Digital Arts Project: Robots!!!

The project we were given in my Fundamentals of Digital Imaging had pretty open instructions.  Simply, we had to show a sequence and we could choose if we wanted to do stills or video and if we wanted to do photography, film, photoshopped imaging, or native program derived art.  I chose that last one.  My project was done in Maya 2014.

 

The idea I came up with was to mimic the well known image set of the evolution of man.

You've seen this at some point in your life.
You’ve seen this at some point in your life.

My take on it was to replace the sapiens with both an extension of ourselves and of what we’ve made.  I decided that would best be done through personifying  robots.  I know I know, it may be cliche to use robots in 3D arts, but I’m a student.  Students are allowed to do cliche.  😛

 

This is what I came up with….

I will show or at least talk about all of their doodads and special pieces later.
I will show or at least talk about all of their doodads and special pieces later.

 

First we have our most basic point in the evolution…

Wind it up, otherwise, it'll just kinda sit there.
Wind it up, otherwise, it’ll just kinda sit there.

Complete with a wind up key and a wee little light bulb.  I figured the color scheme should make you feel like this is less of a bot and more of an old timey toy.

 

Next up we have lights…

Camera...
Camera…

Action!!  Modeled after one of those cams from the early film era, he was fun to make.  I figured black, silver, and transparent blue for glass fit the scheme.

 

Third in line…

Do you hear that sound?  Yes, yes you do.
Do you hear that sound? Yes, yes you do.

A bot personifying our advances in music production.  I hope you like the color scheme, the wood panel alone should make this stand out (maybe?).  You will notice, for the most part, the bots don’t really outgrow the classic black/silver combo.

 

Fourth up is…

Colorful and very fun to make.
Colorful and very fun to make.

A blast from our past.  Proof that style can just be wrong and right at the exact same time.  I modeled the torso and arms after a jacket I actually had as a kid.  You can’t see from this angle, but there’s a battery on his back.  I just remember everything being battery powered as a kiddo.  Notice the static?  There’s never anything good on tv, now is there?

 

Enter our number five…

Reboot! Reboot! Reboot!  >:T
Reboot! Reboot! Reboot! >:T

Aye, the blue screen of death.  I should have just textured the entire bot with that screen.  Let’s call this one an ode to frustration.  Like the flannel?  Bleach white tennis shoes to go with it.  I don’t actually think the scroll wheel was around in 98, but still, it along with the forearm keyboard complete the computer theme.

 

And our final bot from present day…

I may have to blur some of this.  Jebus protect me!
I may have to blur some of this. Jebus protect me!

The light weight, coffee-fueled bot.  Everyone does the same thing, but yet, we all think we are special little snowflakes.  If your computer/laptop/tablet sees more use at a coffee shop, you are this one.  Don’t deny it.  *sips from coffee cup*  What?

 

Take a bow, guys…

Bye!!
You haven’t rigged us!!!  We can’t bow!!

 

Bye!!

 

P.s. feel free to comment, ask questions, whatever.  I like input.

 

P.p.s.  Video incoming.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxig5Bzo8KI&feature=youtu.be  Somehow one of the mistakes from the first rendering made it into this video.  /shrug.  It’s been fixed in the stills, so I guess I will try re-rendering on another day… not at 3 am.  😛