Черный призрак (Black Ghost), Is part of a long time personal project, i have made many sketches of different mecha that i´ve been drawing for years but haven´t finished, now that i have been practicing more and improved a little in digital painting i will be working on other models and slowly will be posting more of these machines and parts of the story.
I made this original mecha design inspired by all the cool japanese robots from animation and videogames that i have seen since i remember, speacially, Macross, The five star stories and Gundam.
Kriegskellet Черный призрак is the main assault mecha used by Gaian Confederation to combat the remnants of the once almighty Koraz Empire, it was made with long and strong arms capable to handle many different types of weapons. It has been produced in great numbers and there are many variants specialized for every mission.
The Чайка is a mass production light combat mech, the prototype models were developed under the name Sirocco and Manticore. Чайка has many variants for combat, training, exploration and weapon testing but it´s more commonly used as a sniper.
I wanted to desing an artillery mecha, i had the idea in my head for some time and i tried with many different drawings, the main idea was to make a mech that looked like a tank or self propelled gun. I started working with some ideas in Mexico City but i made the definitive sketch during a winter i spent in Moscow, the snow and cold weather, big buildings and a lot of silence was a great source of inspiration.
I started one year ago but i didn´t have time for working with this illustration because many things happened in my life, each time i began working with it i had to leave for months before i had another chance to continue.
This is the Panzerskellet Носорог (Nasarok-Rhino), It´s a heavy artillery piece, a support unit. It´s main task is to provide heavy fire at long distances when attacking enemy postions or mech formations. Usually they work in groups of four machines to create a continuos barrage of fire, because the reloading time of the main cannon is very slow.
The Носорог is the biggest mech ever made so it is strong and heavily armored, but very heavy and slow too, it has to addopt a seated position to fire the cannon, hence it is vulnerable to an enemy attack at short distance.
While firing the main gun, two extra legs that are attached to the rear part of the waist, deploy to stabilize the mech. And also when firing in unstable ground the arms can be anchored with two big spikes. Moreover the long thin arms are used to load the ammunition in the field when the main gun is depleted.
Proto Nasarok, first concept, with two different type of radars inspired by airborne early warning systems.
It is equipped with two long range radars and missiles, they can detect and destroy multiple targets at long distances both in the air or in the ground. But the Носорог has to be accompanied by escorts for defense at short distance, normally a squadron of Черный призрак go with this machines to the battlefield.
The crew consist of three, pilot, navigator (radar specialist) and gunner , the fisrt two go in tandem seats and the gunner (commander) has a seat next to them. In the rear there is a toilet a small oven and a bed for resting during long missions. The cockpit of this lethal machine is protected by a very thick armor that has survived to direct hits from heavy cannons of enemy kriegskellets like the Svart Draken.
As usual all the sketching was made with pencil on paper, and coloring in photoshop and a few details in illustrator.
Panzerskellet Носорог Technical spec:
Height: 25 meters, Empty weight: 79 tons, Full combat weight: 139 tons. Crew 3, Armament: 60 cm cannon x 1, long range missiles x 16
The idea for this illustration has been around my head since 1994, i made the first sketch in 1995 and the forgot about it, until 2010, when i reworked the idea.
Svart Drake is the main combat mecha (Kriegskellet) of the Koraz Empire, designed to engage in combat with 2 or 3 enemy mechas simultaneously, for that reason it was made with four arms, so it can handle twice the weaponry compared to normal mechas, it has two fixed rapid fire plasma cannons in the main arms, and two smaller arms with manipulators to handle a variety of weapons, like machine guns and rifles.
The cannons and the powerful radar are optimized to take down enemies at large distances and the Svart drake is agile and fast to figth at short range, it is equipped with experimental techonologies like the thermo-chromatic skin covering the armor, that changes of colour automatically to camouflage itself with the surroundings.
The Svart Drake has many limitations too, it is not very resistant because the armor was sacrificed in order to make it fast, agile and able to carry many weapons. Another interesting feature is that a small flying drone can be attached to the back of the mecha, the drone can fly autonomously to search for enemies and send the information to the Svart Draken, so it can attack beyond visual range.
Experimental mechanical armor for cat, this drawing was made just for practice and trying to speed up my working process, i am not specially happy with the result but i had a lot of fun working with this one.
Reworked version of Иулюс Mk. II battle armor, i made this illustration some months ago for a calendar, some friends, designers and illustrators asked me to join to a collective, we´ve been drawing a lot and they decided to make a calendar so this is my work for the month of july, below you can see the sketches and details for the helmet and the process, all was painted in photoshop with normal brushes, i added some textures for detail, this has been a good practice and i learned a few things while making this illustration, the gun was drawn in a vector program and all textures and colour added in the final illustration.
I´ve been working on a short sci-fi story about a scientist that is trapped in a ship that is lost adrift in the outer space and the ship is infested with mechanical insects of unknown origin, as the ship travels the robotic insects slowly eat the ship and the scientist desperately looks for a way to survive.
So far i have made several illustrations in different moments, actually i started with one drawing and then the idea started to grow and take form, when i began to write i made some other sketches, here you can see some of them.