UpDated Nov 29th, 2011 – Full listing of participating artists below.
Well 2011 is turning out to be one of my busiest year yet and on top of curating shows like Toy Karma at Rotofugi, numerous toy releases via Max Toy Company and many custom painted toys I do .. I was thrilled about being invited to this special Medicom BE@RBRICK event 😉 70 artists and designers from around the world were sent a 1000% BE@RBRICK to customize for this special series of shows and events. Once I realized what i was being asked to do .. i actually got cold feet and thought what the heck am i gonna do ?!! Holy crap … this is a big deal 0_0 !
In addition to my brickwall in terms of what to do with this figure, I didn’t have that much time to pull it off. I had to factor in the shipping back to Japan. This left me about a week to pull this off .. and this on top of other projects already in progress … oh boy !
The figure arrives … and the BE@RBRICK gives me a hand shake .. he’s actually a nice guy, so I felt better at this point .. but still the direction I was to go in was still not clear to me …While I customize my own toys .. I’m not known as others are as a toy customizer. Hmmmm… well my first thought was to some how vectorize the Eyezon design and transfer that onto the figure. Or should I simply paint him up like a custom Eyezon that I do ? Well in anycase i knew i had to base coat the figure in yellow .. so i proceed to do so .. and lucky the weather was nice enough to do so …
As a stared at this 1000% BE@RBRICK , I decided while a simply clean line approach would be in keeping with the BE@RBRICK style .. but this was a one off, and to me should reflect a one of a kind approach.. so with that I decided to simply hand paint the Eyezon design onto the BE@RBRICK using a more organic approach. Using a brown color pencil I started sketching the design onto the figure, free hand style …
Going over the brown pencil with acrylic paint. I had to fight myself to not add extra stuff sticking out from the figure and actually they had some ground rules about altering the figure too much. I thought if I could convey Eyezon merely with paint that would be best.
and finally below the final piece .. done !
Satisfied with what I could do in the time given I sprayed sealed the piece with fixative … and to my horror the fixative messed up some of the black painted areas ;-( Arrggghhh ! I had to use a hair dryer to dry off the figure and quickly hand paint and re-spray some of the areas ! :-O !! THis took another 2 hours to fix .. but I was able to recover from this near tragedy.
Just before packing up my friend … we had some lunch and posed for pictures …I wish i could be in Japan on December 3rd for the opening at Parco Museum Shibuya in Tokyo 😉 He’ll be in good company though.
Over the next year he’ll see different venues around the world so maybe I will be able to see him on display somewhere !
Many thanks to Akashi-san and Oka-san at Medicom for this wonderful opportunity !!! I hope the figure brings much joy to those who see him ! 😉
BE@RBRICK WORLD WIDE TOUR 2
開催場所：パルコミュージアム [渋谷パルコ パート1・3F]
Venue: PARCO MUSEUM [SHIBUYA PARCO Part 1 third floor]
Period: 3rd through 12th of December, 2011 [no closure during this period]
Time: 10 a.m. ~ 9 p.m. / close at 6 p.m. on the 12th (last day) allow to enter until 5:30 p.m.
Admission: 300 yen (with tax) * free admission for kids under 5 years of age
A BATHING APE ® (NIGO®)
ANREALAGE (Kunihiko Morinaga)
BEAMS (YO SHITARA)
Charles M. Schulz’s Studio(Paige Braddock)
Ed Banger records (Pedro “Busy P” Winter)
ELEY KISHIIMOTO (MARK ELEY＆WAKAKO KISHIIMOTO)
fragmentdesign (hiroshi fujiwara)
HEADQUARTER (RICARDO CAMPA)
HYSTERIC GLAMOUR (NOBUHIKO KITAMURA)
JAM HOME MADE
K-CO & GO
KARIMOKU (HIROSHI KATO)
Libertine (Johnson Hartig)
Max Toy Company (Mark Nagata)
MEDICOM TOY CORPORATION
mintdesigns(Hokuto Katsui/Nao Yagi)
MOGRAPHIXX (HIROMITSU AKIBA)
MUVEIL (Michiko Nakayama)
NEIGHBORHOOD (Shinsuke takizawa)
NEXUSVII (TOMOHIRO KONNO)
NIKE (Mark Parker)
PAUL&JOE (Sophie ALBOU)
play set products (Shiro Nakano)
SANRIO (YUKO YAMAGUCHI)
SASQUATCHfabrix. (Wonder Worker Guerrilla Band.)
SENSE (SATOSHI MORIYA)
SSUR (RUSLAN V KARABLIN)
TMT (KENTA ABE , TAKANORI NAGANO)
TOKIDOKI (Simone Legno)
TOYS McCOY (HIROSHI OKAMOTO)
Uglydoll (David Horvath)
UNKLE (JAMES LAVELLE)
The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. Disney Consumer Products
Wonderwall (Masamichi Katayama)
YOSHIDA & CO., LTD.