Illustration Art process by Mark Nagata

Well it’s been a long time updating this blog ( you can find the latest goings on via my Instagram: @maxtoyco or ! ).

I completed this portrait of Max recently .. so here’s some step by step pics of the process ;-)



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While on vacation I took this picture of Max. From time to time I paint a portrait of Max … and I wish i had done more of him thru the years. He’s almost 18 and I thought it fitting to capture this image in a painting for him. I gessoed a board leaving some strokes and sketched his image using a number 6H pencil.

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Using various pencils and stumps the drawing was finished. I sealed it with spray fixative, so the pencil would not mix with the paint layers to come.

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Using watered down acrylics mixed with matte medium, I brushed yellow ochre first ( not shown). I painted in left to right stokes and left some areas not fully covered. I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying.

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Each additional layer of various blue acrylics darkened the piece.. which is what i wanted. I’ll pull out the lighter areas later on.

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Close up.

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Using colored pencils and acrylics brushed now pull out highlights and lightening up areas. I wanted the ear bud to be a focal point. While i don’t use them, obviously kids in his generation are growing up with them.

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Close up

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Washed some red over the face .. than back to pulling out the highlights again.

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Almost done, some minor adjustments left .. but over all I’m happy with it. Added some subtle red around his head as well.

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You can see the texture at this angle.


The final piece, varnished and ready for a frame. About 9×12 inches. September / October 2015.  Artist: Mark Nagata

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Nyagira Cat Kaiju T shirt Pre Order


Designed by artist Javier Jimenez (  ) , we’re in pre production on this new Cat Kaiju tee shirt !

NyaGira_sampleTee72You can Pre order one now here :

More news can be found on the Max Toy web site or follow me on Instagram : @maxtoyco

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Cat Kaiju Nyagira custom Art Toy show Max Toy Company

Its been forever since I’ve posted here, but you can always follow my posts on and of course Instagram @maxtoyco !!

Today, I’m posting Preview images for our online only custom Cat Kaiju Nyagira show via, April 10th, 2015 ( Friday ! )


Each artist was given a Mini or Micro sized Nyagira soft vinyl figure to customize. Kaiju Cat Nyagira Stands aprox 3.75 inches tall, with 6 points of articulation.

A Max Toy/Monster Boogie production, original toy sculpted by Makino-san of TTToys, and cast in Japan by Master Shimizu-san at his vinyl factory.

I think you’ll agree with me that the artists have really made some Amazing Cat customs !

Of note, the paints used on most of these figures contain glitter and rainbow type effects that my poor photography simply can not pick up .. in person you will not be disappointed !!

UPDATED: 5/12/15


Seth Longmire



Nyagira looking regal with custom sewed robe, check out the fantastic details !  SOLD


Nyagira in wonderful colors with hand sewed belt, amazing combo !  SOLD


Martin Hsu



Black Cat Nyagira with flowers, cute as only Mr Hsu can do !  $250



Orange Tabby Nyagira with flowers and designs, Purrfect for Spring Time !!  $250


Ralph Cosentino


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Nyagira is in Battle Cat mode with huge gun, comes with micro Nyagora with flip up visor ! Tough pair but cute, too !   SOLD


Brian Mahony / Guumon


Toxic Claw Nyagira looking vicious , toxic and shiny !  SOLD


Metallic Burn Nyagira .. too HOT ! Features and painted metallic paints carefully layered. $100



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King Nya-Gora Nyagira painted with metallic paints. Watch out for the Guts !  SOLD

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Double Trouble Nyagira. Two heads are better than one ! painted with shiny metallic paints ! SOLD


Javier Jimenez

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Nyagira is the “King of Ruin “ … a scary Cat ruler !  SOLD

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Nyagira is a “Lost Soul” … but looking fierce with eye patch !  SOLD


Todd Robertson / Mechavirus

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Artist Todd Robertson / aka Mechavirus does his magic on this mini Nyagira, check out tiny mecha !  $75

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Mini sized Nyagira with detailed Mecha ! Amazing details as always !!  SOLD


Michael Devera / Obsessed Panda

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Tiger Stripe Nyagira ! Meow ! Wonderful colors and stripes !  SOLD

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Leopard Nyagira sporting stylish hand painted spots and glitter coatings.  $120


Bob Conge / Plasebo

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Yellow Nyagira Tank. One of a kind hand painted mash up custom with color changing motion activated LED unit and glass eyes. Cat Attack !  SOLD

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Blue Nyagira Tank. One of a kind hand painted mash up custom with color changing motion activated LED unit and glass eyes. Cat Blast !   SOLD



Bot1_front72 Bots1_side72 Bot1Back72Bobcat Nyagira. Amazing Mecha Construction Destruction Cat ! SOLD

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Candie Bolton

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Cloudy Nyagira features awesome hand painted cloud designs over metallic colors.  SOLD



Flame Nyagira is HOT ! Hand painted flame designs over metallic paints.  SOLD


Matt Walker / Dead Presidents Design

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Painted with multiple custom Monster Kolor mixes. Clear Coated and HOT !!!     $100

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Sunset Nyagira

Painted with multiple custom Monster Kolor mixes. Clear Coated  Dreamy !!!    SOLD


Ryan Young

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Maxx-Cat , with hand sculpted aves apoxie details. Awesome homage to Captain Maxx !   SOLD

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Crazy Cat Bear done up with numerous metallic layers of colors !  $100


Mark Nagata

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Devil Nyagira, with flames and horns over metallic paints. Is he good or bad ??  SOLD

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Galaxy Naygira, features hand painted Galaxy and Planets over a metallic painted base … Spacey !  SOLD


These customs are now availablevia web store !

Good Luck and Meow !!!

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Junx Max Toy custom Eyezon show auction Japan

Sorry for not posting but have been simply too busy ;-) That’s a good thing .. but wanted to post these awesome customs that are now on auction via Yahoo Japan !! These were done for a recent Junx show in Japan … enjoy and good luck bidding on them ! Most recent updates are via Max Toy Company web site and Instagram – @maxtoyco

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Tokyo Cat Fight ! Mark Nagata customs

Here’s some better pics of the customs I painted and/or sculpted that will be offered at the Tokyo Cat Fight show July 5th-6th, 2014 at the Design Festa building, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan  ;-)

Using Monster Kolor paints with Aves Apoxie sculpt.

If something doesn’t sell I’ll bring it back and post to the Max Toy web store ;-)

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Tokyo Cat Fight Show !!!

I’ll be in Japan for this fantastic Kaiju Cat themed show ! Will post my customs for the show in the next few days … !


Meow !

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Space Ghost Cartoon Network Studios show Mark Nagata art

Here’s my in progress pics for the Space Ghost painting I did. It’s on display at the Cartoon Networks Studios but the show is not open to the public ;-P Many thanks again to Chogrin for inviting me to play … contact him if you have interest in this painting !

Gonna keep this one short on text as I’m busy with other projects but here you go !

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photos of me in basic pose ;-)2014-05-02 20.12.25

my thumb nail design with idea for Space Ghost, final pic I tweaked in photoshop and drawing the figure onto the board …2014-05-02 21.37.06

rough pencils here .. I just use a HB pencil …2014-05-03 11.40.28

refining the figure …2014-05-06 14.24.57

full pencil under drawing complete, lightly sprayed with fixative to seal in the drawing.2014-05-07 12.02.46

working from the back ground forward … adding all the spacey stuff  ;-)2014-05-07 12.04.33 2014-05-07 14.01.27 2014-05-16 10.36.50

removing all the masks now onto the figure …2014-05-25 15.51.17

I’m using acrylics with an airbrush and hand painted details ..

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more progress …. the body will become slightly lighter once i add the highlights …2014-05-30 13.05.23-1

Just about done .. hard to see but I toned down the white around the figure to allow the whites in the figure to stand out.. also added some grey to the corners to draw your eye back in to the center…  2014-06-02 21.49.20framed and ready to go  ;-)

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16×20 inches on illustration board by Mark Nagata.

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