I came across some very early drawings of Doug the robot in an old sketchbook. As you'll see, he's come a long way, with a lot of twists and turns in the road of development.
I believe these are the very first drawings I did of him. He looks more like a little boy with some rivets than a robot. It looks like I'm just trying to figure out who this character is. If I remember correctly, I did this on a plane and used seltzer to mix the watercolors.
The image of Doug chasing pigeons actually made it into the book.
I originally wanted to call him Digi Doug, but then I figured that no one would know how to pronounce it, so I just called him Doug.
Here I am putting the character through his paces. Sometimes it takes me a very long time to figure out a character, as in this case. Other times, I just know exactly who they are as soon as I start drawing them.