Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Santa Ana Airport Sketch

Here he comes, here comes John Wayne. I'm not gonna cry about my pa. I'm gonna build an airport, put my name on it.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Kitbash, Part II

I've managed to do a little more work on my kitbash project this week, and I want to make an effort to show my progress. Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos of the build, but I'll try to update the further ideation steps as I go. I've never done this before, and I think showing the process can be useful in finding what does and doesn't work. What better way to motivate oneself than falling flat on one's face for all to see?

So, this week, I took a straight-on side view photo and used the path tool in Photoshop to create a line drawing. I really like the orthographic line drawings you find in books about airplanes, and I wanted to recreate that kind of drawing here. After doing the line drawing, I experimented with various color combinations.

In my head, this is a scout/recon vehicle designed for navigating moderate terrain. It doesn't travel very far, but it can travel rather quickly. It has one large gun, used primarily for self defense, as it is not an attack vehicle. After trying several color combinations, I realized that a type of camouflage would probably suit it best. From a design perspective, camouflage is not necessarily the best coloring, as it masks the contours and shapes of the design. However, that masking would perfectly suit a vehicle with this purpose, so I think I may take it in that direction. Perhaps the camouflage reacts to its environment, like a chameleon, so it can be used in various types of locations. I will probably experiment with it a little more, but here's what I've got so far.

Please share your opinions and suggestions! Which color schemes do you think are working, and which ones should we never speak of again?