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August 21, 2009
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WIP - Stratus concept Final by mqken WIP - Stratus concept Final by mqken
Not finished yet, I need to finish making the flight mode, leg transformation and sword transformation, and pilot.

Well, final version of Stratus. Front and back view. It's pretty much as realistic as I want this mech to get. Seriously, I've gone through 5 versions of this mech, and I'm finally happy with it. Future concept art that I want to include Stratus with, will pretty much follow this design. This gives me a good back and front look of stratus so I can follow it's design closely in my future concept art of Windrider.

Anywayz, to kick my own butt, please check out this 2007 version of stratus. It's a piece of crap compared to the final version.
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TacticianMark Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
O.M.G. I salute you, master of the next-generation of mecha XD
mqken Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD too high of a praise man, I still got a long way to go. But thanks :D
Rekkou Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Certainly more realistic and conceptual more than before. by the way here's something you should know, many people actually think "as long as it looks gundamish then it's not original" and somehow it ended up with "as long as it doesn't look like gundam then it's original". Well my point is if that's what your mech need then don't be ashamed to have it, i've seen a person here who is so prideful of his original and always saying other is just copying to other but then ended up being just "not a gundam"
mqken Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah you're right :)

But for me, breaking away from gundam designs is really just trying to break through the mindset of the designs. You know? For example, if I'm drawing a mecha head, somehow I can only imagine that it has 2 eyes, a tiara, a pointy chin, and a triangular-ish face. It's basically my attempt to have more versatility of design, so I try to avoid the gundam theme as much as possible.

But you're right, and I shouldn't be ashamed if it looks like Gundams, they're all just mech designs :)
dlredscorpion Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Artist
well to be precise........ most ppl only know Gundam. Especially the younger viewers. They only know them 'Gundams' cause thats is the only mecha anime they ever watched. Probably code gease too, but i dont blame them if they go ' OH It looks like a gundam'.

But there no harm in experimenting more radical design. Take for example ZOE 2nd runner Vic Viper. Transformable, stylish and powerful and features it own unique look that is original to the mech.

IF you really wanna try breaking off normal mech design, an advise i can give you is to experiment with non humanoid design. You will learn tons there along the way and how to improve on parts and implementing different variations of part to work with other parts in design aspects. ;)
mqken Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's true man. I'll try to do that more often :)
dlredscorpion Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Artist
haha aye then, have fun like always ;)
novafox Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
massive improvement in refinement
mqken Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah this version is much more realistic. I kept the good parts of the old versions and improved on the overall design. I especially like the head now, it doesn't look too gundam-ish anymore :D
novafox Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Remember that redoing a style entirely is not always be best way to go, espeically when it comes to updating older art. You can easily take an older concept update it and still keep within the same general theme of course being able to iterate more designs from something more basic is a good skill to have none the less as there are tough customers out there that wants to have what you already worked on but want something different about it.

Have you tried maybe another style design of the same old mech maybe something closer to its original? I mean it could have been a popular design back in its day and the enemies might have stolen and improved on it in thier own way and style.
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