Illo Friday – Robot

Robots don’t work all the time, you know. Sometimes they go for walks in the woods with their kids. And pick berries and stuff. So, if you’re camping and you see glowing red eyes in the bushes … just remember, it might not be bobcats …


  1. carla
    April 24, 2006

    You really created a great atmsophere…I love the dark woods with their glowing eyes. Your robots are quite adorable, too:>

  2. Christine Cheng
    April 24, 2006

    They are so cute, how did u do that??? Admire your stuffs.

  3. Karen
    April 24, 2006

    Hi Christine, I don’t know if you are asking how I made them cute or how did I paint them – [smile]
    So I’ll answer that I think roly-poly shapes can make things cute so that’s how I did that part.
    If you’re asking about the illustration, they are painted in Photoshop using many, many layers of digital paint and a large variety of brushes and blenders in different shapes and sizes and opacities.

  4. Alison
    April 24, 2006

    I love these, what fun! They make you smile :) I think its the impossible feet!

    PS love your pages – they started me looking at blogs and attempting one!

  5. Ratlion
    April 24, 2006

    It’s both eerie and cute! I did’nt even know that could be done! :) Love it.

  6. dan
    April 24, 2006

    This is really well done and a sweet idea! Nice work!

  7. Karen
    April 24, 2006

    Thank you Alison, Ratlion and Dan

    Good for you for starting a blog, Alison! Keep up the drawing and sharing …

  8. melissa w
    April 24, 2006

    That looks like so much fun! I love it.

  9. Debby
    April 24, 2006

    This is so fun! Love it! Really makes me smile!

  10. deb
    April 24, 2006

    Super-duper cute!


  11. Detlef
    April 24, 2006

    I love the differing antennae – between Pappa/Momma bot and Junior bot (not quite sure on their gender)

  12. Kate R
    April 24, 2006


    What a fun illustration, thanks for sharing.

  13. Karen
    April 24, 2006

    Thanks Melissa, Debby, Deb, Detlef and Kate

    Detlef, then I have done my job … I intended them to be gender-ambiguous so that anyone could “read” the parent relationship of their choice into it.

  14. Katili
    April 24, 2006

    Great illo, love the colours and the shadowy atmosphere. Those eyes are awesome.

  15. Felicity
    April 25, 2006

    That’s funny comment about the gender coz I looked at it and immediately thought the big one must be Mum! Anyway, it’s great, I love the way they are walking!

  16. moxiegirl
    April 25, 2006

    ooooooh they are so cute! robots normally don’t do anything for me but i love these ones!

  17. Zeke
    April 25, 2006

    Great! What an imaginative image and caption! Mysterious yet not scary – very fun.

  18. Starr
    April 25, 2006

    oh how clever and nicely done! I really enjoyed this one.

  19. Janet Kroenke
    April 25, 2006

    Love this one, Kwinttie, and it’s very different from all the other stuff you’ve done.

  20. Karen
    April 25, 2006

    Thanks, Nancy, Katili, Felicity, Moxie, Zeke, Starr and JK – I’m glad you’re all enjoying it!

    Nancy, yes I think you’ve hit on something with the Big Foot idea!

  21. Redheaded Stepchild
    April 25, 2006

    This is GREAT!! I agree with Ratlion – cute and eerie at the same time. And the colors are wonderful. It reminds me of Lane Smith – one of my favorite illustrators.

  22. Karen
    April 25, 2006

    Lynne (Redhead) – I didn’t recognize his name but I realized we have two of his books – the 3 pigs and stinky cheese man – Now I’m going to get them out and look!

    Your comments are all so encouraging, I will probably do more in this style, thank you!

  23. Slywy
    April 26, 2006

    I love this illustration and will send the link to a robot-loving friend. Very imaginative, and I like how the juvenile’s eyes are slightly different from the adult’s. Great detail.

  24. steve
    April 26, 2006

    This one takes me back–I had a toy similar to these guys, though you really made them come alive here!Fantastic job!

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