This summer I visited Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende,Mexico with my wife and friends. We visited a toy museum in San Miguel de Allende and this inspired me to assign a toy design project to my Illustration 1 and 2 class, that I teach at Meramec Community College, which is near St.Louis Missouri. Below is the assignment.
Assignment: Toy with wheels and creature
The purpose of this assignment is to experience designing a three dimensional product. The product is a toy with wheels and a creature. The purpose is also to learn about other cultures and countries .
• Research the history of toys in Mexico, especially wheeled toys. Research decorative art of Mexico.
• create three thumbnails of three different creatures.
• choose one creature and draw a black and white side view and front view of the creature and wheels. I suggest two wheels on each side, for a total of four. The manufactured toy would be eight inches long with two inch diameter wheels. You can choose the height and width.
• draw a three quarter view in color of the toy either traditionally or digitally. Use three D software if you have the experience doing this. Put a design on the surface of the toy that would relate to the culture indigenous to Mexico.