Another challange from the illustration studygroup. We had to create our own Jeager from the movie pacific rim. Was really fun. A and if anyone want to follow us or read a blod just go here -> illustrationstudygroup.blogspo…
Out of curiosity, would you be willing to make an edit of this picture for me? I have my own OC Jaeger team that originated from Norway. I only ask because this is eerily similar to how I envisioned their Jaeger, Midnight Fenrir, as appearing. If anything the only difference is the color scheme! I'd understand if you say no, however.
Yeah, I'm also finishing up my personal Jaeger, and after purchasing the Pacific Rim artbook, I echo your sentiments: IT'S FREAKING WAAAY HARD to come up with a Jaeger design that doesn't directly come from any outside cultural influence! The bigger elements are IMO the most difficult to come up with that don't look like it's been ripped from some anime or cartoon. I've been watching a ton of Youtube concept art videos (Scott Robertson and John Park are my faves so far) and their personal design techniques have helped me greatly in thinking up of my own. I hope to finish this up by this weekend so I could post it up.
Regarding your design, I really do enjoy it! The chest and shoulder pieces remind me of Starcraft's Terran Marines without directly referencing it outright. The shoulder end pieces and biceps are freaking hot as all get-out! Awesome stuff!
Man scott Robertson is the man. I studied all his dvd on how to draw cars and aircrafts. He was actually one of the first artist that learned me how to draw in 3d.
What i usually find helpful when designing is just to start off really simple and decide what kind of overall design you want. Like for this Jaeger i wanted some kind of boxing body, so really heavy on the top, huge arms and thick but simple legs. Then you start to loosely adding big shapes to see what looks cool. When you are happy with the big shapes start to break it down to smaller and smaller shapes while still having a powerful overall design. And be loose let happy accident occur you want to work with the painting from a distance first before you even think about zooming in.