Like Customizer of the Year, choosing a quintet of artists that excelled over the past year is a difficult task. (Finding photos of them on Facebook pages and their personal blogs is even more difficult) So here are my choices for the top 5 artists of 2012...
5. Bryan Green (Paper Foldables)
I think it's about time that some paper toy artists got some love. With Paper Foldables producing characters from some of my favorite shows and games...this one is a no-brainer (and has nothing to do with the fact that we were left and right guides on the same line in middle school marching band).
4. Nathan Hamill
Nathan teamed up with 3DRetro to release his Strife and Sire figure...did some print runs...and had an entire custom gallery show revolve around his Bellicose Bunny vinyl.
3. Matt Doughty (Onell Design)
One of the creative minds behind Onell Design, Matt was responsible (with Marty Hansen and Jason Frailey) for producing one of my favorite toys of 2012 - the Armorvor. Plus, I've never seen a 75 year old mountain man with so much energy...
2. Kathie Olivas/Brandt Peters
The husband and wife duo have been a part of the lowbrow art/designer toy scene for what feels like decades (at least to me). But I think some of their best work took place in 2012, highlighted by the Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus collaborations.
1. Ashley Wood
The A in 3A Toys, Ashley Wood has had yet another stellar year. While his comics, art books, and prints are always awe-inspiring...it's really those crazy toys (robots, zombies, pretty ladies) that he continues releasing that's clinched this spot.