July 20, 2013

4 Robots and a Pig

Did up these little sketches today while thinking about this this week's Illustration Friday topic -- "Robots."
I realized that almost everything I am drawn to draw leans more toward the "organic," so taking on some mechanically-inclined things was fun challenge.  I may just depart from birds, pigs, and monsters for a bit and pursue some more of these little robotic beings.  My interest is piqued!
Oh-- and the pig?  He's just there to keep me grounded ;)
pencil on watercolor paper

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  1. Love them all, including the pig :)

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  2. I fully support this exploration (and the pig.) You sound fruitful and stable.

    Also, the work is truly brilliant. Your talent -- and the years you have invested in elevating it -- is singular. I mean that.

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  3. It pays to be on the good side of robots - Skynet you know

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    1. I figure their spawn will need picture books, so I'm practicing ;)

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  4. I like 'em a lot. Esp. the robot on the far right, because he's slightly creepy

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  5. YOU are doing exactly what I'm being required to do with poetry: to go outside of what I'm comfortable with. Your robots are just as darling as your piggy, Elizabeth, and I like that you described this porcine prince as someone to keep you "grounded." Until we can swim in unknown waters, there is nothing wrong with wearing a life saver!!!! Darling illustrations. Anita

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  6. They look so cheerful and alert. Very nice robots! They obviously do something helpful; disentangle Christmas lights, or remind you where you left your phone/keys/4B pencil or match up socks in the laundry.

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    1. Hahaha, Rhissanna! Yes. The one on the lower right is a coat-hanger-detangler. He is VERY useful.

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! I like your Bwahahahaha!!!, too.

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  8. Your robots look sweet and organic to me! :)

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    1. Thanks, Midori! It's a little different thinking "shiny and hard," vs. "soft and squishy" -- but I did want to make the little bots kinda cute.

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    1. This makes the bots happy, Deborah! Thanks!

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  10. I really dig the robot on the far left. Reminds me of the game Machinarium (http://machinarium.net/demo/). You should get on their dev team and do their illustrations for their next chapter!

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    1. I'm flattered at the suggestion. I think that might be fun... but then I wouldn't be drawing pigs anymore ;)

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  11. Wonderful! They have so much character. I like seeing the pig in there too :)

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Just like the monster characters--the sky's the limit!

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  12. Leave it to you to be able to make robits look CUTE! Love them!!!

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    1. For some reason, I think it's important that robots be cute ;) Glad you find them so, Mit! Thanks!

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  13. this is a really cool sketch.
    maybe you can try a robot pig :D - half pig and half robot.
    i bet it would turn out sweet like all your characters :D

    nice job!

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    1. It's funny you should say that. I had a FB friend suggest the same thing--he even photo-shopped the pig on to one of the bot-bottoms. It was pretty amusing.

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  14. Your robots are SO fun! LOVE them and can't wait to see them in color. :)

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    1. I will think of you when I start coloring, Alexandra. Thanks so much :)

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  15. The organic line is inescapable, and that pig would ground anybody. Love the little inquisitive fellow at the bottom of the page. Wondering what it is that intrigues him so.

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    1. Glad you noticed him. He's keeping tabs on things :)

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  16. I saw your Thumbnail at the Hattats and thought: "Where did she get it from - I like it!" Now I know that you are the artist yourself - I love what I see and will follow! Britta

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    1. Thank you so much, Britta! I'm so glad my little Henny caught your eye :)

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  17. Couple of these reminded me of the 'Smash' Instant potato robot adverts in the UK way back!!
    If you were interested : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1248974/The-sewage-engineer-Wow-Signal-proof-really-IS-life-Mars.html

    Great work Liz...I like you delving into the monster and robot world...but all you work looks good organic or not!

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    1. That is totally awesome--I do see the resemblance :) Glad you're liking my little foray into an alternate universe, Mr. MacG.

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    2. P.S. I really like that they are RED.

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  18. You drew a pig to keep you grounded! hee hee
    LOVE these robots - you are so talented!

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    1. YOU are so nice to say so, Michelle! Thank you.

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    1. Sue- I love this comment--made me laugh out loud :) YOU are interesting!

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  20. Oh, I love these sketches! I also love your character sketches in the earlier post--the sweet frog is my favorite!

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    1. Thanks so much, Nancy :) (and I'm glad you like my shy froggie in her party dress). Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. 4 Robots and A pig, what a great name for a poem or a book. Ah, your ability to give character to "characters' is amazing. Ballerina's come first to mind :)

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    1. Thanks, Andrew! I think the title is catchy, too. Now you've got me thinking. Ballerinas...hmmmm.

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  22. Definitely got cute and cuddly written all over them, despite being robots! That squarish one in the middle does remind me of someone...wonder who?
    Axxx

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  23. DEAR ELIZABETH! teehee...every time I see your profile photo (MISS HENNY!) I just laugh. She is just looking at me HEAD ON!

    Thank you so much for coming by on a breeze...a California breeze. Wishing you an ethereal day. Anita

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  24. Thanks for the comment:) Love your robot sketches,they are super cute:)

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  25. You could invent a flying pig, you know as in “and pigs might fly”.
    A pig with a curly, robotic tail with jet propulsion.

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  26. Quite poetic indeed! This is such a fun sketching page, and that cute little robot on the bottom is my favorite... Its face is just perfect!

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    1. Yep. Pencil. Thanks for the very nice comment :)

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  28. interesting switch on subject for you. I think you should pursue the mechanical further. These are charming.
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  29. It's like one of those challenges in the old Highlights magazine: Which one doesn't belong? Hmmmm... let's see.... something about the antennae.... yeah that's it, the robot on the bottom only has ONE, and the others have TWO.
    Oh WAIT... what's that pig doing in the group... but he does have TWO ears.... I'm going to the back of the magazine to check the answer.

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    1. Ted-- you never fail to make me laugh-- OUT LOUD! :-D

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  30. Even your robots are adorable...likey very much!
    xo J~

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