Custom Toy Painting with Todd Robertson and Will Long

Artists Todd Robertson and Will Long flew out from Massachusetts way to attend the 5th Anniversary Kaiju Eyezon show a few weeks back .. while they were out here in addition to eating  ;-P we found time to paint a Kaiju Eyezon figure.

Here’s a video and some pics

above: will selecting Monster Kolor paints

For those who don’t know I work alone. I’ve never been in a studio, though it sounds like it would have been fun at some point in my art career .. but mostly I can’t really seem to get much done if others are around  ;-P So, whenever I have fellow artists over to paint I’m not sure what to do !

above: Will begins with a nice pattern on the top of Eyezon

Actually Todd and Will are studio mates, so the thing I noticed right off the bat is they both were able to give each other suggestions while painting .. and in some cases, one would grunt and the other would totally understand it ! haha … and they’re not even twins !!

above: Todd giving some suggestions to Will, Jedi to Padawan

I guess the more I think of it, other than the step by steps I post here, I never have to articulate what it is I’m doing .. so while painting with these guys I found myself “thinking” too much as opposed to just painting freely as i do when I’m alone.

above: Todd, Myself making fun of Will

So it’s for sure a skill to be able to paint while talking about what it is you are doing … like Bob Ross ;-P

above: Todd spraying away on Eyezon !

As you can see from the finished piece below, it really came out nicely. While you see the three areas we worked on we also did some over lap to make the transition between them smoother.Oh, this one had a black body with clear arms and legs.

By the way, we are working artists, so while I wanted to keep this piece in my colection, we did sell it to a lucky collector  ;-D

Both Todd and Will invited me out to their place to paint on the East Coast .. for some reason i never seem to make it past Michigan in my travels .. but I think there will be something brewing for 2014 .. yes, 2014 !! ;-P I’m fully booked for 2013 ( I can’t believe it ) but we have something that we hope to make extra special 😉 .. more on that in 2013 …

I had a good time and look forward to my next painting adventure with the next guy ;-P But for now i must be alone to paint my Kaiju !

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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