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Designer Toys that will enrich your collection

By Oasim Karmieh

Designer Toys that will enrich your collection

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As all artists since the beginning of time, we always search for masters and mentors to look up to,  whose work speaks to us on a spiritual level, those artworks that touch our hearts or engage our minds or maybe even enrage us. So, when I started my career as a Toy Designer, I needed to find beacons to light up the toy crafting path ahead.

“Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?” – Gabrielle Roy

2PetalRose

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His nickname is just perfect and incapsulates the beauty of his art toys: 2Petalrose, aka Liam Scriven from London UK, is one of my all time favourite toy designers. His handcrafted toys are just exquisite, his style is so unique and so detailed that you could spend literally hours just gauging at his gallery and instagram account, just to make sure you don’t miss any of his hidden details. One of my favorite posts on instagram was when he showed the sole of one of his beautiful resin art toys with the comment “I know you won’t ever see it but…”; that kind of commitment and effort shows you the amount of love that goes into each piece of art that he creates.

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Foolsparadise

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The art toy that I fell in love with designed by Foolsparadise (Alan Ng) was Keiko. I was hypnotized by the twisted vibe that these art toys emanate. And to be honest I didn’t know why I felt they had that twisted ooze, until I had a talk with my friend Trustpigs (aka Nick Curtis) and he told me that in fact the founder of Fools paradise created the main characters of his handmade toys series as inmates of the Fools Paradise asylum, which specialized in people who thought they were human-animal hybrids. Thus we later got the interpretations we now know, which were how these characters see themselves… like Keiko as a bear-headed vixen.

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THE Jason Freeney

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If you haven't heard of Jason Freeney or at least seen one of his famous art toys, I'm sorry but you must have lived under a rock. His works are so deep, literally and figuratively, his dissected toy are the most famous ones — from the balloon poodle to the dissected lego figurines. Lately he released a toy collection of dissected super heroes with Mighty jaxx which I absolutely love.

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KOZIK

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Frank Kozik's art toys are so badass and so in your face; some of them are political and all of them are non-apologetic, they have the right amount of juxtaposition. The more you learn about his work and about his personally, the more you love his art toys and you will end up like me buying at least a couple of copies for your personal art toy collection.

Frank Kozik 

crackedhatchet

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His style is a mixture of clean shapes and dynamic poses, with a handmade feel, and in my opinion that mix is what sets his art toys apart from everything that is out there. And on top of being a great toy artist, he is a machine when it comes to the amount of toys he can create, all handcrafted, hand cast, hand painted. He is an amazing dude, but you can already tell from how awesome his Art Toys are.

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Plasticell

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The first art toy that I saw made by PlastiCell was the famous Tupac shakur figurine, and I gotta tell  you, the way these guys where able to capture the essence of Amaru, from the beautiful peaceful pose, to the amazing hand painted details on the bandana… Don’t get me started on the tattoos that look soooooo badass. The amount of work that goes into each figurine is just mind-boggling. You have to follow the guy on instagram, so you can see the amount of love that goes into all their beautiful handcrafted  art toys.

Plastic Cell 

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Dangerous Badass Cuteness — the characters these guys create are just too hard to describe, cause when you tell somebody that they are the most badass and cute toy you have ever seen, they look at you as if that’s not possible for an Art Toy. The juxtapose of cuteness and badassery is just awesome; combining the cuteness of their goggly eyes, with their shotguns, bombs, chemical weapons, bazookas, and most importantly the gas masks. And did I tell you that they are wearing real clothes? And that it comes with tons of accessories— make sure to check the pockets.

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Which part of the Art Toy making business you enjoy the most?

By George Cristian

Which part of the Art Toy making business you enjoy the most?

Today I shipped my 23rd handcrafted Art Toy.

I have started this Toy Design studio 9 month ago and I’ve done so many stupid decisions that I stopped counting, but in a weird way I really enjoyed all this hard process. But as we all know, Mistakes are for learning.

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 A friend of mine kept asking me which part of the whole process of the toy making I enjoy the most. I used to answer with “I love all the stages” and I heard amazing Toy Artists say that they enjoy the concept or the hand painting, or the casting (actually I don’t think anybody enjoys resin casting). Frank Kozik says that the best part is "Making the deal, the rest is just busy work”.

But, after shipping my 23rd art toy, I finally have an answer to the question “Which part of this Art Toy making business you enjoy the most?” Best part of starting a toy design studio is when I ship the Art Toy , the moment I hand write the thank you note to all my clients, the moment I wrap it up in bubbles, the moment I put the figurine that I spent so many hours from concept, to digital sculpting to 3d printing to cleaning, sanding, priming, air brushing, hand painting and glueing, shipping the product is the moment you know it’s out of your control, you can't tweak it, change it, polish it. The moment I drop off that package, the art toy is out there to be admired, cherished, loved and judged.

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I’m going to leave you with this beautiful quote by Seth Godin, whose books have helped me so much in this new journey:

 

Sign your work...If you're not proud of it, don't ship it. If you are, sign your work and own the results. We'll know who to thank. If you work for a place where work goes unsigned (internally, in particular) it's worth asking why. Seth Godin

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BATSY Superhero toy – WEST LIMITED EDITION BY KARMIEH

By Oasim Karmieh

BATSY Superhero toy – WEST LIMITED EDITION BY KARMIEH

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"Romania based designer Oasim Karmieh is back with another version of his cute super hero toy BATSY! A project which is a tribute to none other than BATMAN. All  designed, sculpted, 3d printed and hand painted by himself. Batsy Adam West is a handcrafted resin toy, that has been sculpted, hand cast and hand painted by Oasim Karmieh. This edition is an homage to the best Batman of all time. Takes us right back to the Oasim’s OG BATSY we fell in love with all the way back in March when we first found Oasim’s work. The OG sold out almost instantly so this WEST version shouldn’t stay around too long."

You can read the entire article here:

http://www.thetoychronicle.com/news/batsy-west-limited-edition-by-oasim-karmieh/

 

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Karmieh and Zortrax M200 Reshapes Handmade Toys Design

By Oasim Karmieh

Karmieh and Zortrax M200 Reshapes Handmade Toys Design

HANDMADE TOYS

I purchased my first 3d printer 18 month ago and since then I learned as much as possible about this technology, handmade toys and how to change my workflow to fit this new opportunity, although the answer was starring me right in the face it took me a while to know exactly what I wanted to do and in which direction I want to take my business into. Being featured on the Zortrax blog is a huge achievement for me, they created a great machine that I love and it helped me become a toy designer.

You can read the entire article here:

https://zortrax.com/stories/blog/devils-3d-printed-details-zortrax-m200-reshapes-toy-design/

"Exaggerated big shiny eyes, even larger head and an emotional, often explosive, character, all in a cute, chubby, tiny package. Does it ring a bell yet? If manga or anime characters sprang to your mind, you’re dead-on. The characteristic, Japanese chibi style of picturing characters started to gain popularity in the 80s and 90s, when manga and anime settled themselves in western pop culture for good. The chibi style also inspired Oasim Karmieh, a 3D artist and toy designer, to create some special caricature figurines that combine the western and eastern cultures."

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Louis CK art toy Featured on SpankyStokes

By Oasim Karmieh

Louis CK art toy Featured on SpankyStokes

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Oasim Karmieh is back in the drivers seat once again for an awesome new art toy release, and this time, he set his sites on something a bit more funny, and by funny we mean a comedian! Introducing 'Luis', an homage to stand up comedian Louis CK! This Artist Proof(AP) edition is a handcrafted art toy that has been sculpted and hand painted by Oasim Karmieh. Standing around 6" tall and coming packaged in a wooden case. These have an expected shipping date of the 1st of December... and they are up for pre-order HERE right now!!! Another home run for Oasim... we love seeing his work and can't wait to see what he has planned for his next release!

 

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Making of Louis CK Collectible Toys

By Oasim Karmieh

Making of Louis CK Collectible Toys

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This project start out of pure love for Stand up comedy, Digital Sculpting and Collectible Toy, I actually only sculpted the bust of Louie CK at first just as a sculpting exercise. How did this become an Art Toy? Well Digital sculpted, 3d printed this guy as a Birthday gift for a good friend who is a huge Louis CK fan, I really wanted to get him something awesome for his birthday.

And I'm going to walk you through the process of creating Louie CK Figurine. As I said it all started in ZBrush this is the software I use to create my characters, even Batsy was created using ZBrush 

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Once the digital sculpt is done the cleaning process starts, and making sure all shapes are clean and nothing is overlapping in a weird way that will cause some printing problems and also keeping in mind that this Louie CK toy figurine will be split in multiple parts to 3d printed.

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Once I'm sure every zbrush subtool in the 3d model is ready to be split I start adding Keys that will make it easier for this guy to be assembled once the 3d print is done.

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And almost every-time I would check out how would it look as a bronze statue.

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Alright now that I have split the model into different parts it's time to send those parts to be sliced on the 3d printer software to prepare each piece for 3d printing

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I usually don't print all the pieces at the same time, because if the printer fails to print one model you will loose so much time and material and also because I don't print each piece at the same resolution, for example for the head and arms I want the highest resolution, but for the pants, shirt and shoes I don't want that much resolution because i want to embrace the texture the 3d printer is creating to add some nice texture to the jeans, smooth objects are not always a great ideas, I have written about this in my Count Dooky Study, Sculpt and 3D print article.

Here is the head, usually I start printing the parts that need the most detail to see if the scale that I chose for the art toy is good enough for all those details that I sculpted will be visible. 

Below you can see the Head Torso and one arm 

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And here are the pants and the shoes

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Once I have all the 3d parts 3d printed I start sanding them to clean up the big lines that supports from the 3d printing usually leave on the model, then I go with a finer grain and start sanding all the tiny lines until I get a smooth surface, if there are any big error or gaps in the model, especially in areas where the 3d printed model is sitting on the supports that are generated by the 3d printer, you might need to use some type of filler to fill those gaps. Keep in mind that sanding is sculpting so don't rush it, take your time cleaning each part.

 Now it's time to add some paint, for this toy I decided to hand paint the whole using brushes and no air brush, cause I wanted it to have that hand made feel and brush work can add some nice details and textures to skin. 

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Also using the brush I was able to get this nice jeans effect, I used Vallejo paints Air and Model for the entire toy, and finally sealed the whole thing using Vallejo Matt varnish.

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And Finally assembling this toy and giving it a proper photoshoot, I used my canon 550D to shoot the photos, I used one soft box and some bounce cards.

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Louis CK handcrafted toy Featured on GoFigureNews

By Oasim Karmieh

Louis CK handcrafted toy Featured on GoFigureNews
From the Romanian artist who brought you Batsy (check it) comes his latest, an undeniable salute to ruckus comedian Louis CK.

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Batsy Reviewed By TrustPigs | Superhero toys for boys

By Oasim Karmieh

Batsy Reviewed By TrustPigs | Superhero toys for boys

Superhero Toys for boys

Last night 16th of Septemeber 2016 Batsy got it's first video review by Nick Curtis aka Trustpigs Writer for  &  and you can imagine how big of a smile I had on my face, since the release of Batsy (a superhero toy for boys) I feel that I have been in a constant dream, not in a million year I would have expected this figurine to bring so much joy in my professional life. Thank you so much to everybody who bought Batsy you guys are amazing! I'll stop talking now here is the review

 

 

"Freelance 3D artist Oasim Karmieh interprets his daughter as a resin sculpture, garbed in the costume of Batman! Titled Batsy, this original designer toy piece is reviewed in-depth."

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