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    HardCore Non-planar User steamthunk's Avatar
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    Arrow Steampunk

    Been drawn back to yet another attempt at comics lately. Here is a character concept I've been working on for one of the heroes of a steampunk universe I've been developing. A wealthy Industrialist who is missing a hand from an industrial accident. Nearly finished with this one.

    TabletPC and Alias Sketchbook; Poser for the (umm) pose because foreshortening is a pain.
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    Look Great! and by the way I am very biassed as Steampunk is one of my favorite genres. I've been think about doing a something with the haltone shader.

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    Yeah! Well done. I definitely enjoy the bold outlines. I think my only crit would be that the buckle on the strap across his chest seems a little to straight-on, like it doesn't match the perspective of his chest there. Maybe it's just me though.

    I can't wait to see the rest of your heroes.

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    rak: yeah Steampunk rocks, but its an intricate aesthetic that requires added research for sure. I assume you've checked out steampunkmagazine.com.

    bass: Yes I agree on the buckle bit. I'll rework that when I finish inking the piece. Can't believe I missed that.

    I've got a few more pieces I'm working on that I'll keep posting. I want to do some of these characters again in LW, but I'll probably only use them as starting points for inking. Maybe coloring too. Seems very difficult to capture an organic style that doesn't look too 3D.

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    steamthunk,

    I totally agree about the research. It's not easy to get the aesthetics right if you don't have a good reference point. I have file folders nested in file folders of image searches I have done on the internet. Right now I am burning up a lot of shoe leather taking pictures of Victorian and edwardian homes in San Francisco. I think I have spent more time researching than drawing though

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    Yeah teh steam punk look is such a great look. I need to go look at some samples and try a few things out. I love the whole Jules Verne, HG Wells retro era thing.

    Nice character steamthunk
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    I LOVE this image. Great work there. Steampunk rules.

    The only thing I think I would add, is a steam compression chamber, backpack style to really give it that Steampunk feeling of overbearing hugeness when it comes to the tech. I mean, how else is that hand going to be powered, right?

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    Jake von Slatt has news letter and a very cool website

    http://steampunkworkshop.com/

    I also have some other links if people are interested, but I have to dig them up, and they are not quite as steampunk specific.

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    OoooooKkkkkkkkk, this is becoming a really good resource thread for Steampunk reference.

    rakker16mm, that was an awesome link.
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    I was wondering if we should we start another thread for Steampunk links and all things related because I really don't like highjaking any ones thread. Any way I think I have a bunch of links some where on one of my hard drives. if not I am sure I can still find most of the websites again.

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    Yeah, more links please

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    Quote Originally Posted by rakker16mm
    I was wondering if we should we start another thread for Steampunk links and all things related because I really don't like highjaking any ones thread. Any way I think I have a bunch of links some where on one of my hard drives. if not I am sure I can still find most of the websites again.
    You didn't hijack it, your contribution was totally on topic. You injected it with more inspiration.

    I'll maybe move it to another thread though. I think it will definitely be a good one to add links to. Your ideas are good and considerate.
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    Man that website rules... I love the computer remade all Victorian style.

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    Cool stuff there. I love steampunk and your sketches are...just waiting to be modeled.

    My current side project is actually a cheapo electric guitar I bought at a pawn shop; I'm converting it to steampunk, or at the least some sort of retro-punk. Exposed pickups, wingnut knobs, etc. Looks pretty cool so far. I'm wondering if I should remove the pickguard and fill the recess with mechanical parts (and a built-in effects pedal).

    Cool stuff, steamthunk!
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    Quote Originally Posted by inigo07
    Cool stuff there. I love steampunk and your sketches are...just waiting to be modeled.

    My current side project is actually a cheapo electric guitar I bought at a pawn shop; I'm converting it to steampunk, or at the least some sort of retro-punk. Exposed pickups, wingnut knobs, etc. Looks pretty cool so far. I'm wondering if I should remove the pickguard and fill the recess with mechanical parts (and a built-in effects pedal).

    Cool stuff, steamthunk!
    You might also use the original pickgard as a template and cut out some coper sheet and do some deep etching and plating. Jake Von Slaat has a great section on etching and plating on his Steampunk Workshop.

    On the other hand if you go to an electronics store, even Fry's you can buy the etching solution [ I think it's Ferric ] and some photoresist. Then you just need a piece of glass, some transparencies and a nice sunny day. For my transparencies I use Scotch 3M 501 for plain paper copiers, but there are a lot of other possibilities. Just remembers that the photoresist can't represent continuos tones so if you want to represent a grey scale you need to get it into halftones first. Fortunately we have a great halftone shader in LightWave. If you haven't checked out WilliamVaughan's tutorial is definitely worth a look.

    So the work flow would look something like this. Build your Steampunk models > Create a scene in Layout > Render the scene using the Halftone Shader > Print out a transparency > Prepare the coper sheet > Expose to sunlight > Etch > Plate if desired > Salt to taste

    Oh yeah don't forget to keep the transparencies for when people see your excellent creation and want you to make them one just like it $$$
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