Long before the days of POP Vinyl toys the cool hip thing was to take the generic South Park outline for characters and turn them into celebrities, wrestlers, friends and family, anyone you could dare think of really. When I was at school this was at the height of its popularity and creating detailed South Park style characters became a regular pastime.
Fast forward a few years and while at college on a Multimedia course I started work developing characters along a similar vein but based on a cartoonish style I had seen online as apposed to the South Park characters. These highly detail oriented characters were created for fun as a bit of a pastime but after developing a set of 150 of them I wanted to make a better design and template to serve as a base.
A few weeks later I had put the finishing touches to the first template of what I would then call ‘Minifolk’. Designed to be bigger than the previous design and allow for even more detail this new template has been used repeatedly since to develop caricatures of a number of different people. Both for fun and to be used in print on demand products.
After a few years of making different Minifolk characters, a design I made based on UK comedian Ross Noble was used for a number of different products that would be sold on Ross’s UK tour with all of the proceeds going to the charity Riders for Health.
These products included car air fresheners, LED key chains, beanie hats and drawstring bags, but by far the coolest product that was made from the design was an inflatable Minifolk.
Beyond this collaboration with Ross Noble, my Minifolk designs are mostly sold through the print on demand service RedBubble on products such as t-shirts and phone cases. Some of the characters that have been created over the years include the Green Power Ranger, Beetlejuice and CM Punk, a number of which can be seen in the MiniFolk RedBubble store.