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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

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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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“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
Dead-Pool by Steel-Raven
Dead-Pool
First time trying DP and it turned out right the fist try. Want to try something simple with the colors and the trailer for the movie did a great job giving me this idea. Try something similar with another character soon.

(Dead-Pool is owned by Marvel... who is owed by Disney... which means Wade is a Disney Character... lets let that sink in, shall we)
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Joker: It's a Mad House by Steel-Raven
Joker: It's a Mad House
Second time trying, with with the more traditional look. Turned out a little flat with all the white but it was good practice and gave me ideas for the future.

Sound track
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGHsxM…

(The joker is owed by DC but who doesn't know that)
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Project Comic Con Conclusion


First I like to thank everyone who visited my time. While everyone at the artist ally was hoping for a little more traffic. You guys made the whole thing worth while, thank you!


Ryan Lawson and Jordan Williams of Stache Publishing are great people to share a table with and Jenn Blake of MLP fame was a rockstar of our corner of the ally (was going to post a link to her site but I can't find the card)


Sitting across from Emily Warren and Sara Richard was great, wish I had more time to talked to them. Kennith Rocafort stuck around when we cleaned up, great guy to talk to and amazing artist.


There was also the After Party Saturday Night with the Mahfood brothers with the Jim Mahfood and DJ MAHF.


Too many good people and things to list on one page. Didn't get the business that I wanted but it the show still helped me get out of the funk I've been this year and I'm looking forward to posting new work.

I will be re-posting my commissioning info shortly. First sleep.

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

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:iconkodo-kun:
KODO-KUN Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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KaijuKim Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday! :)
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Orphydian Featured By Owner Edited Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

 

Hey!

 

If you dont have anything against it I would like to affiliate our groups.

 

arsmilitaria.deviantart.com/

 

My newborn group is specialised on high detailed military illustrations including mech warriors (traditional or digital drawings and paintings) and it will host only the finest deviations while gathering some of the most talented artists.

 

I sent the request. You have to confirm it. In fact it would be better to send an affiliation request from your side if you have some voting procedure and some administrators are absent or if the request expires in the meanwhile.

 


You should also consider to join us 

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Sokkhue Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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