September 9, 2019 at 8:36 pm #146956
Very happy this site has a forum now
So, I love toys, and I’ve always wanted to make them, I got into 3D modeling to do such. I have decided to more fervently pursue this field but I really don’t know much about it and wonder if people can give me some idea’s.
a lot of the artists i like don’t have a ton of followers, maybe a thousand or so, and I figure its a niche but dedicated community who are willing to pay a lot for art. Do these artists make a living doing this? If anyone knows or has some experience please let me know! I am going to designer con this year and I’m working like crazy for it.September 10, 2019 at 6:42 pm #147166
One of the great things about this toy thing is the unexpected discovery and connections.
Just by posting here you have people looking at your work. Maybe connect with you to say hi, or hire you for a project. Your stuff is awesome. really cool, unique style.
Not sure if you can make a “living” but you can certainly make a life out if it. It is not for everyone, it is a lot of hard work and it is definitely not boring, but you can make life long connections and real good friends doing this stuff. Just know that for every success you see there is a pile of shit that that person had to eat to get there.September 11, 2019 at 2:44 am #147262
wow, thank you so much! that means a lot coming from you, I have been following your company since the horsies of the apocalypse. meeting artists is the reason I moved to LA, I’ll be sure to socialize at this event, I really wonder about the people’s lives. So many industries/jobs are more straightforward, if you want to be a lawyer, you can find out exactly how to do that.
If you don’t mind me asking, how did you get into making designer toys?September 11, 2019 at 12:31 pm #147338
This small part of the toy industry is a bit of an anomaly but a super fun community. Not a easy or a straightforward hustle for sure. you really have to be good at improvising and navigating multiple tasks and people.
I studied industrial design and product design and sort of fell into toys by accident out of sheer desperation for work. It is a long story probably best suited for a campfire some whiskey and a banjo. Stop by and say hi at Dcon,September 11, 2019 at 12:38 pm #147339
Will there be whiskey, banjos and campfires at Dcon? If so, count me in!September 12, 2019 at 1:28 am #147511
Yo! looking forward to itOctober 26, 2019 at 5:10 am #155789
Did someone say whiskey at DCON?October 26, 2019 at 1:03 pm #155809
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I also know many artists who are part time into these . Especially those handmade ones , it just takes so much effort and time into making a few pieces which definitely is not enough be considered a “living”.November 1, 2019 at 7:09 pm #156571
There certainly some artists that are now full time, but more as artists with toys on the side, or having to concentrate more on design work these days than design but started in the art toy world. Like Tado, David Horvath or Meomi.
Not everyone can do a Kaws or Tokidoki. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful in your own little way 🙂 concentrate on you and your own style, have passion and that’s what will draw the fans to you. Quality not quantity 🙂November 3, 2019 at 7:05 pm #156807
I’d say it’s very hard to make a living out of designer toys, but trying part time at first is a good start I think! If you can continue to grow from there, who knows.November 4, 2019 at 5:37 am #156841
Interesting. It’s really a labor of love, which i get haha, most art is. Art has never been on the top of people’s shopping lists, can’t blame them, I can barely afford to stay alive. if only I could find a rich patron to give me money so i can do whatever i want…. hmmm…..August 12, 2020 at 11:11 am #193424
I think if someone has the passion to make a toy or a custom that’s rewarding enough. I’m sure you can make a living but you really gotta hustle or make a good deal with a company
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