Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Detroit Munny Show

So it looks like I'll be participating in the "2nd Annual" (I just made that part up) Detroit Munny Show at Lift Footwear next month. Yeah, next month is coming up fast. I was asked to participate last week, and hesitantly agreed. I usually require a few months (if not longer) of lead time before I'll commit to any show, but at the same time I really enjoy participating when I can, and I figure I can get something together in 3 weeks (I hope.) I've already warned the curators there will be no Totem (those take me months), but there might be the first ever Spade-Skull Munny- unless I can think of something cooler that I can pull off on short notice.

The Cereal Totem

Cereal Totem
I finally finished my painting for the upcoming Cereal Killers show at Monkeyhouse Toys. It's a 10x30 acrylic on canvas. This is actually the first "real" painting I've done in years. Well, I guess I did do a small series of random masonite panels last year, but this actually felt like a real painting- maybe because it took forever to finish (which probably isn't very evident at first glance.) Anyway, it was a lot of fun, but I think I'll get back to some smaller painting- it seems I just don't have the patience that I used to back in college. And to think I used to paint with oils...

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Custom Dumb Dummy Totem

Here's a little (and I mean little) custom commission I just completed. In case you aren't familiar with this figure, it's a Dumb Dummy created by Toby HK. This little one was a serious pain to paint. For some reason I seem to have more trouble painting on toys with flat surfaces, as opposed to the curved ones- I really don't know why. Add it the size factor on this (these are about 1"x1.5"x1") and that's a mixture for some serious hand cramp and blurry eyes. Anyway, as with most minis that I paint, this was done in small "spurts" between some my bigger projects, so it actually wasn't too bad.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Vinyl Elements Show

So the Vinyl Elements show was last night, and I must say it was a very cool show. There were tons of great customs, including my Water Totem BUD. Artists were also on hand, kicking back and talking with all the fans. Even better, Munky King held a raffle for three of the much sought after exclusive Black Possessed toys. And no, this wasn't just the original idea of the guarantee to be able to get one, they were giving them away for free! No waiting in line, no cost! FREE!! So three people left the show very happy that night. Anyway, I just want to thank Jack for inviting me to participate in the show- I was honored to be a part of it and have my work displayed with some of the top toy customizers/artists in the scene. For pics of the show, be sure to check out the Vinyl Pulse's write-up.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Upcoming Show Listing

While trying to organize and prioritize my projects, I've been looking over my calendar and realized I'm in quite a few shows coming up pretty soon. Wow, I am really in over my head with this stuff. I need to stop blogging and get to work!

Vinyl Elements
May 17th, 2007
Barracuda (Los Angeles, CA)

Art Toy Alchemists
June 2nd, 2007
Artifact Unmundane (Anahiem, CA)

Cereal Killers
June 9th, 2007
Monkeyhouse Toys (Los Angeles, CA)

Detroit Munny Show
June 23rd, 2007
Lift Footwear (Detroit, MI)

Love and Hate
July (SDCC) 2007
Subtext (San Diego, CA)

Tofu Robot Show
August 2007
Robocon (Los Angeles, CA)

Social Tilt and Urban Vinyl
September 7th, 2007
Arthouse (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

I think I'm also participating in a custom painted lunchbox show at Monkeyhouse Toys coming up sometime this year. Either that, or a blank metal lunchbox has sprouted from underneath my work table. Okay, enough chit chat- back to work...

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Art Toy Alchemists Show

So I mentioned this a few posts earlier, but I'm in the upcoming Art Toy Alchemists show down at Artifact Unmundane in Anahiem, CA. I'll have my Spade-Skull IceBot and an older 3-inch Totem Dunny I made a while back. I finally saw the "flyer" for the show, and the line-up is looking pretty good. I'm hoping to cruise down there for the opening on June 2nd. I also heard a rumor that they might be having a Wheaty Wheat Mr. Bunny giveaway. Whoa- that should bring in a crowd...

Totem Trooper is Coming...

Even though I really need to finish my painting for the upcoming Cereal Killers show, I was having a bit of a mental block on it (changing gears again), so I decided to put it aside this weekend and get going on my next commission- an Adfunture 10" Teddy Troop. I had finalized the design and color scheme a while back with the client, so I figured this weekend I could take some time and actually apply the design to the toy. I didn't really think about it before, but this is almost the equivalent of doing two 7" customs. Since you can remove the helmet, it can be considered one custom, and the teddy the other. Well, all I know is next time I will have to take that into consideration when I give a quote :) Live and learn...
Anyway, I feel like a fairly large milestone has been hit with this piece. Seeing the design on paper is one thing, but when you actually have it all laid out on the toy is cool. Now it just needs a light sanding, another coat of priming (to reduce the lines a bit), and it will be ready for paint. But first, I have to finish my Cereal Killers piece- no worries though, I'm scrapping all my previous comps/ideas and going with a new idea that just came to me this evening. I can't believe I didn't think of it in the first place...

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Big Rump Vinyl

Big Rump Qee Bear
I got a big rump vinyl DIY Qee Bear on Sunday. First off, you're probably asking why I said "big rump". Well, on the Kidrobot messageboard, they've got some sort of word substitutor that exchanges any "bad" words you type and posts alternate words. Most people swear to evoke some sort of emphasis with what they say, so I find it pretty funny that those words usually get substituted with some sort of toned down version. For instance, ass = rump. So if I were to say Big Ass Vinyl, the message board would translate that to Big Rump Vinyl. Funny. Anyway, I totally digressed there. What you're seeing in the picture is my new buddy- a 16" DIY Qee Bear that (best part) I got for free. Yes free. Well, not quite- I did have to take a painting break on Sunday and drive down to the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica and take part in the "Find the Boo" contest that a fellow Kidrobot message board member put on. Surprisingly, I came in second, but still won the (literally) biggest prize that was offered. Once again, big thanks to Mark (you know who you are) for going out of his way and setting up this fun little Sunday afternoon jaunt.

New Stuff

So I've finally finished up some new customs, so I thought I'd share. Now don't you feel special? First pic- a sneak peak of my piece for the upcoming Vinyl Elements show. I guess I could show the whole thing since no one really reads my blog, but hey, you never know. I don't want to upset Jack... I just packed this up to send over. Hopefully when they receive it they'll take some real pictures of it. My little digital point/shoot just isn't quite up to take studio/product shot-type pictures.
The second pic is my Spade-Skull IceBot that I painted for the Art Toy Alchemists show at Artifact Unmundane. Where is this you ask? It's down in Anahiem- yes, I was surprised when I found out there was a vinyl shop in Anahiem too. This world is full of surprises. I'm pretty sure I'll be driving down for the opening night- as long as it's on the weekend.
The third pic, are some fun little mini customs I've been working on. I call them my Spade-Skull Metal Series. It sounded cooler than saying Gold, Silver, Copper. Anyway, all three of these little guys sold at my "online preview." It's pretty scary when someone like me is setting up "online previews" by request. Like I said, this world is full of surprises...