While developing a new website I needed some custom graphics, primarily anime style illustrations, based on story lines that I've been keeping in a desk drawer for at least a decade or more. Several of the stories involve robots, of course. They could have been published just as plain old text, but since I'm a huge fan of Scott McCloud and believe in the core principles of effective communications that are embodied in his work, I wanted to wait until I could locate a good artist to work with. And, it had to fit within my very limited budget.
Then last week I ran across a reference to the Fiverr.com website. Fiverr's approach is pretty unique. Suppliers offer to do a specific task, like create a drawing, web research, take a photo, etc. for exactly USD$5. There are no guarantees, other than the money you pay is held by Fiverr until the task is completed (please refer to the exact terms on the Fiverr.com website). Figuring I had very little to lose, and a lot to gain, I placed several $5 orders with different Fiverr suppliers asking them to create a manga type drawing based on a photo of me holding Mondai-noid, my MANOI humanoid robot.
Perhaps I just got lucky, but the first drawing I got back was definitely encouraging. It convinced me that it will be possible to outsource the drawings I need, and to get my stories out of the drawer and into print (or on the internet). We'll see what the other suppliers come up with.
Robert Oshler, the founding father of RobotsRule.com, just sent us a heads-up on the newest WowWee robot, the RoboScooper.
What's going on today in my crazy robot world?
- 23:17 TannerLD explains the new gyro drive used on the Longshot Robot (tinyurl.com/longshot-robot-gyro)
- 09:10 Early photos from the next Terminator flick show John Connor suited up and ready for action. (tinyurl.com/terminator-movie-stills)
- 09:15 We assume that robots won't have any morals, but they might be more ethical than humans. (tinyurl.com/military-robots-with-morals)
- 09:19 A 49 foot tall Asimo wowed the Rose Parade fans with fireworks but also snapped an overhead cable. (tinyurl.com/rose-parade-asimo)
- 09:24 Jobs have been off-shored to India, but some US robots are trying to offset the effect. (tinyurl.com/robot-export-to-india)
- 10:32 We expect robots to be new, but with all their evolving technology, cars may already be robots. (tinyurl.com/volvo-laser-detectors)