Michael Byers – Robot City for OnEarth Magazine



Here is a recent piece I did for OnEarth magazine. The yellow sky piece was the one they published. You can see it here. It’s an article about a company that plans on building an entire city in the desert of New Mexico. It’s inhabitants are not humans but robots instead. The concept of the city is to be a place for scientists and others to do research, invent and test new technologies, and try out new ideas in a more real life setting rather than just a lab. This city will be full scale including strip malls, suburbs, churches, a downtown core, and even a mock airport.
The first image here is the one that was originally approved for final. Then the client decided that the second image was a better way to go. I think I agree. It’s one of those rare times as an illustrator when the client comes back with this request to take one of the other sketches you sent them and do a final version of that one. The the sketch they ask you to do is the one you wanted to do all along. I think it works out great because I got two images out of it.

About Michael Byers

Michael Byers is a freelance illustrator living in Guelph, Ontario with his fiance and two cats. He spends most of his time in his studio creating whimsical images for editorial and advertising clients. He loves to draw, drink coffee, and collaborate with other illustrators, art directors, art buyers, and anyone else who loves to create. You can see his work at www.michaelbyers.ca

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