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Man, it's been too long sense I've updated.

Not sure what it is but I'm having a hard time keeping motivated. It's not the first time I've fell into a funk but it's one of the longest.

I'm going to try some story crafting to get motivated but as I may have mentioned on my last post, I suck at writing. Never the less, I need to get the wheels moving.

More later.
  • Listening to: Underfiend Radio
  • Reading: The Guilded Age
  • Watching: Cowboy Bebop
  • Playing: MechWarrior Online
  • Eating: Dead Animal
  • Drinking: Cola

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Steel-Raven
Chris Kotthoff
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: St. Louis
Favourite style of art: Comic book style
E-Mail: SteelRaven1@gmail.com
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Man, it's been too long sense I've updated.

Not sure what it is but I'm having a hard time keeping motivated. It's not the first time I've fell into a funk but it's one of the longest.

I'm going to try some story crafting to get motivated but as I may have mentioned on my last post, I suck at writing. Never the less, I need to get the wheels moving.

More later.
  • Listening to: Underfiend Radio
  • Reading: The Guilded Age
  • Watching: Cowboy Bebop
  • Playing: MechWarrior Online
  • Eating: Dead Animal
  • Drinking: Cola
Battletech: March or Die by Steel-Raven
Battletech: March or Die
Lemmy Kilmister stalks the battlefields in his Atlas named Snaggletooth while "Hellraiser" plays of the external speakers. 

Second sketch of the custom Motorhead inspired Atlas. Used a screen capture of Mechwarrior Online's Legendary Atlas as a reference, it gave me the angles I wanted to use while helping keep the proportions closer to the classic Battletech design.
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Battletech: Lemmy's Atlas by Steel-Raven
Battletech: Lemmy's Atlas
Atlas piloted by Hauptmann Lemmy Kilmister 

Made a quick sketch awhile ago after the passing of Lemmy Kilmister, too the Atlas from Mechwarrior Online and modified the infamous death head into the Snaggletooth, the Motorhead mascot. A buddy like it and asked me me to make another.  Attempted to combine elements of the classic Battletech Original and the Mechwarrior Online variant.

Pencil and ink 
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“Shut up and get in the giant robot!”

This was the line I had stuck in my head and the whole reason why I wanted to start working on a giant robot mecha story. Some time has pass and I have very little to so for it so I thought it was only fair for me share why my creative process for this idea has come to a grinding to a halt.

Lets start this long winded rant with why I wanted to start a mecha story:

    After hearing million jokes about Neon Genesis (get in the f**king robot Shinji) I stated to get a little jaded that the only two thing that the damn show was inspiring jokes about Shinji acting like a bitch and chicks in plug suits. Fine, Shinji needs to get punched in the face by Kamina from Gurren Langann but if you needed a more outgoing ass kicking character piloting a giant robot to root for, why not Asuka who is almost a 180 on Shinji? No, apparently the only thing that evolved from her character is chicks look hot in plug suits (Thanks goes to Total Eclipse for jumping that shark) So I started thinking of how you would make a better Mecha story.

    Taking a page from Magas XLR and Gurren Langann, have a protagonist that said 'hell yeah' when a red head girl told him to get into the f**king robot. Making lite of all the heavy handed drama of Gundam and Neon Genesis while still acknowledge some of the themes (wow, your dad is a real ass hole) I messed around with a few different setting (multidimensional mecha duels became intergalactic mecha duels for simplicity and a chance to parody other sci-fi ideas) and purposely avoided a war story to keep it running into other mecha tropes (see Gundam) Our protagonist would instead be invested in a Mecha Combat sport, a chance to include some MMA/pro-wrestling jokes and acknowledging the real world robot duels. My only hang up, the damn giant robots.

    In any mecha series, its the mecha that takes center stage. The whole point being that giant robot is the personification of the protagonist so the machines require allot of personality. Unfortunately, all my designs have fallen short and look bland. Sketch book full of designs but any of then very distinctive or original (One design could easily be mistaken for Optimist Prime while another looks like a Gundam) If I want to do this right, I need to make sure the mechas in this story are ready to impress and non of my designs fit the bill. So that leaves me with two options; commission someone to help me with the mecha designs (don't have the money and I wouldn't ask another artist for a freebie) or just put the story on the shelf until I reinvent the way I draw mecha. The second means I'll have to move on to other things but I believe it's for the best.  

Funny, I never made a zombie comic because all I had was good visuals and no story. Now I have a start of a story and no visuals. Damn you brain, you have failed me again.

Enough wallowing, time to move on and draw something completely different

  • Listening to: Underfiend Radio
  • Reading: The Guilded Age
  • Watching: Cowboy Bebop
  • Playing: MechWarrior Online
  • Eating: Dead Animal
  • Drinking: Cola
When was the last time I took a commission!? Dear god, no wonder I'm broke!

Pencil character sketch- $5 fav.me/d384v9z
8X11 Inked and detailed action cover work- $10 fav.me/d254h5f
11X17 Splash Page- $20, more depending for extra epicness fav.me/d318xc8 fav.me/d4k5d7b

Been busy but it's pass time for me to start taking commissions again, send me a note on DA or just E-mail me: steelraven1@gmail.com

Also need to start posting my art else where, any name for other art site are welcome.

More later, in the mean time;
  • Listening to: Underfiend Radio
  • Reading: The Guilded Age
  • Watching: Cowboy Bebop
  • Playing: MechWarrior Online
  • Eating: Dead Animal
  • Drinking: Cola

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Kimdigo Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday Chris! :)
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Thanks! :ahoy:
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Thanx for favin´ ^^
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Thanks for the favorite!
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Thanks for tha +fav 
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Thanks for the fav
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure thing, you do great work :)
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KoniPerdomo Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Thanks for the fave!!
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure thing, it's great work.
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shadowlord19 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday.
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