How Melvin came to be...
Since 2010 I have been showing my unique sculptures to the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area Community every First Friday at my studio, FM, located in Uptown Oakland. And every month I would be flattered when visitors asked me if I worked for a little local animation company located in Emeryville (some of you might have heard of them). As honored as this question made me feel, I have little in the ways of computer skills that could be transferred to such a groundbreaking company. Still, I felt that my characters had a story to tell, I just needed to figure out a way to tell it. So I created Melvin! After I drafted Melvin's story, added supporting characters, re-wrote, cut supporting characters...and on and on, I got it to the point where I thought I had a decent story.
With the help of my friend Han Lee, we took Melvin out into the incredibly beautiful, yet overlooked Lake Merritt area in Oakland, and started taking photos of Melvin interacting with his environment. After learning the ropes from Han I took over principle photography for the remainder of the project (although his photos are featured throughout the book).
The finished product has taken me about a year to complete and will hopefully be an uplifting story about a sad little robot finding some happiness in his life.
Melvin the Sad...(ish) Robot created by Joshua Margolis