LIBRARY TIME

some books I’ve been enjoying in the library.

In there is R. Crumb, Basquiat, graffiti, Murakami, Comix, Vinyl toys and some other great stuff!

Jon Knox

Another really great artist who makes toys. Look at him go! I’d love to do what he does. His website is really interesting too, he talks about the processes he uses and has his drawings and designs. I found out about him from The Designer Toy awards too!

Love these little dudes on a day out. They are different variations of a character called Cody.

http://jonknoxstudio.com/

Alan Fletcher’s toys

For the LTM pitch I’ve been looking at the Alan Fletcher work, especially the Picturing and Poeting book. Professionally Fletcher was a pioneering graphic designer, but this book focuses more on his private work drawings from his sketch book and fun

The main thing I liked about the poster was the teeth, I thought that was such a fun starting point for a character design. I’ve already done some drawings of possible characters with big grins, but researching Alan Fletcher’s playful non-commercial work is really helpful. He made these toys/creatures for his grandson out of bits and bobs and bright paint. I really love the names he gave them: Hooligan, Amarillo, Janus and Porky.

Hooligan is the four-legged yellow guy with stripes and big teeth… ding ding!

What is also interesting about these guys is that Fletcher referred to Paul Klee when he wrote about them.

“Paul Klee always knew when something was finished, because instead of him looking at the subject, the subject began looking at him.”