying a city of factories and office blocks on it's back. The Servant is,, as represented by the tiny figure in the foreground. The whole thing is based on the premise that we're born to be slaves of 'The Machine', all of us cogs and wheels spinning round and round, driving the motors of industry, powering corporate and political ambitions with our very existence. I was trying to avoid cliche, but the Servant figure will probably be a child, partly to push the scale of the piece, but also to represent ourselves in that time of innocence before we become adults and take our place inside 'The Machine'.

All sounds a bit pretentious, doesn't it? Hehe - perhaps I'll be able to explain it better once I've thrashed out the visual aspect further. Though, to be honest, I'm generally uncomfortable discussing the ideas behind my paintings - I'd much rather the viewer drew their own conclusions from the image. Hopefully, this one will give you something to think about...

Don't worry though, my main motivation is to try and do something that looks 'cool'.
  03 March 2005
that´s a great concept! i can't wait to see the steam swelling out that beast.

  03 March 2005
Concept Sketch: Scribble 02

This feels better. It's a more interesting composition, and gives a better sense of scale. The 'servant' is still too small to hold any worthwhile details though, so I might have to push the angle still further.
  03 March 2005
I love it, Matt!!

The Big fella is lovely and chunky and the scale is pushed even further. And the little kid looks great tipping his head back to take in the view. And i'm not sure how important 'the details' would be. The 'suggestion' of the child may be enough..?

  03 March 2005
Excellent composition. I love the idea!.
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  03 March 2005
Thanks, chaps.

Jonny - I agree, but there's an important detail that I want to show on the servant, that would need him to be just a little bit bigger, I think. Ooh, mysterious!
  03 March 2005
oooOOooh... i'm intrigued...

  03 March 2005
Wow it's already looking great! The problem I see with this point of view is it's going to be difficult to show the emotions of the little guy making the master-servant relation difficult to read if we don't know the story behind it. But still this is awesome!
  03 March 2005
What its like day two and you already have this nifty layout. What are you going to do with the sky?

  03 March 2005
Jonny - Hehe.

Codexus - Fair point. I'm going to try a top-down viewpoint before I make a final decision, but I'm happy to have the child's face obscured - it eludes to the poor little chap's impending de-humanization by the adult existence contained with 'The Machine', see? I think enough emotion will be communicated in his stance, and some other little touches I'm toying with.

Dan - Not entirely sure yet. It's a bit of a dead area in this layout, so I'll see how I can fix that in future sketches. There will be some subtle background elements to be seen, but other than that it'll just be a blanket of smog and noxious fumes from 'The Machine', with a few patches of sunlight poking through.
  03 March 2005
Very cool! I really love the scale and the style. The concept is very creative.
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