For a couple of years, I have had this idea of doing a crazy machine or factory. For whatever reason, I never explored it. Although, I’m guessing the idea of creating it scared me some because I knew the visual imagery needed to be strong. After completing Urban Warfare, I decided to make that leap…and the initial success has been great. Right now, I see this style, if you will, as something I can really build and strengthen. It follows along with my interest in perspective and structures. It has the possibility of being fun and energetic. It can go in multiple directions without feeling stale. And when I really think about it, I’ve loved these types of scenes for many years. Here’s a list…
- Tom’s mouse traps to catch Jerry
- Rube Goldberg (original cartoons and actual machines)
- Cog commercial for Honda
- OK Go “This Too Shall Pass” music video
- Looney Tunes contraptions
- Rube Goldberg inspired games
I could go on. Plus, I was even drawing crazy contraptions when I was a kid. Cabbage Patch Kids were all the rage when I was 8 or 9. Since I am a boy and I did not like this new popular toy, my friends and I drew these machines that would destroy Cabbage Patch Kids in all of these crazy ways. Who would have thought I’d still be thinking of these drawings 25 years later?
The above image is my first shot at a crazy factory. Basically, it is a contraption that makes breakfast. I’m going to reserve talking about it in detail for now, so let’s just say I’m generally excited about where all of this is headed. With that excitement, though, I’ve decided to approach the beginnings of this direction differently than how I have approached my work in the past.
- I’m not going to focus on the finished product. While I have a target of when I would like to have at least one of these completed, I’m not going to quickly put it in the done folder until I’ve really explored every possibility. I want to experiment with color and texture and line weight and that won’t happen if I push to just “get it done”.
- Since I see this style really growing, I’m going to sketch 3 ideas before even touching Illustrator. If I have more to choose from, I might see more possibilities and not get frustrated if the first one doesn’t turn out.
- And when I am drawing, I’m going to focus on detail and humor. Some of my favorite illustrators and artists use both of these in stunning fashion. While these themes are important to me, I don’t always practice it as much as I should.
Now, I need to do the work. Sometimes I feel a little wishy washy since I seem to be jumping from idea to idea, but I don’t believe the jumps are as dramatic as they might seem. I have to trust this is all a part of the process and I truly am “on” to something.