Category Archives: tin-can heroes

famous robots

how amazing is this “famous robots” poster by illustrator, daniel nyari?

robot love

per haagensen

goro fujita

matt dixon

goro fujitsa

melvin the magical mixed media machine

you must take the time to watch this amazing video of melvin the magical mixed media machine (or just melvin the machine), which is best described as “…a rube goldberg machine with a twist. besides doing what rube goldbergs do best – performing a simple task as inefficiently as possible, often in the form of a chain reaction – melvin has an identity. actually, the only purpose of this machine is promoting its own identity….”

trust me, it will make you smile!

more robots…

i came across the work of californian conceptual artist, goro fujita, and was immediately enchanted by his melancholy robot images…

vintage robotica

i love drawing robots…so much!  thus i had to post my latest inspiration for my tin-can heroes : these mini retro-robotica prints by sabor design studio on etsy.  there is even a series called the “mechanical menagerie”!

ode to liberated bots

a couple of years go, my best friend sent me a set of tiny prints from the uk and thus introduced me to one of my favourite illustators, tom gauld.  i have mentioned him before but i couldn’t resist sharing one of the prints i have with you…

does not compute…

meet the the heartwarming creations from bennet robot works!

we robot

i desperately want one of these super-cool we robot : 51 celebrity robots letterpress prints by chop shop on etsy

retro revolution

loving the retro-robotic drawings of christine berry, she also does some pretty impressive sketches of vintage cars & cameras…


this awesome image is from the humanoid corporate identity papercraft world, a project by johannesburg-based illustrator & designer, johannes de lange…known as joh del.

winged robot

presenting the latest addition to the whimsy jewellery range – the all-new design of the winged robot brooch!

a small story of whimsy..

i gave my very 1st guest lecture today on illustration, my own work, and children’s book illsutration at vega‘s durban campus.  my lecture was titled a small story of whimsy and was a brief look at how i serendipitously became illustrator and the ‘dancing in the dark’ experiences of setting up my little whimsy brand.

it was actually an interesting personal exercise and forced me to look at the evolution in my drawing styles, methods & techniques…here are some of the slides showing the progression in my work over the past 3 years…and whimsy is only just beginning!

(starting out in 2007)

(my 1st solo exhibition 2009)




(new works 2009-2010)

(sketches/colour tests for my 1st book – 2010)


{via pinterest}

a robot wishes…

i was recently asked to make up a 2 x 1.5m vinyl wall decal of my a robot wishes illustration by a wonderful lady who let me come and photograph it once it was up.  thank you, candice!  it looks great in your lovely apartment.

return of the woebots II

this was a series of robot illustrations and poems i started last year and never completed, so i thought i would ressurect the woebots and complete their melancholy tales…enjoy this new, small corner of the whimsy world…

return of the woebots I

this was a series of illustrations and poems i started last year and never completed, so i thought i would ressurect the woebots and complete their melancholy tales…

iron giant

this movie first triggered my immense soft spot for robots…

i heart robot

(via graphic everywhere)

I love robot

the above two bots are brian despain paintings

tom gauld‘s tragic robots

my whimsy robot & woebot creations