Besides the usual customs I’ll do for the show I decided to do something different. I’ve had it in my mind that Kaiju Eyezon, having been born from a mutant potato (hence the multiple eyes and tubular horns ) could at times morph or meld into duplicates of itself … so I thought what better way but to try to replicate this with a Kaiju Eyezon standard sized figure 😉
With that idea in my head the following is the process I went through. First up was slicing a figure in two … the figure was cobbled together with parts from broken Eyezons I have .. so it didn’t really matter what colors the base vinyl was .. as it would be repainted.
I knew to save clay and keep the weight of the figure down, I had to build a structure inside that spread the two halves apart, but also had to make sure the arms and legs could still move. Using foamcore and some 2 part apoxie glue I started gluing in the support.
once this was complete I covered the structure with heavy duty foil…
I actually sculpted most of this with this paint brush ..using a bit of water to soften up the apoxie .. I wanted to keep this organic .. NOT symmetrical … I’m a big fan of asymmetrical figures … probably why I don’t like most platform figures ;-P
with the sculpting done, I base coat the whole figure with a flat V color white .. this also helps me see any parts that are not blending right … I fix those parts with tiny bits of Apoxie and recoat with white paint.
Next up using Monster Kolor paints I base coat the whole figure with black. Let dry and start building up from the top down with Monster Kolor Silver paint. I think of the figure as being lit from above so the silver is heavier above … some spots like the eyes get heaviest coverage of silver…
I slowly build up various hues of red, blue, yellow and green over the figure. Letting happy accidents happen as i go along .. colors blend into rainbow like color combinations. Eyes are painted using a circle template .. the blacks of the eyes are hand done, as are the red cracks … each one hand paint 😉 .. phew …
After a costing of Monster Kolor color change flakes the whole figure is glossy clear coated to seal all the paint in but also to bring up the depth and magic of the paint. It’s been said many times but really photos can not show you the very cool glittery effects .. especially in the Sun light ! If I could cue the music, you’d hear a thunderous TA DAH !!!
or the bottom of the figure. I have to say in my years of collecting and building garage kits and such, only the Japanese add details everywhere .. and even to parts that get glued and hidden away in the final figure.. it’s this super attention to detail that I strive for, too. I asked one guy why do you sculpt something that say a cape will hide in the finished kit.. and he said because he would know also he felt the builder or viewer of the figure would somehow sense something was missing, without being able to put your finger on it ..Wow .. call it a Sixth Sense in toy appreciation… it’s the Umami …if you will that makes a sculpt stand out … and I believe it.