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150 Fun Things to Doodle

featuring artwork by Fiona Gowen

Drawing keeps the eye fresh, the mind alive, and intuition nimble.

Timothy Nero

how to draw robots

Artwork by Fiona Gowen for Green Android

I knew I was going to like, 150 Fun Things to Doodle when I saw Fiona Gowen's colorful and playful artwork. The doodles in this book are things found anywhere and everywhere we look.

The best part? Anyone can doodle! Just combine some basic shapes and some bright colors, and you've got yourself a doodle.

On page 72, under "Section Six: things from science and space", author Jennifer Gaudet encourages us to design our own robot using ideas from several different robots the artist has already designed. When I began my robot I used some of their ideas and some of my own. Robots can have hearts right?

Photo by Kristen Rock

What I learned is that although Hollywood might have us believe that robots are the color of dull metal, we should absolutely make our robots as colorful as possible. Although I could have used markers, I decided that colored pencils were the right choice for my robot design. Using pencils, I can add shading by applying pressure when I'm coloring. I used a black ink fine tip marker to outline the design. I noticed Fiona uses parallel lines with her ink marker to add extra shading, so I did the same.

Photo and art by Kristen Rock

At the bottom of the page, there is a place where we can name our robot. My robot ended up with a pirate leg, a stink eye, and a heart, so I decided on the name "Zainee McBrainee."

What would you name your robot?

Kristen Rock

Kristen is an artist living in Norfolk, VA.  She is happiest with a cup of coffee in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. A sucker for a sweet sunrise and an unexpected adventure, Kristen's latest inspirations include mermaids, dream catchers, and all things nautical. 

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