Bringing MASS EFFECT To Life: From FemShep to Turian Batman
Bringing MASS EFFECT To Life
Frequent con goers may already know Conrad, or at least her amazing N7 armor. For the uninitiated, we spoke with Conrad about what it takes to be an N7 soldier, the process behind Crabcat's big creations, and where you can see them in action at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2011.
Nrama: You are the “Commander” of Crabcat Industries, with a very talented team surrounding you. Do you ever feel like you are living out your own version of Commander Shepard’s life?
Nrama: Crabcat Industries is a very unique idea. Can you tell us a little bit about how you started out?
Nrama: To many, you have become a symbol for “Femshep.” In your opinion, what is it about “female” Commander Shepard that demands the same attention as male Shepard, who has been used in the marketing thus far?
Nrama: Crabcat Industries did an incredible job sculpting the husks and making the costumes in the live-action Mass Effect 3 trailer, “Invasion.” Can you talk a little bit about that project and how it felt to see your work in a BioWare trailer?
Conrad: That project was crazy! We had a really short deadline, but we made it happen. All of us worked incredibly hard and once we were on set it was completely worth it. It looked like we were in the Mass Effect universe, and when the husks were all suited up it was surreal. Alliance symbols on crashed helicopters, husks running around, I was ready to duck behind some waist-high boxes and shout combat commands.
Conrad: It really depends on the deadline. If I have the time to take my time I will, but usually we have to get the projects done incredibly fast. In that case, it can take me from three days to a week to sculpt something. The husk's head took me about three days; Wrex took me about five days. Grunt was my own project, so I got to fiddle with him for a few weeks, which was awesome.
Nrama: Is Crabcat Industries available for commissions?
Conrad: We are! We're booked until after PAX Prime this year, but we can still do quotes and pricing right now if anyone has an interesting project.
Nrama: One of your next projects is called “Bad Fan Fiction.” Some of the details you have revealed so far include “Grunt being a creeper” and “Dinner at Chile’s on the Citadel.” Can you tell our readers more about what this project entails?
Nrama: Now for the hard questions. Who is your favorite character in the Mass Effect series? And similarly, what is your favorite character to sculpt? Any particular reasons why?
Conrad: Other than female Shepard, my favorite character is Garrus. He's your best friend, always there for you… and with a giant sniper rifle. Then he goes to Omega to more or less become Batman, so of course my Shepard romanced him after that. You can't say no to Turian Batman. As far as characters to sculpt, I love any of the creatures. The Krogan are really fun to sculpt because of all the cracks and wrinkles on their plates and skin, Salarians too. Pretty much I enjoy sculpting any of the aliens. The armor? Not so much.
Conrad: I actually played through my first games as a total Paragon because I'm way too nice, though I like both paths. I like being renegade in costume because you can look a bit more extreme, a bit scarier with the scars (even though my paragon Shepard looks like my costume too). It gives me an excuse to get some awesome contacts and scars and randomly threaten to punch people out windows. I love the renegade attitude and persona, I would have played through as a complete renegade if she hadn't trusted the Illusive Man....that guy has glowing eyes, an ugly suit, and brought you back to life. Not ok.You can follow Holly Conrad's work with Crabcat at her personal twitter account, the company twitter, and the official Crabcat website. Related Stories:
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