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At this point I felt like this guy needed something more so I added a few arms. I tried different sizes and placement for the additional arms and this configuration looked the best to me. I also worked on cleaning the image up and added the glassy green orb shape in the belly and in the shoulders.
At this stage I took the vector image into Adobe Photoshop and used the magic wand tool to select just the black shape. On a new layer I began loosely laying in the colors.
I started this robot design by creating and distorting random shapes in Adobe Illustrator. At this point I was just looking for an interesting shape to work with. Illustrator is great at this stage because it gives you an infinitely scaleable vector image to work with. Illustrator's tools make it easy to create shapes, distort, flip, and align them, but you can use basically the same process in any art software.
From a recent piece titled "Descent".
I tried out several possibilities for the robot's appendages and finally settled on some hands, pincher type graspers, and two different styles of some kind of electrode probe...things. Other than that, it was just some polishing and dropping in a rough ground to show the robot is non-mobile and that was it. Here is a close up of part of the upper body. Take a look at my illustrations to see the full final image.