Sunday, January 02, 2011

crazy for ROBOTS!

This January, I am going to be creating a display of my robot collection to share with my co-workers. Consisting of robots I've made and toy robots I've collected over the years, they'll all be on display for two months. In 2010, I began making robots again for the first time in years. I had a blast (!) and am looking forward to making more in 2011. Here's a quick look at some of the pieces I made in 2010 and a sneak peek at a one I started just yesterday.

block bots • wood, found bits, game pieces, acrylic & ink, 2010

In May I was commissioned by a friend of mine to create a robot for each of her two kids. I was thrilled - how fun! Since I'd had some success creating previous bots about 6 inches tall, I decided to make these about that size too. I was allowed to do whatever I wanted with these and I learned a lot while making them. While they're very basic, I had a lot of fun playing with the blocks arranging and rearranging them until they fit into the bot they are supposed to be. I was hooked!

the HAPPY ROBOT • blank Neighborwood figure, acrylic, game pieces, ink, 2010

In November, I participated in the Customize Show here in Kansas City. Sponsored by local designer toy store Poptopia, participants could customize any blank figure they wanted - made out of wood, vinyl or resin. Several years ago, I purchased a blank Neighborwood figure. This unique blank made of solid wood, designed by artist Mike Burnett and manufactured by Big Shot Toyworks would make a perfect robot! Each Neighborwood is made up of 6 separate parts: the head, the body, 2 arms and 2 legs. Once I sketched out how I wanted him to look, I added the dimensional wooden pieces (nose, eyes, & red dot on top) and painted each piece with gesso. Once they were dry, I started putting on the final paint. I then carefully glued them all together and added all the details. The Happy Robot keeps my husband and I company in our office. :)

new robot pieces!

For Christmas this year, my husband got me this amazing, fun jar full of old blocks (from the River Market Antique Mall here in Kansas City). I had been eyeing them for a while and was so excited to open them up on Christmas Day. I love them! Just look at all these wonderful shapes. I am really excited to start building some new robots!

new 2011 bot!

Here's a little sneak peek at one of the bots I started making yesterday. He's a little smaller than the other bots I've made ... maybe about 4 inches tall ... but he's been just as fun to make! For more shots of all the bots described above and to see some of the other robots I worked on last year, check out my 3D Bots & Customs set on my flickr page. This is where I'll be dumping all of my in progress pics of these bots as I make them.

Thanks for visiting & Happy New Year!!


Bob Flynn said...

That blue-headed robot is adorable with appeal & heart to spare. Wow. Great post—looking forward to more from you in 2011 and beyond.

ghirsch said...

Love your Bots! Thought you might enjoy seeing mine