Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bigfoot Emerges

A fun little sketch, hope you like it.  I always enjoy drawing from life.....

Monday, February 8, 2010

Ray-Gun 5: The Laser Lamprey

Alright, this is the last one for now.....this is designed for a space pirate.  I had an older drawing of a pirate, holding a severed head among other distasteful things, which I posted on this blog, and sticking out of his coat was the beginnings of this gun....the handle with the serpent's mouth.  So I pulled those shapes out of that file and started in on this, trying to mix the feeling of old and futuristic.

I guess this also keeps with the nautical theme of the last post.  I don't know why these .jpg files aren't showing up larger when you click on them, but I think I've got it worked out feel free to get a better look at these Retro Ray Guns.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Ray-Gun 4: The Shackelton Crackler

This one is rifle-sized...trying to get back to something very retro, in material and shape.  The ridge of fins on the main body are for heat-dispersion of the plasma core, and the spheres are electrical dynamos for an added two stages, increasing power augmentation of the plasma beam.

Originally was going to call this the "Brass Hammer" but on Friday a co-worker shared with me that modern explorers had found a case of whisky that was left behind when Shackelton's expedition to the South Pole failed. Their ship was caught in the ice and eventually crushed; they had to abandon ship onto the ice, taking only what they could transport.  The article stated that the goal was to reverse-engineer this blend of booze and make it anew--great idea, it practically markets and sells itself!  It comes with a built-in legend.

If you want to read a great book on Shackelton's trip, "Endurance" by Alfred Lansing is the one to read, in my opinion.  Try to get an edition with photos to better illustrate the conditions these men were pitted against, it's truly an amazing story from the end of the Age of Exploration.

So here it is, the Shackelton Crackler!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Ray-Gun 3: The Iron & Glass Corditizor

This heavy pistol utilizes plasma, supplied by an external top-mounted storage capsule, mixed with atmospheric oxygen and electricity from an internal D-cell battery to produce a super-charged blast of energy, vaporizing anything in it's range.
This weapon takes its cues from Steampunk design as much as old-school futurism.  I like all the bells and whistles.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Ray-Gun 2: The Vektor-Light "Lite"

Hand-held cousin to the heavier Vektor-Light rifle, this weapon fires concentrated photons of light.  This pistol comes with an optional long-range target-finder scope with a dial to control the intensity of the blast.

Ahh, I'm not in the mood to invent pseudo-descriptive mumbo-jumbo today.  This gun reminds me of the shape of the old Nintendo gray-and-orange light gun that you used to play Duck Hunt.  I like the shaping at the end of the barrel, and the dial on the back of the "scope" attachment.  Nice and slick and shiny.

I've been listening to a metal band called "Vektor" so I named this one after them.   Check them out, they're retro-thrash with a sound and theme like VoiVod.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ray-Gun 1: The Atomic Discombobulator

I came across this site with retro-styled space guns, and it inspired me.
WETA Rayguns
I've since been looking at all kinds of these guns, there is a plethora.  I was surprised to find how much Han Solo's gun looks like Buck Roger's!  Check it out for yourself.

I drew a few of my own of varying success so I'll post them and more as they come.  They're fun to design and draw, the shapes are cool to play with.  I was asked if I'm really into Sci-Fi because I'm drawing these guns, I had to say no, I'd much rather look at the Rocketeer than read about him.  There's something about classic atomic style, there's nothing like it.

I picked up the core of this gun from an old drawing of a toy I had as a kid, I'd modernized the action figure and he needed a weapon so this was it.  I added the cool fin and made it sleeker and longer.  It's plain, but I'm liking this one.

All vector, drawn in Illustrator CS4.