Paul – The Sketching Robot

An interesting take on perception and drawing as a practice. More here from Patrick Tresset at



Artist and engineerPatrick Tressetinvestigates 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.

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