The premise was this, send artist / sculptor Todd Robertson x10 Kaiju Eyezons and have him paint and add his trademark Mecha to the right side. Once done, he would send them back to me so i could add my paint work and seal the figure. Also i the mix I thought we could also do the same thing but with a piece of art. Above and below, you can see the start of Todd’s work adding the Mecha pieces to the Eyezon.
While Todd was doing this I started the artwork … sketching in half of a Kaiju Eyezon on illustration board, primed and textured with gesso ( below )
working quickly I washed in a purple / blue tone of acrylic paints. I kept the value dark as I was going to use the pick out method .. basically lifting out the paint with water and alcohol.
depending on how much pigment i want to lift out I would use alittle water or all alcohol with the paint brush…
above, almost done with the initial lifting out of paint. The next step below was to wash in colors.
Below, the final image for my side of the board, which was sent to Todd along with the Eyezons.
and finally, Todd hand delivered the painting to me below. Very cool to see his addition of the rest of Eyezon .. and nice touch that he added a painted version of his Mecha to it !
Each figure in this series comes with a 8×10 inch giclee print of the image below .. the original painting has sold to a very lucky collector ! 😉
Back to the Eyezons figures … below you can see how I got them, with Todds completed work .. I began by masking off the Mecha to protect it from any over spray on my side .. and thanks to a suggestion from Todd, I started lining in the cracks on my side of the figure …
Below, it’s a hand done, time consuming process …
and after, each line is gone back over with an airbrush to add that special glow to the lines …
finally a bright neon pink is glazed over the line work … I used silver and color change flakes to the rest of my side to finish it off. By the way we are both using Monster Kolor paints .. really the gold standard in painted toy customizing now ….
As posted previously, Todd came out to San Francisco for a visit and we decided to work on a special Eyezon together …. here’s some shots of that fun day … 😉
Once again, we did half and half the Eyezon … Todd thought about doing the break up of the figure in maybe quadrants .. but for the viewer to see each artists work more clearly we just went with a vertical split…
I seldom get to paint with other artists so it was interesting to see how Todd approached his paint work …
I added some lightening stuff to my side while Todd worked a more metallic color scheme to his side …
just about done at this point …
Looks really awesome .. just needs some clear coat to seal the paint work. and below is the final, piece .. this also has sold, by the way ;-P
here we are in my studio … the funny thing is Todd and i both wore brown hoodies and the next meeting we both had on grey tees .. I had to go change my shirt .. haha .. like twins … ;-P
Below: the final collab pieces, front and back ….
this version limited to x7 pieces total.
this version limited to 3 pieces.
hand signed and number on the feet.
Hope you enjoyed seeing the process behind this project. Both Todd and I had a great time and are already working on the next project .. so stay tuned !
These will be $200.00 each plus shipping and CA sales tax of 8.5% if you’re a resident, via the Max Toy web store on Wednesday August 8th, 2012. First come, first served, each figure is slightly different, and unique, numbers sold in a random basis.
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.”