We’ve only just turned the corner on solstice and already we’re dreaming of sunny days and abundant energy. There’s a little rechargé vendor that usually parks their cart at a nearby open space that provides plenty of excellent “robot watching.”
Still catching up! Getting closer.
A quick street portrait. This time of year the night light is harsh, contrasty and full of reflections.
As practically-minded as they are, the robots have no problem with novel forms of transportation.
Street scene. “Rechargé” (I’d call it a cafe. Sort of.)
We’ve decided to utilize “old school” materials for this year’s Inktober: India and Sumi inks, dip pens, and brushes. One discovery: just how easy alcohol markers and multiliner pens are to use! Below are practice sheets testing various implements and inks.
A tea time sketch. Initially the robots didn’t understand the tea time thing. I drew a parallel between my cuppa and their cable plugged into a USB port in the wall of the “cafe” and they understood quickly. We’ve had many unintentionally funny discussions about recharging practices. COPIC Wide markers are great for making quick sketches while I’m out and about among the robots.
This was a new event at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington. It was a relatively small event and shows potential for the future. It was great fun meeting fans and talking with visitors to the Robot of the Day table. I ran out of business cards so I resorted to drawing stickers and handing those out!
The robot wanted to talk so I sat down, took out a pen and immediately began recording the robot’s words. They have developed the capacity to admire and appreciate the actions of others and have grasped the concept of “hero.” When the robot finished talking I was speechless for a time…
The robots are generally partial to EDM and have recently discovered Steve Aoki. So now I get them booming at me “Grab your markers and sketchbook… IIIIIIT’S TIME!!” in a nearly flawless imitation of UFC announcer Bruce Buffer.
With increasing frequency we’ve been having discussions about non-physical characteristics. Personality tests have become a fad. One of my favorite questions to ask of the robots I meet is: “What color is a robot’s heart?” It’s a great springboard into a nearly bottomless conversation.
More notes from my field observations of the robots’ daily lives.
I caught one of the robots in a moment of self-contemplation and had to take a few minutes to sketch out the scene as I remembered it. I never did ask the robot what it was doing, what it was thinking.