Monday, January 12, 2009

Toy Soldier

Toy Soldier | 5"x7" | oil on hardboard

My boys have hundreds of these that they play with in our basement.

This one happens to be gray, rather than the standard army green. I like the look and feel of these army men, and when you study them closely they each have some unique features. I especially like the extra edges of plastic residue left over from the molds they were poured in. I tried to paint some of them in this.

I might be painting more of these. My son Jack says this is his favorite blog piece thus far. A high compliment from one of my favorite critics.

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  1. Hey John- YOUR painting has been brewing in MY head for a while now! My dad had these really weird/unique plastic sci-fi figures from the 50's (army man style) that I have always wanted to capture the way you did here. Nice work!

  2. absolutely LOVE this painting. reminds me of my son's younger years and stepping on these little guys everywhere in the house. made it where a person couldn't go barefooted!

    Great job!

  3. Hi John,
    i like your painting. i'm actually trying to make a career out of painting these little soldiers. (you can see the results at
    i'm curious as to why you chose to paint a plastic soldier and why choose this one in particular. i love their mold-warped faces and the 'plastic residue' (it's called 'flashing'). i would like to correspond with you if possible.
    yoav weiss.