I thought it was real at first. That is quite possibly the greatest thing ever.
Denard Robinson Action Figure & 2010 Schedule Wallpaper
The Denard Robinson Action Figure was created digitally. I thought it would be funny to fake a realistic-looking action figure of college football's brightest new star. Legal representation from the University of Michigan and the Heisman Trust didn't carefully read my explanation and therefore did not see the humor in what they assumed to be a production-ready toy meant for sale. I think I have that cleared up now. Anyway, you can read more below if you want a little information about how this artwork was created.
I had planned to release this during the bye week but couldn't wait...
When I started this weekly wallpaper project I decided that I would not design any wallpapers that show players or that focus on conventional Michigan imagery. There are several really nice wallpaper collections of that variety on this site already (see the awesome Wallpaper Denard-aganza by shorts) and I wanted to try something a little different.
In spite of my best efforts, I managed to get swept up in the excitement about Denard Robinson after last week's game. As an outlet for my excess fan energy, I started last Sunday on a concept for a new take on the "wallpaper as hero worship" phenomena.
So, I offer the Denard Robinson action figure "Heisman Candidate Edition" with "New! Rocket Arm Throwing Action" and lifelike, "Laces Untied."
The image below is a preview only. You can get this week's widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.
How it was made
I'm pretty tired from several late nights obsessing over every little detail (Exactly how much tape shows over Denard's left sock? Is his left or right wristband blue? How many little holes are in his chin strap?) so I don't have time now for a full behind-the-scenes feature but I can tell those of you who are interested that the action figure is a store-bought and modified Tom Brady, that the dreads came from a Troy Palamalu action figure, that all of the modifications were done in Photoshop and that someday (probably the bye week) I will be publishing a step-by-step blog post that shows the makeover in unnecessarily and obsessively fine detail.
All of the 2010 Schedule Wallpapers
If there's anything MGoBlog users love, it's unnecessary and obsessively fine detail.
Looks fantastic, and I can't wait to see the tutorial. I've always wondered how stuff like this was made.
That is just exceptional. I mean, wow, that is just so well done. Nice job.
This is absolutely amazing, but you had me going for a second. I nearly emptied my bank account and ran out to the nearest M-Den or toy store to grab every one of those action figures.
Still, a man can dream, can't he?
This is amazing. Love the great detail, like the wear on the cardboard where his shoulder pad sticks out. And this cracked me up: "Small parts move fast and may leave defenders gasping for air." Ha!
That may be the single coolest creation I've ever seen from a user. When does mass production start?
This is definitely the most amazing thing ever. Incredible job.
Good work on that. If such a product really existed I wouldn't hesitate to buy.
As something of an AI/vector expert around here, I'm calling it...
You are officially the board's
Very well done, my friend. Incredibly smooth edges.
By all means, keep up the great work.
Thanks Six Zero. I'm a big fan of your work; the shirts are great. The Brutus illustration you bused out recently is a classic.
Anybody see my jaw anywhere? I seem to have dropped it.
taste as good as it looked.
. . .that
1. I can't buy one.
2. I don't have those skills.
3. I don't have that much time.
that is frikin awesome
first thing i thought was that you better have a license deal with the university. wow, didn't even cross my mind that it was just photoshopped.
surely they must be sold in stores and we must act now...
Pure Perfection in every way!
I'm picturing Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin painting his figurines... but this is AWESOME.
That actually makes my momma proud.
Wow!!! Thank you for sharing this with us. I'm disappointed that you spent so much time trolling the site before contributing; your talent is very welcome around here.
I look forward to future efforts.
that's really all I know to say... just incredible...
I'm sure it's against NCAA rules, but if possible, these should be made and sold in the MGoStore so that all the people may be glad and rejoice.
Thats all it's,cam is a good player but he is no where near Denard's level when it comes to speed.And i think Denard is just as good of a passer as cam is.
You've got some serious skills. A+++++++++.
I want one so bad.
You win the internet. Front page this, stat.
Strong work, monuMental. Strong fucking work.
I like how the panhandle of Florida is used as a hanger for the metal rod hanger thingy you see in toy stores, perfect!!
Very well done! I'm looking forward to your Bowling Green wallpaper as well!
Amazing! I've used all of your wallpapers, and they're great. I look forward to checking them out every week.
my heart sank once i realized it wasn't ACTUALLY an action figure :-(
I do believe that this is the Brady figure that it was based on. Get some modeling paint and some plastic dreads and make your own.
Oh, and post pics. The posbangs will be epic.
That's the one
This is quite possibly the greatest thing I have ever seen in my life! Absolutely fucking love it!
I can only applaud.
Just incredible. You sir should be working for Lucasarts.
just completed my Christmas list. This is the only thing on it.
thats awesome. i love the warning....
There's no way this would be on the shelf long enough for the packaging to develop wear and tear at the point where it hangs!
I got really excited because I thought that this was something actually for sale and knew that, since it violated NCAA rules, it wouldn't last long. Still, sweet wallpaper.
THis is Awesome. Best wallpaper ever and now on my desktop.
You're like a gift to the MGOBlog community. Now keep up the good work, I applaud obsessiveness.
You, my friend, win the internet. Wow.
Can you do a life sized version of Angelina Jolie sans clothing?
Looking forward to seeing the transformation steps.