At this time I have only screen-captured images to show for the hundreds of hours of work I did on Robocop back in the long, hot summer of 1986. Rob Bottin did not allow me to take home any copies of my illustrations. He never did offer me a good reason for this.
I created hundreds of drawings, and dozens of very detailed renderings during the design process of this elaborate costume. Some of the best in my career as a pencil artist.
Every detail was worked out on paper before it was executed in clay. We explored many directions for this character before coming around to our initial idea: make a sleek, powerful, and heroic robot cop with stylized anatomy, and just the right amount of mechanical shapes. We looked a lot at Sorayama's Sexy Robot books to try and find a way to make the rather short and un-heroicly shaped Peter Weller into a believable super-cop.
I tried to sell Bottin on the idea of designing a molded OCP Police badge right into his breastplate, but he didn't go for it.
This suit looked like a million buck in the second film, once they had a chance work out some of the bugs and to make it out of a different material that could take a more perfect finish. These images are from the first, and only good Robocop film.