Friday, January 25, 2008

An Oldie But a Goodie and the Hierogrip

Spade-Skull Thundermutt
Okay, so the Spade-Skull Thundermutt custom isn't really that old (I finished it back in November of last year), but the owner wanted to hold off a bit on revealing it to the world. Now that I've gotten the okay to display it in all it's 4-inches of vinyl glory, here it is. It's probably hard to tell in the pic, but once again I used a pearlescent enamel spray over the white base color to give it that iridescent look. One of these days I'll go crazy and use that finish on a large custom- watch out.
Hierogrip (Moneygrip custom for Get a Grip!- myplasticheart NYC)
Also, don't forget the Get a Grip! Custom Moneygrip show is tonight at myplasticheart in NYC. For those of you that won't make it to the show, here's a pic of my piece- the Hierogrip. I figure since the show has officially started (it's past 6 in NYC) it's okay to post a pic of my custom :) I just hope Vince at MPH remembers to display it backwards (as I have it in my pic.)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Happy New Year!

So it's now 2008 and already it's shaping up to be a very busy year. I stopped taking on commissions late last year in hopes I could slowly catch up on my list, but with 2008 shows and possible SDCC commitments, it's still going to be a long wait for all the folks waiting very patiently for a custom piece. On top of that, I really hoped 2008 would be the year I could work on some personal pieces that have been on my mind for the last couple years now- we'll just have to see how it all pans out.

I had also intended to redesign my website over the holidays- if you happened to check it out recently you'll notice it still looks the same. While I toyed around with some redesign ideas in my head, the actual focus over the holidays was updating my Actionscript so that all my galleries would be generated from external XML files. My site galleries were already pretty Actionscript heavy, and each time I added new content meant me having to add info to data arrays in the Actionscript and republish the site- not fun. It really started getting big and ugly, so I figured it was about time to clean things up a bit and get on the XML bandwagon. Anyway, the code is all set, and I just need to convert one more gallery to XML, and then I switch gears and think about the redesign again.

On the art front, I took a little time and posted a 2007 retrospective of all my custom toy and artwork on the Kidrobot Discussion Board. You can see the thread here. It's always fun seeing them all in one spot- makes me feel like I actually accomplished something last year :) I also have a show coming up on the 25th- the "Get A Grip!" Custom Moneygrip show at myplasticheart in New York. If you happen to be in the area you should check it out. No sneak peaks of my piece here either- you'll all have to wait for the show. And last but not least, I have a new interview up on the ToyToons website here. Enjoy!