Shobrick meets Cole Blaq – Neo Tokyo

 Occasionally things take time…

…so now we can finally kick off the results of our collaboration work.

Some time ago Shobrick and I collaborated for this project. Shobrick is a great photographer and director. After an introduction by Nicolas Forsans, Shobrick got in touch with me. He sent me a few images and asked if I can make a mech for a scene he had in mind. Somewhere between Shirow and Kojima. He told me about the setting and stuff, so I could get the vibe and the direction he was heading to.

 

After a few versions this 6-legged walker tank | Hexapod was finally designed. You can find the stand-alone images of the tank and building notes further down >>>. After attaching some decals to it, the Hexapod was sent to Shobrick.

Shobrick then did his magic. He gathered his crew of set designers (Paul de Laroche, Frédéric Mercier and his son Anton) and other great people help designing, creating and staging the setting. This was great to follow along while the ruins started developing with other details such as the neon signs and billboards. Once the setting was developed Shobrick took the photos at at an impressible high end performance.

And the result is breath-taking!

For more information on the production process make sure to check out Shobrick – Flickr | InstaHomepage

For Shobrick this was his last project with the bricks for now as he wants to further follow his path of being a film director. I am proud to have been able to work with him.

Enough foreword, without further ado here comes the show:


NEO TOKYO: The Story

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4

– image credits and copyright by Shobrick –

The other images will be published / added here over the next days, so make sure to come back for some visual delight ;-))

– Gallery (stand alone mech) –

-Building Notes-

The model needed dynamic posing alongside articulation combined with a plausible and aesthetic pleasing design. Getting the right balance between form and function was the leading light for this build.

The first inspiration led to a direction with a dog or animal like mech. Taking a different direction, the former body was replaced by the Hexapod design later on. Only the head and the color scheme were adopted from the prior version. One reason was that there to be some kind of heavy artillery as it should be a designated war machine, staged in combat scenes. This and a plausible, functional design with ‘play’ features directed the frame to be highly articulated and moveable. The special play feature is the rotating weapons platform which in reverse direction can snug together with the head, giving it a compact and heavy armored feeling. Once rotated the cannon moves into action. Two weapon slots on the front legs allow close range combat, 8 launchers attached to the sides of the platform allow additional performance.

 

The final image series have been published in the Geek magazine S09E03

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Claas Xerion

Following my soft spot for cutting edge farming machines in terms of design and functions I made an adaption of the Claas Xerion. This one was built in addition to the John Deere Forwarder I presented previously.

The challenge was to make it minifig-suitable, that means quite small. In addition I wanted to incorporate the rotating cabin.

(click the image to see the rotation in action)

– Gallery –

 

In addition here are the break down shots if you would like to build your own version or just see how the construction looks like.

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Hello, my name is…[Jungle Boogie edit/ A’maze’ing flipside]

A friend requested me to do a new version of Hello, my name is…

Original version [bnw shadow session]

Padberg meets Cole Session [image credit to M. Padberg]

Paint edit_flipside rmx

And here is the fresh Jungle Boogie version alongside the A’maze’ing flipside remix

– Full gallery –

 

 

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John Deere Forwarder 1910 G (re-design)

A redesign of a creation from 2010.

Now with more accuracy, details and functions:

  • dual wheel suspension
  • rotating and leveling cabin
  • retractable front blade/stabilizer
  • balljoint axle connection between the engine and the trailer
  • boom arm
  • replaceable boom heads, this version features a timber milling machine
  • versatile load space

– Gallery –

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Urban Sculptures Exhibition [photo update]

I was invited to be part of the group exhibition ‘URBAN SCULPTURES‘ @ Pretty Portal – Urban Art Gallery over the last weeks.

Some fresh stuff from me, which is heavy on the Graffiti|StreetArt|BrickArt side, was and is currently still on display.

– Gallery –

Thanks to widewalls for the coverage of the show.

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Milli Ways

Floating through space and time, searching for connections…

Milly Ways, 2016

Plastic bricks & glue

13.1 x 16.1 x 7.5 cm

– Gallery –

Including rendered versions (credits to Mecabricks and blender)

 

 

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Kinich Ahau

Deities of the Ch’aak, ancient immatriculations of stone and fire…

Kinich Ahau

Plastic bricks

2016

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Hot Matrjoshka

‘The fire eating through layers, the core unveils it’s content. Trapped in the eternal play between macro- and micro cosmoses.’

This is a retake, improving the quality and adding some more atmosphere.

Hot Matrjoshka

Plastic bricks & acrylic paint

2011 / 2016

 

– Gallery 2016 edit –

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Off the Wall

This is stand alone piece as well an entity of something larger, eventually.

Off the Wall

Plastic Bricks

2016

3.6 x 4.9 x 4.8 cm, interlocked

The stand-alone-piece consists of two perfectly interlocking sides. The two elements have many different arranging possibilities. There is also a version with barbed wire added.

– Gallery 2017 edit –

There is a conceptual idea beyond the stand-alone-pieces. That is creating an installation consisting of 16 same ‘Off the Wall’ pieces while each one being individual as well as being part of a larger picture…  Head over to the Kickstarter campaign to find out more.

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