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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Leaving Town

Usually when I draw something I have a very specific idea in mind from the beginning. Sometimes, though, I just start doodling and see what happens, and that's where, many hours later, this came from.

There's quite a bit of detail in it, so please, click to enlarge:

This is available as a print.


Initial sketch

Oh, and here are a couple pretty cool robots that came out while I was sketching.

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Blogger Heidi said...

you are so amazing.

January 23, 2008 7:43 AM  
Blogger Erik said...

Very nice Rob - and I really like the extrabots. Would be cool to see them all finished as well.
Leaving Town reminds me of an underwater environment with the two robots passing through. Nice work!

January 23, 2008 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Natalie said...

Awesome image. There are so many things I love about this piece - the tentacle critters, the opposite hearts, the subterranean city... Very well done, sir.

January 23, 2008 9:07 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

oh, i really, really like 'leaving town.' it has to be my favourite yet, i agree with the comment about it looking like an underwater environment.

January 23, 2008 9:09 AM  
Anonymous sir jorge said...

amazing. genius. great stuff

January 23, 2008 11:33 AM  
Blogger Lydia Deitz said...

Rob, you seem like a nice guy, I hate to be the one to break it to you but it seems no one else will. Your robot girl couldn’t work, not even in CSI. Take a good look at those gears (is that how Americans call them?).
I know it’s supposed to be art but things like that are just fundamentally wrong and disturbing to me on a level that you probably could never understand.

January 23, 2008 1:08 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I guess that's why she's bummed out. Actually, it's a good point, I'd meant for the gears to be on different layers, but it doesn't really come out that way.

I fixed it - stuff like that bugs me too.

January 23, 2008 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it love it. I want a print.

January 23, 2008 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, really nice Rob.

January 23, 2008 3:30 PM  
Blogger colincompany said...

i love it, its kind of beautifully sad

January 23, 2008 4:53 PM  
Blogger Bektar said...


your work is such an inspiration :)

January 23, 2008 5:08 PM  
Anonymous lovin said...

I'm just curious what inspires you?

January 23, 2008 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i must say the same thing.
beautiful.i want it.
wait please!

January 23, 2008 8:55 PM  
Anonymous flo said...

really great, i like that special atmosphere you 've got :)
it's really interesting to see the initial sketch too!
it's always a challenge to create all an universe just from few lines...
by the way you said "many hours later" how long exactly?

i so love the creatures! both cute and creepyso as the robots.

January 24, 2008 8:19 AM  
Blogger Wilbur said...


Not to mention NIN connection again, but you are my new god.

Have fun!

January 24, 2008 10:15 AM  
Blogger ellecee said...

Very cool.

January 24, 2008 11:32 AM  
Blogger Selestrielle said...

I really like the city in the background, the detailing is amazing!!!

January 24, 2008 8:08 PM  
Blogger Diego! said...

Amazing stuff, Rob... I love your illustrations and also all your arwork you do for NIN, keep it up!

January 25, 2008 10:52 PM  
Anonymous lovin said...

BTW the unused robot sketch is very cool. Is there any chance we may see them elsewhere in the near future?

January 26, 2008 5:40 AM  
Blogger Linda W. said...

There is some truth in this picture! I think that there is a robot in everyone of us.. well.. that was first thin that I thought when I saw this picture!

January 26, 2008 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Audrey Nein said...

I love the 'skyline' in this one, a fitting background really makes a big difference and adds that extra to any illustration...
And the fish! (..right?) Brilliance. Oh and, maybe I'm overly analytical about this one, but they're...under water? Like others pointed out too... Anyhow, the colors look great and add kind of a dim feel to it.
Oh, and I also like the skeletal detail in that raw sketch. Rant rant rant...Keep it up!

January 26, 2008 5:07 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I didn't intend for it to be underwater, though it was certainly inspired by underwater elements. That's the nice thing about art though, it can be whatever you want it to be.

RE: The extra robots - I'll probably do something with them, eventually. I think they're more interesting than the robot I went with in this, but they're not appropriate for this image. The robot in this needed to be a bit warmer and cuter. It reminds me of something from a Miyazaki film.

January 27, 2008 5:15 PM  
Blogger ellecee said...

This is one of my favorite pieces so far. I love the creepy, whimsical atmosphere.

January 28, 2008 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Red said...

Wow, that's a cool drawing. You really have some excellent work! Keep it up!

February 2, 2008 8:17 AM  
Blogger Lost In Wonder said...

You make this look so effortless, but there's no way I could do what you're doing here. Just amazing. I like how you see things in the world around you and incorporate them into these fantasy pieces.

February 15, 2008 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Omega said...

This one is awesome! I love all the details, love the idea, and the little guys on the ground. Great work!

February 19, 2008 9:34 AM  
Blogger Jon Dowland said...

Brill! Reminds me of the work of Chiho Aoshima. Have you seen her stuff?

March 5, 2008 9:57 AM  
Blogger The Nerdy Bird said...

This one is just beautiful.

July 31, 2008 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its beautiful. not much more to it. its fantastic. "good art makes you feel powerful emotions, but ones youve felt before, GREAT art makes you feel powerful emotions youve never felt before." this is great art without a question. i want a print. also, PLEASE fit it for computer wall paper size?

September 3, 2008 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love it. it is amazing and beautiful. I want to have the girl and the robot tattooed on my arm. her expression and the sorrow in her face struck a chord in me the first time i saw it. thank you for creating this.

September 17, 2008 5:16 AM  
Blogger Polylateral said...

Thats awsome, like wizard of oz meets alice in wonderland. Tight.

November 7, 2008 11:56 AM  
Blogger Yuebi said...

All really good stuff. I am constantly amazed by all of your work.
I'd love to see this as a wallpaper... :)

December 29, 2008 5:11 PM  

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