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Harold Is a Robot – Concept #1

Posted in Asides, Technology by engtech on January 07, 2007


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  1. engtech said, on January 07, 2007 at 4:24 am

    I spent a while trying to decide how to start this web comic. Sadly, my drawing skills kind of suck — so that was out of the question (plus there was the whole “lack of scanner” thing). This was rushed out the door because of the entire “X days since Christmas” making the story stale. I think I didn’t successfully capture the idea that he sees all these unsold Christmas trees the store is giving away for free so he has to take them home and decorate them so that they don’t miss out on their raison d’etre.

    My first very first attempt was rudimentary pixel drawings. Very ugly. Next attempt was with Lego, which was a lot harder than I thought it would be. You can create some interesting scenes, but ultimately you’re crippled by the limitations of what blocks you have. I tried using the Lego Digital Designer software on the computer and I really wasn’t happy with it. It’s so hard to get the blocks to friggin’ connect to each other.

    Next step was to try out machinema. I logged into Second Life for the first time, and while I think that’s still an interesting idea, building the models would take such a long time — and that’s even more time spent on the computer. Something I want to get away from.

    So I tried Playdough. Playdough really limits what you can do, but I like the rawness of it. I ran into some issues with lighting and sharpness of the photography, but I didn’t notice them until after I’d taken everything apart. Hopefully I will do better in the future.

    I use Comicbook Creator for assembling the comics. I’m not impressed with it. I would be better off using professional graphics software.

  2. Mr Angry said, on January 07, 2007 at 4:52 am

    Play-do is an excellent solution – modelling possibilities limited only by your imagination. An excellent start!

  3. engtech said, on January 07, 2007 at 5:18 am

    Unfortunately, my limited imagination is usually the problem. :)

  4. […] I was talking past a store the other day and I noticed they were giving away unclaimed Christmas trees. […]

  5. A.J. Valliant said, on January 08, 2007 at 6:13 am

    If there destiny is to stay in your main room for the next six months, I am sure they will.

  6. Christian von Kleist said, on January 08, 2007 at 7:18 am

    Hey, look how far Randall Munroe has taken XKCD with stick figures. Have you seen his Alexa ranking recently? Holy line drawings, Batman!

  7. engtech said, on January 08, 2007 at 8:55 am

    xkcd is amazing though. Hands down one of the funniest comics I’ve ever read.

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