Had the chance to road trip down to my favorite state of Utah and found some time to sketch a bit outside on the iPad Pro. It’s not always easy to find shade but it’s always fun to stretch those muscles.
Last year I went through a phase where I would spend free moments during the day recombining an Advent calendar LEGO Snowspeeder and Falcon into new micro scale spaceships and fighters. I took pictures of most of their permutations and decided that giving them paintovers would be a fun way finish and flesh out their form.
I love working within constraints, and I really enjoyed working with these limited amount of LEGO bricks to make these and then paint over them while still respecting their overall form and shape.
The renders took an hour or 3 each. I tried to keep them to a consistent level of detail and polish, but there was some drift, especially when i came back to one after a few weeks or month.
I set off looking to make a ground vehicle who’se only job was to fire backwards to defend the rear of convoys.
After a few rounds of thumbnails and iteration - and through no fault of my own - I ended up with something madmaxian and pulled out the tried and true “propeller airplane drivetrain” idea I used for the “Wasteland Scout”
It's been 200 years since the munition reserves were exhausted but this old weapon of war is still a capable force of nature that can turn the tides of battle.
I set out to make some kind of 'lost technology' mech existing in a fuedal environment. These old relics are piloted by families and passed down between the generations - fighting on behalf of the highest bidder.
YouTube's algorithm started taking me down the custom rock crawler/mudder path so was inspired to do something along those lines.
Also have been interested in getting a small camper trailer for awhile now, but a sketch of my dream trailer quickly turned into some kind of mobile tank turret that units could pull behind them and set up to protect flanks. These auto cannons have limited mobility and can set up for months at a time.
I love vehicles with articulated external suspension arms... So here is a moon pickup truck!
A page of thumbnails spiraled into a series of funky looking gunships - culminating in this 5 winged weirdo seen here.
Went down a rabbit hole in late 2017 and early 2018 figuring out fun new ways for a 'tank' to move around with a combination of hover skids and an articulated drive wheel that adds stability.
Started off with a more fun stylized alternate history WW2 feel.
Kept refining the idea and focusing on how it would operate in a transport mode while pushing the design more contemporary.
I've been interested with this interlocking hard-suit design since reading Anathem and doing research on diving suits. Here was an abandoned sketch of a utility suit in a hanger ready to go weld some stuff!
Lifeboats (and escape pod) doodles. Trying to find fun mixes of form and function is my favorite aspect to concept art.
Submersible Recovery Vehicle
This vehicle uses its 8 articulated legs with integrated impellers to propel itself into position. It can then settle to the work site and use a variaty of tools to complete the mission at hand.
This modern backhoe uses mechanical muscles rather than hydraulics to cut down on moving parts and increase dependability. The wheels are slightly independent and can splay out to lower the center of gravity and act as outriggers.
I've been wanting to put a few of my self-driving 'auto' design ideas to paper so starting with this as my test bed. These vehicles will need ways to quickly hot-swap their batteries at service bays throughout the day and communicate clearly with external users. One thing not shown here is them being covered head to toe with banner ads... but maybe next time.
More doodles and sketches from 2017