Some quick updates with stuff coming up in shows … First up is this one off custom of Kaiju Negora or Devil Cat Negora … my homage for the Go Nagai tribute show at Q Pop gallery. The show opens Saturday, June 1st and from their past shows will no doubt be filled with many wonderful art and toys 😉 Check out their overview on Go Nagai … I learned lots from it ;-D
and coming up at One Up Store in Japan is a show with toy maker Yamomark figures.I was sent 4 different figures to paint up .. I prefer to not mess with the toys appearance by adding extra sculpted details ( just my thing ) so decided on some nice painted details 😉
above, each figure is sprayed black and has silver spray over it .. using an airbrush and paint brush to bring out the details.
above “dry” brushing silver Monster Kolor over the bumps 😉 and jumping way ahead the final figures all sealed with a glossy coat and color change flakes. The flakes are bests een under a halogen type of light or in the Sun….
I sometimes do what I call the “Galaxy” look on these toys… the surface of this one was perfect so i was able to add some planets as well … it’s a pain when there’s rough surface detail. And as you can see each star is hand done … dot, dot, dot … repeat !
Most guys do not show the bottoms of the toys they paint, but I thought I would and to take the time to say each piece I customize has a clear coat over it from top to bottom. One reason is to me it looks sloppy to have the feet not be clear coated. But mostly it’s something i learned from the Japanese model kits I use to build in the 90s. They would put insane details and even sculpt the under side of feet or in some cases sculpt details that would be covered or glued over. I use to think why they would do that, but read that the sculptor felt by not adding these details not only would he know that they were missing but the Spirit of the model would not convey the proper feeling to the model maker and viewer. Whoa. From that point on when i paint a picture or a figure I do my best to not skimp on the process and even if 99.9% of the people looking at the figure won’t see the bottom of the toy .. I know it’s complete and the toy will know too ;-P
Anyways these all will be up for sale soon, so contact One-Up view their web site if you have any interest in them. Ok back to painting, have tons more to do for an upcoming show in Japan, SDCC 2013, Wonderfest Japan … Of those events, I’ll only be attending SDCC this year and it will be my last official appearance so hope to see you all at Rotofugi’s booth. I will keep attending these conventions but as a Fan from this point forward. But fear not I’m not exactly fading away… this will allow me to concentrate on Kaiju shows and other similar types of events.
Oh and don’t forget Toy Karma 4 in Chicago at Rotofugi .. I will be there in person 😉