Birthday Art Challenge 2021 - Babysaurs and Babybots

 The Short Story: Draw baby dinosaurs and baby robots!

The Long Story: I'm increasingly (see below!) an adult now, and I have all of the things that I need, most of the things that I want, and probably too many things that fall into neither category. So for my last 11 birthdays I've asked people to draw me things as a birthday present.

So if you’re the sort of person who:
- might send me a card and you think this is a nice idea, or
- wouldn’t send me a card but this sounds like fun, or
- who doesn’t know me but likes to draw things…

… then draw a picture! It’ll be fun for you and enjoyable for me (and everyone else), and super cheap. I've set a theme each year, and this year the theme is:

The When: Mid June!

The What: Babysaurs and Babybots

As hinted above, not only am I more an adult this year by virtue of the inevitable passage of time, this is also my first birthday as a father. So I'll be drawing (and would like to invite anyone else to draw) baby dinosaurs and baby robots. Dummy-bot 5000! Babyraptor!

(As always, drawings on previous themes - or indeed any cool theme - are also appreciated, so a miniature ancient squid doing a magic trick for her tiny squid babies over a zoom call would also be lovely).

The How:
If you saw this on some kind of social media, you can either DM me on that, or email your drawing to

For inspiration here are links to the last 11 galleries:

2010: Dinosaurs and Cephalopods in Formal Wear:

2011: DANCE-BOT 5000:

2012: Monsters in their Dotage:

2013: Party Bugs!:

2014: A Hitchhiking Birthday:

2015: Super-Dinos!:

2016: Things with Faces:

2017: Tiny-o-saurs:

2018: Eurosaurs:

2019: Magic Robots:

2020: Monsters vs Covid:

Notes: I'm usually pretty happy on my birthday anyway, and I'm going to be extra chill this birthday because we can hang out with our tiny baby, who is cute AF, so if you can read this you should not feel obliged in any way - just if you feel like it and think you'd enjoy drawing something dinosaur-related, I'd be delighted to see the results! Don't feel that artistic skill is necessary - I'm terrible at drawing myself, and also don't feel you need to know me: I've had some excellent pictures from people I've never met. (and if you do know me, feel free to share this with people who don't but who might enjoy it).

Special 2021 Note: Also, if you're struggling to get anything done during the pandemic, don't fret if you want to do this but can't! It's okay, we're all in this together, I do not want anyone to beat themselves up because of me. I got your back, and the stakes are literally zero.


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