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Tutorial: How to build a bot by Marrekie Tutorial: How to build a bot by Marrekie
In the past few months I received some questions on how I design my various mechs and the likes. Here you have some tips & tricks & do's & don'ts. The most important tip though (which isn't even in the tutorial) is to arrange for some proper, kick@$$ music when designing your stuff.
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3stanFX Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is very helpful! not very detailed but you will surely get the point.. Thanks!
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just came across this tutorial, and I have to say... How did you get ahold of my secrets?! :XD:

I started a mecha a couple years ago based on :iconmecha-master: design. I was going to post the results, but he doesn't like fan art, so I kept it to myself, but I pretty much established the same "build it to the side" concept you stated here. The only difference is that I made my metal man from the ground up. I oddly enough also used a similar method of coloring at the time, but haven't reused that method since then.

About the only difference that I do is I made up "swivel spots" on each of my components and then grouped a bunch of components, so that if I wanted to change his position of his arm, it also changes the position for the elbow, the forearm, the wrist and the hand and fingers.
This was also my intent to do what would be my first animation of 3D attempt, but I never followed up with that...

Very nice presentation. :nod:
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Kalith Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I gave this a read... I'm a bit rusty... I just wanted to say that having the components off to the side so you can edit them individually is a really neat idea!
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aconnoll Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very practical and sensible advice! Keeping it simple while maintaining sight of the big picture. Ive definitely taken away positives from this. Thank you so much :)
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Thanks for the positive feedback. I'm glad to've been of help!
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DzArethusa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Did you use google sketchup for all of your designed bot?
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Yeah, all but one. Works great once you have the hang of it.
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DzArethusa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, i see, ill try it, can i get it for free? or use some crack or SN, is it big? (size), because i wanna try to make something solid, like mecha or something similar, because ZBrush cant make something like that :/
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
It's a free download. Just google for it and you'll have it installed in no time. The software itself isn't that heavy on your system, but it helps to have a proper vid- card when you're designing more complex models. Have fun man!
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DzArethusa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Its free? yeah!. Ill google it. Okay, thanks dude!
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