Monday, 2 February 2009

Illustration Friday "Flawed"

"Batteries not included"

This poor Robot would love nothing more than to run outside and feel the sun on his metallic face. But due to a basic design flaw he has to remain plugged into the mains at all times.


My original take for Illustration Friday's theme of "Flawed" was going to be a caricature of Mills (Brad Pitt)from the movie Se7en. The ending is still (for me) one of the most powerful and memorable in film history.
Ultimately it's Mills' flaws and his eventual Wrath that culminate in his own tragic downfall. Despite this I felt it was all a bit too morbid for IF, so he remains as the sketch you see here. The pose is taken from the moment after he discovers what's in the box! On that cheery note...bye bye!

30 comments:

  1. darn it!!!! Who could do this to a robot???? he he he he. This is awesome. I just love the fact that he is plugged into the wall when I'm trying hard not be. he he he! This is wonderful. You never disappoint. You always bring it! Excellent.

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  2. Could you conceive a portable system with solar panels to make this robot free and happy? Great illustration!!!

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  3. Love your robot,poor one
    great style as always

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  4. Poor little guy, plugged in like a vacuum cleaner! I love the humor and your use of color here.

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  5. this is such great piece, he is so cute.
    When we were little my brother had walkie talkies that were connected by a wire that could NOT be removed, ahhh the 70's and its fab toys.

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  6. I'm crying inside for the poor little robot.

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  7. I love the concept of the robot. It fits this week's topic wonderfully!

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  8. hhaahaha this make me smile. :)

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  9. Very well done - this metal bot evokes real emotion at his sad plight.

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  10. aww, how sad! at least they plugged him in by a window :)

    Oh, and im loving that over the hill e-card you made!

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  11. nice character and very well done!

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  12. LOL love the robot, what a genius idea :) And the Brad Pitt caricature is brilliant, I'm inspired (and a little disturbed remembering the movie) ;)

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  13. I'll bet I have an extension cord in the garage that would buy him another 150 feet!
    Poor robo!

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  14. Awesome robot! The BP sketch is really great, too. I would be ecstatic if my sketches looked that good!

    Just checked out your Blue Mountain card as well... excellent work. Especially the crudely drawn diagram.

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  15. Love the idea on this Robot, plus the expression. The Brad drawing is very very good too. Great work.

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  16. that's beautiful!!!
    great job!!

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  17. Poor little fella... maybe a car battery on wheels would be the answer ;) Great use of the 'manga eyes' highlights to amp up the sympathy! Now I love Seven as much as anyone. Freeman and Pitt are amazing in it and you are right, that ending gives you goosebumps whenever you watch it...... (but...?).......despite the fact that Brad does that very weird 'oh god...ooohhh god...oooooohhhhh' stuff while screwing his face up. Is it just me or is that a tad too much...? Love the sketch regardless but glad you opted for a happier flaw :)

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  18. Ooooh what a sad illo!! Love the expressiveness of the character!

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  19. Awesome! Mills sketch was equally cool. I would definitely rank that near the top for best movie endings.

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  20. great design, love the retro feel of the robot and wallpaper design, poor robot, just wants to go outside - he needs an extention cord :)

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  21. As an ex animator I love your style, will check your blog out regulary.

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  22. funny funny. love the robot. thanks Chris for your advice and words of encouragement.i'll try keep the animations coming;-)

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  23. Your sad robot it's really beautiful!
    Mr Pitt is great too!

    Francisco Martins
    www.subversivetales.blogspot.com
    www.subversivetales.com

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  24. Hey Chris-- been watching the news and I hope you and your family are ok.

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  25. Nice illustrations Chris, the robot is great and your climbing image is brilliant.

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  26. Hi Chris! your robot is fantastic, I love it!
    .........
    (I think too that the ending of se7en is one of the most shocking and memorable in film history... so, your first idea was wonderful! ;)

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  27. aaaaaawwwww... no!! this is so sad!!! no batteries, no fun :(

    LOL

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  28. I estimate that I think that poor old robot might be able to atleast sit on the window-sil.
    Give him a happy ending.

    Great pick of Brad Pitt too!

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