Sometime around 2012, my friend & colleague Scott Tolleson and I decided it'd be fun to try collaborating on a toy project. Tolleson, a stylistically eclectic artist, is probably best known for his "Nosellot" plush toy line. A collection of cute stylized characters, almost all of his Nosellot's don his signature glasses and argyle. Taking some of these elements and combining them with my signature bear and tragic narratives, and the end result became "Bartholomew Punchyface".
When we decided to design a plush toy, one of the things we wanted to incorporate was "playability". We accomplished this by giving it underwear from which you could give him a "wedgie". We also incorporated the classic school yard prank, "kick me", sign on his back, and roughed him up with blemishes on his knee and elbow, decked him out in argyle, corduroy, glasses, and topped it off with bowl cut. The coup de gras is a black eye on its right and a tear from his left.
"Bartholomew Punchyface" was three dimensionalized by the London based A Little Stranger and produced by 3D Retro. It will be released on April 13th 2013 with a release party hosted by Giant Robot (Saturday, April 13th 2013 5pm - 8pm). Afterwards Bartholomew will be available for purchase at 3D Retro's online shop.
The original version of Bartholomew Punchyface is limited to 400 pieces.