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One 2013 resolution was creating more ‘realistic’ mechanical designs in my personal work as a lot of recent demos and things have been quite ‘made up’ sci-fi tech (with lens flares!) so here was some sort of humanoid utility robot to get the ball rolling. Like a more developed Boston Dynamics ‘Petman’ type robot that could be used for the military, similar territory Long and i explored on the DRONE webseries. When you head into the ‘realistic humanoid military robot’ territory it is hard to get away from (but i will try!) the brilliant work my co-workers Christian Pearce, Greg Broadmore and especially Aaron Beck have done the past few years and of course Shirow’s GIS work before that. This type of design is pretty fun but also feels a bit limiting in a way, it always feels more like being a slave to research and gathering way too many military/medical/robotics photos to make sure everything looks like it could be built by current day or slightly future manufacturing processes, i guess its just getting used to thinking within a set of more rigid limitations…… milled aluminum looking forms for body chassis, hexapod neck pistons, chunky/angular head forms, hexagonal ‘stealth’ panel breakups, aerials, helicopter vision optics, NO GLOWING LIGHTS especially for eyes etc (all basic rules/guidelines learned from working with Aaron Beck). Though if you aren’t careful it can start to look like a pile of stacked rectangular boxes like mine did, will try to avoid that next time. :P

ZBrush + PS
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Zen-Magus Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017
looks like it has a strong neck
artjillesoom Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
really like the lighting 
DQSanchez Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
hey its chappie, ha that's nice.
Chocolain Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Chappie's older model, perhaps...? XD
eyeconartist Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Incredible work. Love, not only the detail, but your lighting.
ScratchyDragon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
SentientMeat Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
ahh, is this original? i could totally see the impact of your work on Elysium
poppadopadum Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I like how excessively strong the hydraulics in the neck look :L. You are talented.
bently96 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing concept :>
jvgce Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
the head it's like a small droid attach to the body to form a humanoid~~~ very nice work man~~~
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You and Aaron Beck seem to be at the forefront of robot design; I am wondering where you draw your inspiration from? Real-world drones and such?
BenMauro Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I would have to say Aaron is at the forefront of creating 'realistic' robot design as all the things i am doing in this image are learned from him. Do not think i am close to worthy of that honor at all.

Inspiration basically from all the things mentioned in the above description. Real world fighter jets, helicopters, robotics, hexapods/pistons, cars.....anything and everything Masamune Shirow. A lot of the time detailing this was research, too many military photos and medical robotics photos etc.

Basically looking at real world designs and mechanics and applying them to an imaginary design, understanding how things are built and why something looks the way it does and applying it to a robot.... and in most instances here directly chopping in parts like the connector joints from the neck hexapod to the head is an actual connector on an actual Hexapod so it would actually bend and rotate properly. As mentioned above it almost becomes a bit limiting for me as i would draw something i would have to run back to my reference and look to see if that would actually work, or finding real world parts that function similarly or exactly to what i am drawing.

This is def a starting point for me this year, will be pushing into new territory throughout the rest of 2013. Look forward to sharing some new stuff soon. :)
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting. It seems like Aaron has sort of redefined how robots should be drawn, at least for Western artists. I need to get researching and catch up!
fan2assassin Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Cool robot.. ^_^_
False-Chr1st Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
when i saw this i thought district 9 for a second...
black3825 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
For a short moment... I saw a Tachikoma in this picture.

But it wasn't...
BenMauro Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Totally, Shirow all the way! Though i think it looks more like the face of the tank spider mech from the end of the first 'Ghost in the Shell' film.
black3825 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Eh, maybe... It's because there are so many designs to the Think-tanks that you tend to see similairities.

I just finished watching the stand alone complex a few days ago. Pretty sad ending...
BenMauro Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah probably closer to these guys than a tachikoma.



black3825 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013

Also, that first one will always remind me of Metal Gear Rex.

nbear1 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
i absolutely love your work! your robot makes me so jealous that i cant draw like that.
NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
cool! what a machine..
QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Seriously, for all the "limitations", you made a great looking robot.
SKILLZ001 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
like the realistic tech-style, cool work!
innverted Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
i cant stop looking at this :D
gogitaFroggies1 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is amazong. It reminds of the art style used on the robots in Halo 4
DamimanJWZ Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Filmographer
Wow! I love this concept art style! I've seen similar art from aaron beck. great stuff...
faved this :)
matiaspaez Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, love the neck mechanics!
Shraznar Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
reminds me of R-110 from time splitters!
iamfuturetrunks Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Interesting design.
DX-101 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
having one of this around would be so cool :D nice verry nice work ^^
BurenErdene Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice Machine, U should make a full body design of it.
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