Artist Matt Spangler gives “life” to ordinary robots

Imagine you’re riding the bus home after a long day of work. A woman sitting behind you is reading a book. And across the aisle sits an exhausted robot wearing a disheveled suit and a smirk.

This is almost the exact scene portrayed in Matt Spangler’s “On the bus,” a beautiful illustration depicting an alternative world where man and robot live in harmony.

“I have always been drawn to the simplicity of old Japanese tin toy robots,” Spangler told the Daily Dot. “They are so funky and ugly, you just have to love them. Hands down, one of my biggest inspirations was The Iron Giant. Giving ‘life’ to what essentially is a giant metal man has been a driving force in my illustrations.”
Over the last 13 years, robots have been Spangler’s muse, gracing almost every piece of art he’s made—and there has been plenty. On Tumblr alone, Spangler has uploaded more than 120 illustrations of robots in ordinary situations, such as driving a car, surfing the Web, and petting a cat.(cont.)

Artist Matt Spangler gives “life” to ordinary robots

Imagine you’re riding the bus home after a long day of work. A woman sitting behind you is reading a book. And across the aisle sits an exhausted robot wearing a disheveled suit and a smirk.

This is almost the exact scene portrayed in Matt Spangler’s “On the bus,” a beautiful illustration depicting an alternative world where man and robot live in harmony.

“I have always been drawn to the simplicity of old Japanese tin toy robots,” Spangler told the Daily Dot. “They are so funky and ugly, you just have to love them. Hands down, one of my biggest inspirations was The Iron Giant. Giving ‘life’ to what essentially is a giant metal man has been a driving force in my illustrations.”

Over the last 13 years, robots have been Spangler’s muse, gracing almost every piece of art he’s made—and there has been plenty. On Tumblr alone, Spangler has uploaded more than 120 illustrations of robots in ordinary situations, such as driving a car, surfing the Web, and petting a cat.
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