Now that Titanzer has a protagonist and we’ve seen how easier designs can look, let’s move onto a hard one - Johnny Yamamoto. As a a playful inventor type, I needed him to look a bit off-kilter but also put together. A dashing hero that got excited by insane ideas. This turned out to be a huge challenge. Making him scruffy didn’t work. Slightly deranged with heavy eyes looked too creepy. So I kept searching, having to try new approaches I never had to before. Finally I read about doing silouhettes first, and after a lot of attempts I found one that worked.
But that was just the beginning. See how many pictures I drew up there? Nobody ever told me you can spend months figuring out a hairline. However, it was worth it: look at that magnificent hair. Now all I needed to do was figure out his body shape, which I’ll get to in the next bit.
If you like what you see, take a stroll over to Titanzer and see him for yourself. Or you can start the whole story from the beginning right here.
Everybody gets a face-full of Chunky Ben today on today’s Titanzer, so it’s time to talk about him. As opposed to everyone else in the story, Ben only took a quick sketch to figure out his design. It was a lucky break, considering every other character took a lot longer. (Wait till we get to Johnny - whooboy).
The design came easy, but figuring out his personality definitely did not. As the main villain, he needed to be distinct in a way that made him interesting but not tediously annoying. In the first draft he was a silent, brooding warrior. But that made him horribly boring as the story went on, the only one being a grump in the corner. Instead I made him a cranky buttwipe with no idea how to swear right.
The idea of making him a hodgepodge of cybernetic parts goes even further back than that. I like the idea of cyborg chop shops existing in the future, a culture of stealing parts to install them in back alley garages. And if you’re already putting stolen machinery in your body, why not install something to boost your ego, like a bunch of AI programs? I know I’d probably do it. It’d make asking for a raise a whole lot easier.
The first full week of Titanzer is over and we’ve met our first character: The Bank Teller. The teller came together pretty fast compared to everyone else you’ll meet in the story. The most difficult part of its design was the head shape. I started with a very normal appearance, then shifted into the round, marble-like head you see above with the built in LCD screen.
Designed by its corporate designers to be friendly, nonthreatening, and completely forgettable, the Bank Teller Robot is a triumph of slightly annoying robotics. Kind, tedious, yet always happy to help, this customer support droid can not only make you glad it could help you, but equally (if not more) happy to finally get away from it.
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