April; time for the kick off to a more intense flow of TKP works... although last month had been a seeming quiet period we've actually been rather busy (gah... I still have a lot of messages piling up here O_o).
To start things off we have the line work to an updated design of the oldest TKP sendai character that exists; Gumbinnen "Gumbee/Gumms" Sems. In fact, it could be said that the original version of this guy, created all the way back in 1990, IS the source from which all of TKP's bio-mechanical characters and aesthetics sprang from as Pallas Athena did from Zeus's head.
The only other posting of this character appears here, in a form much closer to the original: [link]
However in updating Gumbinnen I took great care in maintaining the core visual aesthetics of the original design, both for nostalgic reasons and simply the old original design was a rather unique looking creation (I'll have to post it soon, likely in scraps or possibly an extended post on the Vulne Pro blog). That original design is also the source of the aero-frame nosecone aesthetics much of my Theos FOIL designs have (which was why
and I hit it off so well as he was doing similar things visually). Gumbinnen is where it all started.
I'm posting this monochrome presentation of the line art with the shading layer and textures on (including the bakelite parts which look more bronze here). The full color is done but I will post that a little later
Gumbinnen Sems is a combat taedus so this means he's bonded to a human user. He works as an I.P.I.O. with said human who's his partner Heath Wuthering: [link]
Becasue Gumms is a taedus this means he's about 5 feet tall from ground to tips of the tail fins so he's roughly 4 feet or so where his head and primary eye line falls.
Gumbinnen lives with Heath at the Ark Cafe in Genuaš and is a free sendai. More detailed information about him will be in the full color posting to follow. There is a lot more to come...
Digital inks and colors in Photoshop CS3.