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A series of robotic drawings were made for the final project of a Fine Art degree course. These built on earlier approaches, which steered a simple machine by pressing keys on a laptop keyboard.

 

Robotic drawing machines experiment with the impact of varying the interface between the artist and the image. The emphasis is on trying to draw figures, or making a series of lines with figurative qualities. Loosely worked pen sketches form the basis of these studies, which vary in scale to over 1 metre tall. Rather than simply reproducing a digital image, the process of drawing via a robotic machine is imperfect and not entirely predictable, which is part of its appeal.

 

Machines use Arduino embedded computer-processors, driving 2 wheels via geared- or stepper-motors, with a servo-motor deployed to raise and lower a pen.


Work will continue to explore further the capabilities of robotic drawing machines. 

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Small figure drawing in progress - after adjusting scaling factor

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Figure drawing robot creating 133 x 100 cm image

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Small figure drawing

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Early experiments with autonomous drawbot prototype

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Repeated reverses & turns as obstacle is detected

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Pen lift enabled

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Pen lift disabled - mostly

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Drawbot Figure I


Whiteboard pen on A1 paper


Robotic drawing machine steered from laptop

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Drawbot III

Fine-liner pen on A1 paper


Robotic drawing machine steered from laptop

 

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Drawbot Figure II

 

Whiteboard pen on A1 paper


Robotic drawing machine steered from laptop


All Images Copyright Guy Lymer, 2017