Junkyard Robots

How to make a robot using found materials & special character effects techniques

Description

Follow along with Special Effects Character Creator & Master Model Maker, Jesse Gee, as he constructs a cohesive retro robotic art-piece out of random castoffs and found materials.

During this 5 hour special character effects model-making master class, Jesse not only entertains but shares a wealth of Hollywood robot making techniques including resin casting, metallic painting secrets, basic electrical wiring and character creation troubleshooting.

Lesson Highlights:

  • The Robot Maker's Workshop
  • Duplicating robot parts with casting resin
  • A simple guide to electrical assembly
  • Metallic Painting Techniques

 

Approximate Runtime is: 04:59:03

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  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. Inspiration In Everyday Life - 00:00:27
  3. The Workshop - 00:03:55
  4. Tools - 00:08:56
  5. Getting Started - 00:15:59
  6. Mold Options - 00:20:20
  7. Casting a Resin Foot - 00:22:30
  8. Arm Assembly--Part One - 00:26:41
  9. Fitting the Shoulder to the Arm - 00:33:19
  10. Casting Resin - 00:35:05
  11. Determining a Color Scheme - 00:38:08
  12. Arm Placement - 00:39:59
  13. Drilling the Arm Hole - 00:48:09
  14. Attaching a Hand - 00:55:28
  15. Painting the Body - 01:05:14
  16. Adding Detail with Acrylic Paints - 01:11:25
  17. Recap & Overview--Day 1 - 01:23:26
  18. Locking Off the Shoulder - 01:25:05
  19. Metallic Painting - 01:29:49
  20. Painting Rust Colors - 01:35:34
  21. Chrome & a Layer of Graphite - 01:41:46
  22. Rust and Spatter - 01:55:05
  23. Chrome Edging - 02:02:48
  24. Painting the Hand - 02:09:42
  25. Attaching the Other Arm - 02:14:33
  26. Attaching the Feet - 02:19:14
  27. Recap & Overview--Day 2 - 02:38:56
  28. Installing Lights in the Body - 02:48:56
  29. Rocket Light Assembly - 02:59:33
  30. Installing the Dimmer - 03:22:33
  31. Mounting the Rockets - 03:33:34
  32. The Power Cord - 03:40:39
  33. Recap & Overview--Day 3 - 03:48:22
  34. Fixing the Shoulder & Constructing An Arm Piston - 03:51:51
  35. Internal Wiring - 04:13:09
  36. Painting Light Bulbs - 04:27:29
  37. Installing the Dimmer Knob - 04:35:08
  38. Painting the Knob - 04:39:50
  39. Painting the Legs and Feet - 04:48:10
  40. Chrome Edging - 04:52:44
  41. Rust & Oil Colors - 04:54:24
  42. Wrap Up - 04:57:27

Materials

This lesson is about using assorted found objects to build a robot.  All the tools and supplies used are listed, however, the various collection of parts used to build the robot are not. 

As you will see in the lesson, you will have to get creative and source your own interesting robot parts at hardware stores, salvage yards, from old electronics, etc.  Happy Hunting!

 

CLICK on any item to access our WORKSHOP SUPPLIES store

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

AIRBRUSHES

CLEAR COATS/GLOSSES/MATTING AGENTS

EPOXYS/GLUES

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

PAINTS

PRIMERS/ADHESION PROMOTORS

RESINS

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

TOOLS

SUPPLIES


HEALTH/SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

When working with toxic and/or dangerous materials or tools:

ALWAYS read labels for appropriate use guidelines
ALWAYS wear a high-grade respirator
ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated area
ALWAYS protect your skin
ALWAYS wear eye protection

Artist Information

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Jesse Gee

Master Model Maker, Special Makeup Effects Artist & Leader of the Moon Patrol

Jesse Gee was raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he lived primarily on the local green chile.  He studied...

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