Welcome to the Vinylmation Kingdom, Custom Showcase. Each week Vinylmation Kingdom features a well known Custom Artist and shows off some of their latest work. This week we caught up with Kathlene Evans.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
-I’ve been a fan of Disney for as long as I can remember and have always been inspired by the work that they do. I recently graduated college with a BA in animation and would love to work for them someday. In 2008 I had the opportunity to paint a Disney themed mural and fell in love with painting after that. I got into collecting vinyls back in Feb. and saw so many great projects done by the other custom artists and decided I’d love to try my hand at it to.
What is your latest custom project?
-My most recent project was doing two Finding Nemo themed vinyls in response to the news of Finding Dory coming out. I’ve wanted to take the 9” ‘Mine Mine’ design and paint it onto a 3” mold for a while and thought now would be a good time to do it. I also can always use an excuse to paint Dory, hah, so I though they’d be a good pair together.
Where do you get your Inspiration for your latest Custom Vinylmation?
-With the news of ‘Finding Dory’ out and the fact she’s my all-time favorite character, I figured I’d do some Nemo related ones.
How do you go about designing your Custom?
-I tend to stick with doing characters I love or pieces I think other people would like. I sketch out a design first on paper, and then sketch it onto the vinyl. Then the fun part-painting!
How many hours went into making your latest Custom project?
-Oh goodness, um probably around 12+ hours for both of the Dory and the ‘Mine Mine’ I am a perfectionist to a fault and things seem to take me forever until I am happy with it.
What are some of your tips or tricks you can share with others?
-Take your time and practice! If the first one doesn’t turn out the best keep trying, you will only get better. Also do not compare yourself with others! It will only bring you down and is not beneficial at all. What I’ve learned is, there will always be someone better than you out there, don’t focus on that, focus on improving yourself!
Which mold do you prefer to paint on and why?
-I prefer the new 3” mold as I like being able to take all the parts off to paint around. It makes things easier in the long-run for me.
What’s your favourite Custom you have ever created?
-Definitely my Finding Dory! As I had mentioned, she’s my favorite character and I’m just really happy with how it came out.
And finally how can people get in touch with you?
-They can message me here on facebook and/or like my custom’s page http://www.facebook.com/KathlenesCreations to stay up to date on my past/present/future projects!
Here are some examples of Kathlene Evan’s work:
If you are a Custom Artist who would like to be featured in our Custom Showcase, feel free to contact me either by email (Roger@Vinylmationkingdom.com), Twitter (@RogPalmerUK) or via a Private Message on the forums.