Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Sky Doll by Nikonov Aleksander.
There you have it. Just a picture? More like a visual story. Thank you Nikonov Aleksander.
This picture is amazing on so many levels, especially to someone who has been writing about femmebots.
It encompasses a surfeit of talent, much of it cerebral.
The Setting: Redolent of an old mid 1900's bar with jukeboxes, period style lighting and signage, even the dress of the customers is of the period. It is just the place for some impromptu burlesque. The detailing is phenomenal, did you happen to notice the word 'Drugs' in the 'Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll' sign was crossed out? Also, the bottles, complete with labels, are of that age. A lot of work has gone into this scene setting, even down to the lighting, with pools of light and shade giving a realistic feel.
The Incongruity: Sky Doll and the Barman are obviously incongruent in this scene which poses many questions for the viewer. Is this some form of future society or a holodeck? Is this a future 'theme' bar? Nikonov has even given the barman a pork pie hat and made it 'fit' the character. No mean feat. We also see humans (wet ones) viewing the burlesque being performed by what is obviously a robotic construct. On top of this is approval - shown by the money on the bar. The viewer tends to accept all the incongruity in the picture as the whole melds together seamlessly.
The Barman: There were many choices to make when depicting the barman and what better choice could be made? We have a roughly drawn character who embodies the square jawed solidity of the era (Mike Hammer etc), wearing a pork pie hat and clutching a bottle and a glass. Is he going to drink and what is his relation to Sky Doll? He seems to be enjoying himself. Is he the actual barman of the bar or just filling in?
Sky Doll: What can I say. She, not it, is a delightful construct. Even though rivets are showing in her legs, they seem right, and the old fashioned baroque opulence of her joints dresses the construct up and brings her back to the era of the setting. The realistic hair, face and breasts humanizes what would otherwise be just a femmebot with a tail and wings, yet there are pointy ears showing through the hair.