August 29th, 2014
asteroidbeltblues:

Asteroid.
August 28th, 2014

Another post from my new Tumblr - Asteroid Belt Blues.

asteroidbeltblues:

Five Ships.

Main Image:

Top Left - Jerusalem Class inter-rock courier. One or two man crew. (Ganymede Flag).

Top Right - Gas Freighter. Helium 3 Variant.

Bottom Left - Lizard Industries Single Crew Courier (not atmospheric rated).

Bottom Right - UNP Customs Clipper. Viper Class.

Centre - Baffin IV Survey Ship. Two or three man crew. (Showing damage from eruptions on Io).

August 26th, 2014
asteroidbeltblues:

Life among the rocks.

Two man, inter-settlement freighter. Used to ferry supplies and fuel. Can couple a variety of cargo units allowing for greater capacity.

asteroidbeltblues:

Life among the rocks.

Two man, inter-settlement freighter. Used to ferry supplies and fuel. Can couple a variety of cargo units allowing for greater capacity.

August 25th, 2014

My new project…

asteroidbeltblues:

Various ships, flyers, freighters, jigs and speeders.

A selection of craft that ply their trade between settlements in the asteroid belt and as far out as the outer planets. Mining and processing rocks for metals and rare-earth elements before selling them on to the established and up-and-coming outposts between Mars and Neptune.

Many of the craft are built just for work in the vacuum of space, no need for aerodynamics or streamlining. Basic agglomerations of control pods, living quarters and cargo units. Some of the freighters and skiffs occasionally skim the atmospheres of the gas giants to collect gases and materials for the F-Drives that power almost all craft, blade-like fins and rudders give extra control in these rarified environments.

Many of the ships are based on old designs, modified and upgraded when necessary. Parts and technology interchangeable between many different classes of craft, resulting in the mongrel look of this rag-tag fleet.

New Projects

Well, the Droids are done - although as I’ve mentioned in a previous post I will be coming back to them - so it’s time for a new project.

Today I posted my first post over at Asteroid Belt Blues, my new Tumblr. I’ll be posting illustrations, sketches and some writing here, expanding on some of the space ship and science fiction drawings I’ve been doing alongside my droids. I want to create a believable world, a near future where the asteroid belt and outer planets are the new frontier. 

It would be great if you followed me here, and I’d welcome your thoughts and comments.

I also have another project I’m beginning, not an illustrative one, so I won’t really be posting updates. Today I’ve begun a children’s story, which will hopefully become a book. I’ve had some ideas swirling around my head for a while, so I thought it was time I did something about it. I’m giving myself a year to write and illustrate it, and to submit it to publishers. I have no idea if that’s a realistic time frame, but I’ll give it a go.

baratock:
Work in Progress Jellyfish Droid

Baratock has made a fantastic 3D render of one of my droids! How cool is that?!Can’t wait to see what he does with it next. Colour? Texture?
It’s a version of this droid… http://adroidaday.tumblr.com/post/59235132475/droid-9-recon-drone

baratock:

Work in Progress Jellyfish Droid

Baratock has made a fantastic 3D render of one of my droids! How cool is that?!

Can’t wait to see what he does with it next. Colour? Texture?

It’s a version of this droid… http://adroidaday.tumblr.com/post/59235132475/droid-9-recon-drone
August 24th, 2014

Tentacles!!!

One of the themes of my droids has to be tentacles! I don’t know why but I do love drawing a nice set of tentacles (no sniggering at the back). I quite like drawing octopus and squid too, so it’s not just droids.

There’s definitely a weird hybrid of jellyfish and octopus going on in most of these, with hints of The Matrix and The Empire Strikes Back.

August 23rd, 2014
Reposting some favourites… this from August last year.
Droid #3
Scout Droid.
This was the third of my droids, and already I’ve gone from a five minute doodle to something more detailed. Here’s a hint of all the tentacled droids to come, and an obvious affection for the Imperial Probe from The Empire Strikes Back.
Very little difference in line weight, something it took me a long time to grasp.

Reposting some favourites… this from August last year.

Droid #3

Scout Droid.

This was the third of my droids, and already I’ve gone from a five minute doodle to something more detailed. Here’s a hint of all the tentacled droids to come, and an obvious affection for the Imperial Probe from The Empire Strikes Back.

Very little difference in line weight, something it took me a long time to grasp.

August 21st, 2014

First and last.

Droid #1 and Droid #365.

I don’t think, in terms of progression, comparing my first and last droids is quite fair. When I started my project I envisaged spending five or ten minutes a day on my drawings. What actually happened was that I very quickly got into the habit of spending as long as I could drawing each droid.

#1 was very definitely a five minute doodle. By comparison, #365 was the product of a couple of sketches, a detailed pencil drawing and a reasonably time-consuming bit of line work.

All of that doesn’t mean I don’t feel I progressed with my drawing. I think I learnt a lot over the last year, particularly about my pen work. I certainly have a few more tricks now when it comes to representing different textures or materials.

One aspect that didn’t improve was my figure drawing. That’s pretty much because I didn’t really make the time to practice. One of my aims over the next year is definitely to take some life-drawing classes.

August 20th, 2014

What’s next for A Droid A Day?

Well the project is over, so no more daily droids, but that doesn’t mean I’m abandoning this Tumblr completely.

Over the next week or two I’ll repost some of my favourite droids from the last year, and I’ll also go back and rework some droids that I liked, but perhaps didn’t have enough time to do them justice. I’ll probably add some colour to a few more too.

In addition to that I’m working on getting some limited edition screen prints produced, and I’m planning on putting together a little book of droid sketches. When I have more to tell about that I’ll post it here.

Once again a huge thanks to the nearly 7,000 people who have followed this blog for the last 12 months. I’ve really appreciated the support and I’m grateful for every like, reblog and comment. Without you I’m sure I’d have found a way to give up on this project long ago.

You can find more of my work over on Instagram - Instagram.com/thisnorthernboy

and on my blog - thisnorthernboy.wordpress.com

and feel free to follow me on twitter - twitter.com/thisnorthernboy

August 17th, 2014

adroidaday:

Droid #365

The End of Everything.

Well, that’s it. The last droid. 365 days, 365 drawing of robots, droids, mechs, cyborgs, drones, probes. The end. (Almost)

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has followed me over the past year here on Tumblr, I really couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for all the likes and reblogs, and a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the lovely comments.

August 16th, 2014

Droid #365

The End of Everything.

Well, that’s it. The last droid. 365 days, 365 drawing of robots, droids, mechs, cyborgs, drones, probes. The end. (Almost)

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has followed me over the past year here on Tumblr, I really couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for all the likes and reblogs, and a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the lovely comments.

August 15th, 2014

adroidaday:

Droid #364

The Watcher.

Pencil and Copic marker in my Moleskine.

My penultimate droid…

I started this project on August 17th 2013. 364 days ago. I never thought I’d get to this day. I imagined, at some point, probably after thirty or forty days of drawing, that I’d find some excuse to stop, and that I’d let this project quietly die. I’m slightly amazed that didn’t happen. So here I am, one day away from completing a year long project. As someone who quit his A-Levels after six weeks, was kicked out of art college - twice, and still doesn’t have a 25m swimming badge, this is quite a moment.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. One more day. Let’s just keep this together one more day.

Droid #364

The Watcher.

Pencil and Copic marker in my Moleskine.

My penultimate droid…

I started this project on August 17th 2013. 364 days ago. I never thought I’d get to this point. I imagined, at some point, probably after thirty or forty days of drawing, that I’d find some excuse to stop, and that I’d let this project quietly die. I’m slightly amazed that didn’t happen. So here I am, one day away from completing a year long project. As someone who quite his A-Levels after six weeks, was kicked out of art college - twice, and still doesn’t have a 25m swimming badge, this is quite a moment.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. One more day. Let’s just keep this together one more day.

As a new project, you should design a race, like a whole cuture, bit by bit. Including, history, cultures, technologies, religions.. then introduce a binary oposition.. and slowly introduce more and more of this universe until you have a whoooole thing that's like a story except there's no real plot, just a world for us all to peep into.
Asketh - originalbunsenturner

Hi,

In a way I’ve already begun to do that, but on a smaller scale. You might have seen that I sometimes write descriptions to go with my droids? In my head they’re all part of a specific timeline in our solar system. I’ve also drawn a bunch of spaceships that populate the same ‘world’.

There’ll definitely be more of that.