Marshall Alexander – But is it art?

At the moment I’m still experimenting with small paper ‘scenes’. For this project I designed the clothes as separate parts that are folded and glued over each other, instead of illustrating it on a single piece of paper. Even the tie is a separate piece. I was curious how much extra depth this would create in a model. I also had some fun making the tiny props like the suitcase and the bag. Anyone that wants to build this model can find the PDF in the ‘free toys’ section on my website.

Marshall Alexander

Growing up in the seventies and eighties, my childhood memories basically consist of videogames, bright plastic toys and TV cartoons. Any time that was left I spent drawing and programming games for my Commodore 64. At a later age a few of my childhood dreams became a reality when I temporarily moved to Melbourne, where I worked as a videogame programmer, did oil-painting in a studio and had my work displayed in one of the local galleries. After a course in Graphic Design I made a career-switch and became a graphic designer/illustrator. Currently back in The Netherlands I work at a small design company and spend my spare time illustrating my childhood memories and designing papertoys. I specialize in one-piece papertoys that consist of a single flat piece of paper, which by intricate folding is transformed into a 3-dimensional model.

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