In addition to being a fascinating person with an amazing grasp of the continuity (and concentric circles) of indy and mainstream toys, Matt's a prolific artist, designer, and toy maker. I was thrilled to meet with him and see where the magic happens. Here's a look at the coordinated chaos of The Attic.
The first impression one gets (besides the tremendous smell of action figures, which is the toy world sensory equivalent of being inside a Tibetan Buddhist temple), is that the place is simply covered with toys. There are action figures and vehicles everywhere...boxed, carded, loose, piled, strewn, and scattered. But there's a real beauty to it all, and it's certainly an endless source of inspiration.
Here are some looks:
|The toy piles have a kind of Jackson Pollock quality, don't they?|
Here's a lot of his sofubi. You can also see Callgirm and other figures mixed in:
|This case has some of the earliest figures handmade by Matt.|
|Early figure with a later production version side by side|
|Here's a prototype vehicle. I'll be putting up a separate report a bit down the line focusing on Onell proto vechicles.|
|Matt also has hundreds of original drawings, illustrations, and paintings like this. I snapped shots of a number of them, and those will be going up in a separate post soon.|
|Floor space where Matt does a lot of drawing|
Over the coming days and weeks, I'll have several more posts about Matt's work, including a video interview with Matt, a video tour of the studio, and posts about Onell Design prototypes and original art.