Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kirby Who

It seems Kirby has consumed more than he can handle with my recent commission from Benjamin of Urban Vinyl Daily. In addition to my previous Kirby Mario and Yoshi hats, Benjamin requested Kirby Luigi, Captain Falcon, and Donkey Kong versions as well.

Since I'm very familiar with making Mario hats, a Luigi hat was no problem. However, Donkey Kong and Captain Falcon were new accessories, that required Kirby to actually be fitted in in order to be worn. This made the task tricky but super fun.

Kirby Kong

Kirby Falcon

Kirby Luigi

I'm really happy with how these turned out and am so glad I got to continue my Kirby Super Smash Brothers line!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Billy Don't Play That

It's difficult to express the complete excitement I had when I was invited to customize a Billy for the Blamo Toys 5th annual custom show. I was introduced and fell in love with Blamo Toys when I attended their Wham Blam Blamo show in early 2012. The quality of their toys is incredible, and the characters they create are so unique and fun. I loved customizing their HUG last year, but Billy is the first character I met and connected with, so customizing him meant a lot to me. 

I've always had an ambivalence for clowns, keeping me both fascinated and terrified by them. Growing up I was fueled by movies like Killer Klowns From Outter Space, and IT, but my perspective changed when Homey the Clown debuted in the TV show, In Living Color. I wanted my piece to incorporate these polar feelings.

If you're in the Los Angeles area for December to the beginning of January, I strongly encourage you to check out this show at Toy Art Gallery. Every custom is seriously amazing.