Hah, Shirow is so semantically ingrained into my aesthetic vocabulary at this point, regarding mecha especially, that his stylistic motifs seep through whether I consciously intend them to or not! = p Thanks, Daniel, I'm glad you like it.
Yeah, it was the "melon" that really attracted me to his design in the first place! (What can I say, I'm a sucker for the melons I guess.) Kind of a cross between a porpoise and a Global Hawk, which has always struch me as somewhat cetacean-lookin' in its own right.
Oh hellz yeah, that would be awesome! In fact Rob and I were talking about how Venus has a really high atmospheric pressure (92 terrestrial atms at the surface!), so that the "aquatic" styling of these mecha, like deep-sea diving suits, might not be too far off.
Aw, thanks man, that's one of the kindest compliments I've ever gotten, I think! Bottom line is, I Scrap stuff like this because it's not finished to my satisfaction--too many smudges, scribbles, and tool marks, and no refined surface treatment. I'm also pretty picky about which drawings I *DO* finish--i.e. clean up and polish, shade or color, do postproduction in Photoshop. This one doesn't really make the cut, by my standards...Really I just wanted to explore some of the possibilities inherent in Rob's original design.
You know man, I'm not sure I'm cut out for professional concept design...I think you have to be really reliable, able to "produce on demand." My artistic assets (not sure the right word for that) are pretty fickle. I go through long "dry spells" where I can't draw at all.
But again, I really appreciate your esteem and confidence...Means a lot to me!