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explodingdog -> 1000robots

By fluffy grue in MLP
Thu Dec 14, 2000 at 09:09:06 AM EST
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If you have seen explodingdog in the past, you might be interested to know that sam brown [sic] has started up a new, more ambitious project, 1000robots, where instead of drawing single images, he hopes to put together an entire story in a more visually-stunning variation of the explodingdog style.


For those who are unfamiliar with explodingdog, it has been described either as "art" or "dumb stick figures." The basic premise of the site is that sam brown accepts ideas, sentences, titles, and the like as inspiration for drawing images. The artwork he draws is very crude, but where the pure artisticness comes in is that what he draws does not follow directly from the sentences - they get changed in nonobvious, and frankly beautiful, ways.

A perfect example of this is the drawing entitled, "all my favorite people live in this box i look at everyday." The expectation on seeing this title is that the person likes watching TV. However, the actual drawing is much more literal. That is the wit of many of the drawings - some colloquial expression taken to its base, literal meaning in an unexpected, innocent way.

It's that sort of non-linear non-sequitur randomness which makes explodingdog so much fun to view, and it's unfortunate that a lot of people can't seem to appreciate that, and they only dismiss it as crappy stick figures after glancing at a couple of the images without trying to see the meaning. This is not effete-intellectual pap-mainstream pseudo-art, but actual art with actual meaning, and even if the meaning is simple, I find it quite beautiful.

In any case, 1000robots currently doesn't have the brief soul of wit as explodingdog, but the artwork is in a somewhat more visually-stunning style (apparently now using Fractal Design Painter), and although the current artwork doesn't stand as well on its own, it will be interesting to see if the long-term goal, making a story based on these randomly-insightful images, produces anything interesting.

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explodingdog is
o Art 9%
o A bunch of stick figures 9%
o Beautiful 25%
o Crap 7%
o Amusing 18%
o Stupid 9%
o Misunderstood 7%
o Pseudo-intellectual 14%

Votes: 55
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explodingdog -> 1000robots | 11 comments (6 topical, 5 editorial, 0 hidden)
+1, MLP (3.25 / 4) (#3)
by Beorn on Thu Dec 14, 2000 at 03:54:08 AM EST

Thank you for that link! It's the perfect MLP. Some links are obvious and therefore worthless. Others are priceless. This is what the net is about. Grass root creativity beats dawt-com madness and cheap cynicism any time.

(Exploding dog?!)

- Beorn

[ Threepwood '01 ]

Poll (2.50 / 2) (#5)
by codemonkey_uk on Thu Dec 14, 2000 at 07:47:09 AM EST

Well, if we had approval voting I would have voted thus:

[x] Art
[x] A bunch of stick figures
[x] Beautiful
[ ] Crap
[x] Amusing
[ ] Stupid
[x] Misunderstood
[ ] Pseudo-intellectual

And if we had, umm, thingy, you know, that voting where you rank things in order. Something or other. Anywho, if we had that, I'd have voted thus (8=top/best):

[6] Art
[4] A bunch of stick figures
[8] Beautiful
[1] Crap
[5] Amusing
[2] Stupid
[7] Misunderstood
[3] Pseudo-intellectual

But we don't, so, as you can guess I voted "Beautiful" because it is. And if you can't see it, then your blind. (No offense to blind people, who can't see it, but may well understand it. Its like minimalist poetry, by the way.)

=)
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Thad
"The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way." - Bertrand Russell
I would have ticked similar boxes. (3.00 / 1) (#9)
by squigly on Thu Dec 14, 2000 at 10:45:50 AM EST

I think I would have ticked stupid as well. And added an extra write in - "But I mean that in a good way"

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People who sig other people have nothing intelligent to say for themselves - anonimouse
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1000 Robots (3.00 / 1) (#7)
by Kartoffel on Thu Dec 14, 2000 at 09:10:23 AM EST

Hey, is that Red Robot #C-63 from Diesel Sweeties?

Yes (4.00 / 1) (#8)
by codemonkey_uk on Thu Dec 14, 2000 at 09:35:44 AM EST

But that robot is sams creation, it was a "guest apperance" in Diesel Sweeties.

This seems to be a popular form of cross promotion amoungst the web-toon people at the moment.

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Thad
"The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way." - Bertrand Russell
[ Parent ]
Whoa (2.00 / 1) (#11)
by fluffy grue on Fri Dec 15, 2000 at 01:45:08 PM EST

sam updated the index page to 1000robots. That ain't Fractal Painter he's using:

how the drawings are done: these drawings are all done with china marker, oil crayons and whatever else i feel like using. and are then scanned in. the drawings on explodingdog are done with a drawing tablet directly into the computer.

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