For the fall motoring season, Micromegas AG commissioned a short run of replicas of the Calumet Sixty Special from the AIGO design house on Titan. These were unveiled by Gessler himself at a gala event at the Titan City core. In typical style, the reveal was done as a series of structured leaks culminating in a holographic shoot out and car chase through the core center featuring the likenesses of the original Butler Gang.
While rarely licensed by the Laclede estate, this event had not only the blessing of Laclede Mythopoetics LLC proper, but the author of the saga herself was there, albeit in fragmentary form. A certified gestalt quorum had uploaded itself into a suitable fixture, which delivered a few words after the formal announcement itself. Another chapter in the saga was hinted at, though the question of authorship has become muddy after a century, and the term ‘ghost writer’ takes on a new significance.
The Sixty Special is currently available from the usual outlets for lease, term purchase, or simulation.
(3ds Max w/Mental Ray, Photoshop, caffeine, and a soul in torment)
I’ve now reached the limit of what I can model from the original concept. What follows now is a bit more intricate and subtle (and slow!).
Eventually, this will have a detailed interior, motor, and undercarriage. For now I’m going to concentrate on the rear and various surface details that the drawing left off. I also am going to try and get some better renders and a more interesting background.
Here’s a first pass of materials in Mental Ray. It’s a nice renderer, but the documentation is pretty bad. If I can make this look right, I’ll try and make a tutorial to get the look. One thing I can tell you so far: With chromed surfaces it’s very important to get the shape right. Something like a truck bumper is really just a steel stamping that leaves minute wrinkles and other manufacturing artifacts, particularly at the corners. You wouldn’t see it with most surfaces, but raytraced chrome will bring all your sins to light.
Am I a crosspost dreaming that I’m a shitpost, or a shitpost dreaming that I’m a crosspost? It is a mystery.
I’ve got the main shapes for the Special roughed in, and I now stand at the crossroads of how much detail I’m going to put into it all. I think I’m going to set it down and paint for a little while, though.
Also, GI + Scanline = It is 2003. Go ahead, call the cops.
I had a couple of requests for Valentine themed art in my ask box, so here’s some Mitzi and Zib from way back when (late, of course, because that’s how Tracy do).
Maybe that’s what it feels like, thin and fleeting while the world disintegrates around you. One clear mark on your core, until time and contact wear it away. Infinitely fragile, but undeniably real for the few moments that it exists.
Greetings and thanks to all the new viewers and followers I picked up from Lackadaisy. I think I should do something Lackadaisy themed as thanks for the exposure and the kind words, but much of what I’m doing these days is a sort of meta-fanart for Tracy’s comic anyhow.
It’s difficult to overstate the influence of her work on my own artistic development, but I did already like cats. I’m quite sure that helped, too.
Time permitting, I’ll post a progress shot of this model whenever I’ve made (arguably) interesting progress on it.