This is actually a rejected drawing for Marc Miller’s project that I mentioned in my last post – the pose is a little too loose to be cut & copied into a large unit of soldiers. However, I liked the pose and initial sketch enough to take it into a polished pen & ink in an 11″X17″ format that could be included in a later project.
It’s always a challenge to envision the future because it’s coming at us so quickly. It’s easy to be quickly overcome by progress – if you look at episodes of the 1995 SF series “Space: Above & Beyond” you can see how close the ground combat uniforms resemble current infantry equipment. It’s also difficult to come up with something for an alien race like Traveller’s psionic Zhodani without resorting to the wildly organic motif and goo so popular in entertainment today.
…then there’s the requirement to conform to pre-existing designs which limits me to minor detail changes. Since I am a firm believer in the dictum “form follows function” I rarely end up with the excessively detailed baroque exteriors that also seem to be the style.
One more thing – some of the elements in this suit’s design I borrowed from Bryan Gibson, a friend and incredibly talented artist who passed away a couple of years ago. I miss him so I included those features as a mini-memorial.