Wow! I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I last posted here… been super busy!
I recently had the great honor and pleasure to be invited along with a few other artists and toy designers to sign Brian McCarty’s forthcoming book, “Art-Toys: Photographs by Brian McCarty“. Brian is THE premier toy photographer in the world and a monograph of his work is finally being published. Congratulations Brian!
Artists Signing “Art-Toys” book
The signing event itself was a blast and a great opportunity to reconnect with my fellow peers, friends and heroes, many of which are considered some of the top artists in their respective fields. In attendance at the signing and included in the book were Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Luke Chueh, Frank Kozik, MARS-1, Mark Ryden, Michelle Valigura, Amanda Visell, Yoskay Yamamoto and many more (as well as myself, of course.)
The book is available at Amazon.com, Brian’s website as well as at the San Diego Comic-Con if you happen to be down there this week. Below is a little video I took of the event with my iPhone 4.
Though delayed by a couple of weeks, Kricky The Alien Frog is finally on the ship from the manufacturer and headed to the Port of Long Beach! It should arrive on October 3rd and then after clearing U.S. Customs (anywhere from 3 to 7 days) it will be trucked on over to my distributor, DKE Toys.
My excellent freight company provided me with all the details of the shipping process including the name of the cargo ship and the port of arrival. With this information, I found a site that allows me to actually track the ship on google maps… you know, in case of pirate attacks! 😉
Kricky's Ship - The OOCL Tianjin
UPDATE as of 10/02/2009: Kricky is getting closer…
Tracking Kricky 10/02/2009
UPDATE as of 10/03/2009: Day of arrival…
Tracking Kricky 03
After a furious 4 days of back and forth design edits last week, I present to you, the final packaging design for Kricky The Alien Frog! A very big thank you goes out to my new packaging designer Matthew Manos for all of his hard work and for putting up with the pressure of an insane deadline (and a slightly insane Art Director like me!) You really pulled through Matt!
Kricky Final Packaging
The design of the packaging is now in the hands of my manufacturer ThreeZero and in exchange, they have sent me the finalized production prototype of Kricky The Alien Frog! It should be arriving in the next couple of days, so I will be posting pictures of it once I get it in my hands.
They did, however, also send me a photo of this finished prototype, but I am not showing it yet… but lets just say, it really is an alien frog! We have enhanced the colors a bit and altered the design slightly so it really stands out and catches your eye while still keeping with the simple and clean original design.
(ooh I want to show the picture they sent me so bad! But I just have to wait until I get it in my hands and take pictures of it myself. Patience Craigery, patience.)