I am an artist and designer who has created a wide range of things including costumes, robots, music, short films, drawings, paintings, digital artwork, marionettes, statues, sculptures, tools, novelty items, artificial plants, board games, firearms, jewelry, musical instruments, museum exhibits, knives, and many other things. See more in my website Jehudah Design - www.jehudahdesign.com|
I became a member here because of my accidentally created artwork series depicting five robotic women, as strange as that sounds. After completing my Tusken Raider costume, I also wanted to create a female Tusken Raider costume, but none of the girlfriends I had at that time wanted to wear it, so I decided to buy a female mannequin for it instead. Having bought an old mannequin in a hurry without taking a good look at it, I assembled it later and discovered that its pose was too bent to fit inside the costume. After an unsuccessful attempt to heat up the plastic to bend the mannequin straight, I realized that the only way I could use it was by cutting it apart to re-assemble it in a straight pose, then I got the idea to make it look like a robot woman at the same time since I had to add mechanical joints to it anyway.
And so the old mannequin became the robot woman Cyrah, just by chance. Cyrah was painted silver with black and lime green details as a homage to the evil computer woman S.H.O.D.A.N. Instead of simply photographing Cyrah in front of a wall, I decided to edit in some cool backgrounds, showing colorful effects and cities, though they were simply found photos and screenshots from video games. Still I really liked this whole new world with my own character who was walking around in a science-fiction landscape. Alas since it was just meant for a display costume, only the arms and head were poseable, not letting me make that many great pictures with it.
This is when I got the idea to make a smaller robot woman with a fully articulated body for even better pictures, and so Zenia came to be. Even with my original plan to make Zenia small and lightweight so all the joints could support the body weight, Zenia became quite the opposite. I bought a lightweight fiberglass mannequin in an internet auction, but when assembling it later, I discovered that it was absolutely huge, so I had to enlarge the small head I already made for Zenia to fit with this new body, but I never got to finish Zenia until much later.
With this new huge robot woman there, I somehow envisioned a third robot woman that was smaller than the others and blue for some reason, even if blue is one of my least favorite colors. Having wondered for a long time which factory had created the mannequin I turned into Cyrah, I couldn't find any trace of the factory anywhere. Later at a flea market, a man was selling a mannequin that I doubted was made by the same factory, but as fate had it, it sure was, even with the company logo molded into the plastic, giving me a clue about who had made the mannequins. The mannequin was really cheap too, so sure enough I bought it and converted it into the blue little robot woman named Sheera.
I thought it had to be the last one, but suddenly envisioned a black and red robot woman standing sideways with her hands in a strange pose with her hair curling up for a reason I did not understand. Even stranger was her head that looked scewed and elongated from the side as well. I didn't want to build another one at first, but then I just spontaneously bought some thick black and red wires to see what would happen next. Sure enough an Internet auction for a black faceless female mannequin appeared and I soon after won the auction and received the mannequin the day after I finished Sheera. I was working on a large dinosaur model at the local museum and was given the permission to convert the new mannequin into the robot woman in the museum's basement. I made the head scewed and elongated like I had envisioned it and even made a scorpion tail-like tube pertruding from the back of her head that I later realized must have been what I envisioned curling up before. And so this new red and black alien looking robot woman named Roxena was completed, and my picture entitled "Strange Shape" even shows the exact image I envisioned of Roxena in the beginning.
Having finished Roxena and even redesigned Cyrah to a more advanced look, I finally got the time to continue working on Zenia again who in the end was given glowing light dots all over her body, poseable glowing eyes, poseable arms, legs, and even a poseable torso with a purple plasma disc in the middle of the chest. The color scheme was white, silver, and purple, inspired by WowWee's little robot woman named Femisapien. When completed, Zenia had become much taller than the other robot women and even taller than myself because of all the mechanical joints that had elongated the body. Later it was suggested that Zenia became the leader of the group since she was so elegantly glowing and much taller than the others, something that I thought fit very well too.
Still it was not over. I had bought many gold parts, gold threads, gold fabrics, and all sorts of golden items for the other robot women that didn't fit their color schemes. Naturally my head said "build another one in gold!", but another part of my head said that I shouldn't build another one unless I either found a mannequin in the junk or at least one being sold dirt cheap. I really like Lara Croft, she's awesome and pretty, so I wanted to sculpt her face for something, so I thought this would be my last chance to do so. As luck would have it, a clothes store was selling their old mannequins for a really low price, and as luck would have it again, one of the four mannequins left already looked like Lara Croft! Still it was hard work and pleasing in the end when I got the face right. The head was given pointy golden shapes, and the torso was even modelled after the robot woman in the classic movie Metropolis. After Almea was finished, I felt for the first time that I had finally finished this series, whatever it was supposed to be, because all that was left to create now would be either transparent, pink, or wood, and I sure don't want any of those.
As you can imagine, creating something like this out of pure chance, dreams and visions really raises a lot of questions, so one day I started searching for some mysterious meaning about the number 5 and found the pentagram with the 5 elements and suddenly realized that all the color schemes I had given the robot women matched with these five elements. Cyrah could now be assigned to the Earth element, Sheera was of course assigned to Water, Roxena was naturally assigned to Fire, though the Air element was sometimes depicted as either light blue or yellow, the true color for the Air element was described as the color of a sunset, so Almea's bright orange details fit with the Air element anyway. Still I was unsure about the fifth element of Spirit that was purple just like Zenia, so I chose to create my own custom pentagram where the purple symbol was now assigned to Light instead since the very tall leader of the group was already glowing all over.
The strangest part to me about this coincidence is that this elementally assigned group of living robotic females now reflect upon a storyline I used to love as a child but was later very dissappointed of because they had changed the story so much just to keep it going on and on to make money on the action figures the story evolved around. Now I have my very own living robotic beings in the very same mystical elementally themed setting and already see in my mind how each of these characters behave, what their voices are like, what their surroundings look like, and many other story-fitting details, and whatever they are there to do, there seems to be a story behind it, just waiting to be discovered.
I hope to share my digital artwork here to see if these five elemental spirits will evolve from there, possibly by others gaining interest in them and wanting to collaborate on a story or many other things, maybe even one day resulting in a computer animated film if there is enough interest, and believe me, such mystical stories about elementally assigned beings can become something really great. Or in any other case, it'll all remain as some strange costume maker's science-fiction fantasy.
NOTE - I have started making this artwork all over again using my own custom virtually built 3D cities and landscapes and only Zenia and Roxena are in finished states for photographing. Sheera needs updating and a change from an ugly simple mechanical neck to a full neck like the other ones have. Cyrah has been updated several times already, but also needs a new neck, new eyes, and a lot more green details to pull it off as an Earth Spirit. Almea is just still under construction and should be finished within this winter. So I hope you like the few pictures I have to share so far.