Futuristic mechanical birth

This artwork is a part of the dark art “suffer” series I made and here Ill show you some steps how I designed it step by step.

First of all during the last 20 years I shot over 30.000 photos of various textures of all kind that I use for all my dark art designs. Rust, trees, cables, machinery, dead animals, leafs, etc, so I have a huge stock to work with and I still continue to shoot whatever I find interesting around me. This is a great tip, collect your own stock so you will never have copyright issues. Generally I never use something as it is, I always manipulate it to make it mine. For example I can find robotic hands at google, right? To make my life easier.. but I don’t. I want everything to be made my way and this is a basic rule for me.

So, the basic image used for this work was a newborn baby from a stock site (sorry I don’t remember if it was shutterstock or another to give credits).

new born baby birth image

The first robot hand was made piece by piece from some machinery and tool photos. Cut in pieces, painted, burned and dodged based the light direction.

robotic hands pieces dark art

I added rust texture on it and replace the doctors hand. Correct the shadows to blend it in.

robotic hands pieces design bu argus dorian dark art

Mechanical birth baby dark art by dorian argus

I did the same for the other hands too. Those were more complex and with more details.

robotic hands pieces design bu argus dorian dark art

Each finger is a copy paste of the same small piece and transformed a bit to make it different from the others.

robotic hands pieces design bu argus dorian dark art

robotic hands pieces design bu argus dorian dark art

robotic hands pieces design bu argus dorian dark art

Finally I added all the around details like lights, pipes, cables, blood and rust textures, the flying bar-code robot and center light to make it more dramatic and correct shadows and lighting.

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Final mechanical birth work here

Thank you for reading.

A.D.

Tools used:

Wacom pen (Intuos3), Canon EOS50, Photoshop.