For Fort Worth Digital Graphic Art Student, Parts and Pieces Create a Unique Whole

Contributed by Dana Seelye, Campus Librarian and Student Services Coordinator

Remington College – Fort Worth Campus Digital Graphic Art student Jon Dye was the kind of child who, when given a present, would set aside the toy and play with the box. He was always creating new things. For instance, he loved coloring books, but after Jon colored the pictures, he would cut them out and put the various parts together to create a whole new animal or person.

An Idea Takes Hold

Fort Worth DGA Student and Entrepreneur Jon Dye.

Considering Jon’s penchant for creativity, it came as no surprise that, while attending a church craft show, he noticed all of the handmade toys and decided to see if he could create some toys as well. Although drawing was not a problem for Jon, he soon found that the sewing was another thing entirely.

Enter friend Alicia, who taught him to sew. But even after giving it his best effort, Jon’s stitches were not quite even, so one arm of his new creation might end up being a bit longer than the other. Yet his creations were loveable nonetheless.

A Company Is Born
And so began Jon Dye’s company, Dr. Frankenstein’s Toy Emporium. Jon makes toys that are combinations of several animals or can be turned inside out to create new creatures. All are made with love and with the desire to help other creative children enjoy a one-of-a kind toy that no one else has, because each doll is a completely unique creation.

Some of Jon Dye's colorful creations.

Just as he does with his toys, Jon has taken three graphics programs he has learned and has used parts of each to create a process whose end result is another toy from Dr. Frankenstein’s Toy Emporium.

How Jon Dye Creates a New Toy
First, Jon draws the creation freehand. Then, he scans it into the Adobe® Illustrator® program to refine the drawing. Then comes Adobe Photoshop® to add the colors, and finally Adobe InDesign®, which helps him to create catalogs of the toys he has for sale. Jon hopes that the same program will help him to develop his next venture: interactive comic books that allow you to color your own pictures.

Creativity runs in Jon’s family. His father, David D. Dye, Sr., has written a book that has been published and will be on bookstore shelves just after Thanksgiving. It is a biographical account of a man named Bobby LeGree, who was listed by Guinness World Records as the “Strongest Man Alive.”

Future Plans

A sampling of the parts and pieces Jon puts together to create his works.

Five years from now, Jon hopes to have his company well under way, first with a career in advertising and then gaining the freedom to freelance and to continue to grow Dr. Frankenstein’s Toy Emporium.

His dream is to take his comic books and toys to a higher level and purpose, using the Toms® Shoes model of donating one item for every item sold to children who cannot afford to have such things. Even his catalog will be a fun adventure, taking people on a journey where they will purchase their desired item and have fun with the process of donating another item to a new “friend.”

Jon Dye will be using his natural skills and learned abilities to touch people he has never met. His is one dream that needs to come true.

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