August 20th, 2014

What’s next for A Droid A Day?

Well the project is over, so no more daily droids, but that doesn’t mean I’m abandoning this Tumblr completely.

Over the next week or two I’ll repost some of my favourite droids from the last year, and I’ll also go back and rework some droids that I liked, but perhaps didn’t have enough time to do them justice. I’ll probably add some colour to a few more too.

In addition to that I’m working on getting some limited edition screen prints produced, and I’m planning on putting together a little book of droid sketches. When I have more to tell about that I’ll post it here.

Once again a huge thanks to the nearly 7,000 people who have followed this blog for the last 12 months. I’ve really appreciated the support and I’m grateful for every like, reblog and comment. Without you I’m sure I’d have found a way to give up on this project long ago.

You can find more of my work over on Instagram - Instagram.com/thisnorthernboy

and on my blog - thisnorthernboy.wordpress.com

and feel free to follow me on twitter - twitter.com/thisnorthernboy

August 17th, 2014

adroidaday:

Droid #365

The End of Everything.

Well, that’s it. The last droid. 365 days, 365 drawing of robots, droids, mechs, cyborgs, drones, probes. The end. (Almost)

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has followed me over the past year here on Tumblr, I really couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for all the likes and reblogs, and a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the lovely comments.

August 16th, 2014

Droid #365

The End of Everything.

Well, that’s it. The last droid. 365 days, 365 drawing of robots, droids, mechs, cyborgs, drones, probes. The end. (Almost)

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has followed me over the past year here on Tumblr, I really couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for all the likes and reblogs, and a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the lovely comments.

August 15th, 2014

adroidaday:

Droid #364

The Watcher.

Pencil and Copic marker in my Moleskine.

My penultimate droid…

I started this project on August 17th 2013. 364 days ago. I never thought I’d get to this day. I imagined, at some point, probably after thirty or forty days of drawing, that I’d find some excuse to stop, and that I’d let this project quietly die. I’m slightly amazed that didn’t happen. So here I am, one day away from completing a year long project. As someone who quit his A-Levels after six weeks, was kicked out of art college - twice, and still doesn’t have a 25m swimming badge, this is quite a moment.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. One more day. Let’s just keep this together one more day.

Droid #364

The Watcher.

Pencil and Copic marker in my Moleskine.

My penultimate droid…

I started this project on August 17th 2013. 364 days ago. I never thought I’d get to this point. I imagined, at some point, probably after thirty or forty days of drawing, that I’d find some excuse to stop, and that I’d let this project quietly die. I’m slightly amazed that didn’t happen. So here I am, one day away from completing a year long project. As someone who quite his A-Levels after six weeks, was kicked out of art college - twice, and still doesn’t have a 25m swimming badge, this is quite a moment.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. One more day. Let’s just keep this together one more day.

As a new project, you should design a race, like a whole cuture, bit by bit. Including, history, cultures, technologies, religions.. then introduce a binary oposition.. and slowly introduce more and more of this universe until you have a whoooole thing that's like a story except there's no real plot, just a world for us all to peep into.
Asketh - originalbunsenturner

Hi,

In a way I’ve already begun to do that, but on a smaller scale. You might have seen that I sometimes write descriptions to go with my droids? In my head they’re all part of a specific timeline in our solar system. I’ve also drawn a bunch of spaceships that populate the same ‘world’.

There’ll definitely be more of that.

August 14th, 2014

But... but, you're going to keep going right? Like, where do I go to see more of your work?
Asketh - esus4

Well, I’ll definitely still be drawing, and I’m sure I’ll still draw robots. Just not every day.

I haven’t decided what my next project’s going to be yet, but there will be one, and I’ll post here to let everyone know.

I also post drawings over on Instagram - Instagram.com/thisnorthernboy

and on my blog - thisnorthernboy.wordpress.com

Keep watching :)

adroidaday:

Droid #363

I can’t believe I only have two more droids to go…

adroidaday:

Droid #363

I can’t believe I only have two more droids to go…

Droid #363

Droid #363

August 13th, 2014

Droid #362

Black & Yellow.

Your work has been steadily improving.
Asketh - hydroxianchaos

Thanks very much. It’s pretty up and down, but I hope there’s a vague upward curve to it. I think when the project is over I’ll be able to spend a little more time planning and developing ideas - so I hope I’ll be able to produce better work.

Thanks for your comment. Much appreciated.

adroidaday:

Droid #311

Umbilicals.

Tethered, the droid waited. Pumps gurgled and throbbed, systems hissed and bubbled. Slowly, it felt itself replenished. Soon, it would be ready for war.

Pencil sketch in my Moleskine, inspired by a passage in the Norman Mailer book about the moon landings, A Fire on the Moon, about the Saturn V rocket - “…umbilical cords of every thickness and sinuosity, snakes of and cables and ropes and constrictors thick as tree trunks passed in a cluster from swing-arms and walkways…”.

I read that on the train this morning and immediately had to get my sketchbook out and start drawing. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

HB pencil in Moleskine sketchbook.

adroidaday:

Droid #278
Robot silhouettes.
Some little mech and droid thumbnails in my Moleskine. Lots of fun doing these, and great for just getting some ideas down.
I think I can see an alt version of Number 5 from Short Circuit, and also a Scout Droid from Empire Strikes Back in there.

adroidaday:

Droid #278

Robot silhouettes.

Some little mech and droid thumbnails in my Moleskine. Lots of fun doing these, and great for just getting some ideas down.

I think I can see an alt version of Number 5 from Short Circuit, and also a Scout Droid from Empire Strikes Back in there.

adroidaday:

Droid #243
It towered over them, a hulking confusion of steel and bone and forgotten wars. No longer a plaything, no longer safe.
My second collaboration with Daniel Benneworth-Gray. He provided the words and the encouragement for this illustration, and I loved every minute of drawing it.
I actually want to know what happens next, which I guess is a good sign.
Drawn on Bristol Board with Sakura Micron pens.
It’s well worth following Daniel on Twitter, Instagram and his blog is always worth reading. You can also find Daniel’s writing in Macuser and Creative Review magazines.

adroidaday:

Droid #243

It towered over them, a hulking confusion of steel and bone and forgotten wars. No longer a plaything, no longer safe.

My second collaboration with Daniel Benneworth-Gray. He provided the words and the encouragement for this illustration, and I loved every minute of drawing it.

I actually want to know what happens next, which I guess is a good sign.

Drawn on Bristol Board with Sakura Micron pens.

It’s well worth following Daniel on Twitter, Instagram and his blog is always worth reading. You can also find Daniel’s writing in Macuser and Creative Review magazines.

adroidaday:

Droid #199
Sad robot is lonely.

adroidaday:

Droid #199

Sad robot is lonely.