So I'm going to draw a cartoon robot. And I think I'll make him kind of an old-fashioned looking retro-future robot. And just to make it a little more fun, I'll give him some personality. Let's try a sad robot. As I'm starting, I'm really just thinking of my ideas as I'm starting to sketch. I'm not even really sure what I'm going to draw yet. Right now I'm just drawing a basic body shape. I think I want to make him sort of slumped over, kind of a square looking face, I think. I might totally change this in a minute, but right now I'm just sort of trying to come up with my basic ideas. I think I'm gong sort of figure out the characteristics first and then try to figure out how to make it look mechanical later.
In addition to his eyelids, I want to give him some eyebrows that emphasize the character. Or maybe I'll make these little mechanical things on stalks that can stand in for eyebrows. Now that I've got the basic personality I'm just going to refine the details a little bit. So when I started to create this character, the first thing I thought about was who he is and what his emotion is. And once I decided I wanted him to be sad, that suggested to my mind a lot of different shapes. And also he's not just a flat sketch that I created on paper, but as I was creating him I was thinking about the character in three dimensions. And so in my mind this is now a three-dimensional model that I can use over and over, and I can draw him doing different things, and he'll always look like the same character because I know how I constructed him.