Is altruism overrated? Is it actually a disguised form of egoism? Should we reconsider the importance of placing ourselves first in life? That’s what the Culturico article I was tasked to illustrate is about.

Such an abstract idea seemed difficult to depict in images at first, but the mention of Don Quixote gave me the idea of him shedding his armor (the symbol of his altruism) to reflect on his behavior. The pose is a nod to Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker.

Sketch
Final Illustration

This illustration was done for a blog I’m collaborating with, called Culturico. You can read the article here.

I went for a more retro-futuristic aesthetic for the robots because I find it more appealing than uncanny valley machines. Wigs are fine with me though.


The following are my sketches done before the clean, final version.

Notebook sketch
Digital sketch