Monday, April 24, 2006

Illustration Friday - Robot

Watercolor and colored pencil and a little color help from Photoshop.

Hello to everyone who is still there with me. Thanks for hangin in there. I picked up some kind of nasty bug and was in bed for almost a week. And then had to play catch up. Hope everyone had a great Easter. Or just a little rest.

30 comments:

Amy Zaleski said...

RobotCat!! I'll take one! Especially if it's a good mouser!

Katili said...

Nice to hear you're better, nasty things are out there. This robot cat is a mean one. Love the colouring and the big shadow on the wall. There might be some problems with those tiny wheels, if going to the litter box ;-))) Oh, and thanks for the helmet joke, made me almost fall off my chair.

Michael O'Connell said...

katili & amy thanks for the kind words… and kaltili, glad i got you laughing… i hadn't thought about the wheels… i'm not really a cat person… hence the shadowy figure… it just seemed like the illustration that needeed to be done…

Hotwire said...

great colors and funny theme!

tiffinix said...

Oh wow I am in love with your coloring and the dog shadow on the wall. I really love the green eyes as well - just a great illio!

HARDWAX said...

The detail and color in this piece is so fine, your catbot and mousebot I think are in for some very bad shawdowbot moments, but they seem oblious. Great stuff!

Geninne said...

WOW, amazing illo, love the scratchy feel to it, cool texture! The cat is awesome and I just loved the colors! I'm glad you posted on my blog...thanks! I wouldn't have found your blog if not...you do great stuff, I'll be visiting often :-)

Oh, and that shadow just cracked me up! Good one...

Geninne said...

Oh I forgot to ask two things:

What medium do U use for your illos? are they digital or traditional?

and

What's MOCANDO?

:-) Just curious.

ValGalArt said...

i caught that groaty bug too! Glad you are better! This is fantastic, can't say enough great things about it, great colour, the shadow is totally cool, great idea! superb!!!

Alina Chau said...

I can use one of those!! ROBOTIC cat!! COOOOL!

carla said...

Your robo-kitty is wonderful! I love that it has the same posture as a rela cat, but the robotic details are perfect. the claws are espeically cool! I also really like the background treament...scratchy and colorful with that huge scary shadow! Your work is really quite fine, Michael:> I'm glad you're feeling better!

Dee said...

I like the layering of the three characters. I like the cat, but the mouse grabs at my heart. The sketchy cross-hatch is a great texture.

Lydia said...

cool!

madretz said...

Awesome drawing!!

Poor robot mouse, tho...
oh wait...
poor robot kitty...

should I feel sorry for the robot dog, too?

Twisselman said...

Wonderful style. I really like the cross-hatch texture. That shadow is so ominous... Yes, makes you feel sorry for the two 'bots who are about to be caught unawares. Way cool.

neilornstein said...

I love the texture of this one.

Linda said...

Love your Robot cat. His posture, big green eyes. Looks like the hunter will become the hunted, woof!

Bron Smith said...

Very clever idea, Michael. The drawing is very solid, and I especially like the textures.

2danimator said...

cool technique and colors.

Roz Foster said...

I'm playing that sick as a dog tune THIS week, my friend. Ugh.

But this illustration is cheering me! The texture and feel of this is gorgeous--it's got that sooty, grungy, high-tech post-apocalyptic sense to it. Beautiful work, Michael.

Michael O'Connell said...

Thank you all for the kinds words and the well wishes for my health. I extend the same back to all of you. The world does seem to be a much smaller place these days. So, Valerie and Roz, I hope you both get to feeling better real soon.

And Genine, the drawing is mostly tradiitional. I started with a pencil sketch on vellum, then added watercolors. And to finish off that part of the process, I used colored pencils. Then on to my nasty scanner. It makes quite the digital mess out of everything. Once in Photoshop, I can't help tweaking the colors a bit. The scanner changes them anyway. And there you have it.

TXArtcGal said...

This is awesome! LOVE the colors you used...and, the details are perfect!! The sketchy hatch effect is fantastic as well!! Hmmm...I wonder what would happen if my kitty came into contact with this cute little guy! LOL!

TXArtcGal said...

....oops...wanted to add! I hope you are feeling better now!!

stp-illustrations said...

Very cool! It´s great!

Suzan said...

LOVE your robot cat! Very nicely done.

steve said...

Wow--this is way cool. The shadow and wall texture really enhance the illustration here. Nice work.

Rob said...

Love the shadow - The raw savagery of nature compared to the frivolity of the machines.....

AscenderRisesAbove said...

Funny; I did not see the dog shadow until the last minute. also I like your header image above... hmmmm a header without a head....

frank h said...

I didn't see that!

EXCELLENT!!!

what a wonderful illo, Michael - 100% achieved

The Tart said...

Wickedly bad robo kit!

Smooch,
The Tart

Pssssssst. Glad UR better. Chicken soup heals all!