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Harpy Lineart -Assault Ver. by Rob-Cavanna Harpy Lineart -Assault Ver. by Rob-Cavanna
Armed to tha teeth! Or perhaps to the talons?
-Head mounted 20mm machine gun
-Left hip pylon: unguided rockets
-Right hip pylon: anti-personnel grenade launcher
-Main armament: single shot long range cannon; fires HV anti-armor shells.

Would like to do some color studies next; urban camo ver, air police ver, racing ver, etc etc...
But I'll probably bounce to another project for a while.

Unarmed recon version here: [link]
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:iconmrjumpmanv4:
MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
something irks me about where the gun is...
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Again, I stand by the gun placement. :nod: Already made numerous comments previously about balance and stability.
And if it looks like he's slingin' a giant package... so be it. :D
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ltla9000311 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very unique design. I like it alot! You mention that you were thinking about doing some camo versions? Would it be alright if I do one for you? I won't do one until I hear back from you. I wouldn't ask if I didn't really like your design!

Thanks, ltla9000311
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Totally OK w/ me. In fact, I'd really enjoy that!

Note me w/ your e-mail if you'd like me to send you a black and white image on a white background, w/ no extra junk.
Or if you'd rather not, I can post the B&W to scraps and make it available for download...
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ltla9000311 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet!

Yeah a b/w with no background would be good.

My email is: ltla9000311@gmail.com

Talk with ya later.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Just sent!

I see you enjoy color study as much as I do. :D
Personally, I always wanted to do some of these;
-Police
-Urban camo
-Racing
-Other Military
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ltla9000311 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Rob,(it is Rob right?)

I'll give some of those a try if you don't mind. The one problem I am trying to figure out how to do in Photoshop is getting the textures to "lay" in the direction the surface it's on. If you know what I mean.....

I do have a problem though, it seems google and gmail are down at the moment. (9:00 pm Pacific time) Which sucks cause I could have one done this evening for you to take a look at. As an aside, anything I do I'll send to you so you can post it on your DA page. It would be cool if you mentioned my name along the way though. ;P

If you have the time, can you resend the file to:

ltla9000311@yahoo.com

That's my old email address that I use as a backup from time to time.

Hope to here from you soon,

Todd
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Resent to new e-mail address. No problem about giving credit when posting colored art. And I'm sure you've got me covered too.

I know just what you mean about the texture issue. I think this is especially problematic when you use a geometric pixel camo, which gives away an overly flat texture immediately, and I might avoid those exactly for that reason. I have a few tips:

-A good shadow layer and highlight layer will help create the illusion of your texture 'wrapping' around the surface. Even if it's just laid in flat.
-You can always try masking parallel plane areas, and then skewing the perspective of your texture to match that angle.
-My homemade angular camo recipe is made using filters like crystallize and pointilize. Experimentation recommended.

All of the above is exactly how I do stuff like this: [link]

cheers!
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ltla9000311 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! I look at that pic and realize I have a long way to go in my art progression in photoshop! Very nice indeed! I feel like my stuff is like my 4 year old with a box of crayons compared to your work! Don't get me wrong, I'm still gonna have a go at it. Time to get to work......
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Yikes, hope I didn't intimidate you! If you could see my first photoshop works... they're pretty damn lousy!

Just trying to illustrate the above techniques in practice. Having fun is important too. No expectations or pressure whatsoever.
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:iconthebrightdark:
thebrightdark Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010   Writer
sweet! there is just something about a crouch mounted high powered, armor piercig cannon that i like :D
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
When you've got no arms... wear the big gun where it counts!
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Mwhahahahahahahahha
LOL, This robot is literally a dick! =D
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Very interesting design. Looks like it was designed to fight in the air or on the plains. For hilly or mountainous country the main gun is mounted too low. Not that I'm criticizing! It is an awesome pic!
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Designed for sniping at target bellow. More or less like an attack helicopter. Probably best at urban combat. If you care to browse earlier comments, pretty sure I go into lengthier detail.
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Thanks. Been having bandwidth problems tonight. I usually do scan the comments to avoid repeat thoughts.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
I know the problem.
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Yeah. I use an air card. (NO DSL where I live. Bummer :()
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:iconxperimental00:
Xperimental00 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, crotch cannon...
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Actually, a very practical place to mount a cannon in terms of recoil stability.
Downside is that he'd have a hard time sniping from an elevated position while remaining concealed.

... then there's the pointing and laughing. Hurts his feelings. :(
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Xperimental00 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Way better position than the usual shoulders. Shell-firing shoulder cannons would most likely knock the mech down in my opinion.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Exactly. Unless the sucker is super-heavy or in a kneeling position, which both have tactical drawbacks.
But then, shoulder firing may work better from any entrenched fixed positions...

The crotch-shot is probably ideal for firing from a hover -elevated above the target.
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Xperimental00 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Or from the open too.
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DavidCurser Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
with a giant penis xD
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Biggest in town. :XD:
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DavidCurser Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
xD shoot from the hips?! needs a high firing position.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
:laughing:
He reeeeally enjoys shooting at tall buildings.
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DavidCurser Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
xD *spary* erm... *shoot!* xD
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GloveHead Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
Wow. I'm amazed that this hasn't been faved more.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
Nice of you to say so. It's possible that the lack of fan-art in my gallery accounts for relatively weak traffic. Original stuff, sadly, isn't quite so popular or easy to come across. :/

Thanks for the support, tho! :D
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Endo74 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Student Interface Designer
the gun on the far right hip looks stuck on...

i'm not convinced it's attached...

as far as the
20 mm (sniper rifle?)...dude..talk about phallic insinuation!!

i hope this mech takes it easy w/ the ladies... that could hurt! :rofl:
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
The side thigh mounts are designed to accommodate a variety of weapons, so yeah, you could say it is stuck on. Built for quick refits in the field. That gun is also on a pivot, so it has some up down action like the rockets on the opposite side. The alternative was to design in-board weapons bays, but that wasn't my plan. I'm gonna do color studies for civy and military models, so I needed the flexibility.

Guilty on the phallic cannon! Surprised you're the first to comment on that. The fact is that the crotch is just a great place to mount heavy weapons from a center of balance point of view. Especially for a top heavy gal like this. I refuse to be shy about big phallic crotch guns. General philosophy of mine.

But since she's a Harpy, then I guess it's really "cannon envy". :D

Last note: If this were in a game, I see this more as an enemy craft, something cheap and plentiful that you can gun down swarms of in your larger mech. (Like how Harpies harass Kratos in God of War). So the awkwardness should ultimately inspire folks to blow them apart.

Which I think you might be happy to do, no? :giggle:
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Endo74 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Student Interface Designer
hahaha... :giggle:

"cannon envy"....
or
hermaphrodite mech..?! :D
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askarapunma Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
learning more by watching your gallery....
please up load more mecha :)

thanks
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
I'm definately working on it! Will eventually swing back towards character art, but for now I seem to be in a steady mecha mode.

I also enjoy learning from other DA artists' mecha design and technique. I recommend checking out the mech artists in my favs gallery. Those guys are mech aces! :thumbsup:B-)
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askarapunma Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
yes RoB my friend thanks for sharing.....
god i am glad joining DA...and meet lot of friends
like you are...lol
^_^
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
You said it! This is a pretty awesome creative resource. The more you put in, the more you get out.
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dlredscorpion Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Professional Artist
Ah its a sniper type mech for urban warfare. Was beginning to wonder what was the flight unit for.

Nearly thought they could separate and be deployed as a independent attack unit. :)
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
Yep, it's a rooftop hopper. Largely inspired by a certain mech in Shirow's appleseed manga vol 4. Has basically similar engine mounting and flight dynamic.
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dlredscorpion Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Professional Artist
haha yeah i get what you mean. Jump jets are essentials for urban combats especially in cases for mechs.
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fuchsiart Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Love this one Rob!!!
:D
clean strong lines and a perfectly matched Background :D
Well Done!
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Thanks very much for the :+favlove: Alessia!

On a side note, ever been to Lago Maggiore? It's not far from Milano... Il mio padre si è sviluppato in su intorno là.
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fuchsiart Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
You're welcome Rob :)

Yes i've been there more then once to spend a sunday afternoon on the lakeshore with an icecream :)
wonderful place :D
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
My father grew up in Arona -a good access point to the Lake if you're getting off the train from Milan. He always tells people he's from Milano though (because 1. he studied there 2. no one knows Arona here 3. He doesn't want to sound like a bumpkin). Yup, gelato and vista sul lago is fun. But I guess they have a new Andy Warhol museum there now?

Milano is a great place too. Last time I was there it was summer 2000. Hot. Went to see Leonardo's L'Ultima Cena. Good times.
Cheers!
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nky-guy Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
sweet! the mechhead gamer in me is already statting out parts of it in Mekton Zeta in my head as I type this
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Heh, heh. Go nuts!
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CGVickers Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
A very interesting design and some of the cleanest lineart I've seen. Great perspective work too. With all the intakes up top, is this a flight or hover model? I'm enjoying the detail in your weapons and vents. All in all, a good design though from a personal stand point, it looks a little top heavy and slightly odd without arms but thats just a personl preference. Good work man.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Hey Chris, thanks for the response! :thumbsup: This approach was partly inspired by your great technical facility. Lineart is clean because it was 99% meticulously stroked. Glad you think the perspective passes. Looked dodgy to me at first, but checked OK in horiz flip, so I let it pass.

Flight or hover? Somewhere in between. Designed for short rooftop hops in between sniping activity. Capable of longer duration higher alt. flight, but at great expense to fuel supply and operation time. A sprinter, but no marathon runner. Let's say she's got some WIG effect for low-level ground pursuit ops. Ideal for police and military patrols.

Top heavy-ness is offset by majority of downward thrust being generated well above center of gravity. Engineered this way for greater stability while firing heavy recoil arms mid-flight. Also offset by heavy weapons mounted bellow waistline, for same reason. (See, you ain't the only one one who puts too much thought into his mechs).

As for being armless? Well... thus the name Harpy. See here for some sweet mythological ref by Mess Studio's Juji: [link]

Thanks again for the input!
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CGVickers Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
I'm very impressed by your thought process and description. I'm sorry to say that I missed the name reference but now that I know, it makes a lot of sense. Good pick. The design makes a lot more sense now that I know your reasoning and I have to say I like it a lot more too. Great work once again : )
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Guess I should take that as a sign to include more technical info & specs under artist's comments, rather than yaking about the creative process. There 'll be opportunity for that when I go to color, but perhaps a good rule of thumb from now on.

Again, I really appreciate your comments and contribution. The fact that you're impressed is somewhat of a victory for me :trophy:. I consider your mech art among the absolute best on :devart: Cheers!
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