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Uncle K.

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    It's so crazy when you look back and think, man, it seems like such a short time ago that I was only three years old, and before that, it's incredible that I managed to join this forum as a fetus.
  1. Since it's obvs my entry is not vying for top position I felt it was ok to respond in the voting topic. All of Hewkii's designs were reworked to be pieces that fit the G2 sets and concept art, including his weapon and red as a third color to break up the ccbs bones. I love the 2006 set and I would have legitimately loved a direct translation. The Inika were the closest thing to the G2 building system, and I tried to keep the style minimal and the cladding accurate to physical pieces. I tried to draw what I wanted to see in a non-static pose as closely as possible to my personal wishes, not what would have been realistic if Lego did it. All of the entries are fan-art in every capacity I think. Even Crunchbite's amazing entry is LoTR/Witcher/Bionicle fan-art of existing characters turned evil. I hate 'defending' art but I do want to be clear it does adhere to the contest theme.
  2. Done in 20ish minute segments over a couple months. I just wanted something fun, so it's loose and sketchy. I do fanart for breaks during job hours; it wasn't done in time for my 12 year spinny but that's ok. Since I'm modeling electronic parts for advertisements I guess I'll blow off some frustration with a good ol classic soon.
  3. Hello again. I painted this because it was on my desk. It's a long form warmup while I work on another picture of Lewa. I thought you would like it. Picture linked to marginally bigger version for some reason.
  4. In my defense, Drew Struzan and the example Star Wars poster were my influences. Most of my favorite film posters before the millennium were illustrated. But I also think Crunchy is one of the most artistically mature members here so I'm enjoying this ridiculously close poll.
  5. Funcle K. Entry Now to slip in an hour nap before work...
  6. I finally finished my outlines so at least you're truckin along...
  7. Ditto... I always seem to check back here when there's a contest going on.
  8. Wow thank you again everybody. I finally get around to replying to a few posts here... Rock on I agree completely. One of the problems to committing to the shading style was omitting light/dark extremes. I hope that the arc of both arms and color distribution help a little. Eh eh eh eh eeh eee eeeeeee I give most of the mata feet the little toes because I think they need them for balance. I think the Okoto Lewa has them because I was imagining one of those Hero Factory feet pieces that has the giant square toes. Eh eh eh eh I know it won't happen for real... but Lewa is the first Toa we plan on getting and he's going right next to his original version. Alas, I can't change the official mask, and I tried to stick as close to it as possible with the exception of a few extra face "segments." And thanks, I did try to keep it light and happy without severe textures or lighting. :-)
  9. Ah still kicking I see. I like your cleaner and thicker line art the most, though these are good for character concepts and the concept itself is the obvious star. Very much Darksiders, Roly. The tribal look always suited your chunky lovable Toa so I'm still a fan, especially with the personality on these chubs. The shaping on your armor and especially masks is great as always, and Gali's kaukau sticks out on the picture of her and Lewa because it's so well done. I can't see her without a blacksmith's apron though, but I have no problem with that either. I remember back to our Pchat escapades and I wish you'd draw Bohrok and more obese Matoran..
  10. Wow thanks for all the kind comments everybody. Here's a long post for the comments I had better responses to than "thanks" to everyone else... thanks. I would hope so! I imagine the bulk of his weight is in his torso and hips so his center of balance isn't too far from the branch. Maybe his control over plants made the moss animate to life and their little grabby hands are holding him in place? That's the hardest part, and moreso with the relatively simplistic cladding they use now, but I can make do. I figured since the old Bionicle sets were canonically generally more detailed than the sets (no organs, etc) these guys have a lot more under their armor and between the skeletons than visible. Also I just like to buff them up with a function/form battle: like those dark gray clips around the shoulder ball. I assumed they would be good to catch the arm from moving around too randomly (like if he fell badly on the ground) but they could have looked a lot different, I went with "does it look good" for them. Lewa Mata's armpit is a different example of just modifying the original to function without taking away or adding much to the aesthetic. I guess that's the idea, haha. The bigger they get, the more complex they have to get... all the way up until the Mata Nui robot which looks like something we used to order off the back of magazines that would grow when put in a cup of water. The two little details were the most fun parts, I thought the spiders too cute not to (and to further change up the size dynamics) and I've always wanted Toa to utilize their elements in more domestic/everyday situations. Lol I've done separated finger joints before, though I have been refining how I assimilate Bionicle parts aesthetic with real world functions and physics. That was definitely the intention. The new Toa take so much ancestry from Hero Factory that I feel they would incorporate more modern mechanics in their appearance. (Ironic then, that the knees are the most illogical part when it comes to realistic physics, without some wacky sliding action his kneecaps will have a hard time making room for the straightened leg. Like "what does that middle spring do? How much torque is in a hinge joint??" Get around that by just imagining Lewa never stands up straight) Well I did each step quite quickly. There's a reason I work large; when you zoom out you can't see nearly how messy my lines are (my hands have been permanently shaking since I was seven or so, it takes a few tries per line for the most part, but I am quick and my other fingers are locked onto the undo hotkeys.) Most of my real work (when I'm not taking classes) is boring and stuff I'm not allowed to put on social media but eventually when projects are done some of it might get to my DA page. It's not exciting or anything though! I viewed it as taking the left shoulder and raising it above 90o and making the back of the hand point to the right. It works, but it was a dumb choice to have it aligned perfectly with the top border. I got lazy and had to skimp somewhere! Also see: uncolored leaf I like that idea. Too bad in real life it is not really feasible, but it's fun to imagine! If I ever do another Toa set or something that could be funny to incorporate. And yes, I'm pleased with the banner but I didn't plan on doing one so the eye line is just kind of dumb when cropped like that. Without the rest of the negative space they are just staring at each other's chins. Again thank you all, unfortunately it will probably be a while until I have time for more art, probably after the actual sets come out.... ugh. Back into the woodwork because I have little else to contribute haha. haha hahaha
  11. LEGACY Initial impressions of the 2015 Toa had me thinking they were at least twice the size of the Toa Mata. Obviously that isn't true, but since Lewa 2015 looks more like a Mayan Statue or jungle protector than Lewa I thought it would be funny to see him reprimanding his former self for romping around the jungle and uprooting plants. This was a pretty quick drawing, I wanted to do something sketchy that was more relaxing than taxing. (I also had to keep it secret from my daughter since I do plan on surprising her with some Toa for her birthday so she no longer needs to put her mitts on mine!) I missed coloring one of the leaves, but it's water off my back now! Progress Images uk
  12. Are those shaped boxes on the brickjournal list or what is going on there? Front opens by tab? Am I just reading into a bad photoshop job? Canister-sized (or whatever) Toa in boxes would be beautiful, I've dreamed of it since 2002. I think I'm the most excited for that little black and trans-purple "protector" with the gun for a chest. I'm not much of a fan for the Toa's masks but the spiders' body is great, and while the top of the mask of creation is pretty obviously uninspired (or should I say directly inspired..?) the bottom half is so shapely, I love it. Looking forward to the "full" Vahi someday. It's going to be nice to retire the 2001 team to the highest shelf though, now that my daughter can have her own childhood instead of leeching off remnants of mine, muahaha! I can only hope, since she loves what she understands of the old saga (not much....sigh), that this will be just as magical and enduring for her as it was for me.
  13. HEEEeeeyyyyyy I love this! You have some beautiful gradients going on with the slate blue and red, and that subtraction method is utilized here so well. I like your forms and the suggestion of detail, good technique here. Loving the silver forearms, you should keep those. The sword instead of fire is a wonderful way to "cool down" a Toa of Fire and along with the pose, gives it some maturity and weight that is difficult to achieve. Your Matoran emerging from the suit contains more movement and contrast, which helps demonstrate that you know what you are doing. I would like to see the same kind of attention to anatomy on Lewa however, his torso is pretty much a trunk (where Tahu's is layered and shaped in all three) and the humpback makes little sense in connotation with his character or function- rather like someone like Onua or Pohatu who in comparison with Lewa, would probably have to be enormous! If these suits are indeed grown from hosts maybe their actual form should differ more radically as well? Tahu's bulk at his neck gives him power while Lewa's just stunts his proportions which, while correct enough, look wrong due to the hump. I love that you've made a new world out of this concept, much cooler than just "new tahu suit." With perhaps a hint of highlighting or refocusing the light and adding details in more strategic places you'd have professional tier work and so far with what you have it totally shows that already. I saw on DA you said to someone you were using Alchemy, I think it would be cool to see you push that into some of your Bionicle work and give it some of these textures and shapes you used. Well you got me out of the woodwork... now to disappear forever... again.
  14. The normal wink emote is totally different than the psychotwitch.... I hardly ever use them but if they go away it would be pretty devastating. I just got really alarmed at the possibility they get deleted. Who can forget the ever popular ? A lot of them are almost too inane, ( ) but also well imprinted into our hearts and memories.
  15. Similar to above, it was all the hype of the promos, as well as the infected Hau fading into the island of Mata Nui, since my first set after all was a mask pack.
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