Thursday, December 28, 2006






The Tin Man from the wonderful world of OZ. This came out of just talking with some friends about stories that had great characters and imaginative environments.

When I was thinking about this character I imagined him having an older hand crafted feel, so I wanted to stay away from an assembly line or sci-fi look. I thought the creator of the Tin Man would have spent a good part of his life working on him and putting a lot of love into the design.

I'm a real sucker for visual story telling, so I try to tell a characters story in their design. I think this really helps tie any character specifically to the story they belong to. For the Tin Man I tried to do this using a heart motif. His breastplate is a giant heart as well as reverse design on his fingers, and even a touch in his face. We're told he doesn't have a heart, but I wanted to show that, so I tried to make his body so we could actually look into it and say "hey man you don't have a heart in there." Eventually I want to have blue and green oxidized rust stains falling down his body, contrasting with his original hand crafted polished design.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey, thanks for the kind comments on my blog. your blog is great, i love the tin man. I'll keep coming back and checking in. great work. have a happy new year!

Anonymous said...

Nice design...I'm digging the scrollwork! I hope to see him painted up at some point.

steve hui said...

very cool del'!

John-Paul Balmet said...

I was thinking the other day that no one could do the Wizard of Oz again for a while since so many people have done it, but you proved me wrong. I love your thought process. Very nice work!

braden matt said...

Looks great. I love the filigree treatment. I think it would be a knockout piece if you were to add the oxidized color effects to it. Maybe some dings for a slightly hammered look also. Very cool design. Paint it!!!!

aermio said...

very nice del. paint it up!

Raymond Xu said...

great imagination! Love what you got
going on here...

Dela Longfish said...

Everyone, thanks for the comments. Here's the painted version of the Tin Man. The colors are not matching exactly what I had on my screen, but they'er close enough.

Alina Chau said...

WOW!! AWESOME! Love the broken piece style!! Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Looks great, like the open structure of his body. Keep up the good work.

jlee said...

Dela, I love the idea and designwork for the tinman. Nice painted version.

drawingnikki said...

Awesome drawing and painted piece of your tinman. I love how you can see inside the tinman and see there isn't a heart. Keep those great ideas coming.

mackenzie said...

hey Dela,
thanks for dropping me a line on my blog. Your drawings are looking great! Keep posting I will check back often.

Anonymous said...

DUDE YOU ROCK!!! YOU ANIMAL! I got a big ass grin on my face right now man. Freaken awesome follow through with the design man CHEERS!

Anonymous said...

It's good to see that you are taking on Oz. Very cool!

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, Del. That tinman's got some heart to it! Nice idea too.

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Ron Bowman said...

Hi Dela. What an elegant robot design. I love the decorative pattern on the metal. Very nice.

Goro said...

nice bot! you have a great style!

shell said...

This is some stunning pencil work. Thanks for sharing.

Michael Dooney said...

great design and rendering...call me nuts but I'm looking at it and I still can't tell how you did it. Is it a straight up photoshop of painter rendering or some 3d program....it's got such a believeable 3d quality...nice!

Juampa said...

Increible!!! Buenísimos dibujos y tu uso del color es espectacular.
Gran blog.

MT said...

Awesome! I'm an oz fan too, that's a really great take on the tin man.

Thierry martin said...

genial le design, bravo

Michael G Clark said...

Very smart take on the tin man, love the etched work on the body - just like the old clocks I keep meaning to collect.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Brilliant work !!

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