Drawing Machines: 13 Rivetingly Creative Art-Making Robots

Time Print Machine

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Working sort of like a CNC machine, this contraption by Paul Ferragut mounts felt-tipped pens to a robot that directs them according to a time-based algorithm. The machine produces varying tones by keeping the felt tip in contact with blotting paper for relative periods of time, creating stains of different sizes. It can take around 34 hours to print a single one-color image.

Artist in Three Places at Once with Help of Robots

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As Austrian artist Alex Kiessling creates a drawing in Vienna, two robots replicate his movements to create the exact same drawing at the exact same time, thousands of miles away. An infra-red sensor follows the artist’s pen as he draws, sending signals via satellite to robots in London and Berlin. What differentiates the copies from the original? Once completed, they’re impossible to tell apart.

E-David Adjusts Its Strokes While Painting

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Not only can this seemingly self-aware robotic artist watch itself working and correct its brushstrokes accordingly, it’ll sign its own name on the finished piece. The e-David takes a picture of its subject and then uses software to determine how to recreate it using varying tones of shadow and light. It’s equipped with five different brushes and can choose from 24 colors. It’ kind of uncanny to watch it dip its brush in water and tap it on the palette.

Numerically Controlled Sharpie Drawings
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Artist Matt W. Moore ‘collaborated’ with a robot to produce a series of black-and-white drawings. Moore’s designs were translated into machine language and fed to a CNC machine. A Sharpie strapped to the machine recreates the patterns. Each print is signed and numbered, and even comes with the Sharpie that was used to create it.