Paul – The Sketching Robot


Artist and engineer Patrick Tresset investigates human artistic activity, computational creativity and our relation to machines, in particular our relations with robotic entities. In the context of his art practice, Patrick uses  an automated sketch-bot, called Paul, that turns visual data into ‘hand drawn’ pen sketches. Paul uses facial recognition technology to isolate a visitor’s visage, then reproduce it in ink as a carefully calculated line drawing.
Tresset presents theatrical installations in which robotic agents are actors, these installations are often evocations of humanness. These systems are influenced by research into human behaviour, more specifically how human artists depict other humans, how humans perceive artworks and how humans relate to robots.


Tresset also uses robots and autonomous computational systems to produce series of drawings and paintings of classical subjects such as portraits, nudes and still lives.
See Paul in action.



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