Sunday, February 23, 2014

Geek & Sundry Bots: Felicia and Wil

These two don't really need an intro or for the likes of me to post their CV.  You all know them.



I'm working on two more right now.  You know, for no reason.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Geek & Sundry Bots: Amy Dallen

Portrait of Talkin' Comics Weekly host Amy Dallen on the Geek & Sundry channel.  I've got a few other online nerd/geek personalities being done as we speak.  They should be up in a day or two.  Stay tuned!


Friday, January 31, 2014

New Doctor

So Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor.  Earlier this week they unveiled his outfit.  Doctor Who fans were eagerly anticipating it, which is odd because I don't remember anyone being as excited about what Tennant or Smith were going to wear.  And no one had any idea what to expect with Eccleston because it was so new.  (To be honest, recent fans didn't know much about Doctor who until Tennant anyway, or even Matt Smith.)

I just find it weird that we were all looking forward to what his outfit was going to look like.  I think because of the bow tie of Matt Smith, we all wanted something iconic.  If you look back at past Doctors Who, each had something remarkable about their outfit.  Most notably of course was Tom Baker's scarf.

So Capaldi's duds have been revealed and they're just fine.  I mean, it's not anywhere near as loud as Colin Baker's suit, but it'll do.  Here's some Whovian math for you.  Capaldi's outfit seems to be a mix of John Pertwee and Chris Eccleston, Doctors 3 and 9.  Capaldi is the 12th doctor. 3 + 9 = 12.  Pretty cool, huh?  (Okay, I'm nerding out a little, sorry.)

But what this means for me is I can finally draw Robot Capaldi!  Now, he doesn't have a background yet but I can fill that in whenever the show starts, which may not be for a while.  So for now it's just white, much like the photo of him with his new clothes.

This also means that I've got the full set (so far) done.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with them other than occasionally spread them out like this and giggle a little.  It's like having self made nerd baseball cards.

It was also helpful to illustrate to my 12 year old daughter that Smith was technically the last Doctor but that all changed. *spoiler ahead*  She asked why and I gave her a small lesson in Time Lord biology, as it was handed down to us over the years.  The Time Lords we were to understand could make a limited number of regenerations, 12 to be exact, and so become 13 different people.  (That works, you have to start with 1 person.)  However, this is more of an apparently guideline than a rule because there are ways to both skip an official regeneration but also ways to use them up.  At the end of the last season, Matt Smith's Doctor, who was technically #11, should have had enough energy to change into a 12th Doctor.  But we'd been previously introduced to John Hurt as the War Doctor, meaning Smith should have been the 12th, making his regeneration the last one.

But!  The show seemed to ignore The War Doctor in it's timeline, making Smith officially the 11th doctor, so only changing 10 times.  His next would be to 12 and then 13 giving us 12 total Doctors, or the amount we were told was official.  Then at the end of the series, Matt Smith's Doctor used up all his remaining life cycles (so the energy from 2 more regenerations) to stop the Dalek's and bring Gallifrey out of timelock.  (Don't ask unless you really want to know.)  So, what, no more Doctors?  He was sure he was it and was going to die.  But the Time Lords granted him not only a new life, but a completely new regeneration cycle.  So now we have at least another 13 people that will be Doctors, starting with Capaldi.

That all make sense now?  Enjoy the drawings.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

War Doctor

While I was waiting for the new Capaldi Doctor to get a costume so I could draw him, I totally forgot there was another Doctor I could draw.  John Hurt's War Doctor.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Let's Do This 2014

2013 wasn't a great year for Robot Portraits.  Middle of the year was awash in personal issues that kept me from doing anything artistic.  But toward the end of the year I was given the opportunity to do some work with an acquaintance in Austin.  He's working on a sci-fi film and contacted me to do some work with character design.  While I don't think I helped in any way, he was very appreciative and I hope I'll be able to contribute more.

There was a piece of news in 2013 that related to robots in a big way.  I was contacted by the Austin film crew of the next Transformer's movie.  Some of it was being filmed in Austin and they paid to use one of the posters I'd drawn for the SXSW offshoot CREATE.  I'll be keeping an eye out for it though it'll likely be impossible to see in the background.  They had also mentioned doing a robot portrait of the crew before they wrapped shooting in Austin but they weren't able to get everyone together for a photo.

Still, big news.  I was very happy.

I'm also going to start working with a friend on a couple projects she has.  It's back to comic book drawing for the most part, but I do enjoy that as well.  Comic art has just always been a time-sink and I'm no longer the young maverick who can spend 18 hours a day drawing.  Maybe when I retire I'll do that again.

So, what that means is I'll be pushing a little more to get Robot Portraits out there.  If you're a fan or have ordered before, I encourage you to let people know about it.  Even if they aren't into robots, I do commissioned work.

Thanks, and I hope your 2014 is fantastic.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Updates

So, I have a few to put up.  Just a handful over the last couple months.  No big.




Sunday, September 8, 2013

Robot a Day



Originally uploaded by xadrian.
Hey all. Hasn't been a whole lot going on, but I have still been drawing a little and plan on doing more regardless of incoming commissions.

This was supposed to be a Robot a Day project just to have something to do, but it got sidetracked and it took a couple months to finally finish. They aren't all great, some are sketchy, but it's all still artwork.

Give it a look.

I don't know what to do with it yet. I might put it on eBay or just cut them all out and mount/frame them.

Carry on.