HELLBOY 20th Anniversary show at Hero Complex Gallery curated by Chogrin

Excited and honored to amongst a wealth of super talented artists in this upcoming tribute show to Hellboy. Its an official show backed by both Hellboy creator, Mike Mignola  and Dark Horse Comics being held at Hero Complex Gallery, and curated by Chogrin.

Hellboy72Here’s my portrait of Hellboy, done in acrylics with gold leaf on illustration board.

FinalHellBoy72And below some pics of how i painted it below. I thought about doing this as a straight portrait of Hellboy, maybe something he could hang in his living room  ;-P The likeness is a blend of comic and movie versions as well.

2014-03-02 14.42.29Using hot press Crescent illustration board, just HB pencil to rough in the face.

2014-03-02 15.23.31 2014-03-02 17.01.05Adding some shading …

2014-03-04 13.30.48 2014-03-09 16.57.39 2014-03-10 12.35.04I knew i wanted to have a Klimt like design that also transitioned to some tentacles … roughing in those shapes …

2014-03-10 13.09.21 2014-03-13 10.56.25pretty much done with the pencils at this point. Sprayed some fixative to seal the pencils, time for paint …


2014-03-13 11.15.59 2014-03-13 11.17.47Working with watered down acrylics, sponge and brush to wash a light orange/red color over the whole art work.

2014-03-13 11.22.49Adding some darker reds, purples as well …

2014-03-13 11.29.05Pulling out some highlights with sponge …

2014-03-13 11.54.56Here’s how it looks so far … i call this the awkward stage .. the under drawing is barely visible .. but i can see enough ;-P Used sponge to add some texture to Hellboys face, too.

2014-03-13 11.55.05 2014-03-13 12.17.02Slowly pulling out highlights with water and brush … slowly darkening up areas as well …

2014-03-13 18.00.53It’s subtle but doing the same ..starting to tighten up areas too …

2014-03-14 10.29.21I’ve got the face to a halfway point, but want to put the background in, so i can adjust the face values better .. so I’m masking of the head and shoulders…

2014-03-14 10.40.29 2014-03-14 12.05.28Spraying the background ….

2014-03-14 12.48.35Ive also worked a bit on the tentacles …

2014-03-14 14.39.45Time for the side bars … I wanted to use gold leaf, so used liquid mask and sprayed the dark purple down… and applied the gold leaf over the design …

2014-03-14 14.43.16 Below, masking off the face to start spraying and working on it …

2014-03-14 17.10.522014-03-17 10.33.19 2014-03-17 10.33.19It’s hard to tell but I’m slowly working away on the face, shoulders … 😉

2014-03-17 11.08.29 2014-03-17 12.30.58Adding blue reflective light, green reflective lights … etc …. and below the final piece. Its also has a light varnish over it. I find that by doing this the over all colors and contrast brighten up.

FinalHellBoy72And below, framed 😉 Painting is on it’s way to the gallery and will be for sale via Hero Complex Gallery web site once the show opens.

As much as I make my living now making Kaiju toys and custom painting them, my true love is illustration and I look forward to participating in more shows coming up .. and exercising that part of my brain 😉

HellFramedLinks to the event:





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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