Beautiful Plastic: Creating a Great Designer Toy

Paul Budnitz, Kidrobot Founder, Designer, Entrepreneur, Author

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6 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:30
    • 2. A Brief History of Designer Toys

      11:08
    • 3. Training Your Eye

      10:01
    • 4. Initial Sketches

      8:00
    • 5. Final Sketches

      10:13
    • 6. Explore Design on Skillshare

      0:37
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Project Description

Sketch your own toy design

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment is to sketch your own toy concept. By going through this project, you'll learn the process from sketches to finished art, as well as diving deep into the history of designer toys to help inform your work. Your challenge is to create something we haven't seen before. The most important thing is to not worry about doing a good job, have fun with it!

DELIVERABLE

Post in the project gallery for this class your final toy design. A complete project includes:

  • Your original moodboard
  • Rough sketches of your concept
  • Final control drawing "presentation" which presents your toy from multiple angles, top, bottom, left and right.  

Couple things to keep in mind – Mark any accessories or other parts that will come on and off, or move. Colors should be put down in solid blocks. Highlight any colored areas that might be shiny (or matte). And, indicate the the scale of your toy.

Post your work along the way, we're all here to learn from each other and support our fellow designers.

RESOURCES

  • Check out the step-by-step project guide PDF attached below.

See the example by artist Doze Green, courtesy of Kidrobot for what your finished project should communicate.

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