KING NEGORA !!! Meow !!!!

King Negora – By Mark Nagata, acrylics on canvas 8×10 inches – March 2012

Well no sooner had I knocked out the last set of header cards and blogged about them .. I of course get an email that we needed artwork for the next soft vinyl toy we are making .. called King Negora ! This one is in standard size, so he will stand about 10 inches tall … so here is my process .. this time i decided to paint on canvas, but my process is similar to other projects I’ve posted here .. so away we go !

I penciled in the scene using HB-2B pencils on the canvas. I used the provided pics ( see below ) of the actual sculpt, but I always like to make the header not just a replica of the toy itself but rather what if this figure was “real” …

I sprayed the finished pencil drawing with fixative and started by toning the whole piece with a Golden Yellow Green paint thinned with matte medium…
After getting color over the whole piece I laid some Frisket Film over the canvas and cut out the shape around Negora with an Exacto blade …
The picture above you can see I’ve removed the film that was covering the Negora … however for the next step I had removed the outer mask and covered the Negora … this way I get a cleaner background …
Lifting up the mask you can see how it has blocked the Red / Orange paint …
From this point it’s really a matter of painting in the darks on Negora ..
using purples, dark greens … and washes of medium greens mixed with matte medium … also sprayed in the road and started to work out the buildings outlines … light posts …
adding more depth to the road and the cars on it, same with buildings …
now Negora’s starting to look good 😉 adding more depth to the fur …
still workin the fur, but adding reflective light, blues and reds … to round out the forms …
and just about done … finished image is at top of the post .. the last thing that was done was to give it a nice glossy varnish, which in person give it more depth and the colors pop better.

Above is the sculpt for King Negora by Yoshihiko Makino of TTToys , based on the Kaiju Negora design by artist, Konatsu. And below, the final wax pieces that where sent to the iron Molds factory.

The final figure will make it’s debut at the KONATSUNAGATA , art show on March 31, 2012 – Design Festa Gallery, Harajuku, Japan. More details about this show posted soon 😉

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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