These multi-faceted toy animals were born out of freelance illustrator and 3D artist Mat Szulik’s desire to explore the boundaries of low poly design. Though they appear to be carved from wood, they are actually digital concepts created by the Polish artist in his spare time. Titled PolyWood v1.0, the collection of life-like creatures emerge from polygon illustrations that have been covered with a wood-textured appliqué.
PolyWood is a personal project that combines toy and product design with Szulik’s artistic background. Low poly refers to the number of polygons that appear in a graphic mesh within 3D creations, and is a method for displaying models of objects on computers with a reduced rendering time. Based in Rybnik, Poland, Szulik experiments with this technique to form a menagerie of charming animals that adopt the appearance of retro wood block toys.