March 23, 2010

Mad Doctor Lab

GGRRRTT! Gear shift! The flying vehicle was giving me fits (layout of the kitchen, etc.), so I'm letting it sit for a little while. In the meantime, here's something I've had waiting in the bullpen, a sort of retro mad scientist lab (click on images to view full size.)

First, we have a lab assistant turning the crank on the table that will tilt our freshly created monster to an upright position. I still need to add arm and leg restraints to minimize the mauling of hapless minions.

I wanted the table apparatus to be the heaviest most antiquated looking piece in the room. As if it was the only thing left over after the lab had been retro-fitted with more modern equipment.

I've turned the shadow settings back on to highlight this lab table and collection of beakers and flasks. You can't tell but the curved glass tube is connected to the one Erlenmeyer flask with a rubber stopper. The flask itself is suspended on a support ring above the Bunsen burner. Still to add, a hose to connect the burner to the gas supply, a small bookshelf, and perhaps a chart of the periodic table on the wall.

Next is a bank of somewhat dated, but still functional looking computer stations. In the foreground is a combination microscope/spectrum analyzer. The drum above the little sine wave viewer thing is where a tissue sample (or something) is placed. There it is bombarded with lasers and super cooled gases (hence the canister to the rear.) While the operator can see the effects through the eyepiece or watch the raw data on the monitor.

beside it are two power calibration consoles. Notice the push lever next to the graduated color bar. The screens above monitor vital functions and let you know when to lay off the voltage, so as to not over cook your monster (I still need to add that suspended from the ceiling, laser beam doohickey that points right at the monster's head.)

See, here's what I mean by retro. I love these old tape reel memory storage cabinets. Since they're components, I might pop in a few more of 'em. Also, a similar cabinet with just random blinking lights would be essential.

Finally, here's the first scene again with shadow settings turned on for dramatic effect. Also, I've added a basic line "style" to give it a sort of inked comic panel look. The whole thing would still need some work in Photoshop. See you next time.


  1. Love those tape-reel computer banks and the Hand crank operating table - combined with the super cool microscope! Very nice work.

  2. As always, thanks. This turned out to be one of those ideas that turned out better than I thought.


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