Tree Eyezon Giant Robot Tree Show San Francisco

UpDate: 5/27/10 – Thank you ! Both items sold at the show 😉
Was invited to participate in the San Francisco Giant Robot Tree art show, their 6th one for those who are counting … actually I’m not sure why I was asked, I mean I’m a nobody and and old guy at that … nothing “hip” about me at all … well, it’s always nice to be asked.. so I said “Yes” before they retracted their invite ;-P
I thought about doing a straight non Kaiju piece of art but decided to do my “Tree” thing with my good buddy Kaiju Eyezon. I was asked to do 2 pieces of art, so the first thing to come to mind was a botanical drawing of Eyezon .. kinda like a turn of the century engraving with muted colors came to mind… so i proceed to draw up what i thought Eyezon would look like if he was growing in a forest… well he is spawned from a potato ( for those who do not know ! ) so not too far from his roots ( ha-ha )

I knew I want to go for a hand drawn and hand colored or tinted look, so I made sure i kept the colors muted and the over all color look limited.

I thought about using pen and ink over my drawing but decided to keep it simple, so after the pencil was done I started glazing in colors with acrylics and matte medium.

slowly building up the colors till I was done.

Over all size of the drawing is 8.5×11 inches. Pencil and Acrylics on acid free paper.
This took about 3 days to finish, while also working on the custom below.
Next up, I wanted to have a customized Kaiju Eyezon … using Apoxie Sculpt I started roughing in the areas I wanted to have wood like texture and tree-like projections.
I didn’t want to totally lose the over all feel for the character, so i kept the height of the tree parts low. I thought about a massive tree on top.. but again thought that would be too much.

Time to Spray !

Once the Apoxie Sculpt was dry ( about 24 hours ) I started using Matt Walker’s new paints, Monster Kolor, I first spray in a black base coat. Some of this process is in the video below. I also laid in some yellows and greens to the individual vines and such on the foot.
Over all I kept the figure dark, because I knew i would spray a nice color change glitter coating onto it .. the darker colors help this glitter coat to show up ( see the close up pics ! ) It’s been said more than once that you can not photograph this type of coating .. and it’s so true.. but think of a holographic rainbow effect 😉 the depth of the colors are really nice.

was fun spraying the mushrooms ….

my weak attempts at trying to photograph the color change effect .. well here’s some outdoor pics too … the colors really do shift depending on the light.

If my cat likes it than it’s a good one 😉

Brief YouTube video of me spraying in the initial colors:

And finally for those in the San Francisco area you can see and purchase many fine works of art by folks far more talented than I …
Show Info:
Tree Show VI at GRSF, May 15, 2010 – Jun 9, 2010
Reception: Saturday, May 15, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Giant Robot is proud to present Tree Show VI. In the tradition of its predecessors, this group exhibition will feature arbor-inspired pieces by painters, illustrators, and other creators from street art, indie comics, printmaking, design, and crafty art backgrounds

Artists will include:
Andrice Arp
Sasha Barr
Robert Bellm
Aaron Brown
Lilli Carre
Christine Castro
Ako Castuera
Louise Chen
Chris Cilla
Greg Clarke
Jen Corace
Eleanor Davis
Ryan De La Hoz
Claire Donner
Dutch Door Press
Evah Fan
Mark Giglio
Jake Gillespie
Narangkar Glover
Pete Glover
Katherine Guillen
Pamela Henderson
Jay Horinouchi
Martin Hsu
Yellena James
Timothy Karpinski
Miran Kim
Blaise Larmee
Daniel Lim
Philip Lumbang
Monica Magtoto
Aaron Martinez
Mark Nagata
Tru Nguyen
Mylan Nguyen
Saelee Oh
Andrew Perry
Ferris Plock
Albert Reyes
Grant Reynolds
Deth P. Sun
Daria Tessler
Joe To
Kelly Tunstall
Leslie Winchester
Connie Wong
Chelsea Wong
Anthony Wu
Lawrence Yang
Jeni Yang

About toykarma

Over the years Mark Nagata has collected thousands of toys and a fair amount of titles. The man behind San Francisco-based Max Toy Company is widely known as: Toy Collector. Illustrator. Magazine Founder/Publisher. Toy Designer. Artist. Author. Husband. Father. But the one description that might fit best is an unofficial one – Kaiju Toy and Art Ambassador. In the Japanese-inspired art and toy area, as well as throughout the larger toy collecting community, Mark is welcomed and recognized for his personal passion and commitment to supporting artists all around the world and the unique works they create. Beginning as a collector in his youth, Mark has had for years a keen eye for great art and a personal interest in collecting that he has spread through a variety of outlets. Trained at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, Mark honed his skills working for himself and for some of the most notable businesses in the country. As a freelance commercial illustrator, he completed works for such prominent companies as Lucasfilms, DC Comics, Hasbro Toys, IBM, Sony, and numerous advertising and design firms, both national and international. Mark’s colorful style graces over 40 cover paintings for R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps book series – Give Yourself Goosebumps. After hundreds of assignments, Mark made the decision to move in another direction, and that choice has led to whole new career as a successful businessman. For four years, the owner of one of the largest Ultraman toy collections in the world co-published Super 7 Magazine showcasing the finest in Japanese toy collecting. “I’d been collecting Japanese toys all along and suddenly realized it would be cool to have a magazine of some type devoted to them,” Nagata says. Mark’s devotion to presenting collectors with a selection of original figures inspired by classic Japanese toys from the 1960s and ‘70s as well as new versions of licensed Japanese characters is at the heart of Max Toy Company. Named for his son, Max Toys specializes in custom and limited editions of “kaiju” (Japanese monsters) toys and artwork. Many of the original toys produced are hand painted by Mark, a tradition that goes back to Japanese toy makers of the past. “Since our target is the soft vinyl Japanese toy collector, which is a very small niche, our runs of toys can be extremely small,” Mark says. “Runs range from 500 pieces of one toy to just one for a hand-painted, one-of-a-kind custom figure.” Through Max Toys, Mark has taken great pains to widen the reach of his two passions – toys and art. He played a significant part in the development of the first group kaiju show in the United States. Held at the Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago, Illinois in 2007, the “Toy Karma” Show featured detailed work from artists from Japan, the U.S. and South America. Participants marveled at the custom-painted toys and art on display. “Toy Karma” led to Mark being asked to be one of the artists spotlighted in the “Beyond Ultraman: Seven Artists Explore the Vinyl Frontier” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The October 2007 show, held jointly with the Los Angeles Toy, Doll and Amusement Museum, marked the first time – in a museum setting – that the influence of Japanese toys on California artists was explored. The exhibit featured more than 30 of Mark’s original paintings, toys and a selection of his vintage toy collection. Mark continued to be at the forefront as interest in Japanese-inspired art and toys expanded in 2008. Prestigious art houses Philips De Pury and Christie’s in New York and London sold Mark’s hand-painted custom kaiju toys in its auctions, spreading this unique art and toy movement into new and uncharted areas of the art world. In 2009, Mark once again took his love of toys and art overseas this time to a receptive and welcoming audience in Tokyo, Japan. Here, Mark curated the “Kaiju Comrades” Art Show, once again bringing together artists from various aspects of the kaiju toy realm in this first-of-its-kind toy art show. The following year found Mark in Barcelona, Spain co-curating with Emilio Garcia “Kaiju Attack,” the European country’s first kaiju art show. As the growth of kaiju art and toys increases worldwide, Mark continues in his unofficial role of Kaiju Toy and Art Ambassador. He has written and had his artwork and toy designs included in several books and magazines, both domestic and international. In 2010, Mark served as guest lecturer on kaiju and the toy-making process at the Morikami Museum in Florida. The San Francisco resident and his art can also be spotted in the first volume of the “ToyPunks” DVD and the “Toys R Us” DVD, while the video for the number one song by Owl City “Fireflies” featured Mark’s popular Kaiju Eyezon character. During this same time period, Mark has spearheaded the “Toy Karma 2” and “Kaiju Comrades 2” shows and has plans for future shows both in the U.S. and overseas. “Max Toys allows me to produce original artwork, new toys and work directly with a lot of talented artists,” Mark says. “Max Toy is a synthesis of toys and art, both life-long passions.”
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