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Mantak 'Suppressor' Line Art by Sayanim Mantak 'Suppressor' Line Art by Sayanim
- (Update 7/9/15) -
2 More years. Now a joyful father of two...just hardly committed any time to paint. Still, managed to pick up my Intros and spent about 2 hours playing with painting this mech. Still rough but I'm liking where it's going. Hope you like it too!

- (Update 12/18/13) -
CAN'T BELIEVE it's been 2 years since I last updated this drawing!!! Ahhhhh!!!
This is like the never-ending drawing for me! :P
The progress, as slow as it is...is that I've added some preliminary grey-scale shading. Probably good enough for black-and-white Manga quality...but I'd like to push this further and hopefully see it become a full colored, detailed painting :D Your prayers over my progress would be highly appreciated XD XD

- (Updated 11/24/11) -

Here's the latest update on the Suppressor's development. Based upon the last sketches, where most of my design decisions were made, I noodled in the details, particularly section lines and "between the creases" stuff, into the line drawing. Feeling pretty good at this point as to where this battle robot is going. I also flipped the image horizontally just to double check the perspective work on this robot - it's a great way to check whether a drawing looks right or needs adjustment. And all this just in time for Thanksgiving too haha!

Happy Thanxgiving to y'all and stay tuned for further developments!

- (Updated 11/17/11) -

Hi folks! It's my birthday! And just so happen, I've made some progress on the last sketch which I'm excited to share with you!!!

I've refined a bit the 1st rough sketch you saw in the last edition. One great challenge was to determine the shape of the Suppressor's frontal legs. I'm trying to steer away from being too extreme on boxiness and "speed-form-ish", both of which are commonly found on most American Comics and Sci-Fi concepts. In short, I want to achieve a ergonomic, yet functional look and feel. And I still want it to feel "well protected".

This unit, called "Suppressor" is a autonomous robot that is made to "hold down" any position with heavy armor, massive fire power, controlled by a powerful AI with sophisticated battle awareness.

It is heavily inspired by 1) IDF's Merkava program and 2) Ghost In The Shell's "Tank". Equipped with an adapted variant of Israel's renown Iron Fist APS, the head-mounted 105mm smoothbore gun is extremely nimble at detecting, targeting and neutralizing any incoming threat, including RPGs, artillery rounds, vehicles and armed personnel.

Its greatest weakness is that it carries very limited ammunitions. Although it carries the battle proven APAM rounds, only 3 live rounds are ever carried at one time. It also stores an additional 7 more APAM rounds.
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:iconelectronaut:
electronaut Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Great work!
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you my friend!
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:iconrekkou:
Rekkou Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work, especially on the joints detail
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you rekkou-san!
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Awesome!
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot Rob!! can you tell me what do you like about it?
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Firstly, I like the line quality. I also like the design overall. From a compositional POV it has well balanced contrasting areas of simplicity and complexity.
And it just doesn't look like your average quadrupedal mech. I can look at it and say... "Ok, Cool... I've never seen something quite like that before..."
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i love your response Rob. uplifting and specific to the point. thank you!
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:icon3ihard:
3ihard Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011   Digital Artist
great dude
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you 3ihard!
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:icon3ihard:
3ihard Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011   Digital Artist
its my pleasure sayanim have a great year!
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:iconel-bronco:
El-Bronco Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It seem major change from first concept is natural process, even in 2d/drawing.
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
El-Bronco: yeah you're right, there's some changes made especially to the leg design. still working on getting the shading part done!
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:iconel-bronco:
El-Bronco Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to hear that :)
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:iconsilverlion:
Silverlion Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Awesome.
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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MrAverage Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Artist
VERY Shirow. Nice look and quality to the entire drawing!

--M
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
MrAverage, thank you! I just took a look at what Shirow is and it's awesome! For my drawing to be mentioned in the same ballpark as Shirow feels great. Thank you!
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
And just to answer Dr. Ellert: "Mantak" (from Wikipedia) is the name of the "Merkava Tank Office", which, according to my understanding, are the designers behind the Merkava program. They also manufacture the tank, along with IDF Ordnance. You can read more at [link] - although I'm sure you know helluva lot more than I :)
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Probably still need some clean-up work on this, since I have not used any straightedges or guides for this drawing.
Using a HI-TEC-C 0.3 black on the thin lines certainly helps give it a sharp look.
However, using the Staedtler 0.5 pigment liner for thicker lines, you can probably tell the faint smudges on some of the thicker lines.

When I get a chance, I'll see if I can fix that in Photoshop.

But maybe you can tell me what my next step should be!
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:iconel-bronco:
El-Bronco Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merkava is one of my favorite tank :)
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DrEllert Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
sorry its suppose to be "Beufort" not "Bufor"
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DrEllert Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Thank you :iconsayanim: you do much honor with Israel and I fully appreciate it! :)
You teach me many things that I never knew, thank you for enlightening me! I did always wondered why there aren't many soldiers or weapons fashioned like Israel developments in Anime and Manga.
I'm quite ashamed to say that in Israel pop culture, thier association with Tanks and other weapons (including obviously Merkava and Uzi) is negative mostly. We try our best not to be thought of war-maniacs, lol. For example, in movies like "Bufor" ([link]) and "Waltz with Bashir" ([link]) the Israel offensive are portrayed as bad, wrong and immoral. They are truly that, because they are weapons, and weapons are damage causes. So, usually the artists in the pop Israeli culture show that it is used ONLY to defend our nation from many others, with perhaps much, much more armory...

Also, I'm not sure why you used the name "Mantak" in the beginning... Is it the reason I think it is? Because if it is, you're bloody awesome.

Also, ll, forgot to mention to you HAPPY FUCKING BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Didn't saw it there!
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Dr. Ellert! Your insight brought up an really intriguing point.

We Asians (Japanese, Taiwaner, Chinese, Korean....etc) tends to prove to the Western World how advanced and powerful we have finally become - we're still dealing with the shame of being "out-gunned" by the industrial European powers. Perhaps some of that shame of defeat, and the desire to "prove ourselves strong", drives us to our ambitions. That desire is therefore heavily trickled into the world of Mecha. Therefore as Asians, we take PRIDE in our proud military and martial arts traditions.

Therefore, I find it eye-opening that many Israelis I've encountered opts to be DOWNPLAY their nation's military capabilities. To military-o-holic Mecha fans like myself, it is almost unthinkable. But when you remind me that Israel gets a lot of bad press for defending their own turf, it finally made sense!
This to me is truly something fascinating unique about Israel.
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Sayanim Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
In the world of Japanese Mecha, Israeli innovations (except for the Uzi SG) are often ignored as a whole. It's not that they have quams against Israel, it's just that the Japanese society, as well-informed as they can be, worship only innovations that comes from Japan and the US - the only nation ever to defeat Japan. They do not realize that the US defense industry often learn from, pays homage to, and compares themselves to Israel.

I think it's time we put Israeli innovations on the map!
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
finisshhh itt
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha Rene~! Okok I'll do that!
I'm crackin' ma own whip as we speak :D
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
yattaa
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:iconsayanim:
Sayanim Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
DrEllert! I absolutely LOVE YOUR INPUT!

Yes you're right! I understood that basically, Israel recently deployed 2 different systems to protect tanks and armored vehicles, who are very vulnerable to attacks from hand-held RPGs. One is the Iron Fist and the other the Trophy. While Iron Fist is still in its final testing stage, Trophy has already been proven in recent conflicts to be effective at stopping incoming RPG attacks.

What I find relevant about Iron Fist, more than Trophy, is that it works much like a fast-turning tank turret. Iron Fist works by firing a explosive round at any incoming ammunitions and DEFLECTS IT, instead of destroying it. In doing so, enemy's warhead is not detonated, and thus minimizes collateral damages that might happen to people around it. That is the ability for which the Suppressor's defensive backbone builds upon.
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DrEllert Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
real nice- though I didn't know it's called "Iron Fist"- BTW a really suiting name (In Hebrew it sounds lousy lol)
Though for some information- The Iron Fist only became active the recent year (2011), and only on the Namer APC (armoured personnel carrier).
If you're interested there's a new, also of the recent year, a new system called "Trophy" which is on the Merkava IV tanks (the most advanced ones, and also sounds better in English than in Hebrew lol) which is a ground to ground APS (active protection system). It was decided to be used after several tanks were hit by Anti Tank missiles from RPG-s (like LAW and Kornet) in the last decade.
Also, awesome picture :)
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