Thanks for checking out my sketchbook! I've been collecting vintage tin toys since college, concentrating on the kind of animals I might encounter in the back yard or on a nature trail. I like that these toys are a cheery representation of our biology and timeless physical environment, while at the same time they are so obviously not the biological truth of the thing. I also enjoy that these toys incorporate various levels of detail and realism in their forms and surfaces.
My sketches of these toys are a continued artistic investigation of the many possible intersections of the natural and constructed worlds. I love the juxtaposition of the material (metal), mechanics, wind-up animation, pressed 3D forms, and expressive lithography with the natural subject matter. I'm excited by the potential of objects coming to life through the motion catalyzed by human touch and interaction. Both drawing in my sketchbook and interacting with toys puts me in a playful mindset and creates a very friendly arena for self-expression.
As a side note, I decided to go ahead and use markers along with the pen and ink because they are so fun to use, even though they are clearly not archival. I think toys and sketchbooks are both about breaking rules, so that's what I've done here! Hopefully the digitizing will capture the initial look of those drawings.
I love the idea of sharing my sketchbook through the Sketchbook Project. It suits my artistic ideals to make art capable of existing on varied conceptual planes that employs some type of audience interaction, that’s accessible to a variety of people, and is shareable with the world.
For me, The Sketchbook Project embodies the ideal that art is a gift of creativity to be shared. I feel fortunate that I can participate by sharing/giving away (!) my work, creatively un-compromised by any kind of academic or commercial pressure. Yay for “art for art’s sake”.
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