Week 1: Intros and Character Design

Overview

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Intros

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

 

Terms
Mashups
Bootlegs
Sofubi
Kaiju
Kawaii
Dissected/X-Rays
Collectables
Shelf Appeal

 

 

Color

 

Nostalgia

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.
#arttoyitp
#itparttoy

Feel free to pass along artists you like.  I’ll try to bring a few to

Artist to watch

 

 

Blanks

Munny, Dunny, Wabbits, Janky.

 

Character Design

In class exercise.  Fill out the sheet of blanks.

 

Assignment

Customize your blank with your character.

 

Watch the Toys that Made Us

 


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