Here is a link to my previous post to provide context for this toy.
For my main project, I would really like to pursue the Kawaii aesthetic once again. I think this aesthetic really meshes well with the idea I have for the project, since the overly exaggerated facial expressions of these types of characters portrays the mood you are in very clearly, but in a playful manner.
To go into more detail of how I will be displaying each of the moods, there will be cut-out slots in the ring to hold various buttons, that can easily be pushed in around the circumference of the rings. Below is a picture of some example buttons I’ve made, with roughly the same dimensions I’ll be aiming for in this project.
Here are some more examples of facial expressions that I would like to include, that match the kawaii aesthetic.
- Helen Rose https://www.pinterest.nz/pin/50735933287469449/
- Takshila Classes https://www.clipartkey.com/view/mwJxxi_pusheen-sad-cat-kawaii-sad-pusheen-cat-png/
For the rings themselves, I will either paint them soft, Easter-like colors, or laser engrave some simplistic, cute designs of “hand-drawn” flowers. A combination of both could be a possible route as well, since lighter colors tend to not hide the detail the laser engraver can achieve.
A very opposite aesthetic I could think of was goth. Although it would not really bode well with the spirit of the toy considering the typically uniform, angsty/unflappable nature of the goth aesthetic, it could be cool to simply incorporate different designs that fit.
- CrazedLemming https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/605634975/creepy-goth-spider-girl-screen-printed
- Surrey NanoSystems https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-photos-vantablack-906158
The rings in this case would just as dark a black as I could get, with bones and pentagrams and other general sort of witchcraft vibe elements engraved on them as well. I could also add spikes/studs to the perimeter of the rings, and the center of the overall structure as well. Ideally it would be almost dangerous or scary to touch.
A final aesthetic I considered was realism. Realism feels to be a somewhat opposite aesthetic to Kawaii because of the lack of supernormal stimuli we recently discussed. The high detail and accurate portrayals of figures would do a great job of portraying the mood you’re in, but I do think it could be a bit off-putting. I do think this could lend a comedic element to the toy, however. Having a pissed off Hugh Jackman’s face on your desk would help lighten the mood despite how you’re feeling, in my opinion.
- Sandy Flemming https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/288300813638453958/?lp=true
This toy has a ton of potential avenues, and I really think you could make any aesthetic work with it. Since my preferred drawing style falls in the Kawaii realm, I will continue down that path, as it’s what appeals to me most. I think it will also have a wider appeal to the general population than the other two aesthetics, which would hopefully imply a more successful toy.