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The Willo sculpture is an 11" tall rotocast resin designer art toy designed by Kyle Kirwan & produced by the amazing Pretty In Plastic!
64 backers pledged $5,352 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello I'm Kyle, I'm an artist from Brooklyn. I've shown work in art shows and galleries on both coasts and am a large fan and avid contributor to the designer/art toy scene. In that capacity I've shown work at San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, Wondercon and Designercon, which has been rad every time.

At the moment I'm working on project called the Mudcat Chronicles. On the outside it's a sprawling epic encompassing a variety of mediums but at its core it is an adventure story set in the World of Dor. The Mudcat Chronicles began as a loose collection of stories that rattled around in my brain until they began to manifest in the real world as sketches and doodles of characters. From there I created a series of over 100 paintings that I showcased in Bushwick Brooklyn in 2011. In the intervening years the characters I created have spilled into other mediums including prose and sculpture. The end goal of The Mudcat Chronicles is, eventually, animation. But I digress.

Most recently I've been focusing my efforts on the sculpture aspect of this project. I'm currently self producing a collection of handmade resin pieces called the Mudcat mini line from my studio in Brooklyn. In the midst of creating, marketing, and selling those I made the full size Willo sculpture. And that's what this Kickstarter is about!

Willo is a type of creature found throughout the world of Dor. They are found in a variety of colors from pale pink to black. There are many legends and superstitions surrounding the different types of Willos. For instance glimpsing an all black Willo means someone will die, but a pink Willo brings good luck!  Willos are docile creatures ranging from five to six feet tall with curly fur and antlers. They live in every corner of Dor but are timid and shy and uncommonly seen.   

The Willo sculpture stands approximately 11 inches tall, making it a little too large for me to self produce in the quantity and quality I'd like. I also don't have the ability to create a hollow rotocast sculpture in my studio, and this guy in solid resin would weigh a ton. So I've reached out to a production company called Pretty in Plastic who specialize in high end artist edition pieces. To my delight they were excited to make Willo a reality.

What will it take to complete this process? 

I have the sculpture prototype complete and ready to be molded and that's where Pretty In Plastic comes in. After the project gets funded I'll be sending the sculpture from Brooklyn to California where they will make a mold of the piece capturing all the details and proportions perfectly. Once the mold is made they will start the production of the resin multiples. The piece is being rotocast which basically means a small amount of material(in this case resin) is poured into the empty mold and then strapped into a machine which rotates the entire mold on a complete 360 degree axis, coating the inside of the mold with a layer of resin and capturing all the surface details but leaving a portion of the finished piece hollow. If you think of a rubber ducky (but not squishy) you would be pretty spot on. Rotocasting keeps the cost of each figure reasonable and also ensures that the figures are lightweight enough to ship without a ton of postage. It's perfect for multiple art pieces.  Once cast, the artists at Pretty In Plastic clean and polish each piece, apply all the paint details assemble the individual parts that make up one sculpture, box it up in custom packaging, and send it back to me as a finished product. Then I send them out to you!  

 Why choose Kickstarter and you fine people to make this a reality? 

Kickstarter has an amazing community built in, a reputation of successful funding, and it consistently has unique and awesome projects. I love idea of a community of people uniting to achieve goals. I love interaction, it's one of the reasons I love the art-toy world so much. Everyone involved is incredibly supportive and hands on. People are excited and encouraging and that makes for a really great environment to create work. I also really believe in this piece. I think it's beautiful and cool and has a really great feel.

From the get go I imagined it as a production piece. I wanted to make something I loved that I could share. If I'm being honest I wanted to make a piece that would win awards, (I'm taking to you DTAs!) and that people would be thrilled to display and show off. I know how I feel when I see a new piece I love, or the new Dunny coming out, or an artist I love releasing a new edition or colorway. I wanted to make a piece that gave others that same giddy, excited feeling. I wanted to make a piece that would stand on its own but also get people curious about the Mudcat world. 

I feel like I'm really close to achieving those goals, right on the edge of calling this a win. I just need a little more help to finish it. So I'd be humbled and grateful for your support. I promise I'll work harder then ever to make this happen and get all these awesome pieces and rewards delivered. Thanks for taking the time to see what I'm doing, thanks for reading, thanks for supporting. I'd be thrilled with a pledge and equally thrilled if you took some time to help spread the word with a link to this page or a post on social media. Thanks again,

Kyle 

Ps. My dog is awesome...

 *updates*

This is an older piece I did but it gives you an idea of the ivory color 

Artist mock up of plush exclusive
Artist mock up of plush exclusive

Risks and challenges

The process of molding and casting is tried and true and we are not reinventing the wheel here. That being said, as a working artist I'm well versed in the various factors that can hold up a project. I also know that the key to success is planning and communication. I'm familiar and comfortable with the process of working with collaborators and understand the potential hazards that can arise in groups. This should be of little concern as I've chosen to work with one of the best companies out there.

I've had sculptures damaged during shipping in the past, so I know how to never let that happen again. But I also understand that sometimes these things happen, no matter how many precautions you take. Fortunately I'm able to repair anything should that occur. I know that every adventure has unforeseen road bumps but I also know there is always a solution to every problem. I have every faith in Pretty in Plastic and I'm confident this project will not be just a great achievement but the beginning of many more.

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    Super heartfelt thanks. Many virtual high fives. The knowledge that you are a good, noble person with class and taste, and that you as a person make the world a better place to live in.

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    Tons of goodwill and a couple random hand-drawn, handmade 1" buttons sent to you in an envelope.

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    Virtual jumping in the air high fives and a random character 8x10 sketch from Kyle. A great unique art work on paper, perfect for bragging to your friends about your awesomeness.

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    A special super limited edition Willo Mudcat Mini figure. These will be handmade resin pieces by Kyle. Only chance ever to get this piece. Plus gratitude and love.

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    A special super limited edition Willo plush

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    Your very own Willo rotocast resin figure. This is the two color pink version we are doing the kickstarter for.

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    Willo sculpt in the Kickstarter exclusive "ivory colorway" hand-painted by Kyle

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    The original character painting that inspired the Willo sculpture, framed, matted and ready to proudly display.

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    The original Willo sculpt! Buttons, the kickstarter plush, the kickstarter Mudcat mini figure, virtual jumping behind the back high fives, love, and a sketch for good measure.

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