Freeman Robotics – From Concept to Completion

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When I kicked off this project five months ago I knew it would be a lot of work. But how much work exactly? Let’s just say it would be an understatement to say that I underestimated just how much time it would really take to hand paint and finish forty plus blank resin figures. For two and a half months I endured paint fumes, resin dust, perpetually dirty finger nails, and the lingering smell of paint thinner in my hair that never quite went away. Despite those challenges, I’m happy to announce that the project is finally finished. I hope you enjoy reading about the process behind this true labor of love.

These will all be available on Friday, March 14 at 10am PST in my shop.

Disclaimer: The comment system on my blog is still being attacked by SPAM bots. The anti-spam plug-in isn’t working so if you’d like to comment on anything in this post (or any post), feel free to email me.

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Freeman Robotics goes public

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I finally lifted the veil on my new line of figures at DesignerCon this past weekend in Pasadena. I was able to display an early prototype of one of the robots in the lineup, the U-23, which is manufactured by the fictional Freeman Robotics, a 22nd century robotics corporation that I will be building the world around. I’ve always loved the how the 60′s and 70′s perceived the “future” and that idealistic vision is what will drive the look and feel of the characters and technology in this seemingly utopian landscape.

About the U-23
The U-23 was originally a city owned utility storage unit which has been reconfigured for civilian use. With 10 cubic feet of internal storage, the U-23 mobile storage unit is an indispensable asset for the urban pack rat. 

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Some details about the figure itself:
- 4.5″ tall
- Cast in resin
- Arms have one point of articulation
- Each figure comes with a “power accessory” unit
- Each figure will be completely hand painted and airbrushed by me
- Customized packaging with a lot of fun extras
- Low run of 50 pieces (Breakdown: 25 standard figures, 4 variants at 5 each, and 10 DIY blanks).

I plan to release these around mid-January. I will be documenting the process of painting a figure from start to finish so you guys can see how much work goes into each one. Stay tuned!

Partial photo credit to Vinyl Pulse

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The Master Prototype
The one I quickly painted for DesignerCon was the first version of the prototype. There were calibration issues with the 3D printer and the results were less than ideal. It was run a second time and the new version (see below) is perfect. This is the version that the resin copies will be cast from.

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Pacific Rim – Print Release

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Despite the critic’s negative reviews, Pacific Rim was my favorite movie of the summer (and possibly the past two summers). While the dialog wasn’t oscar worthy by any means, the part with the giant mechs punching giant monsters in the face? It brought out the kid in me all over again. After watching the film, I knew I HAD to add it to my movie poster series. It was a no brainer. That said, I hope you enjoy my little love letter to Pacific Rim. It’s full of fun easter eggs and nods to some pivotal moments in the movie.

Standard (Edition of 100) / “Night Stalker” variant (Edition of 30)

Releases tomorrow (8/30) at 10am PST.
http://store.thebeastisback.com/pacific-rim

Getting it Printed

First, my blog is fully functional again. My comment system wasn’t protected and SPAM bots were having a field day with it (1,500+ comments were added PER DAY). Anyway, the problem has been rectified so I can finally make this section of my site useful again.

A lot of people have asked me about how I create my prints. While I’m no expert in the intricacies of printing technology, I have figured out a work flow that produces consistent results (for my self at least).

General disclaimer: I just want to point that I have been using Epson as my printer brand of choice since 2003. I am not familiar with Canon or HP interfaces/print dialog boxes. Everything I point out in this post applies to Epson specifically. While you may be able to take away some of the general concepts to apply to your Canon/HP setup, I have no experience working with them so I can’t offer much help (if any at all).

That said, let’s begin!

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Who You Gonna Call?

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I’ll be announcing via Twitter sometime next week when these will be up for sale in my shop.

You can check out the full project (including my sketches) here.

UPDATE: If you missed it on Twitter, I will be releasing the print tomorrow, 8/27, at 10am PST.


16×20″ / Strictly limited to 100 prints, signed and numbered