Hello all! Happy Thanksgiving!
There won’t be a new comic update today but I didn’t want to leave you hanging, so I am posting some of the concept sketches I created for the robot.
I showed off my sketchbook to my students the other day when the conversation turned to conceptual art. I have around eighty pages in that book dedicated to refining the designs of these characters. They were rather surprised at the amount of work that goes into designing something that is seemingly so simple. The way I figure, you’ve gotta draw something A LOT to really figure out what works and what doesn’t work about a design.
In the case of the robot, my biggest concern was designing a character that allowed for the greatest amount of expression while still maintaining a very mechanical look and feel. Too organic and it stops looking robotic. Too stiff and mechanical and you begin to lose a lot of the humanity.
The following image is a pretty good timeline of the development of the robot. I’ve left out a whole lot of drawings but these are a good example of the many iterations he went through. It also really shows off the development of my drawing skills. I went from someone who barely drew at all to someone who…well… still doesn’t do enough drawing.