hmmmm, it’s the end of the month already ?!! I’ve been meaning to blog more but have been bogged down with day to day Toy business and Max started school early this year.. blah blah .. the usual life stuff ;-P
Anyhow, next Saturday, September 4th, 2010, is the Red Carpet Kaiju show at Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles .. I will be there and have just mailed off this new figure of Kaiju Eyezon I customized for the show.
Below is a recap of my process … I started off with a black vinyl Kaiju Eyezon.. I knew I wanted to do a mecha type of Eyezon .. but which way to go ? I could do a Steam Punk type which would be cool .. but not really my aesthetic … also thought about using real world metal pieces etc .. but again not feeling it .. so i just decided to break out the Aves Apoxie sculpt and block in the details this way …
.. the sculpt was kept more on the organic side rather than super sharp, hard edged metal look .. plus had to have some smoke stacks 😉
the hardest part was stopping 😉 I could have kept going but felt by adding too many areas of Mecha , well the character of Eyezon would be lost in all that … having smoothed out some areas it was finally time to paint !
I base coated the whole figure with Monster Kolor black …
followed by MK silver , following loosely a top to bottom spray pattern .. mimicking the light source coming from above .. as i go along. Some areas like the eyes get a full shot of silver , as I know I will be using c-thur paints over those areas … like this red eye …
So after glazing over other colors, followed by gold pearl coat and some color change flakes, the entire figure got a nice coating of MK clear coat .. bring out the depth of color on the figure. I wish i had a nickle for every time someone sees one of my figures painted with Monster Kolor .. well lets say they can not believe the brilliance of colors, the depth of the glitter clear coating … something photos can not show .. well at least not yet 😉
Anyho, it’s for sale at next weeks show, you can contact the gallery for sales info and I hope it finds a good home 😉 Oh ya these pieces will also be for sale too ;-P
My original painting for the soon to be header card for the Alien Argus figure:
framed, acrylics on board about 8 x 20 inches, art work size.
Custom painted Kaiju Eyezon on clear vinyl:
plus Neo Eyezon custom :
TriPus custom :
Plus here’s a sneak peek at a new figure that Toy Art Gallery and Max Toys is making of my character / design called Alien Argus… I’m really excited about this new soft vinyl figure Made in Japan … it was sculpted by Masami Yamada with wax and technical help by ToyGraph. Alien Argus is named after a Greek myth, Argus, who had thousands of eyes 🙂 Email or check the Toy Art Gallery web site for release info on the figure as they will be the folks selling it.
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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