Friday, March 29, 2013

The Thing From My Dystopian Future

The Thing From My Dystopian Future
Pencil and Paper 
9" x 12"

"The Thing From My Dystopian Future" was created for "Futurology" a group show hosted by Copro Gallery (March 23rd - April 13th, 2013). When I first heard the title of the show, I instantly thought, "the study of the future". Taking this into consideration, I started creating a piece that suited a futuristic theme. 
I don't know about you, but when I think of the future, I think of technology, and from that, robots, or mechanized creatures become the logical progression. "The Thing From My Dystopian Future" is an obvious nod to James Cameron's classic movie, "The Terminator". If you're not familiar, the movie features a robot assassin that comes from the future, disguised as human. Underneath its human dermis hides ghoulish robot killing machine.
Creating "The Thing From My Dystopian Future" was a lot of fun for me. When I was in high school, my drawings were undeniably inspired by manga and anime. I drew a lot of giant robots / mecha, and I loved incorporating hyper detailed mechanics. However, sometime around college, I felt like I lost the ability to render things this way, maybe because of a change in priorities, or maybe because I destroyed a good portion of my mind with my self destructive lifestyle. Fortunately this drawing has helped me reconnect with that illustration style, and I hope to incorporate more of it into my future works.
You might have also noticed that this was just a simple pencil drawing. I would have loved to have finished it with ink, or made it into a painting, but the details are so fine, I was afraid of ruining the drawing with ink, and I honestly didn't feel like I have the skills to recreate the image with acrylic paints.


  1. I love it!

    Before I read down far enough I thought it felt a little like The Terminator.

    1. Thanks Susie! Yes, it's definitely inspired by The Terminator, the name, and the title.