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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Robobaby with David Wiesner
The three-time Caldecott Medalist shares the creative process behind his new book
I’ve always been fascinated by mechanical and industrial things, the workings of watches, locomotives, anything with gears. Robots—walking, talking machines!—are a part of this fascination, and my favorite robots were found on screen: Robby from Forbidden Planet, the mechanical Maria from Metropolis, Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still, and even Rosie from The Jetsons.
So it’s no surprise than when I created an app with multiple worlds, I was determined to include a robot world. Initially I drew domestic scenes of a robot family, but they didn’t end up factoring into the narrative. I kept thinking about them, though. I knew they had a story to tell. I decided they needed their own book.
When I started to think about a “robot book,” I first drew spare parts, then a big box of parts. Of course those parts would have to be assembled—but into what? Aha! This must be where robot babies come from! They are ordered from Robobaby Inc.
That led me to think about how adults always seem to need kids to show them how to use current technology. This introduced me to my young heroine, Cathode—AKA Cathy—who alone knows the correct way to assemble her newly delivered (so to speak) little brother.
In addition to Cathy, I had many different robot designs and I wanted a big cast. But the first ones to be created were the nuclear family: Cathode, along with Diode, her mother, and Lugnut, her father.
I begin in a sketchbook, making loose drawings to determine their basic shapes. Then I try to get a feel for their posture, how they move, and how they look from different angles. This process begins to reveal the personalities of the characters.
With the basic designs determined, I write the story. Many of my books are wordless, but some have text—Robobaby is one of those with text. But regardless of whether there is text or not, I write my stories in pictures first.
When the narrative is set, I begin to finalize the look of my characters. (The story often evolves as I refine the art.) I always make models of my characters for drawing and lighting reference, and Robobaby was no exception. I usually use a modeling compound, but since these characters are made of metal and have very geometric and symmetrical body parts, I decided to try a new approach to the models. I drew technical specs for them and had them 3D-printed in plastic. (My son knows how to use CAD and made the files that went to the printer. Thank goodness for kids—life imitates art!)
Here is the final painting and the image with text. This is where Cathode first meets her new baby brother—Flange!
"Wiesner’s friendly robots, despite their clunky metal framework, infuse their twilit extraterrestrial world with warmth and mutual support, making this a convivial, if offbeat, addition to the new-baby-on-the-way collection." –The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B081TTXD8D
- Publisher : Clarion Books; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2020)
- Publication date : September 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 126192 KB
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- Print length : 32 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,914 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I felt compelled to write a review because I wish creators would have more respect for how difficult different aspects of the creative process can be. I'm a writer, and I would never pretend to be an illustrator.
We received this in our monthly book subscription box. Thankfully, the other book we received in this box was excellent. Hopefully this was a one time fail.
From an adult standpoint.. the illustrations are really good.. but the book.. not so much.
I’m literally shocked this book got published!