Your curator's words about why the CompuBots are cool:
These sketches are whimsical treatments of the "great ancestors" of a current and future computers. In a sense this is vintage computing meets Terminator 3, Return of the Machines. After all, what would the sentient descendent of the Mac look like?
Kiel's words about the CompuBots:
They sleep at the foot of my bed.
Every night, staring into the black. Vintage computer systems. Old, loyal. As an aspiring conceptual designer, it's never been very difficult for me to imagine them walking away on robot-legs. But it wasn't until I needed something new to illustrate that a very rambunctious MacBot demanded to be drawn. Pencil met paper, and all you see below were born.
Certain were unusually difficult -- an original design might have been a practical compu-bot, but did it properly honor its progenitor? Thus the process became an evolution: sometimes cycling through FOUR to SIX radical style-changes before settling down into a suitable form.
Even with all of that, I never tire of them (completely). Because of that I can promise . . . more to come!
Also see Rich Didday's Finite State Fantasies
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