by Pamela Park

March of Robots Wrap Up

Every year in the month of March, a thunderous cadence can be heard rolling across the land. Artists around the world celebrate their love of all things robotic during March of Robots, founded by self-taught artist DaCosta (working under the studio name ‘Chocolate Soop’).

March of Robots is a community drawing challenge where artists draw a new and original robot illustration each day in the month of March for 31 days. One winner was chosen at random from that week’s submissions to win a Wacom Intuos medium creative pen tablet.  

Although the 2018 challenge is over, the rules were as follows:

3 Laws of Robotic Fun

DaCosta says he started this sketch challenge to improve his own drawing skills and to explore his vision of the future where robots are part of our everyday lives. “Robots are a vision of the future and the March of Robots challenge is celebration of that vision. It’s all about learning and growing while drawing and having fun with an awesome theme,” says DaCosta.

DaCosta's submission

This year, March of Robots received almost 16,000 entries of all types of robots and an imaginative array of robotic scenes based on the following prompts:

March of Robot 2018 Prompts

Check out some of this year's awesome submissions

Alan Blackwell

Alan Blackwell

I got into March of Robots primarily via finding on Instagram. I love drawing robots, and have done so for a long, long time. When I found the Kickstarter and the monthly challenge, I jumped on board. I really enjoyed the month and decided to do it again the next year. I really look forward to March of Robots every year!

The tablet that I am using is the Wacom Cintiq 22HD, which is just a smooth experience all round. I feel so lucky to be able to use one every day. My main programs are Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and Adobe Photoshop. All my initial sketching and idea generation is in Sketchbook Pro as I love the tools that it has for line work and sketching. Anything like a bigger paint job and I head over to Photoshop to be able to manage my layers and colors better.

Victor Calleja

Victor Calleja

I'm running Photoshop on my Wacom Cintiq 13HD and this is the third year I've participated in @chocolatesoop's March of Robots. I've always had a love for robots in games, film and animation so participating in the event almost feels like second nature. It's both challenging and fun and a great opportunity to interact with other artists that are participating as well.

Some of DaCosta’s favorites:

Esther Wu

Esther Wu

Raymond Griego

Raymond Griego

Darren Calvert

Darren Calvert

Felix Zip

Felix Zip

Darren Ward

Darren Ward

Gediminas Einikis

Gediminas Einikis

About DaCosta (a.k.a. Chocolate Soop)

DaCosta is a multifaceted illustrator who uses a Cintiq 27QHD and has been creating professionally since 1995. He has produced designs across various media and collaborated with artists around the world, including major brands like Pizza Hut, Nintendo, Nexon, Sony and Hasbro. DaCosta’s passion and philosophy are grounded in the belief that visual art must be imaginative and bold, and with each project he strives to create the highest quality work possible, whether it be through a toy, illustration, app, or an animated project.

External links:

March of Robots

DaCosta’s March of Robots gallery

March of Robots 2018 on Instagram

Chocolate Soop

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