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Simple Mecha Draw-Paint Tut by Foxi-5 Simple Mecha Draw-Paint Tut by Foxi-5
Howdy all, 'cause I was off work yesterday, I was reallllllly bored having to lay around. So I thought I'd show peeps how I get a simple mechy thing drawn.

Anyhow, it's a tiny show and tell. But, there ain't much to it. I guess there's a lot more conceptual stuff that can be done, and layering techniques, and painting and roughing and so on. But hey, that'll probably need a books worth.

For now, if this helps anyone, great! If not. Oh well. I'm still learning myself, so if anyone's got tips, share em round. :)

::::::::::Special Note::::::::::::::::::::
(Hey, can people let me know, are these things worth doing? IE: Does it actually help anybody? If so, please say, or let me know what you are having trouble with, then I can probably do another one with that in mind. Also I may do a ' Parts rotation' for going from 2d to 3d bit next time... Anyone interested in that??)

Chowsies all.
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Crosswire40 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO useful! I've been looking for a proper mech tutorial for AGES. Thank you so much for making this!
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Vinyoli Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Whe have REALLY diferent definations of simple
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herxg-sticky-rice Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does parts turn you on? Oh my. Lol. I love to draw eyes, human eyes.

I love to draw in variety of ways. Thanks for the tutorial. I'll sure use the tips.
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BunnyCurry Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Thanks for this tutorial. im trying to de-gayify my mecha for a while now. it look too common. if it turn out well can i tag you and i want you to see it.. im already sketching the new version of it and i think it look kewl. im gonna try and colour it soon 
pls ma'am/sir Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] 
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Yep, I love to view other people's mechs. Let me know when you finish. :)
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BunnyCurry Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
YAY THANKS!!! ILL TAG AND NOTE YOU WHEN IM DONE!!! Llama Emoji-37 (Teehee) [V2] 
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odcinki Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Writer
"This is how you de-gayify a mech" - this's just made my day :D
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airknightart Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
this is an awesome tutorial! ^^
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Brilliant job, plenty of advice for everyone!
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JKMlive Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like a gundam like robot with a humanoid body
but this one is very well done
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Allard-Liao Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Y'know, this design reminds me most of a Warhammer/Battlemaster fusion: [link] + [link]
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
NICE GOING!
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ralkon Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
friend o mine says its the Nova Cat Alternate 6, is he right?
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Nope, I dont even know what a Nova Cat is? I make and design all my mechs from scratch.
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ralkon Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, well that makes two of us that don't know what it is
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ralkon Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if its not to much trouble could you do tut on mech swords?
thanks this was extremely helpful
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Mech swords... That's something that I'd probably leave out. Bludgeoning weapons however.. :)

Must say, I don't really like mechs with swords.. They never seemed all that practical, as tough metal armour would be extremely difficult to slice, no matter how sharp the blade.. Cant get my mind away from that fact...
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ralkon Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats why you don't sharpen the blades think about it. while an extremely sharp weapon will cut better then a dull one, it will also weaken and deteriorate after then a dull sword, and if you're talking about mech sword the technological level of the era is most likely able to support a thin saw-like edge that radiates electricity as it move, therefore becoming a much more effective weapon... sorry if that sounds a little nerdy, but hey i've always loved swords, and would you be able to make a tut on lighter, faster mechs? i don't really like the usually bulky style the have

thanks for the respond though ;) good luck with anything you may be working on at the moment
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
I've actually drawn a new version of a light mech, but I can't display it here sadly. Looks quite quick! More resembling the Eva types. I think the Evangelion types are most suitable for fast mechs.

Nah, swords I can't really see that happening with mechs.
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Slartybardfast Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Try the bunker-buster approach; even if 'Laser blades' or 'vibrating saw-blades' don't work, few things can stand up to a solid enough spike of reinforced heavy metal the size of a small school bus being rammed into a target by your mech's momentum and/or pneumatic/explosive-powered thrust.

In the Armored Core series of mech games, they had examples of both laser blades and these 'physical' or 'parrying' blades, and used them well.

Worth looking into, I assure you. :)
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
For the moment, I'd like to leave the StarWars'y blades out just for now. I'm actually working on a game structure and they don't -quite- fit as yet. I think in time perhaps... But right now, bludgeoning and punching is good.

I've actually got 'Booster Powered Arms' in my set (at home), which propel the striking arm from the elbow with an explosive thrust. The arm units have rocket cells attached at that point. Lyra's mech is a perfect example of what I'm referring to, however, she went the whole hog and got the Power Claws as well, which can do massive crushing damage. Lyra's hands are deadly!

Additionally I was planning on using a special 'enemy' weapon that gets injected into a mech via a sharp spine, a liquid is shot in and then it explodes, doing critical damage to internal structure, but only minor to external... But it's also on hold.

Do you know much about game building? :) Yep, I do remember Armoured Core, the old one! :D
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Slartybardfast Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a Mechanical Engineering Sophomore, but I've always enjoyed both video games and mechs. I am no programmer or anything, but I am experienced enough with playing and critiquing games to know how things can and would be done.
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Ah there you go! You sounded like you had a reasonable head on your shoulders! :) I am a mech eng too.
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ralkon Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
don't worry, i see your point
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Adeptus-Noctem Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Straight to my favourites!! Great tutorial, thanks for sharing it with us :D
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ZaXo-KenIchi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I really like this. I'm so used to drawing humans that I usually skip the step where you put basic shapes in to find the correct anatomical setup. Therefore, I never thought to use said step for drawing a mech... it makes things a billion times easier. Not to mention, the coloring section of this tutorial will help me a lot since I'm new at that. Thanks, this is awesome!
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xZhi-Dux Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
This is great. I'm probably gonna start on my personal mech tomorrow and for fun/challenge I'll use the point system as well. Currently I'm using my fiance's laptop "Tron" so I don't have the PhotoShop that I'm comfortable with on my laptop "BFC - Big Fucking Computer". Which means... I'll be hand drawing everything and doing A LOT of erasing. xD
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TheEnigmatic8 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Marvelous! I wanna draw mechs but I'm completely retarded with photoshop.
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Kaijuprince Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
I always liked a Megas XLR style paint job myself.
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BahamutFury82 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Nice tutorial man! I was looking for something new to draw, and this seems to fit my needs. Not only is this a great tutorial for mechas, but it's a great yet simple method for coloring and shading, tutorials for which seem to be lacking. :+fav:ed.
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Lord-Malachi Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is awesome! Now I just gotta see if I can make it work for doing lineart by hand... As much as I love my tablet I love doing lines on paper more for some unknown reason lol.
I'll see if I can't do something with this now though, thanks :)
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thepope1932 Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This has been a big help, thanks!
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Ghost-Eyes Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MY GOD
thank you so much for this
exactly what i was looking for XD
do you have any others like it?
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
Only what I've left on here.... Will get around to putting something else up one day. But currenlty too unwell for anything. :(

Hope this helps anyway. :)
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Ghost-Eyes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it was great thankyou very muchly :) anf get well soon :)
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ARTRIAD Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Beyond cool!
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kinme90 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
This is fantastic! So comprehensible! <3
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Great!
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ShellshockNB Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
HEy Foxie this is really good stuff But I usually hand draw and then scan and work from there I have a Death Angel Class Kodiak Heavy Gear I'm starting to work on. Any Input will be very welcome I will Upload various stages of work on it
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wolf-nova5 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Sweet - might try my hand at this later.

Great tutorial!
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StormyHotWolf88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Professional Filmographer
gosh why are tutorials like this so hard to find! LOL Thanks a lot for this!
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Zemby Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Wow, this is just what I needed. ^^ This tutorial is already working for me; it's easier to draw some parts now. :3

Thanks for the time you put into this! And that part rotation you mentioned sounds like a good idea. :3
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thedarknessking Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
wicked this is the best tutorial on mechs ever!!! i normally end up failing at drawing mechs
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Cool, well I hope it inspires. I found drawing block things initially starts me off. Draw, erase, draw, erase. Have fun! :)
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Desertpunk312 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
awesome!!!!!!!!!
thanks alot!
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Gobo64 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Helpful for digital work, and some of the more traditional media as well. Good work.
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Thanks. Great to know! :)
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novafox Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I might be able to make a few mechs stuck in my head with this tutorial.
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Excellent, note me when you do them. I would love to see.
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novafox Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well ran into my age old enemy, line work.
So far experimenting with proper shading foundation afterwards as well despite the ';poor' line work and toying around with various layers to get the desired colors as the layer color mixing is different for most people or possibly subjects as well for example your tutorial didnt seem to like the idea word for word of the color blue off white.

Ill send you a note when I get something more presentable though, if you're really interested to see what I made first you can pay a visit its still on the first page of my gallery. Should stick out a bit, its my first 'lined' in over a year. Being lineless for so long does have a perverse effect.
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