50 Robots to Draw and Paint: Create Fantastic Robot Characters for Comic, Computer Games, and Graphic Novels

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The ability to render eye-catching, convincing robots is a vital skill for artists who design computer games or illustrate graphic novels and comic books. This book presents 50 robot designs for artists to copy, and then embellish with their own creative flourishes. Each design features step-by-step constructional drawings, with instructions for shading and coloring. Among ...

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Overview

The ability to render eye-catching, convincing robots is a vital skill for artists who design computer games or illustrate graphic novels and comic books. This book presents 50 robot designs for artists to copy, and then embellish with their own creative flourishes. Each design features step-by-step constructional drawings, with instructions for shading and coloring. Among them are—

  • Basic robots, easy-to-create "starter" models
  • Wizards and alchemists
  • Clockwork robots, constructed from gears, cogs, and mechanical parts
  • Bipedal anti-tank robots engaging in future wars
  • Insect-like robots with computer brains
  • Robotic shock-troop robots for interstellar warfare Readers will also find advice on effective storytelling, avoiding simplistic clichés, seeking out constructive criticism, and maintaining productive work habits. More than 200 instructive color illustrations.
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Some date the origin of robots to a mechanical crowing rooster placed atop the cathedral in Strasbourg, France, in 1350. In the 19th century, inventors like Seward Babbitt and Nikola Tesla designed motorized grippers and radio-controlled vehicles. In the 20th century, robotics brought us Robodoc to assist doctors in surgery and remote-controlled rovers that explored Mars. Thompson, a noted sci-fi and fantasy illustrator, teaches the artistic creation of a fantasy robot history-from an imagined Edo Period geisha robot to a late 21st-century personal assistant robot. Thompson takes a remarkably detailed look at rendering basic robots with simple shapes, then military robots, urban robots, law and order robots, and assistant robots. He teaches research and drawing, working traditionally and working digitally, with special attention to joints and movement, and, of course, exotic embellishments. A fun book that public libraries will find popular. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764133107
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 935,438
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Thompson's illustrations have been featured in numerous books and magazines around the world, with many others available to buyers as fine-art prints. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Cool, but not what I expected. This book does have 50 designs f

    Cool, but not what I expected.

    This book does have 50 designs for various types of robots, but not much beyond that. I was hoping the book would discuss more of the "bits and pieces"
    of a robot so you can create your own. It mainly just shows you the robots the author came up with and how to draw them. Also, most of the robots inside are
    more "bug-like" in appearance and design and less humanoid. A good reference book, but not a "how-to-create-your-own book.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    Great Reference Book

    I love drawing SciFi characters and robots. This is a really cool book to reference, and learn how to draw various types of robots. One robot design typically has a single page dedicated to it, with usually 5 stages of the drawing starting at the basic block structure to the final completed design.

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    Posted August 16, 2009

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