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August 14th, 2007, 07:31 AM
Topic: Street Sweeping Machine
Background: Every big city has to cope with the problem of litter on the public roads, squares and gardens. This street sweeping machine should be the ultimate solution for this problem. Topic suggested by Hideyoshi.
1. Design a street sweeping machine.
2. That's basically it :)
Deadline: Wednesday August 22 2007
August 14th, 2007, 11:43 AM
cool, thx for choosing that topic! :)
The only thing that bugs me, is that I might not be able to chunk something out for this one, because I am too busy... :(
August 15th, 2007, 02:20 PM
HA! got one right here: This sweeping turtle is ment to clean smaller and narrow areas where no heavy gear can do its work. digesting all that litter and biomasses, it converts the the trash into energy using biomasse-fuel-cells. the variable chain drive allows the sweeping turtle to navigate up stairs and cross other humps. so it is ideal to clean even bigger shopping malls or predestrian areas.
see my sketchbook on: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=56903&page=2
August 16th, 2007, 07:39 PM
agrhhhh! i'm having flash backs to robots!!! great design, pity about the movie. i might try get something in.
August 16th, 2007, 09:08 PM
First time in the IDW arena. I figured I better get a rough sketch in here and commit myself before I get cold feet and change my mind.
Well, time is definitely not on my side the last few days.. Still, here's an updated WIP with color.
Wow, Great work everyone. Very nicely rendered designs. I'll have to work on sharpening up my sweeper later.
August 16th, 2007, 11:57 PM
sooo hope i get time to do this... won't be in front of a comp with a graphics tablet for 2 more days X_X
August 17th, 2007, 07:12 PM
August 18th, 2007, 12:31 PM
On a small island nation popular with tourists, the streets become cluttered with litter during the busy season. The mayor brought in street sweeping machines to restore the cleanliness of the roads, paths and squares where people frequent, but he insisted that they resemble the island's national symbol; the whaleshark.
The machines brought in combined serveral cleaning methods to ensure the best result. A large scrubbing brush scours the surface to loosen any debris on the ground, while the vehicle's main mode of transportation, four sets of adhesive rollers pick up absolutely everything in their path. The little brushes above loosen the debris from the sticky wheels so that the high-powered funnel sucks up and shoots the garbage to the removable waste container at the back of the vehicle.
I've got to say, this style of using the Pen Tool and Airbrush stuff in photoshop was a huge challenge for me to learn in a week and get this thing done, but the end result is a lot more dynamic looking than I ever could have done just using a sketch and painting it in normally. :)
August 18th, 2007, 09:19 PM
Errr, a sweeper thingy from 2020'ish
August 19th, 2007, 10:39 PM
how much time do we have left on this? i just got done doing thumbs, and will be sliding into home as soon as work permits!!!
August 19th, 2007, 11:30 PM
Due on wed legato
August 21st, 2007, 11:08 PM
kk, im posting this assuming i don't get it any further by wed... decided to take a thumb all the way, and just finished it in sketchbook pro - due to travel and the like i didn't have enough time to do it all decked out in painter :P
i decided to go for a smaller person-sized robotic vehicle. wish i would have come up with a convincing way to get it to turn... although it looks like it could go in a straight line pretty well :D
currently the two spinning brushes scour the ground and push surface debris towards the center where the central brush/tread spins it under and into a vacuum which deposits it into the storage containers which can be autonomously cleaned out at service stations. (note, the tread does not aid in movement, it doesn't have enough friction to drag the thing around, as instead lifted slightly off the ground by its suspension and the guide wheels underneath)
EDIT* here is a link to the thumbnails
August 23rd, 2007, 10:33 PM
wish i would have known i had more time :P
August 24th, 2007, 09:45 AM
I sort of take it that the deadline posted is more of a loose guideline than a hard and fast rule Legato :P Good to always try making deadlines even if there is more time, but since it is still open, why not keep working away on it and posting updates whenever you can? Nice thumbnails by the way!
August 24th, 2007, 02:26 PM
Legato, ScaryPotato: The deadline is indeed more of a loose guideline for the simple reason that times are different all over the world :) I'm too lazy to find out when exactly the deadline is over for everybody, so I don't close the thread early. And yes, I would've done it this morning but I was kind of busy...I'll post the poll and new topic in a couple of hours.
Poll is on: IDW #42: Street Sweeping Machine - Voting! (http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?p=1433757)