1998 Art- RoboCop at his Grave Picture

Old, OLD Art Completed on November 12th, 1998

First off: I cannot emphasize just how old this piece is, and equally how thrilled I was to stumble over it on one of my ancient hard drives tonight. While I've certainly improved many times over since I did this in High School, in a way, this was a dramatic shift from a lot of the art I'd done in the years before.

When I was in Middle School and High School I was a huge fan of RoboCop. I loved the mythology surrounding him, the underlying question of "What makes us human?" the whole deal. And somewhere around the time, I thought it was a real pity that in none of the movies (or from what I recall now: even the live-action series or various animated series) did we ever see him visit his grave. It seemed like such a poignant possibility, and I wanted to so much to create it to be able to share with others.

In order to create the scene, I did something I had never done before: I used a stiff, rather un-detailed action figure of RoboCop and a small model of a Ford Taurus and attempted to "light" them using a desk lamp and then slowly, carefully pose and rotate and reference them in order to create a pose on paper that I couldn't begin to create with the actual un-articulated figure. I watched the movie and paused it in order to try to pull out some of the details like what he looks like under his helmet, and the whole time I was unknowingly teaching myself the importance of multiple references, too.

I recall spending many, many hours not only working on this, but pre-planning it and working on little thumbnails in order to try and ensure that once I started inking it and then adding tone to it in watercolor, that there wouldn't be any surprises (well, aside from the fact that the paper wasn't really made for watercolor, oops!).

While obviously I can look back at it and now and nit-pick the heck out of it, I really learned SO much from this piece. The value of thumbnails, of pre-planning, of trying to think of light-sources and tone, attention to detail, mood, gesture... the building-blocks were just starting to come into place at that point.

And I have a half man, half machine to thank for some of it.
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