I've been posting these in a sketchbook thread but decided to put them here for easier viewing.
I recently participated in an event called "March of robots", where artists attempt to make a robot everyday either for fun or experience.
All robots are exploratory speed models made in Sketchup, UV unwrapped in 3dsmax, and textured/rendered in Substance Painter.
The first 7 were made one per day, and slowly tapered off until the final count of 13. To make it a true learning experience I tried doing something new with each one, make it a colored render if possible, and also attempt to follow the official prompts.
Learning how to subdivide, first use of hdri render in Substance Painter
First model created specifically for subdivision
Realistic damage masks and painted decals, hdri resolution improvement
First time using cloth simulation in Sketchup, faster boolean operations, bezier curves, translucent textures in Painter, decal mask usage
New plugins used for mesh bending and UV texture coordination
Advanced texture masks, stencils, layer flow, copy objects along spline plugin
Obj import, 3ds HD rig object linking
Import procedure for live model updates in Twinmotion
Procedural texture usage, VFX rendering in Painter
Advanced material detailing
FumeFX shape manipulation, refraction rendering
Helix plugin usage, mesh displacement effects
Did not finish render, will revisit at a later date
13 falls way short of how many I was shooting for, but the last
attempt with something like this only made it to 3, so I count it as a
Thanks for viewing, hoping to make more on the next attempt.
Good amount of variety but they all look very basic, which might be hard to avoid when working with a tight timelimit but would be good to improve upon. The background in the renders are all solid but I think you can improve the robots. They all look very monolithic, try to cut up the big shapes into smaller parts with more panel lines and less "5cm thick solid metal" pieces.
Think of how this wouldve been produced in reality, would they be able to machine a solid metal piece like this? Would they really make every edge 90°? Would all of the edges and corners be equally worn?