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:
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.
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:
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.
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.