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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

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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;
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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.

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Time Flies, Almost time for project Comic Con
www.projectcomiccon.com/
I'm going to be in the artist ally, my buddy DJ Johnny Skull will be a the DJ table and once again, Lion Forge Studio's will be hosting the After Party with DJ MAHF and FOODONE for live music and art.

Time for the soundtrack,
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I have been a fan of the mecha genre for awhile and always had a few notes epic mecha tale. Of course, I'm not much of a writer or I would already have started a Zombie web comic years ago but hey, that doesn't stop me from thinking about it still.

Why do I like Mecha? Why does anybody!? They fit a particular niche in the Sci-Fi genre, Luther and Matt of www.mylifeatwar.com best described it "Mecha is an interesting genre, because it’s generally a war story, but it pulls heavily from both the superhero stories and soap-operas. A mecha isn’t just a war machine, it’s representative of both its pilot and its nation of origin, an avatar of sorts. It’s a conflict write large fought by people and machines write even larger." It's not always a war story of course (why many mecha seem so super-hero-ish) but a giant robot often the ultimate vehicle to pilot into battle, towering over bystanders in a clash of titian. And of course the Mech is always seen as a avatar or extension of the one piloting it.

In Gundam: the Mobile Suits move like giant soldiers, the Gundam resembles a Samurai as the Zakus and such often resemble Storm Troopers.

Neon Genesis Evangelion dives even further: Not only does the pilot have a almost psychic connection with their biomechanical Evas but the Eva's themselves reflect the thin line between the pilots humanity and the monsters they could become as they are pushed to the breaking point

Megas XLR: the man gives the ultimate a hot rod flame paint job as he pulls off pro-wrestling moves, nuff said.

Mecha stories can bleed personality, though it often comes up short. Many Gundams simply repeat the first Gundam (some better than others) while Neon Genesis tried to do for the Mecha genre what Watchmen did for the Super Hero genre but only seem to give us the new trope; hot girls in plug suits. Case in point: Total Eclipse wataridori.megamistudios.com/w…  errantprincess.files.wordpress… vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/m…
Yeah, I guess someone thought High School of the Dead didn't have enough fan service...

Mechwarrior of course has been my one reliable source for mech story with depth and inspiration.

So I'm digging up some old notes from high school and college and see if I can put together a decent mecha story while avoiding the more repetitive tropes of the genre (my apologies to plug suit fans)

My writing still sucks and I haven't made one original design I thought was up to snuff so no promises but worst case, something to share with fellow fans.    
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Apparently this happen...

Then this happened...


So yeah, the US and Japan are actually going to have a giant robot fight...

let me repeat that A GIANT ROBOT BATTLE! BLAHAHAHAHA!

Stupid gimmick, yes but in the best possible way considering this means fighting in giant robots is now a actual thing.

Now for some fight music: FIGHT!

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Thanks for the good words last post, guys. Been a tough week but I've have tougher. Work has been keeping me busy with co-workers out of sick leave and with no one to cover their shifts due to too much overtime last month. My apartment is getting fixed up but it's more or less in-spite my land lord being a ignorant asshole. Not sure how much more crap I'll need to deal with in the upcoming weak but I had to put up with allot more #### at my old job with people I hated for allot less pay and now that I pay my rent on time, my Landlord can learn to eat it.

I can think of a few artist I follow here that that may been dealing with allot more harsh crap in the last few weeks, some stuff I can relate to (being out of work and being evicted some years ago) and some shit I can only try to relate (I never had sexism cost me a job but I have worked with a couple of assholes that I could swear wanted me to stab them with a kitchen knife... ah, the restaurant business) All can say to you guys is that pushing through all this crap does proves your the tougher than all the bastards trying to make it hard for you. So hear is to kicking down obstacles and fighting the fight blow for blow.

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Tired, been short handed at work with a assistant manager out on vacation and the people who should be covering his shift are cover shifts at another store because someone forgot he was on vacation.

Best part, I get home to find my land lord left me a message stating it would be easier for me to move than to repair the plumbing in my bathroom and the lock on my door... what!?

 I've become Darth Helmet, I'm surrounded by Assholes

 

 
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I honestly have no idea how some artist color fur coats on animal so easily, I must be looking at the wrong How To or something because it's taking me way too long.

 
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Just thought I would take this time between art updates to plug Zombie Ranch
www.zombieranchcomic.com/
A Webcomic by Dawn artofdawn.deviantart.com/ and Clint Wolf.

Though it was good time to point out what a wonderful job Dawn and Clint are doing by creating a zombie comic that turns allot of the zombie genre and related tropes on it's head without becoming becoming a a total parody. The comic is a great example of world building and approaching a genre (or in this case, two genres) in completely new direction.

 
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Busy week but finally starting to make some progress on that commission. I'm going to have to make sure the next job is something other than a god damn Dire Wolf lol
Any how, got a couple of ideas for my next project bud my bud Sunder might have another commission ready for after the latest wolf is finish. Regular updates for the first time all year, holy s**t!

Also, music from Beast Wars is free... I mean the band actually gives away their music on BandCamp.com, these guys are awesome :toolcool: DJ Sunder of Underfiend radio can let know of any other bands worth listing to, always plugs the guys who give away their stuff. You can also just search BandCamp a put he few bucks in the Donation box for the guys who are giving us this stuff for free.

More soon, in the mean time I'm listening to more god damn Beast Wars!
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Been getting use to a new screen this week, going to have to reset my graphic settings on my games to go along with this nice crisp resolution I have now.

Also have another commission... it's another damn. I have a bad habit of drawing one thing over and over again but at least I'm getting paid to make this one look extra demonic.
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Another tech problem.
Ive been using the same monitor for my last 3 PCs and now it's finally stating to burn out on me. I need to buy a new one next paycheck, won't be online much till then.
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Well, I got Skyrim after Christmas but haven't played it much (spending my free time grinding on Mechwarrior Online) Now that I'm taking a break from MechWarrior, I decided to load up Skyrim was again from where I left off and... am now getting my ass kicked...allot.

Little frustrating a return to the single player game to get away from the online grind only to discover I now need to grind to get my charter up a level so he can stop getting bitched slapped by trolls.

maybe I'll just download a mod that will give me a AK-47... f**king trolls. 
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Sorry for going so long without a update guys. Busy at work, catching up with friends, meeting new people but the worst offender is probably MWO. I have been sketching but few things have been post worthy, I'll get started on new sketches soon, need a new portfolio for this years Project Comic Con. Ideas are welcome :)

In the meantime, Intermission!

 
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Just found out about the tragic passing of Monty Oum, a animator known for his series RWBY seen on Rooster Teeth.
roosterteeth.com/archive/?sid=…

Hopefully his work will continue to inspire other. Godseep
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Happy New Years everyone!

New Years Resolutions for 2015:

1.) Get back in fighting shape.

2.) Draw more, practice and improve my art techniques

3.) Do more commissions

4.) Get out more, hang out with friends and meet new people.

5.) Become a better Mechwarrior and look into becoming a Demo agent.

I was kind of a work-a-holic this year and I let myself get burnt out. I need to make time for me to have a life.

My new with both MechWarrior Online and Skyrim so I will have plenty of inspiration for drawing but I really need to look beyond the BTU genre to expand my portfolio. I owe a buddy of mine, DJ Sunder a commission for helping a with my new PC and he is always good for getting me to something new. 

I still have allot of financial goals that I did not get completed in 2014 but working myself to death has not been the answer. Hopefully literally going back to the drawing board will help.

Here is to New Year and a new start for us all :)
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Tagged by the great :iconisriana: and it's a long one!

1. What does your Deviantart name mean and why?

Steel Raven was originally a name I came up for a mech design years back, possible inspired by the Raven mercenaries in the Armor Core series. I abandoned the mech design but keep the name as a internet moniker because it was original at the time. I though of changing it a few times but haven't thought of anything with as much... weight. 

2. What fandom were you obsessed with when you joined and what are you into now?
I was part of the Undead Games community around the time I first signed on to DA so I was uploading a good amount of zombie apocalypse material but my Battletech and Mechwarrior art has always been a constant.

3. How many watchers do you have now?
114!? Damn, thanks guys!

4. Name 3 of your favorite artists on DA.
:iconkatwylder: :iconshimmering-sword: :iconukitakumuki:

5. Or lack thereof, move along…
More dA favorites!

:iconpunakettu: :iconguyver89: :icondead-robot: :iconashwings: :iconmraverage:

6. Do you participate in clubs' contests here on dA?
Not resently, don't have the time.

7. What is your most popular submission?
According to my states;

steel-raven.deviantart.com/art…

I guess I need to draw more Ninjas.

8. What are your favorite non-anime TV shows?

True Detective, Game of Thrones, Supernatural (first 5 seasons) Firefly,

9. What are the things you wish you could draw better?
Cars, Faces, Female figure, medieval/fantasy characters, ect.

10. Summer or winter?
Summer

11. Rain or Sun?
Sun

12. What's your favourite type of music?
Hard Rock, Metal, ect.

13. PC or Mac
PC.

14. Anime or Manga?
Depends on the book/series.

15. Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi

16. Read or TV?

Read, there is nothing on TV anymore.

17. How many hours a day do you spend on dA?
Good god, too much time. I should be drawing but there is so much good art here!

18. Name a talent.
Drawing?

19. Flash or traditional cartoons?
both.

20. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
None, I gave up on fast food

21. What are your top 3 favorite books?(not mangas)
World War Z, Day by Day Armageddon, Snow Cash (I'm under read)

22. Wii or PlayStation?
PlayStation 2 count?

23. Name 3 of your favorite bands/singers.
Metallica, Amon Amarth, Iron Maiden

24. Are you a fast, slow, or medium typer?
Slow,

25. Do you like Denny's?
24 hour pancakes is never a bad thing

26. What is your favorite smiley?
:toocool:

27. What is your favorite type of pie?
Apple

28. Have you ever stayed up for 24 hours?
Yes

29. Do you go on dA a lot?
At least once a day

30. Are you a member on any other sites besides DA?
Tumblr and Facebook.

31. Do you cosplay?
Nope

32. Fruits or sweets?
Both

33. Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn?
Yes.

34. Have you skipped school?
I've skipped classes, that's about it.

35. Have you been on a plane?
Yes.

36. Have you swam in an ocean?
Not yet

37. Have you been ice skating?
I've been on ice, does that count?

38. Favorite vacation spot?
… don't think I've ever been on vacation.

39. Ever been on TV?
Not that I'm aware of

40. Favorite salad and dressing?
????.

41. What do you do to relax?
Draw, play games, hang with friends.

42. What is the last film you saw in the theater?
Avengers

43. Favorite Sandwich?
Chicken

44. If you could go anywhere in the world…
?????

45. Favorite time of the day?
Afternoon

46. What did you want to be when you were little?
Artist... too bad I still can't make a living doing it.

 47. What do you want to be now?
Artist... as in a well paid one.

48. If you could eat with one person, who would it be?
?????

49. What character would you hate to be stuck in a room with?
I cannot see myself not beating the crap out of [censored]

50. When is your birthday?
May 20, why?

51. Favourite type of ice cream?
Cookie dough

52. Last book you read?
Finished half of Under the Dome.

53. Which store would you max out a credit card at?
Newcastle Games and Comics

54. Do you buy / sell / both on eBay.
No

55. What is the most annoying thing people ask you?
Why don't you own a car?

56. Favourite all time movie?
Aliens/Akira, I cant decide

57. What was your favorite show when you were a kid?
The A-Team

58. What are you listening to right now?
Motor Head- Rock n' Roll

59. What is the last thing you ate?
Pizza

60. If you were a crayon what color would you be?
Clear

61. What is the first thing you notice about another person?
*shrug*

62. Favorite sport to play?
Paintball?

63. Favorite Day of the Year?
Can't say, a good day is a good day.

64. Hugs or Kisses? 
Fist bump? I guess hugs are allot less awkward.

65. Vanilla or Chocolate?
Yes

66. Favorite Board Game?
Does Battletech count?

67. Favorite smells?
Woodchips and BBQ

68. What inspires you?
Music

69. Do you have any piercings?
No

70. How many siblings do you have? 
None

71. Bacon Bits or Croutons?
BACON

72. Favorite Day of the Week?
Saturday

73. Favorite phrase?
I'm a artist, I create all sorts of S##T!

74. Favorite Restaurant?
Don't have one.

75. Favorite animal?
Wolf

76. Favorite thing to do outside?
Walk

77. Favorite thing to do when it's raining?
Walk

78. Favorite Disney character?
Don't have one

79. Do you like coffee? If so, what is your favorite brand?
Nope

80. Tag 6 people.

I'll take 6 volunteers


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Been busy, didn't notice the new DA logo till now. While I won't champion any of DA's latest... "updates" but the new logo is confusing. Why change the logo after all this time? Your a established brand know by most who post on the web! The fact that we are see so many changes to DA on the later part of the year means one of two things; DA feels they need to re-establish their brand to become 'trendy' again (though DA was never trendy) or they are losing traffic and are starting to panic. *shrug* I started posting on DA because it was a easy place to post work, still is (Tumblr is way too random) don't think that will change soon but still...  
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Happy Turkey day everyone! May you dine on the decedent of the T-Rex while watching combative full contact sports and celebrate with friends and family. 
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