Droids Custom Gonk: And so it begins...

by Bill Cable
on 2019-05-08, 07:58:14

With Celebration Chicago over and Celebration Anaheim prep not really yet begun, it's time for me to get back into the groove with another Droids Custom. This time out, it's the beloved Power Droid.

Power Droids was one of my childhood favorites. Maybe THE favorite. I just loved the way his legs clicked and clacked. I mean, I played with Han Bespin far more often. But there's just this satisfaction from moving those legs back and forth.

I struggled for a long time thinking of what I wanted to do for Gonk. I kind of settled on having him be in the garage of the Joben-Dusat Racing Team, charging some doodad or another. Maybe with Jord Dusat plugging something into him. And I worked with that. I even watched a bunch of the cartoons to get an idea of the layout of the garage. That's when I was reminded that J.J. Abrams is nothing but a copycat!

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But something with the idea just didn't sit well with me. So I did one of the toughest things an artist can do - abandon an idea. I had something else floating around in my head. What if I drew Gonk just doing the most mundane thing possible? And that really clicked. I came up with a few different scenarios... and here's the one I'm going with.

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It's Gonk. Powering a lamp. Bliss.

Originally I was thinking have someone sitting next to the lamp reading. But then after a few sketches I felt this works better.

Now, I'm gonna look through a bunch of source material and find the dopest lamp I can. And I have a few ideas what I want the room to look like. So I'm not like I'm being lazy or anything with this one. But this is it. Gonk. Lamp.

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