For my buddies 29th birthday I wanted to put together some wall art for him. He’s huge into 80′s cartoons like Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more but I didn’t want to give him a giant cartoon poster to scare away any ladies he brings over to his house.
I’m not sure where I got the idea, but I decided I want to make a trashy, pulp detective novel starring the 80′s action icon, RoboCop. He’s a detective now, down on his luck after he was fired from the police force for not following the rules. With his faithful dino companion, Grimlock, he solves cases for cash. When April O’Niel walks through his doors looking for some lost turtles, he’s on the case.
It’s the Silver Detective in his case file #4, Mechanical Grind.
I’m working on some character designs for my graphic novel and one of them is going to be a punk girl. This isn’t a version of her, but I wanted to get some random ideas and aesthetics out there. I was also trying some new techniques, mainly the use of Photoshop for my ink lines instead of Illustrator. I’m happy with how it turned out as there is some good variation and difference in stroke, which is hard for me to pull on in Illustrator.
This piece took about 4 hours to make and was done using Photoshop CS5.5 and my touch/tilt sensitive Wacam Intious 4 tablet.
Recently a German based games blog did a feature on me and my artwork. They focused on my steampunk video game characters. If you’d like to see the article, check it out here: http://www.gamesart.de/?p=17122