Jess Hutch.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

more mr. toast

toast adventure
OK, it's getting a bit dusty in here, isn't it? Sorry about the long breaks, I just needed some time to concentrate and get down to business. I'll be sharing some images of recent projects in the next week or so.

Here's one of 'em - a few months ago, Dan Goodsell of theimaginaryworld.com asked me (along with some other folks) to take photos of a toy based on his comic strip character Mr. Toast. I talked about that photo here. I had so much fun with it, so I was thrilled when he asked me to take some more. Here's one of my faves, it's of five little Toast toys strolling (or marching perhaps?) down a forest path. I did a little trickery after the photo was taken to give it a kind of vintage summer camp brochure feel (really, I just made it a little yellower). Dan's going to have a booth at the Comic Con in San Diego this year and he's using this photo on a poster, which is super neat.

Taking photos of posed toys is one of my favorite things to do. There are some flickr groups that feature this sort of photo, The Secret Life of Toys being one of the best (let me know if you know of others!). Some of my favorite photos in this group are by an artist named snailbooty. They're so strange, and very moving.

14 Comments:

At 4:46 AM , Jane said...

That is great! My 3 year old looked at them at said,
"1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Bread Boys!"

 
At 6:34 AM , LLA said...

Oooh - Bubba always wants to go to ComicCon, maybe this should be the year!

I'm with you on the Secret Life of Toys group - I do enjoy it! I'm off to go check out the snailbooty pics.....

 
At 7:04 AM , Jenn said...

I can't even begin to tell you how in love with Mr. Toast I am. He's awesome!!

 
At 9:09 AM , kelly said...

*love* your pic and the others in the flickr group... i think i must be lacking in time or lack of distraction (or both!), because my pictures never come out this cool...

 
At 9:28 AM , tweezer said...

awesome. i love toys, too. thanks for the link to the flickr album. i'll keep an eye out for the poster at comic con this year.

 
At 11:29 AM , aja said...

I am all about Mr. Toast. He makes me smile. Especially when he is hiking through the forest!

 
At 4:32 PM , Chrissa said...

There is something special about toast with faces (especially when they are marching in formation). I have a minor obsession with the plushies of My Paper Crane, among which is a piece of toast that is crying because it got burned.

And photographing toys, yes! It is deeply satisfying, these photos of toys in the natural world. One of my favorite childhood books featured a small toy bear called Alfred, photographed wandering the woods and fields of western Connecticut (he was looking for a summer home, someplace less stuffy than the playroom).

I have a nascent project idea for a picture book that follows the adventures of a clothespin doll. Something magic happens once the doll, propped in its staged environment, gets photographed.

 
At 4:33 PM , RBG said...

You are a woman of so many talents! Your photos are consistently quite great. And how cute is that first comment, with the kid counting five "Mr. Breads"?! Can't wait to see what else you've been working on...

 
At 11:46 AM , shannon said...

http://www.yogabeans.com/

Even if you do not practice yoga...too funny!

Love Mr. Toast, btw.

 
At 7:02 PM , MARYBETH said...

your phtots are fun * fab!

 
At 1:58 PM , sarah said...

Jess - I'm sure this info is on your site somewhere, but what do you use to wire the toys for photographing? I used to be a teddy bear artist and still have a few leftover styro-covered armatures. If you want to pay postage for them, they're yours. : )

 
At 2:45 PM , MARYBETH said...

Bountiful ~Brown ~Barters!

You MUST come bye *

http://thriftbarterbuy.blogspot.com/

xo~ mb

 
At 4:38 PM , Megan said...

THat's funny, lovely, and strangely weird all at the same time. Must go and check out the flickr group now.

 
At 9:16 AM , natalie said...

These look so fun! Definitely a summer camp feel to it. :)

 

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