Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Okay, this really isn't that exciting of a picture, but for me it's pretty important as it has great significance. What might be significant about this pic you ask- well I can't get into specifics, but basically it means that a personal custom that I've wanted to make ever since I got into custom painting toys is finally starting to come to light (literally and figuratively.) Okay, so with that little clue you probably figured out that I'll be putting a light inside this Dunny, but hopefully you haven't figured out what the design will be- that's the coolest part. Without giving away more, I had initially started this project way back in 2006- originally I was just going to use a GID Munny for the idea. Then the DER Robo Dunny came out, and I realized with some illumination and some very custom paint, it would work much, much better than the GID Munny. So I purchased and stripped it down to be completely clear, but I had to put it on the back burner for a while as I got too busy with other projects. Then as I was just starting to think about this custom project again, the Zombie Dunny was announced and the translucent light blue vinyl was even more perfect. Anyway, I hate to say it but I'm going to be the busiest I've ever been for the next few months, so once again this guy will need to be "shelfed" for a bit. So far all the delays have actually worked to my advantage, so we'll see what happens when I can start thinking about this again in another couple months. Oh yeah, that's a stripped Hard Days Knight in the pic too- oops...
Monday, April 28, 2008
The Derailed show at Cardboard Spaceship is coming up this Friday, May 2nd. Anyone in the area should come check it out- there's some serious talent in that artist list. I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with. You can catch a full pic of my Totem Train (also below), Scribe's graf train, and Jim Koch's sweet Death train over on Vinyl Pulse.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
The 16-inch Dragon Lucha Qee custom is finally done! I've been working on/off on this big boy for a long time. He's gone through a couple of slight design changes along the way and I'm very pleased how he's turned out. He'll be heading off to his new home soon, and though I'll miss having him around, it will be nice to regain some space around my work area again :)
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
A quick conversation with my buddy Lou this morning made me think about the good ol' days when I was in college and was doing a little oil painting. I remember I took an illustration class, and the whole point of the class was to explore different mediums for creating illustrations. We would essentially pick a photograph and render it in the "Medium of the Week." If I remember correctly we had nine projects that semester, each project we tried out a new medium. I remember how much I enjoyed painting with oils. The Alien rendering above was my first oil painting. The girl image was a graphite (pencil) rendering, and the T-Rex was done with goache. The TF-18 painting was my second and last oil painting- that was from an open project (do whatever you want) illustration class I took in my final semester at school. Even though I loved the blends and being able to rework the oils for days on end, I don't think I'll be picking them up again until I get into a different workspace- having all those fumes build up in my little work area would knock me over. Guess I'll stick with acrylics for a while...
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
I'm not sure why it took me so long to get photos of all my customs and artwork up on Flickr, but I finally did it yesterday. Note, I've had a Flickr account since early 2006, and always enjoy checking out peoples photos and stuff, but it never really crossed my mind to post my stuff up on there- duh. Anyway, I've finally moved into the 21st century and from now on I'll start posting photos of my work and other random fun stuff there. Oh yeah, here's the address: Reactor-88's Flickr- and feel free to add me as a contact :)
Thursday, April 3, 2008
The Multiple Personalities show over at Lift Footwear in Detroit opened up this past weekend to much fanfare. There was a pretty good turnout, and the new Lift digs looked really nice. One of my favorite artists, Mr. Glenn Barr was there for the opening as well. With that, I figure now I'll fully reveal the piece I created for the show- the GID Spade-Skull Munny. He's the brother to the original Spade-Skull Munny I made for last year's Detroit Munny show at Lift. Interestingly enough, the same person that bought last years Munny bought this one as well- thanks Tommy!