Artist Focus - Roy's People
We always love to know more about our artists and how they make their work, so our Gallery Director, Carol Caiger, caught up with Roy Tyson of Roy's People recently to get the low down on him and his fantastic, cool artworks.
Roy adores the multitude of aspects the subjects can achieve. He sets about creating situations in a miniature world that reflect on our surroundings, feelings and emotions.
Carol: What is the inspiration behind your artwork?
Roy: Inspiration for me comes from our every day lives. Looking at what we do and then figuring out how I can turn that into miniature form.
Carol: When and why did you start to work with miniatures?
Roy: I started working with miniatures as a bit of fun. I was taking photo’s of a model train track, so I got some figures and started messing around with them just using my iphone.
Carol: How does the idea for each artwork arrive, is it something you see, physically or in your imagination?
Roy: A mixture of things I see, to ideas completely coming out of nowhere.
Carol: How do you start your pieces?
Roy: I start by creating a very simple stick man type drawing. This also ensures I don’t forget the idea. Then I start creating the figures.
Carol: Can you tell us a little bit about your method of working?
Roy: I take several figures, and cut the bits off depending on the position I am trying to create. So I may take an arm, a leg etc from different figures to get what I need. Then I glue them, filler, sand and paint them.
Carol: Do you buy your figures?
Roy: I bought figures years ago. But now I cut them up, I don’t buy them anymore, I just take the parts of what I have. It’s more challenging and fun to create my own figures.
Carol: What camera do you use?
Roy: I use a Canon 6D,
Carol: How long does it take to do your artwork?
Roy: Anything from 1 hour to days.
Carol: What question are you asked most about your artwork?
Roy: People ask me whether the artwork is photoshopped.