Lyles are two-dimensional wooden smiling monsters. Some are solitary, but most prefer to move in herds from 10-50, and can grow up to 8ft tall. Wherever they go they tend to make people smile and feel a bit better about the world.
I began making Lyles in 2015, initially just because I found him so sympathetic. Originally conceiving of him as a friend, I saw him as a Panglossian companion – (Dr. Pangloss was Candide’s teacher (Voltaire), who was optimistic regardless of the circumstances).
These days Lyle hasn’t changed, but the world seems to be mutating at a dizzying rate. Now he serves as more than a watcher, still smiling but no longer passive. Lyle is a guardian of humanity – here to remind us that decency still exists, but needs to be protected.