More progress on the space suit from Anathem. I've added in the details, simplified some previously magical geometry around the collar and have added lots of hand holds and railings in what I feel are practical places. I strongly feel that In space you can never have too many things to grab onto!
The right version is my first pass at the protective outer garment they put on for protection against micro meteorites (while hidden behind the "cold black mirror"). The book doesn't go into details on how these bulky suits would don these coveralls so I had to assume that the garment was put on in pieces and added bright orange strips marking important locations for context. I also added in a network of small electromagnets on the frame that when turned on would draw metal disks embedded in the kevlar to the hardsuit.
Ultimately the suit itself is bulky so an outer layer over top begins to approach comical but I think it is a very important aspect of the design so it will likely be included on the final sheet.
I am feeling better about the arm and leg joints now and decided to fuse the ankles since the feet are all but useless in the book and context. Unless something else comes up the only other functional aspect im not happy with are the fuel and waste cells currently stored in the FannyPack X5000 but I may just let it go and head into the revised back view and then final renders.
This 30 minute sketch was inspired with the prompts of Cargo and Commuting. Im really interested in semi trailers and their transition to be self driving and battery powered so had fun playing around with very utilitarian shapes and language.