This week's pick:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

G.I. ROBOT by Francesco Francavilla

G.I. ROBOT by Francesco Francavilla
~~ click on the image above for a bigger view ~~

~~~ cklick here to see the rough
sketch, the final inks, and a detail

Why I feel like I need a cigarette now? And I quit smoking back in 2007! ;)
I wanted to add a balloon from one of the soldiers in the foreground saying "WHO THE HELL IS THAT GUY?" :D
I am gonna post initial rough sketch and final inks on Pulp Sunday later today.

Anyhow, hope you guys dig it: this was TONS of fun and, as Mike said, gimme a GI ROBOT book to draw anytime :)



Nathan Fairbairn said...

WoW! Amazing composition! And you do such great things with that super restricted palette of yours, Francesco! This is wonderful!

tomfowler said...

effing christ...

Ron Salas said...

You know, the problem with posting after Francesco is that everything else after that seems anti-climactic.

Powerful image.

Mike Hawthorne said...

GODDAMN, Francesco! HO-LEE shit!


PS - I wanted to color mine up using only red, but didn't have time. You make me wish I'd made time!

Urban Barbarian said...

Cool! Reminds me of that scene is T2 when Arnold is taking rounds and blowing up cars!

Cunningham said...

You guys better be doing THE CREATURE COMMANDOS soon...

Dan McDaid said...


You're the man, FF. :)

Francesco Francavilla said...

Thank you so much, everyone, I had LOTS of fun drawing this and I am glad to see it shows :)
And definitely movies like Terminator and Robocop (and even a famous painting of Rockwell) came to my mind while drawing this so I totally feel the "this reminds me of" thing :)


Mitch Gerads said...

Francesco, each and every week you make my jaw hit the floor. Awesome concept, awesome angle, awesome drawing.


Francesco Francavilla said...

YOU are awesome, Mitch :D Thank you :)


Unknown said...

Sweet freakin' Jesus! I can only deduce one thing; I've died and gone to heaven! Childhood memories of J.A.K.E. are flooding in and this picture captures it all. Dear lord, what a treat. Seriously, beautiful work. It should be a print or a posters or some damn thing that I can buy. I want it. I WANT IT!

ANDY KUHN said...

WOW!.....just WOW!

Patrick Zircher said...

One of the coolest of DC characters-- and you aced it.
Looks great!

Hell, all of you are doing terrific pieces. A little friendly competition has made you crazy.

Where do you find the time?!

Francesco Francavilla said...

Thank you so much, Oran (I'll see what I can do ;)), Andy (wow), and Patrick (for the fun we always find the time ;)), you guys are the sweetest :D

I just posted the rough sketch and inks over at my Pulp Sunday blog, for those interested :)


laura said...

Yeah, what everyone else said! This is obviously ten kinds of awesome! :)

Michael Lapinski said...


This image comes with its own sound effects and soundtrack. It's a testament to how a single drawing can have more energy than an entire movie.

And yeah, the subdued palette and body language of the soldiers sell it brilliantly.

Doc Shaner said...

I've kind of already blustered about it, but this goes right to the top of the list, Francesco. Offer this thing as a print, I'd be down for one.

Francesco Francavilla said...

Laura: THANK YOU! :)
Michael: thanks! It's fun you mentioned the sound effect, because I was totally making the machin gun "BRRRRRTTTT" and shells "ding ding ding" (in slow motion) voice sounds while drawing this :D
Evan: Thank you again :) I'll see what I can do ;)


=link said...

So good--utterly polished, high level of work. Just a joy to behold. I know I'm just splattering superlatives--so now I'll try to be more specific:
The action travels right to might be more dynamic going left to right...that's the standard wisdom on layout, the thinking being that the eye is trained (by reading) to travel across an image from top left to bottom right--if you pose your action against the automatic response, the eye will work twice as much, spending twice as much time working on the drawing, as it travel right to left, with the layout, then left to right, with the trained response. Am I explaining this well? It's what I was taught in design school.