Toy Tech: The Silhouette





The action pose and the silhouette go hand in hand—you just
can’t have a dynamic pose without a strong silhouette
. My mentors drilled this
into my head. Rough sketch after rough sketch were made to push the pose and
plan out the arrangement of limbs to create the most dynamic movement possible.
Only after the pose and silhouette were on target did we move on to adding the

Don’t rush the process. Take time to investigate the dynamic
motion of your character.
After all, you want your concept to be the best it
can be so what better way to add excitement to the toy than by fully
articulating the character’s pose and personality. Once those key design components
are in place as the skeletal structure to build upon, the toy’s function will be the knock out punch.

Do you buy decos? No. Do you collect plastic? Of course not. You are drawn
to the essence of the toy itself, which comprises it's inherent character, action and
functional fun. The silhouette adds drama, personality and figural movement to
a static figure
and, when well thought out, breathes additional life into the
toy enhancing the over all function and visual impact.

So, before you finalize your next toy design, simply make a silhouette overlay over your sketch to see if the components
of pose, balance, movement and the organization of anatomical forms flow together in the most
visually impactful way. The silhouette should be able to clearly identify the toy's unique character without any detail added. Once this reads with strong impact, then and only then, should additional structural forms be added to the drawing along with details and shading. 


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