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Mechanika, Revised and Updated by Doug Chiang

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Designing a Robot With Personality

Comm Robot

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.

Tools

Surface

Premium white 28-lb. (105gsm) color copier paper, 11" × 17" (28cm × 43cm)

Markers

Cool Grey 30%, 50%, 60%, 70%

Other

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

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