Monday, January 28, 2008

Black Magic MA-77

The MA-77 anti-tank marionette from Masamune Shirow's "Black Magic". I only left myself about 20 minutes to do this so its pretty rough. The fact that it has 8 limbs doesn't help...

The general idea was to have it looking as "human" as possible, despite the fact that the only human elements are the face, rough torso shape and legs, to try to capture the freaky "doll" feeling of the original. I actually prefer Shirow's old stuff, where he drew slightly weird mecha with vague (I mean imperfectly-designed) concepts, as opposed to his current stuff where he draws super-designed mecha which don't leave much room for imagination (along with increasingly ridiculous numbers of girls who are a skirt short of an outfit... just sayin'). His stories are still awesome though.

It's surprisingly hard to do something with 6 arms which don't have hands. If I take this any further, I'll probably redo all the arms (with some actual planning this time), along with the head.

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