Upgrade, the female automaton from the early life of Steam Powered giraffe. I puzzled for a while about what to do about her. I wanted to include her in my series, but she didn't make it into SPG lore so she didn't have a Copper Elephant War mode. I went through official channels and asked Bunny on tumblr what kind of weapon Upgrade may or may not have had should she theoretically be included in the conflict, but I decided in the end that this is a silly fanart series -- I'm not changing any SPG canon and the whole band is way too busy to care about dumb details about characters that aren't even in the group anymore, so I designed a cool looking gun arm for her and declared it good enough. If in three months Bunny finally gets to my ask and comes up with some cool answer about Upgrade's roll, I'll draw a replacement... but for now, here's Upgrade. She doesn't want to be here.
"And oh, baby let's not lie, it's eyes are alive and pointed up shining light to the sky"
Decided not to stop at three robots. In Bunny's art, The Jon has a shoulder-mounted missile launcher and a smokestack in his head. I wanted to keep his hat on so I had the smoke boiling up from in his core... maybe before his stack can fully deploy.
In case I haven't been clear, all these characters are from the band Steam Powered Giraffe -- including the designs, weapons, lyrics, backstory, etc. I'm just having fun drawing fanart for them. www.steampoweredgiraffe.com
And Rabbit. This was the first one I did. I had a lot more patience with it. And I'm glad because. That face. Those goggles. Though the most difficult part was trying to figure out the expression. Because Rabbit always makes the best faces.
Also Rabbit has a dA. I suggest you follow if you don't already. Because it's fantastic.
The plan was to draw a creepy and cartoony version of Rabbit, but I failed. She became semi-realistic and... cute? I wanted to emphasise the fact that Rabbit's copper face is detachable (and replaceable) like a mask and screwed onto a skeletal structure. The weirdly thin neck is an attempt to interpret the comic version of her and how Bunny does the makeup. ---- The antique copper automaton quite enjoyed the unexpected effect, but she would soon realize why it wasn't a good idea to pour a large amount of liquid dishwashing detergent down her water pipe. ¡əɹəɥʍʎɹəʌə oƃ llıʍ ɯɐoɟ ----
"Colonel Walter was shocked when he learned from the Nile Copper African elephants turning hostile So he built these wonderful automaton blokes And a very big steam powered giraffe what smokes" - Brass Goggles
Until this point in my life it was extremely unusual for me to make fan art. But now I've found a good reason. This is a humble tribute to a very special musical pantomime troupe which has hijacked my heart and mind since I first heard of them in July 2012. I simply love them to bits.
They are Steam Powered Giraffe, a vaudeville/folk rock influenced band consisting of three antique automatons and three humans. The history of the robots goes back to 1896 when they were built by Colonel Peter A. Walter who programmed them to sing and perform music with the ambition to impress and win the heart of Delilah Moreau, a fellow Cavalcadian chemist. But things went horribly wrong. After a series of unfortunate events (involving a destroyed friendship and heartache) the peaceful automatons had to gear up and play the grim role as war machines. To find out what happened; read the touching story about love, burning rivalry, remarkable discoveries and grinding gears: Backstory Page --- Find out more about this remarkable group by going here: Youtube Channel | Official website | Tumblr page | Collection of videos worth seeing
This is how I imagine him to look like in 1896, only hours after his first startup in Walter’s workshop. It’s kind of a follow-up piece to "Steam Powered Warfare" I did earlier. Naturally I wanted him to match his mechanical brethren, only built with a sturdier mid-section to better withstand the blasts from the collapsible artillery cannon in his chest.
If I’ve understood Hatchy’s back story right, his glorious moustache began to grow around the time of the Badger Incident in 1938. Which means his face was bare during the African War.
PS: I've totally forgotten where I found the brown paper texture :/ Probably at a free texture stock website. EDIT (July 15th): The official design for Hatchworth is released and looks absolutely nothing like this. Oh well... I had fun at least :3
Because that's a thing normal people say, right? I said something similar to that in a chat and it suddenly occurred to me how strange that sounds out of context. Sorry any non-Steam Powered Giraffe fans for how weird that is.
But anyway, I thought I'd draw another in the same style as The Spine I drew. So a bunch of scribbles are turning into a series! How exciting! Plus I love the simple color scheme going into these. <3
So because I think we all need some cheering up due to the Grammy letdown, I'm releasing this part early. In fact, I think releasing in sets of three is a good idea. I have a very hard time keeping things to myself, you see.
This is just a project I started because I wanted some fake movie stills. They were originally supposed to be fake anime stills... but I'm allergic to lack of detail. So I can't seem to manage cell shading.
This really makes me want real movie stills. And it makes me really want to work on the movie if there ever is one. Because that would be amazing.
The project does make me use a lot of different skills such as color atmosphere, 'blocking', 'cinematography', script, 'acting' and the like... it's been fun! And also amazing practice.
Well, this'll be an ongoing thing for as long as I've got the energy for it, so you can expect more. I've got several others done already but not in order, so I can't post any other yet.