Sunday, April 23, 2006

robot, n.-a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks

I quite liked this week's topic, so much so that I was able to come up with an idea and execute it all in the same day-before Thursday. (yay!)
I decided to stray away from the android/humanistic version of a robot. For some reason, I've had strange creatures on the brain; octopi being one of them. I decided it would be fun to do a robotic version of an octopus. But what would it be doing? There's so many arms... a chef, a dog walker? Then it hit me: what about an underwater gardener? Bingo!
I like this guy very much. I've not returned to my usual style of illustrating (in case you have noticed.) I'm trying to figure out how to balance my newer tendencies with my older style. (Maybe I'll just have two styles?)
*Oh, and I'll update my last I-Fri post with my submission for 'spotted' in color soon!

22 comments:

  1. I love this guy! Such a great idea for his occupation as well. :) I do really like this sytle too. I've always been fond of the more symplistic look.

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  2. You don't think this style would work well for childrens illustration? Am I missing something? I think it's a great style for the children's market. These are my favorite pieces that you have been showing most recently.
    Great "robot"!

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  3. I love him - I've always wanted an extra couple of hands and this guy has that and to spare. Good luck with your style development and thanks for the comment.

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  4. nice robot! I like the glass bubble around the head. I love that Picasso quote too, I am always doing that which I can not do in order that I may not be bored. nice blog.

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  5. This looks really good. I love it!
    www.wynlen.no

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  6. Yeah, I like him too! A robotic octopus. What fun.

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  7. I like this :D flower picker Robot :D
    and also the octopussy is nice :D
    ciao

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  8. Very cute! It's a great idea for a robot. :)

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  9. beautiful charming illo!! LOVE your robot!! It rocks!

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  10. Mm... an robot-octopus that harvests seaflowers. I wondered how you made the connection from robot to octopus to underwater gardener. LOL! Absolutely nothing wrong with that. I'm just curious what's your thinking process. I'm sure it's a reflection of your creativity. :)

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  11. This is a wonderful illustration. I love the robot with his many arms but I also love the textures in the background. Is this created on traditional watercolor paper or some other paper (like rice paper?)

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  12. What a really dellightful way to interpret the topic! It's fun to see robotic creatures that aren't humanoid, and I love the idea of the underwater gardener! I think this would be tremendously appealing to a child:>

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  13. Charming! I love the combo of octopus and robot. watercolor?

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  14. Thanks for the responses, guys! Wee -This is on canvas paper. I texturized it using gesso. I've been playing around with gesso, and have found a great variety of surfaces.
    jaimie- It's done in acrylic, with a little wash, and ink.
    librarian - I'm not sure how I got here either! I was doodling different robots, trying to go for an "organic" feel. (ironic, isn't it?)I started looping lines, and then that made me think of an octopus. I wondered...well, what would a robot be doing with that many arms? Many things came to mind, but the one that held the most appeal to me was picking flowers. :)

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  15. hey dee, dee here! hahaaa.. had to say it! So, this is a great illo! I love the idea of the robot gardener! Brilliant! You have a very appealing style! Keep it up!

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  16. Really cool art ya have here! I love this robot'ctopus.
    Thanks for stoppin by and commenting on my robot. Actually, I am in college and my notebooks are full of drawings from classroom boredom. I guess my blog description of "am starting college this summer" is a little misleading, since I'm already in it- just not at that particular college. ;)

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  17. I adore your robot-octi, he is so cute!

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  18. i have a few repetitive tasks that i could throw his way! great illo, especially the squid's ink.

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  19. Very creative and original! Great style!

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  20. I love your robot, he is very original, I have some stuff he could do, but underwater gardener is very useful too.
    Thank you for visiting and commenting on my site also.

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  21. uush! :)....I wouldn't imagine it before, an oktous as a gardener...really liek the mood of it!

    -Marjorie Ann

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  22. Very clever--he looks like a sweet little octo-robot. I really like the simple style and soft color palette.

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