Freelance art designer, Craig Rozynski, will be doing a two-week artists residency at Almost Perfect studio in Tokyo from Sunday May 9 to Sunday May 23. The studio is run by world-renowned illustrators, Luis Mendo and Yuka Mendo.
During those two weeks Rozynski will take a handful of projects from concept to completion, broadcasting progress on social media channels such as www.instagram.com/craigrozynski. The central piece being created during the residency is called The Artifact. It will be constructed with the help of Francisco Martinez, an architect and carpenter based in Saitama, north of Tokyo. A film documenting the piece’s creation and concept is being directed by Yuzuru Nakatani, a well-known director based in Shibuya. The Artifact will remain a mystery until a reveal at the end of the residency.
He will also direct a team of artists to bring his personal project, Ghoul, to life. Ghoul is Rozynski release from the corporate work he has been doing for the last 23 years (ten of them in Japan, with regular visits back to Sydney and Melbourne). It’s mostly for fun, a challenge to draw 1000 diminutive monsters, which are added to www.ghoul.gg. They are also being developed into a range of products, with a collection of blind-wrap trading cards, skateboards, vinyl toys, caps, and pins in the making.
The project explores the idea of what makes something collectible. Influences include Be@rbrick, KAWSONE and the recent boom of art projects that NFT has triggered. Rozynski considers Ghoul to be an art brand, something that blurs the line between art and commercial enterprise. Ultimately, he wants Ghoul to become part of popular culture.
Working on Ghoul are:
- Emma Lord, a copywriter based in Sydney, wrote the copy for the trading cards.
- Piotr Stopniak, an art director also based in Sydney, is working on physics-based 3D animation.
- Roby Gould, a voxel artist based in Argentina, is creating voxel dioramas illustrating scenes from the world of Ghoul.
- Kirill Soltus, a 3D artist in Moscow, and Vivian Liu in Beijing, are working on vinyl toy prototypes.
- Ryan LaBar, a developer in Michigan, has created the animations on the Ghoul site.
- Jeremy Bogan, an Australian based near Shenzen, China, is producing the skateboards and trading cards.
- Tudor Negrea, an animator in Bucharest, is animating the ghouls.
- Alex Semeniuk, a 3D artist in Mykolaiv, is creating digital versions of the cards.
- Charles Dauphin, a concept artist in Paris, has created illustrations.
- Shankar Mariyappan in Tamil Nadu has built the website.