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Mirage buddha 1-12-11 by sledgeviper Mirage buddha 1-12-11 by sledgeviper
been having this idea kicking around in my head for sometime now... i've always wanted to draw a Mortar Headd (Marionette) decorated as if on parade via float, with banners and ornate armor decorating it, while people all over are festive and merry. this one i wanted a female mecha (i'll do other mecha's on parade as time goes on.)

so for the moment, this is the MK1 Mirage, but i plan to make it into the Mk3 (which will only exist in this drawing [maybe cause it's farther down in the future?.]

i started off by drawing the buildings at the sides and in the background so i had an idea of how to place the Mirage.

i wasn't entirely sure what i wanted in the way of poses for the arms... holding a sword?... nah... holding a banner in it's hand?... closer... in a meditative position with it's hands in the ways of japanese buddhist mantras?... much better.

i only wish i could present it at a higher zoom, but i've got that option set on max on DA. i could resize it, but that'll be down the road.

here i employed a very useful tactic, i drew a grid on the backside of the page, this way i don't mess up the grid as i erase and i have reference points (the grid) that doesn't distract the eye as i draw, or while being viewed. i used photoshop to do the symmetry, but i'll draw my own symmetry as i progress farther into the design. hand drawn, 11x14 semi-transparent paper. the mechs' left side is the orignal.
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imJEANNEus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
i'm normally not into mecha... it's so angular and stiff... but this is really amazing... wow. :wow:
sledgeviper Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
with time... one learns to balance each design with rigidity and curves. because what happens when it's all the same? nothing is unique, and nothing catches the eye, cause everything is battling for the eyes attention, but they all look the same.

for there to be one,
one must be made of two,
and those two
are eithers' opposite. (yin and yang)

this law is in all art theories, it applies to every minute detail, everything as a whole, every theory within a theory of a theory.
imJEANNEus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
i never really thought about it that way... but it's a really beautiful way of looking at it. it's almost like art is meant to create harmony between the most unlikely things.
sledgeviper Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
precisely. =D
3ihard Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   Digital Artist
kiriya56 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student General Artist
wow, almost like it's real ^^ great
mikecharles Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Daeouse Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool!!
73H-FR33M4N Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It looks really elegant
ky27 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
calistudmuffin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
BEST ONE so far.... i love the dynamics in this one. keep at man... i wouldnt be surprised if in 5 or less years or so u have your own animation. now that would be an achievement!
Silverlion Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Very nice
PuppetChaos Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Mecha on parade? That's actually an interesting idea, and considering tanks, jeeps, and other military vehicles are in parades in real life - why wouldn't a mecha be in one?
VZMk2 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist
Very beautifully done.
Peterhoff3 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
I love your Mortar Headds!!!
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January 12, 2011
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