We want to use our Hello Recess Q&As to turn the spotlight on people doing interesting things related to play. We’ll be talking to traditional toy folks as well as pioneers like Charles Best from DonorsChoose.org who are pushing the boundaries by leading and creating projects and companies that challenge and broaden what we think of as the toy industry. We’re launching a special Hello Recess Q&A series on illustrators because we believe they are an indispensable part of the ecosystem, whether it is their work on children’s books or on packaging or anything in between. They bring the characters we play with to life. We first noticed Jason Sturgill‘s work for stop-motion animation powerhouse, Laika, and have followed his career to Nike. He’s an illustrator, designer, and educator based in Portland, Oregon and our first Hello Recess Q&A: Illustrator Edition.
As part of our Illustrator Edition, we’re asking each illustrator to answer, “What lesson did you learn from a childhood toy that you still use today?” through an original work.
His piece for Hello Recess below is based on the motto of the 1970s hit toy, The Weebles — “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!” His lesson? Always get back up.
Find more of Jason’s work online at Buy Olympia.
Photography and illustrated works supplied by Jason Sturgill and Modern Kiddo.