Giving your design personality as well as functionality elevates your art to something more than just an exercise in creating forms. This is one of the keys to good mechanical designs. Begin by determining the character traits you would like to imbue into the design. In this case, I wanted to create a communications robot that was friendly, functional and a dependable worker. The turtle became my inspiration.
Premium white 28-lb. (105gsm) color copier paper, 11" × 17" (28cm × 43cm)
Cool Grey 30%, 50%, 60%, 70%
8-inch (20cm) 45°/90° plastic triangle with inking edge
12-inch (30cm) metal ruler
Computer with Adobe Photoshop
Daler-Rowney Pro White opaque watercolor paint