BIFA, Ex-Machina Illustrations

While travelling India I received an email asking me if I could attend an illustrators evening for the British Independent Film Awards. I had been posting a lot of my work on Instagram, which for the last few months has been pretty sci-fi heavy so it was great when they offered me a brief based on the amazing film "Ex-Machina".

I'm a massive fan of the film, the themes resonate heavily, particularly the moral questions posed. No spoilers though, if you haven't seen it you should definitely go and watch it, quick!

Specifically my brief was based on a quote from the film:

Isn't it strange to create something that hates you

Here are some of my concept sketches prior to illustrating the final piece live on the evening. You can see the finished piece here.

Initial, more feminine looking android.

Initial, more feminine looking android.

First concept sketch from the BIFA Ex-Machina brief

First concept sketch from the BIFA Ex-Machina brief

Another concept sketch based on the ex-machina brief

Another concept sketch based on the ex-machina brief

female robot split head

Inky androids & cyborgs

Andoid, definition: 

(in science fiction) a robot with a human appearance.

Cyborg, definition:

A fictional or hypothetical person whose physical abilities are extended beyond normal human limitations by mechanical elements built into the body.

Clearly these are a little less "normal" human...

 

face off android
robot development
This was a sketchbook piece I worked on during my trip to India when I wasn't up to my eye balls in trains and fun people!  I did have a couple of chilled art days where I worked on some things but this guy stood out as a strong character. Definitely interested in developing him some more.

This was a sketchbook piece I worked on during my trip to India when I wasn't up to my eye balls in trains and fun people!

I did have a couple of chilled art days where I worked on some things but this guy stood out as a strong character. Definitely interested in developing him some more.

Redhead

Another bearded type, different angle, watercolour and ink.

redhead.jpg

Smoking blue beard

Illustrated with ink, coloured with water colour. This also counts as a bit of a tube tale. With the water colour tube tales I do the colour first and then ink on top.

I find the whole process deeply cathartic. It's great stress relief, acting as a form of meditation in my eyes. You end up in a kind of flow state trying to avoid being jolted and jogged and then you suddenly forget anyone is even there or that you are moving.

Smoking blue beard.jpg