Somehow I’ve managed to break my New Years resolution of pulling back on work and saying “No” … haha ! In my defense I do say “No” .. but i guess not enough to make me feel like I’m taking it easy .. as i am not. Oh well, it’s all good and besides the challenge that each show or collab brings to the table .. i’m still having “Fun” and the Kaiju Train keeps moving along.
While most of the info in this blog has been posted via my Twitter feed ( @maxtoyco ) or on the Max Toy web site ( http://www.maxtoyco.com ) I thought I’d include two recent projects and some in process shots to go along with them.
I’m fond of taking my character Kaiju Eyezon and turning him into something else … so this was a no brainer if you will. Once I got an invite to be in the show.. the image of Gara-Eyezon was in my mind and I knew what to do ;-P
I hallmark of Garamon are his many spikes .. while I could have gone crazy and made tons of them I decided for my sanity that less is more. I knew just sculpting them and gluing them onto the soft vinyl was not a good long term solution .. much too fragile ..
so i cut slots into the figure and inserted the cardboard spikes …and epoxy glued them into place. Meanwhile, using Aves Apoxie Sculpt I begin roughing in the spikes over the cardboard.below, comparing my spikes to a far more masterful version .. ah well.. i try my best …
To break up the sameness of the surface textures I dabbed on some acrylic sand texture onto the spikes.
I had sculpted a tail but after inserting it .. somehow was too small … so i decided to re-sculpt it.below the newer version ..haha, bigger in this case is better, I think. Also longer toenails were sculpted too.
The biggest challange for me was to come up with a color scheme that did not over power my figure but still would move the eye around it and of course keep the Garamon red colors.
Using Monster Kolor paint I base coated the figure with red, gold and yellow.more spraying of black, white for eyes, and gold for the horns … and a coating of Color Change coating …
Finally, a nice coating of Glossy Clear Coat .. this is where the magic happens ! ;-P
I had to hold myself back from adding too many colors and such .. but over all i think a good color spray to compliment the added spikes and such .. while keeping the Garamon feeling.Next up, is this custom Kaiju Drazoran with kit bashed vinyl wings. The show is the Year of the Dragon show at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles. The theme is Dragons ( really ? ) .. and much like the Gara-Eyezon I instantly knew what I was going to do. Now to paint the Drazoran was easy but I thought he’d look more Dragon like with wings ..and after having sculpted wings from scratch for any Eyezon for Toy Karma 3, I decided best to look for wings somewhere .. and right by my foot was a beat up CCP Ghidorah figure .. with wings perfect for the job ;-P
Starting with black cast vinyl Drazoran ….
I carved out round holes in the vinyl to fit the wings .. a small amount of gap was left but not too bad …I epoxied the wings and used Apoxie Sculpt once again to blend the areas around the wing base plus added some fins to the back.
above, base coated the figure with Monster Kolor black and carbon for a slight subtle change in darks..you can’t see it in the pics .. but gives it a bit more depth …
I laid in sliver over the whole figure and glazed in various c-thru colors, red, pink, orange, yellow, light blue …
next few shots you can see how the piece is beginning to “Pop” .. as the various c-thru colors are layered in …
Once the colors are done, i take the critter inside and hand paint the eyes, teeth and sign the foot. A coating of color change and …It’s subtle but if you look at the head I’ve added extra horns. Just a small touch to bring your eyes upward and plus adding to the custom nature of the piece.
The final step the Clear Coat .. and the figure is done ! My Dragon.. kinda a merge of Japanese monster Dragon and Western style …!
So there you have my most recent gallery pieces … you can contact the galleries for more info. I’m also in the middle of customizing many Kaiju Negora for my two person show with artist Konatsu in Tokyo March 31-April 1st, 2012. I’ll report more as we get closer to that fun event and others in the works ;-P
Yes… i mean “NO” haha… I’m still working like a Kaiju madman !