Monday, June 26, 2017

Inc The Robot Rough

A bunch of variations for the Inc The Robot design. We started with design 1, decided to keep the arms and legs as well as the face (since that's his soul), but we were going to modify the silhouette.

So first I photobashed together a bunch of alternate silhouettes, using lots of construction equipment reference (since he is a welder robot), all the time keeping our word list in mind. Inc needed to feel like a big toddler, innocent looking, a little awkward, his body could be many shapes, but the new shape needed to satisfy the story requirements exemplified by these words.

We then showed these images to a bunch of artist friends to get feedback. Most important when getting feedback is why they like what they like, because if you understand the why, you can fix the design issues in your own creative way, rather than it becoming a design by committee.

Many favored the taller robots, since they had the same height as design 1. One person pointed out that number 13 had a head too similar to "M-O" from Wall-e, so we nixed that one. People liked the chubby number 7, but felt he may have trouble getting through doorways or reaching for objects, he's supposed to be a little awkward, not super awkward. Number 9 and 3 were in the same chubby design realm, but a little more balanced. Number 2 kept coming up in people's favorites, they felt the big backpack made him look like a young kid going to school. People also liked 8 and 6, and the fact that you could see through the chest of number 12, which really made him feel robotic.

My favorite was number 8 (my opinion before we got feedback from people), so I went back and started with number 8, then modified the design based on what people liked and disliked in the other designs to arrive at the final number 14. For example, instead of putting the backpack from 2 directly on number 8, I scaling up his welder weapon and placing it on his back to served a similar visual purpose to the backpack.

Hopefully this gives you a little insight into the design process, how to start with a firm idea of what you need to accomplish for the story and for the character's personality, make a bunch of variations, get feedback from a large selection of people, and then use that feedback in a constructive manner to get the best design possible.

Inc Distant Mirage 2

“I know I have a tendency to get on your nerves,” INC said, “but our current water issue …” I handed him the jug. That would give us about two days to find the next source.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Inc Poster 1

Our first Inc teaser poster. A big mix of 3d, photos and hand paint overtop.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Inc The Robot 14 And Landis

Our two heroes.

Inc The Robot model by Neil Blevins, Landis model by Bill Zahn.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Inc The Robot Redesign

Here we are, the redesigned Inc The Robot. The goal with Inc's design was always to make him feel like a big kid. He had to be "cute", but still able to smash people when necessary. In his former career, he was a welder robot, hence his spot welding weapon of choice. But he has since been retrofitted by his new human owner Landis for a whole new function, which is where our story begins. Modeled and Textured in 3dsmax and vray.

And here are two turntable videos:

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Inc Redesign Has Started

The Inc redesign has started. We're keeping the arms and legs the same (since they are time consuming to re-rig) and the face the same (since that's Inc's soul) but the rest of the body is going through a major overhaul.

Monday, May 15, 2017

SoulburnScripts Updated May 14th 2017

The scripts have been now fully tested in Max 2018!

Updated 2 older Maxscripts:

circleArrayMaker: Fixed a bug where a rounding error would cause the copies to be rotated an incorrect amount.
pipeMaker: Added ability to fill a box with the pipes. Added ability to collapse the joints into your original pipe, so that moving the pipe will also move the joint.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Some Sad News

Hey there everyone!

So, we have some bad news. The Kickstarter for the Inc Book has been canceled until further notice.

On friday, we got contacted by a company that said the design of Inc the robot infringes upon their IP. Design is a complex process, make something too unique, it loses the audience. Make something too generic, it's boring. We had felt we had made a unique enough twist on a very tried and true design, a design theme that has show up in a number of robots throughout the years that we all know and love, that we didn't think anything like this would be an issue. We would never claim that Inc the Robot was created in a vacuum, we have always been very open about our inspiration and design process, and really weren't expecting or looking to step on anyone's toes.

Since a long drawn out battle wouldn't be good for anybody, we felt the professional thing to do was to re-design the Inc Robot for the project, and honor their request for us to take down the kickstarter. While Inc's design was intrinsic to the story we wanted to tell, there are other forms that he could have that can tell the story equally well.

We are not quite sure on the timeframe, or whether we'll do another kickstarter or use another channel to release the book, but we can promise that this is not the end. And we'll keep you informed when the future becomes more clear.

Thank you again so much for those of you who pledged for the kickstarter, for those who helped spread the word, for those who have helped us in our artistic careers in any way, you all rock, and we apologize that the road for this book has been far more complex than we ever could have imagined.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Inc Kickstarter Reaches First Milestone

Hey everyone! So first off, thanks again for everyone who has donated so far to the Inc Kickstarter. In fact, we recently got named by Kickstarter on their "Projects We Love" list, which is very cool indeed!

We just hit the $2500 mark, and I promised an image from the book, so here ya go, the aliens arrive through the warp gate. Please keep those pledges coming, you get an almost 200 page art book for $20, lets get this thing printed!

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"Once on the bridge, I looked out the view screen to see that we were flying past what would seem indescribable."

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Inc Kickstarter Has Begun! Order Your Copy Today!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Inc Book Project Kickstarter has begun. Click below and order your copy today!

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Hardcover, 184 Pages, 10.25" x 8", 12 artists, a bold scifi adventure you will never forget.