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Cyberpunk Girl by RobCaswell Cyberpunk Girl by RobCaswell
This is a piece I did sometime around 1990 when I was working in the RPG illustration field. It was done for cross-genre character book by a small publisher in the US northwest. I was going for a rough-and-tumble (William) Gibson Girl. A character with spunk, street smarts, and good tech hackery know-how.

Looking back on this work it... well... has shortcomings. But conceptually it's always been a piece that stuck in mind. For most of my human illustration, back then, I used to shoot Polaroid reference. This was a case where I just jumped in and winged it... and it shows. Try as I might I was just never that good at anatomy out of the head... which is one reason I glommed onto 3D like I did. It takes most of the guess work out anatomy and lets me focus on areas of the craft that I enjoy more than anatomy.

The original is pen and ink on illustration paper.
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Dodes15 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
a woman with realistic proportions, on deviant art? it couldn't be
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Er, well... I wish they were MORE realistic! But thank you all the same :)
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DassKapital Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
I remember buying said book. T'was a compendium of Character/NPC illustrations, was it not? :D

Time has faded the memories, but this brings back a warm feeling of nostalgia. :)

:hug:

Much cheers to you and yours.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
You are right! That was the very book :D
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DassKapital Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
*Bows*

Any more pieces from that collection?

Sadly my copy has not withstood the hands of time, nor moving house...*sigh*

Much cheers to you and yours. :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
I think this piece was in that book as well:

[link]

I'm pretty sure I still have all the originals, but I think these two were the only one's I'm happy to drag out.
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DassKapital Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Ah! *Nods* Yup. :D

Oh, I don't know. I think a lot of the art by most of the contributors had 'Good' and 'Bad' in the mix.

You could always post them all and let folks vote. ;)

Jus' sayin'. :D

Much cheers to you and yours.
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Not bad line art, just looks like you had an issue with foreshortening perspective on with anatomy from memory, which takes many years of figure drawing to hammer out. What did her shirt say?
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Her shirt? Heck if I can remember :lol:

If I hadn't been on deadline with this one I probably could have done the anatomy more justice. That's one reason I really like working in Poser. It takes the anatomy challenge out of the equation and lets me worry about more useful things! ;)
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Definitely found your niche with Poser, good point.
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thats a pretty nice concept and it's also pretty cool how close it was to your latest attempt to that matter (or the opposite way around, rather).
And it's quite interesting how very few has changed in regards to that dystopian character creation. I guess this half military / half outlaw look will stay hip forever :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, a civie in fatigues always seems to say "rebel". Glad you enjoyed the comparison old > new! :)
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
yes I did :)
I like your paintings, you know :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
:lol:
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brings back memories ... of my first retail job! :D
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
You sold keytars?!?!?!
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah ... just your art ... :D (but I did smash a keytar on stage, back when I was touring with Phlegmish Painters in Ptights :D)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
You were their front man, weren't you? Kinda like Psting or Micheal Pstipe?
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Psurely! We even opened for Pstrawberry Alarm Clock once!
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WilliamRumley Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting: you've moved from this to 3-D, and I'm moving in the other direction :lol:
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well it's OK to wiggle back and forth between the two.

What do you want to do with traditional media that 3D is not allowing you to do? In other words, what's driving your "migration"?
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WilliamRumley Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
3-D art holds back some of my vision, and I'm getting tired of telling others that I can't put their ideas to images due to a lack of 3-D content and a lack of both knowledge and money to make my own content. If and when I learn how to digitally draw and paint well enough, I can create pretty much anything. At present I can't even match a customer's hair to anything available to me in 3-D. I also had an idea concerning the same customer regarding a photo of her lounging in a pool. I can't get that idea into a 3-D image without digitally painting in her hair, a 3-D hair model will not work for the idea, even if it's dynamic hair. Hair floating on water is very difficult in that aspect, but with enough skill and technique, it can be done in less than an hour with a digital tablet.

3-D is very fun at times, but constantly I find something lost in translation, when conveying an idea to the medium. A dear friend has an idea, a series really. Her husband is painting a picture of her, and through pictures, there is a story told of how by painting her, he somehow brings her to life and she climbs out of the painting. That just isn't going to happen in the 3-D medium I'm working with, it would be much easier for me to draw or paint it.

Regarding art, I've always been more "physical" with it. Sculpting, crafts, drawing, photography, that sort of thing. One of my goals is to learn to digitally paint well enough to load a 3-D character, pose it, do a quick rendering of it, and then paint over it. Using the rendered figure as a reference, if you will. I just can't see myself starting from scratch in 3-D, too many variables, countless hours of learning, and a *lot* of money to spend on software and hardware, only to run into the same problem with each idea. I suppose I could learn how to make clothing, as the hard work has already been done with the figures I use. Mainly I'm a manga and pinup artist, so naturally using a tablet full-time just makes more sense to me.

I've said a while back that I would want to make 3-D graphics a career, it's just way out of my reach at the moment.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
I certainly know what you mean about the limitations of the medium. But at the same time that presents a challenge that I enjoy. I rarely come to the conclusion that I CAN'T make something happen in 3D.... I just get creative and find a work-around. But that said, I certainly understand where you're coming from.
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RalfMaximus Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yep, Cybergurl is definitely trapped in the 90s. :D

Love the keytaur!

And again, a million billion bonus points for embedding your sig/watermark in the drawing. VERY subtle, very cool.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
LOL! Yep. She's a creature of the period's vision of the future.
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent draw!
(I can draw too)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's been a while since I did a lot of that, so my techniques are pretty rusty at the moment.
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, do I know about the rust ... :(
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Don't you mean "ptrust"?



So... you have "ptrust issues"?
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pterrible ones ... they ptax me. It's ptragic, let me ptell you.
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah?
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hm?
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I said I am surprised you are now 'a bit rusty' at drawing
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well... I'm just out of practice in doing it by hand. It's a different skill set from the 3D stuff. I could probably shake off the rust with effort... if I wanted ;)
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok
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