After my last Inktober sketch dump, guess which daftie forgot to update with the rest of her Inktober sketches? THIS DAFTIE.
I didn’t get too far with Inktober because the house move kicked into high gear half-way through, but I got a couple of cool pieces out of it. My last sketches were from ALL THE BROKEN THINGS.
All in all, this was a really fun challenge that brought out some fun aspects of my style. I hope to get more art done before the end of the year.
This lady is Anna Macfarlane, a Scottish-Indian mecha engineer. Anna and her mum both have have CMT disease, but Anna wears a powered exoskeleton to help compensate for her failing legs. She likes all night anime marathons, late night cheese on toast, and taking down monsters.
This thing’s a Manaha mecha, a military scarecrow built to look and move like a big human. It draws the enemies attacks away from the other mechs in the fleet.
The “Red Skeleton” is still in the “uncanny valley” stage of robot design, with movements that are too fast, or too jerky, or both at once.
It was originally planned to be AI-controlled, but design flaws mean that it requires a single human pilot who wears it like a suit. A weird, fleshy suit with squishy artificial muscle lining. Manahas have guns built into their forearms, and occasionally carry bigass blast shields.
I did a massive detailed sketch for this, then decided I liked the simple silhouette better.
A much quicker, messier piece to go with my Manaha — the HOWND doggie doombot. I really need to redraw this one in a more simple style like the Manaha, I haven’t quite got it down right yet.
With the cyan Celtic spirals off, the HOWND is armed and ready for quick, stealthy scouting missions in the dark. With lights on, it’s a fancy military showpiece that looks good out on parade.
It has guns on its hackles. I tried to draw them. I TRIED.