What seemed to work was how the organic flowing cloth elements of the curtain and torn cape contrasted with the sharp mechanical features of the robot. Also, I liked how the robots legs are very static. It sort of looks like the torso and appendages are moving, but the legs are set. I think that's what makes the robot look awkward. Looking at this image again I noticed some messaging I did with the robot. It kind of looks like the robot might have wings or the skeletal parts of wings, or it might be holding its robotic equivalent of a wing or feather. I think I did this on purpose. My first memory of a burlesque dancer was from the movie "The Right Stuff" (1983). This kind of reminds me of the Sally Rand fan dance scene.
Of course there are ten and half million things that didn't work for me on this one, but that's art.
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