Slightly delayed due to epic quest to capture pirate kittens. Yar! XD Yes, spent the day wrangling pirate kittens... on a boat... no less. OK, the boat was on land but still a boat, HA!
OK, this one has been a long time coming. Most likely one of my most complex (if not THE most) TKP FOILs I've created so far; the cubist-esque fractal beast Mirari 0. This is actually the 2nd pass on this idea as I have had a cubist FOIL (and have done cubist inspired sendai before as well) in mind from the very beginning of Theos's inception.
Sometime around 2000-2001 I had a notion of a marquee FOIL being cubist themed and a few years later I began the first pass (never posted though I probably should have, it was well before the pseudo cubist stuff in the Transformers movies). That first pass just never clicked with me so I shelved it. Well this current attempt really came together rather quickly, it just flowed.
Lavess SoSo Mirai 0
Combat Cavalry FOIL late 4th generation.
(The word mirari was an ancient word for a fantastic wish-granting artifact, tapping into its wielder's desires and making them real. Latin root of mirror and miracle)
The Lavess SoSo Mirari 0 is completely custom machine, there are no mass produced versions. This visually outrageous beast is a one of a kind. The machine was built for Indus's ace pilot Saa Katsual. The Mirari 0 is a visual personification of Ordo ab Chao (Order out of Chaos) with it's highly complex fractal pattern breaking surfaces. Lavess SoSo FOILs are typically custom built, one off, machines. Thus far Lavess SoSo has yet to build a mass produced model although anything is possible.
Saa ends up becoming the primary rival of Endial Koh, TKP's central protagonist, so I had wanted Saa to have a rather "different" FOIL from the get go. Attempting a design with a cubist theme (of course not true cubism, this is the TKP setting afterall) seemed like an interesting idea to pursue.
I expect this will be a work in progress to some degree so I consider this more proof of concept than anything. I'm very happy with the result so far though. My goal was to make sure it looked cubist-esque, looked like a FOIL, and have some sense of visual flow, no matter how chaotic... and maintain my sanity XD
Successful, or not, it gets the idea across of a highly fractal cubist themed FOIL. The result has a rather aggressive aesthetic.
Digital paint conversion, in CS3, of a pencil thumbnail. The light star field BG is from a copyright free collection of illustrations book I have, it seemed apt for this one. The original FOIL thumb is here: [link]
Middle top. I rather liked the silhouette and took it from there.
Well, this one out of the way (for now) so more to come