Tuesday, April 19, 2022

March of Robots 2022 Finished

I decided to participate in my second March of Robots, an online drawing challenge conceived by DaCosta Bayley founder of Chocolate Soop StudioEvery March, artists all over the world take on this challenge by doing one robot drawing a day the entire month - 31 total. My goal of the challenge was to improve my drawing skills, but frankly, I just love drawing robots.

Here is the prompt list for 2022 MoR:

Here are my all analog art submissions:

DAY 01:

The prompt for Day 1 was SIGNAL

This traffic signal bot is designed to keep cars flowing to their destination, with very little delay. Unfortunately, it spends most of its time avoiding distracted commuters.

I played around with some color wash on this one. .

DAY 02:

The prompt for Day 2 was DARKNESS. 

This bot has spent most of the day trying to find his way through the darkness of his room. Fortunately, somebody opened a way out.

DAY 03:

The prompt for Day 3 was CONTROL

This bot is a visual interpretation of how our lives are controlled by the artificial intelligence that changes the algorithm of the content we view on our social feeds. Perhaps this is starting to control how we think. 

DAY 04:

The prompt for Day 4 was SYMBOL

Who says that alien visitors haven’t sent robots ahead to assess any danger, but also offer us a peaceful first contact? Of course, they would probably be in their own image. They might even offer us the intergalactic symbol of peace, and probably, a hand gesture too. However, sometimes that gesture might be misinterpreted.  

DAY 05:

The prompt for Day 5 was POWER

This bot’s plans for world domination were put on hold, when the strap of its magnum pulsar rifle got hung up on the latch to its power supply cover. Bad luck.  

DAY 06:

The prompt for Day 6 was DANGER

This bot’s loves living on the edge. It never got its safety programming with the knowledge that running with scissors is dangerous.

DAY 07:

The prompt for Day 7 was PROJECT 

This Analog Instagram Bot’s primary function is to project your favorite vacation pics onto the wall with its slide projector feature. Don’t forget to double click to like your favorite slides. 

DAY 08:

The prompt for Day 8 was FIRE 

This FireBot’s wasn’t properly programmed on how to handle the fire hose at full pressure. Fortunately, it was able to contain the fire before it spread to the rare sprocket room. 

DAY 09:

The prompt for Day 9 was LOCK 

Today’s Public Service Announcement: You shouldn’t leave your robot unattended overnight. You may think that you’re bot is securely locked to a rack, but opportunistic thieves will always find ways to take parts to sell on the black market. 

DAY 10:

The prompt for Day 10 was MACHINE

This is a redraw of a ‘bot that I did for my first Inktober: 2019, Day 10. I do a series called #misfitrobots which pays tribute to old, analog tech or trades that have been replaced by newer, more convenient, digital tech OR phone apps. 

This sewing machine ’bot was a tribute to tailors and seamstresses, like my mother, who work hard at a trade that will never go away. 

DAY 11:

The prompt for Day 11 was ORB

This ‘bot has a a reputation for mastering 3-holed orbs, and using them to precisely knock down 10 pins at the end of a long wooden lane. It never misses, so they call it “Kingpin Bob”.

DAY 12:

The prompt for Day 12 was PORTAL 

This ‘bot has discovered that a super fast computer and a great search engine is the best portal to a wealth of unlimited knowledge. From here, the whole world is at its fingertips. 

DAY 13:

The prompt for Day 13 was TOWER 

This piece is a tribute to one of my all time favorite movies, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - a classic 1977 Sci Fi movie directed by Steven Spielberg. I’ve tried to recreate the famous scene where Roy Neary builds—in the middle of his living room—a scale replica of a vision implanted in his head by aliens. He soon discovers, on his TV, that it is actually a replica of Devil’s Tower.  

#devilstower #CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind #scifi #spielberg

DAY 14:

The prompt for Day 14 was GARDEN

One of my favorite weekend activities is doing garden work with my wife, around the yard. We make a great team, where I dig the holes and she does the planting. 

DAY 15:

The prompt for Day 15 was WEEDS

This ‘bots primary function is to use its turbo weed eater to rid the yard of all the weeds. Sometimes, it feels like a never ending job. 

DAY 16:

The prompt for Day 16 was ESCAPE 

This ‘bot’s escape from the droid chain gang was easier than expected. 100 years of hard labor will have to wait because it’s on its way to return that overdue video rental. 

DAY 17:

The prompt for Day 17 was LOOP 

Last year—for the same prompt during #inktober2021 —I did a bot eating a big ol’bowl of ‘Reboot Loop’ cereal. This time, I’m showing the mascot, Loop-E, from the kid bot’s cereal: Robot Loops. Loop-E spends its time spreading happiness, by sprinkling sugar coated loops for all to enjoy. 

DAY 18:

The prompt for Day 18 was GLOW 

My wife gave me the idea to model this ’bot after the angler fish. Waiting, quietly in the dark, this angler bot uses the glow of its antenna light to attract its prey. 

DAY 19:

The prompt for Day 19 was BUTTERFLY

Never underestimate the power of friendship. This ‘bot gets around, carried by his butterfly buddy. 

DAY 20:

The prompt for Day 20 was ZERO 

This snowball maker ‘bot functions optimally in temperatures below zero degrees. Being the beta model, it was given the designation of 0. 

DAY 21:

The prompt for Day 21 was DEEP

This deep sea ‘bot is keeping the the ship’s crew safe from giant, dangerous, man-eating serpents, while they search the wreckage of another ship. 

DAY 22:

The prompt for Day 22 was OLD 

For this prompt, I thought that I would pay tribute to a classic OLD school cartoon, #Popeye the sailor man. I remember watching every episode where he would always swallow a can of spinach, then save the day. 

I like to think that Popeye has had a positive influence on me and that I strive to stick with things to the end - like March of Robots. “I'm strong to the finish 'cause I eats me spinach.”

Here is my robot #fanart version of Popeye. 

DAY 23:

The prompt for Day 23 was ORBIT 

The robot space program requires each candidate to train rigorously for days. The rocket simulator needs to orbit the moon replica, at least a dozen times, before the trainee can become a qualified robonaut. 

DAY 24:

The prompt for Day 24 was BOMB 

This ‘bot hopes that it doesn’t drop an F Bomb in this post. This challenge has almost driven me to dropping a few myself. ;)

DAY 25:

The prompt for Day 25 was THING 

It’s now proven that the rumored Thing 3, of the #drseuss franchise, was just a hoax, played by this misguided ‘bot, trying to share its love for cats in hats. 

DAY 26:

The prompt for Day 26 was WALL 

Some ‘bots that just want to build walls, will often find themselves locked away from all the amazing things the world has to offer. 

"We build too many walls and not enough bridges." 

DAY 27:

The prompt for Day 27 was CENTRE 

This ‘bot defies the laws of physics every time it steps onto a tight rope, because it’s centre of gravity is way too high. 

This one is a bit of a stretch, but I’m running out of steam with this challenge. 

DAY 28:

The prompt for Day 28 was FUTURE

They predicted that, in the future, we’d have electric, flying cars, driven by robots. Too bad they couldn’t figure out what to do with the extension cords. This sketch is inspired by the #jetsons 

DAY 29:

The prompt for Day 29 was LIFT

I drew this Strong ‘bot last year (scroll down if you want to see if) and decided to bring it back with an upgrade. Now, it has two lift spring arms to double its lifting capacity. 

DAY 30:

The prompt for Day 30 was SEED

Gardener ‘bots are programmed to restore the planet by planting seeds, using any tools available. This ‘bot’s main function is to plant more oak trees. 

DDAY 31:

This was my last submission for March of Robots 2022. The prompt for Day 31 was DOOR 

As this challenge ends, this ‘bot is now tucking away its sketchbook into a secret compartment, hidden under the door on its chest cavity. 





It’s always #inktober 

#illustration #art #drawing #sketch #sketchbook #penandink  #analog #makersgottamake

@dickdavid_sketches a.k.a. Richard David Wezensky

Please do not use or copy this art without permission and full attribution. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Bad Robot and It's Time for Color


I’m not a painter, but I’ve decided to play around with more color. I’m trying remember old techniques as well as learn new ones—so please forgive the art until I can get to a better place. 

My first experiment this year is some fan art that you might recognize. If you’ve ever watched a movie (like some of the new Star Wars or Star Trek films) or TV show made by J. J. Abrams, @jjabramsofficial you’ve probably seen the red robot character that introduces his production company Bad Robot @bad_robot (also led by Katie McGrath), at the beginning of each.

The Bad Robot icon was bold enough to start playing around in color. Since I don’t have any color art supplies, I borrowed some acrylic paint from my son. Not ready to go full on paint, I watered it down and make a watercolor-like wash. 

This art is the ©copyright of Richard David Wezensky a.k.a. @dickdavid_sketches 
The Bad Robot icon is the @copyright of Bad Robot Productions

Please do not use or copy this art without permission and full attribution.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Welcome 2022


Well, it's 2022. Let's see if we can do better and make more art this year. It is starting off a bit slow, but I have managed to make a few things, including a couple of commissions.

Let's start with earlier this month, with my wife's birthday. I couldn't find a greeting card that really matched her personality or interests, so I made one. She loved it so much that she ended up framing it.

I also did a commission. Sort of. 

The folks at my office Launch Agency did a raffle for our food drive last month. Various folks donated prizes, and I was asked to give away a commission as one of them.

This piece is the first of two options that I made for my coworker, Isaac , who was the winner of my raffle prize, and was gracious enough to choose a topic that was actually fun to draw.

Here I’ve made some fan art of the amazing Cartoon Network show Adventure Time. Isaac wanted something with one if his favorite characters, BMO and left the rest up to me. I ended up making 2 pieces from this and gave them both to Isaac. 

"BMO, sometimes written phonetically as "Beemo" is a MO-series robotic video game console system/computer/VCR combo unit who lives with Finn and Jake...Despite being an object used for recreation by Finn and Jake, BMO is still considered a close friend and treated as an equal by the two.” - Wikipedia

Here, I drew BMO hanging out with a stylized Finn (sorry I left out Jake), playing games together.

Here, I drew BMO hanging out in the Boat Treehouse that is seen on the show. 

Finally, I was able to connect with friend Stan Hart, the other day, who passed off the cool t-shirt from Zumografx with my Inktober art that they repurposed for an event graphic (with permission). My only regret is missing the event.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

End of 2021

I’ve been on #inktober2021 recharge and recovery mode for the past few days. 31 days of drawing was a beat down or me, so I was only able to do a few drawings to finish out the year.

I haven’t sketched a transit rider in a while, so I thought that I would give you a break from the robots. This guy was totally asleep most of the way, until transit police told him that he was on the wrong train. For this piece, I stepped away (mostly) from my multi liner pens and went ol’school nib pens, dipping them in ink.

To break out of my drawing slump, I decided to participate in the @drawmearobot December art challenge. They’ve shared a piece from @claygrahamart , and asked participants to draw it in their style. This is my take on it.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Inktober 2021 Finished

This year, I decided to participate in another Inktober, an online drawing challenge conceived by Jake Parker. Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. The goal of the challenge is to improve your inking skills.

Part of the challenge with Inktober is coming up with ideas, that align with my style, but also honors the prompt. My goals for this challenge are simple: all analog ink art, with limited ink wash for shading. 

Here is this year's prompt list: 

Here are my submissions:

Day 01: “CRYSTAL” 

For “Crystal” I wanted to do something other than a faceted gem, or fortune telling device. This one my turn a few corners, but I thought it would be fun to do a portrait of Mike Wazowski, the cute little character from Disney Pixar’s, Monsters Inc. - played by, you know it, Billy Crystal.

Day 02: “SUIT”

For this prompt, I wanted to do something fun and show a different kind of ’suit’. Being a huge fan of Godzilla and being raised on the 50s and 60s classics—on Saturday reruns—I thought it would be nice to pay tribute to the man who wore the giant monster suit, Haruo Nakajima.

Day 03: “VESSEL”  

I’m a huge fan of the classic 1966 film, Fantastic Voyage, and more recently, the 1987 film Innerspace — where people were reduced to microscopic size, in order to pilot ‘VESSELS’ through one of humanity’s final frontiers: the human body. Travel would happen through the host’s blood “VESSELs”. This sketch is a stylistic tribute to those films.

Day 04: “KNOT”

I decided to stick to my wheelhouse on this one, robots. This ‘bot never sprung for the MagSafe® wireless charging upgrade, so it spends most of its recharge time untangling its power cord, which always seems to be in a “KNOT”.  

Day 05: “RAVEN” 

Would you believe me if I told you that this is Raven Symone, in a flight suit, riding a giant “RAVEN”? Clearly wildlife is not in my wheelhouse of drawing skills. The old me would have drawn a raven-bot or a simple raven on a bot’s shoulder. However, I wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone on this one. 

Day 06: “SPIRIT” 

Just to reset after my last journey outside of my comfort zone, here’s another robot. There is no other person with more team “SPIRIT” than this cheerleader ‘bot, cheering for its favorite Golden Bolt winners, during the BattleBot World Championship. 

Day 07: “FAN” 

Perhaps inspired by Curious George, when he made the paper boats and sent them off into the pond, this ‘bot dreams of being a great sea captain, sailing his ship to the far corners of the ocean. Until then, his little paper boat will need a little bit of wind assistance from his portable “FAN”. 

Day 08: “WATCH” 

This Projector ‘bot is ready to play your favorite move, whenever you want to “WATCH” it. But first, let’s all go to the lobby and get ourselves a snack.  

Day 09: “PRESSURE”

Before he takes a few laps around the track, this cyclist always makes sure that his tires are at the right “PRESSURE”.   

Day 10: “PICK”

This girl loves to “PICK” flowers to share with anybody—including giant robot invaders.    

Day 11: “SOUR”

This Baker ‘bot loves to make “SOUR”dough bread. From its top secret starter to the organic, non-GMO flour, it only puts the best ingredients in its mixer bowl.  

Day 12: “STUCK”

I’ve always assumed that extraterritorial travelers would be human sized. What if they travel for thousands of lightyears, only to end up getting “STUCK” in your neighborhood spider web? This might be a sad end to any tiny explorer’s journey. 

Day 13: “ROOF”

There is nothing that says road trip better than a loaded “ROOF” rack. This little car is ready for adventure across the country, making stops at every roadside attraction.  

Day 14: “TICK”

“TICK” tock is the sound the punch clock makes, every time the “TICK” crew clocks in for their shift. Another day, another drop of blood.   

Day 15: “HELMET” 

Some stunt ‘bots are so focused on their sick moves and jump flips, that they forget to fasten their “HELMET” straps.   

Day 16: “COMPASS” 

As it turns out, this hiker’s trusty “COMPASS” wasn’t actually leading him true north to his campsite, but rather west, to the local salvage yard.

Day 17: “COLLIDE” 

To take out their frustration, these ‘bots love to “COLLIDE” into each other during the Bumper Car Demolition Derby.    

Day 18: “MOON” 

This robot is rethinking how close he was standing to greet the new neighbors. “One giant leap for mankind” meant the end to this bot’s welcome to the “MOON” casserole days. 

Day 19: “LOOP” 

Nothing gets this ‘bot’s day started better than a big ol’ bowl of Reboot “LOOP” cereal. Chock full of minerals and iron, and part of a complete breakfast, there’s enough fuel resources to power through the morning.  

Day 20: “SPROUT”

Not much of a story to tell for today’s prompt except that I love that movie Wall-E from @disney @pixar . Who wouldn’t love a movie that has a robot as the lead character? For this prompt, I decided to do a little fan art and draw the little lone “SPROUT” that Wall-E found and placed in an old boot.   

Day 21: “FUZZY”

There isn’t a better mod for your car, than a good pair of “FUZZY” dice! They will add instant horsepower, prestige and value to your vehicle, no matter what you drive—even if it goes nowhere.

My wife—who is an amazing photographer, gardener, mother and partner—is also a great creative thinker and helps me work through my solutions for many the prompts. Fuzzy dice was all her.    

Day 22: “OPEN” 

Believe it or not, robot brain surgery is a very difficult task. It requires precision instruments to “OPEN” the head of a robot to get access vital operational parts. The procedure is typically painless, and can be repaired by using a simple welding torch.     

Day 23: “LEAK”

This ‘bot didn’t realize that it’s boat had a “LEAK” until it was too late. Being miles from shore and not knowing how to swim should have caused worry. Fortunately, Bucket Head ‘bots are known for their ability to improvise—especially when they forget to bring their water pump and life jacket. 

Day 24: “EXTINCT” 

The past called. They want their “EXTINCT” technology back. I went a bit surreal on this one giving the caller a triceratops head, just to push the prompt a little further. What can I say, it’s day 24 and my creative bank account is getting a bit tapped out.      

Day 25: “SPLAT”

I thought that I would try something different with this one. Instead of showing the actual mess, I decided to draw and implied “SPLAT”. Here, this robot’s actions, to reach just a little too far out of his range, will lead to only one conclusion.  

Day 26: “CONNECT” 

I’m attempting another small break from robots. The first thing that came to mind, when I thought about this prompt, is LEGO. My son grew up playing for hours with this limitless toy, and admittedly, I had fun with them too. I love how each piece would “CONNECT” to the others to create whatever your imagination could come up with.     

Day 27: “SPARK”

No robot is worth its gears, if it can’t change it’s own “SPARK”plugs. The newer models come with a flux turbine core—which requires hours of fine tuning. However,  ,owthese older generations are rock solid and easy to maintain, with fewer, well built parts. 

Day 28: “CRISPY”

This taco stand owner is trying a new Lucha Libre gimmick to sell his soon-to-be, world famous “CRISPY” tacos. The Pile Driver taco, comes with an extra large shell and double stuffed with ingredients.  

Day 29: “PATCH” 

I brought back my Unicycle Juggler Bot for this prompt. When juggling chickens and bowling balls all day, this bot’s unicycle tends to get a flat tire from time to time. He’s had to put a “PATCH” in several different places on his old inner tube. 

Unicycle Juggler Bot: A few years back, when my kids were a lot younger, I asked what they would like me to draw. Jokingly one of them said, a clown robot on a unicycle, juggling — so I did it. During #MarchOfRobots this year, I decided to redraw it better. If you scroll down my feed, you’ll be able to see the March of Robots version, and if you are completely bored, scroll down more to see the original sketch done in 2012.  

Day 30: “SLITHER” 

I’ve been using so much ink this month, that my pencil has decided to “SLITHER” away. When this is over, I may take a break from my pens and ink wash, and just live in the world of graphite for a while—just for a little something different. 

I have to admit, this was the most difficult prompt of the whole challenge, mostly because I’m not great with drawing snakes. For almost every other prompt, I was able to come up with a visual solution that fits my style - even if I had to turn a few corners to get there.  My wife came through for me again. When I was struggling to come up with an idea, she suggested a PENCIL that looks like a snake. Simple but brilliant.  

Day 31: “RISK” 

This robot is taking a “RISK” sliding around in its tighty whities and socks, while dancing to Bob Segar’s “Old Time Rock and Roll”—but that’s it’s ‘Business’. It’s not like it’s going to run a brothel in it’s parent’s suburban house, while they are away.  

My wife came through for me again. When I was struggling to come up with an idea, she suggested the classic 80s movie, Risky Business. I went ahead and did an iconic scene from the movie, but with a robot Tom Cruise.   

Here's a quick scan of all the work: