What to expect in the class
What I expect
By the end of the class you will have an original art toy, packaging, 5 of them.
It’s art, not a toy, but it’s still kind of a toy.
What is an art toy?
Patterns I’ve seen. Almost always a character. Toy esthetic. Functionality (if any) is very limited.
You get away with a lot when it’s art. Toys have to pass regulations and safety standards.
No Safety Concerns
- Toxic paint
- Chocking hazards
Licensing and Copyright Infringement – If you only make one, you can call it art and use existing characters
Smaller run manufacturing – opens you up to different fabrication methods. 3D printing actually makes sense. Hand finished. Custom pieces
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Nostalgia for me is not necessarily nostalgic for you.
Get an Instagram account
Go where the art toys are. At the moment, the art toy community is favoring Instagram. There are so many sources of inspiration. You should follow and add to it.
Feel free to pass along artists you like. I’ll try to bring a few to
Artist to watch
Munny, Dunny, Wabbits, Janky.
In class exercise. Fill out the sheet of blanks.
Customize your blank with your character.
Watch the Toys that Made Us