I love to draw. It’s the thing I do every day at work, and every night during my downtime. It’s one of my most reliable tools for communicating my own ideas as well as the ideas of others.
Let me be clear: I am not an artist, I am a designer, and the pictures below are not art pieces, they are sketches. A sketch represent an ongoing dialogue between the creator and the audience; it is an iterative part to a larger exchange of ideas, not a finalized piece of art.
With that said, let me know if my idea for a meteor-drilling robot is missing something; I’d love to hear your ideas.
This series of sketches represents a fairly typical form development process for me. A friend of mine mentioned the idea of meteor excavation equipment to me one day, so naturally I started thinking of what an autonomous meteor excavating robot would look like.
I started by establishing a base understanding of drill and heavy equipment form languages through sketch studies. I quickly got my initial ideas for the robot onto paper with a brush pen, a medium that I like to use for fast, open ended thumbnails.
I proceeded to give more attention to armature detail and find an aesthetic direction I liked. From there I looked back at the rough brush pen sketches I made and picked several that I would draw with finer detail. A couple rounds of iterating and refining more detailed sketches left me with my final design.
I did the same thing for a robot that cuts space debris with a chainsaw.