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|A Brief History of Tim...
steady diet of junk food and too much television in his youth led Timothy Young down
the odd career path he now finds himself on. As a boy he loved to doodle
and play with clay. His mother fondly remembers yelling at him for getting
Play-Doh stuck in her rug. After a fun-filled but generally misspent youth,
Tim accidentally attended Pratt Institute, where they convinced him that
the scribbles he had made on his math and history notes could earn him a
living as an illustrator. Inspired by the British 3-D Illustrators Peter
Fluck and Roger Law, Tim began to create sculptural illustrations. They
were so well received by his instructors, by the time he graduated, Tim
found himself with an apartment full of sculptures that would not fit into
Though he was having fun in animation, his heart was still in illustration, so he began to seek clients. A friend from college gave him his first assignment for Doubleday Books, a 3D Alien artist for the cover of a catalog. Before long, Tim was creating 3D images for clients such as Leroux Liquors, Golf Digest, Popular Science and National Lampoon.
this time, Tim met Karen Lyons; a plush toy designer who had worked on the
Pee-Wee's Playhouse toys for Matchbox Toys. She introduced him to the people
at Matchbox, and he was given the chance to design and sculpt the Talking
Penny doll. He was very proud of it and couldn't wait for it to come out
in the stores. Unfortunately, due to marketing concerns, the doll was never
manufactured. Undaunted by this experience Tim sought other Toy industry
Tim was then offered a job at Marketing Equities, soon to be called Equity Marketing (now called Equity Toys). He spent two years as a full-time freelancer, designing premium toys for fast-food restaurants such as Arby's and Burger King. While there, Tim was instrumental in acquiring the Simpson's license, and was the first sculptor to figure out how to make Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson's hair work in 3-dimensions. The Burger King Simpson promotion was a big hit.