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Here’s some of the original rough sketches for Monster Trucks: The Big Race. We don’t often show our sketch work as its generally very messy but we thought you guys might like to see these!
We usually draw very rough version of the page / piece in pencil first, then use this as the basis for the first ‘proper’ sketch – which is what these pics are. These are then scanned in ready to be taken into illustrator for final artwork. You can see on these sketches comments and tweaks from the editor and author too.
This image is part of a pack that the lovely guys at Digital Arts Online used to make a feature about Monster Trucks, the working processes behind it, and why we were so excited to create a children’s book. You can check out the mini-interview / feature on their site here. Thanks a lot guys!
Monster Trucks: The Big Race is available now from all good book shops and online!

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Monster Trucks: The Big Race is released tomorrow, July 3rd in all good bookshops and online – Hoorah! Here’s a quick who’s who of Trucksville’s finest!

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Hey Sheffielders and good folk – This will be fantastic!!
Full info on the Tramlines site. We’re super-chuffed to be taking part – its curated by our good friends Tom J Newell and Drew Milward – and we’ve chosen Prince Fatty. Bosh!

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Toycon UK Goodies Online Monday 28th April, 4PM!

If you’ve been following our Instagram, Twitter or Facebook pages, you may have seen that the annual Toycon UK event happened a couple of weeks ago down in London. It was ace! We’re in the process of assembling a proper post about it for the blog but in the meantime we thought we’d make a quick one to let you guys know that we’ll be posting up a LOAD of new goodies to buy and pre-order on the TadoShop tomorrow, Monday the 28th of April at 4PM GMT!

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woodies_newIt’s been a very busy start to the new year here, and one of the projects we can share with you guys is a new Panda Otaku collaboration we’ve been working on with our good friend and long-time partner in mischief Nick Hunter. If you’ve been keeping an eye on our Instagram feed you’ll have seen the magical work in progress pics we’ve been posting from Nicks studio, and we’ll be updating with more once we get the paints out soon.
We’re aiming to have the first batch of Pandas and Piggles ready for Toycon UK in April, and we’ll be working on a way to make them available online at the same time too.

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Happy belated New Year to you all! We hope this blogpost finds you all well and enjoying the start to 2014!
We’re very excited about the coming new year but first wanted to say a big thank you for all the support, friendship, collaborations, opportunities, projects and of course ‘likes’ we’ve received over the past year 😀 😀 .
We’re extremely lucky to have worked and collaborated with some amazing people on some really really cool projects this year and we look forward to sharing more of them soon. Thank you all very much!!
2014 is off to a busy start for us, we’re already working on our second and third childrens books in collaboration with a good friend of ours, and Toycon UK is not far off too – eek!
For now here’s some exciting Instagram-type updates from Dan on the Unbox Star Wars Chubbies project – this may well be the longest toy project we’ve been involved with but it looks like we wont have to wait much longer and the results are looking spectacular! These are still very much work in progress but by golly they look fun.
Happy New Year to you all!
M and K

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This has got to be our most favourite project this year. We were asked to contribute some designs (alongside animation legends Aardman and our top handsome chums Triclops!) to an incredible project put together by ad agency AMV BBDO in partnership with 3D printing company Ultimaker for the charity Kids Company.
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Print Happiness is a pop-up toy shop on , Great Windmill Street, Soho, London which prints 3D toys as presents for vulnerable children when members of the public make a donation by text message. The window display in the shop features six 3D printers which are constantly printing the toys.
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The shop remains open until Wednesday December 18 so pop down to have a look if you can; to contribute to the toy production line, text ‘KIDS PANDA’ to 70080. A charge of £5 will be applied to your next mobile phone bill, and one toy will be printed; all monies raised will go to Kids Company.
100% of donations will go to Kids Company with Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO printing a toy for each order placed.
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More information on Kids Company and the Print Happiness campaign can be found online at printhappiness.co.uk.
Kids Company will be open on Christmas Day when it will provide a Christmas lunch, presents and food vouchers for over 4,000 children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Additional food parcels will also be delivered to children and families in the community.

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DSC_0439We’re really proud to be part of the inaugural Winter Show at the excellent B&B Gallery here in Sheffield which will open Dec 12th.
Panda Otaku & Friends are handmade wooden toys and will be available from the Gallery Website.
For more info and private view details click here!

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Here’s some pics of the finished Big Lad. Many thanks to Saban, Sweet Streets and Toy Art Gallery for inviting us to take part in such a fun exhibition!

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Here’s some work in progress snaps we took over the past couple of weeks as we made our piece for the 20 Rangers exhibition that we mentioned in the previous post.
We hope you enjoy them! Full info on the exhibition can be found here!
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