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Last month, I took the ten customs from the Vinylmation Kingdom Winter Wonderland Custom Swap to Rockefeller Center for a group photo. More were planned, but the weather prevented more to be taken (customs and rain do not mix). However, the fun wasn’t over, as I brought the customs down with me to Walt Disney World earlier this month for a photo shoot on Main Street USA. I had a lot of fun bringing these guys at the park, and some passers-by stopped and commented during the shoot how cute these guys were. I could not agree more. Check them out.

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Sandy Claws & Zero Jr. by Crystal Mathewson.

Sandy Claws & Zero Jr. by Crystal Mathewson.

Olaf by Mike Whartenby.

Olaf by Mike Whartenby.

Christmas Lights Mickey by Gabrielle Smith.

Christmas Lights Mickey by Gabrielle Smith.

Christmas Morning Minnie by Bethany Gwyther.

Christmas Morning Minnie by Bethany Gwyther.

Snowflake Mickey by Melissa Rogers.

Snowflake Mickey by Melissa Rogers.

Caroling Chewbacca by Robert Mack.

Caroling Chewbacca by Robert Mack.

Holiday Olaf by Sherman Sung.

Holiday Olaf by Sherman Sung.

Gingerbread Stitch by Sophie Gates.

Gingerbread Stitch by Sophie Gates.

“Pluto’s Christmas Tree” Dale by Travis Denman.

“Pluto’s Christmas Tree” Dale by Travis Denman.

Skiing Goofy by Gary Moore.

Skiing Goofy by Gary Moore.

Well, there you go. Another Custom Swap in the books. I would like to thank all of the artists involved in this fun and festive swap. A great way to end 2014.

 

Right now we are working on plans for our next Custom Swap, with a date TBD. Stay tuned for more details once we figure them out.

 

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For the past few years, our final Custom Swap of the year has been centered around the holidays. Back in 2012, we had Winter Holidays, with shoots both in NYC and at Walt Disney World. In 2013, there was Star Wars Holidays, complete with a Star Wars themed photo shoot. This year, tradition continued with Disney’s Winter Wonderland. Ten customizers, a few veterans to the Custom Swaps and a couple of newbies, got together and created a fun array of holiday cheer.

This past Sunday, I went down to NYC to repeat a holiday themed photo shoot down in and around Rockefeller Center. However… it was raining. Between the heavy rains, I was able to get a good group shot in front of the tree, as well as quick shots of each of the customs. No worries, a few got a little wet, but none were fatally harmed.

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Here are the custom close-ups, along with the artist who made them:

Sandy Claws & Zero Jr. by Crystal Mathewson.

Sandy Claws & Zero Jr. by Crystal Mathewson.

Olaf by Mike Whartenby.

Olaf by Mike Whartenby.

Christmas Lights Mickey by Gabrielle Smith.

Christmas Lights Mickey by Gabrielle Smith.

Christmas Morning Minnie by Bethany Gwyther.

Christmas Morning Minnie by Bethany Gwyther.

Snowflake Mickey by Melissa Rodgers.

Snowflake Mickey by Melissa Rogers.

Caroling Chewbacca by Robert Mack.

Caroling Chewbacca by Robert Mack.

Holiday Olaf by Sherman Sung.

Holiday Olaf by Sherman Sung.

Gingerbread Stitch by Sophie Gates.

Gingerbread Stitch by Sophie Gates.

"Pluto's Christmas Tree" Dale by Travis Denman.

“Pluto’s Christmas Tree” Dale by Travis Denman.

Skiing Goofy by Gary Moore.

Skiing Goofy by Gary Moore.

I am really happy with the way this Custom Swap turned out, and I am excited to be taking these guys down to Walt Disney World with me in a few days for a photo shoot within the parks. I have done this before, not just with Winter Holidays but also Disney Villains in 2013.

Thanks again to all of the custom artists involved, and i look forward to posting all of the WDW photos later on in January.

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Whether it be the theme or everyone’s busy summer schedules, but our 1964 World’s Fair Custom Swap wasn’t as popular as I would have thought. Be that as it may, four awesome artists participated, and later this month I will be traveling to the site of the 1964 World’s Fair for the photo shoot. In the meantime, I am pleased to announce the newest Custom Swap theme, as well as sign-up details. This will be the last photo shoot of 2014, so we are going to celebrate by bringing back an older theme, with a twist.

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Before we get to that, for those of you who are not familiar with VK’s Custom Swaps, this is what goes down.

1. Individuals sign up by the sign up deadline to take part of the Custom Swap and create a custom based off a given theme. You do not need to be a well versed custom artist. Heck, this could be your first one. All that we ask is that you try your best.

2. ANY regular sized Vinylmation mold will be accepted in submissions. This includes 3″ Mickey, Monorail, Duffy, or Popcorns. We ask that you do not use 9″ or 95 molds, as they pose a shipping/ traveling problem. Jrs. are allowed in conjunction with a regular sized vinyl, but not as a full entry.

3. Customs are mailed to a given location by the submission deadline.

4. The customs are then taken out to a photo shoot, where they are shot together as a group and individually. Those photos will appear both here on Vinylmation Kingdom, as well as over on the Custom Swaps Facebook page.

5. After the photo shoot, each participant is mailed back to them one of the other customs in the swap. So, if you submit a custom, you get a custom… simple as that.

 

Go that? Good… now let’s get to the other stuff.

Theme

A couple of years back, we did a very successful Winter Holidays Custom Swap, with photo shoots happening both in NYC at Rockefeller Plaza and in Walt Disney World. Last year, people had fun with Star Wars Holidays. This year, we are having Disney’s Winter Wonderland.

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So, for this Custom Swap, here are the guidelines- the custom needs to be of the following:

Winter Wonderland themed (either holiday or season) involving a Disney, Pixar, Marvel, or Lucasfilm.

 

Location Shoots

For this shoot, I will once again be doing two photo shoots. The first will revisit Rockefeller Plaza in NYC and the second will once again be down in WDW. One will be during Christmas Week here in NYC, and the other in January 2015 while I am on vacation at WDW.

 

Deadlines

Sign-Ups will end on Saturday, November 1st. Please sign up only if you know you will be able to complete an entry and have it in on time.

Submission Deadline is no later than Saturday, December 20th. I will be traveling to NYC the following week, and I would like all of the customs in by then.

As time draws nearer, I will message the artists involved and give them the address to send the customs to.

Where to Sign-Up

We will be holding sign-ups on our Artists Unleashed Facebook Group. Artists Unleashed is dedicated to promoting and showcasing the awesome artwork done by our members. If you haven’t already visited the page yet, please do so. That will be where the official sign up for this swap will take place. For those of you without Facebook, you can still email me to sign up.

 

Thanks a lot everyone, and I am looking forward to another wonderful holiday themed swap.

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Now that our Lion King 20th Anniversary Custom Swap has had its photo shoot, I am pleased to announce the newest Custom Swap theme, as well as sign-up details.

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Before we get to that, for those of you who are not familiar with VK’s Custom Swaps, this is what goes down.

1. Individuals sign up by the sign up deadline to take part of the Custom Swap and create a custom based off a given theme. You do not need to be a well versed custom artist. Heck, this could be your first one. All that we ask is that you try your best.

2. ANY regular sized Vinylmation mold will be accepted in submissions. This includes 3″ Mickey, Monorail, Duffy, or Popcorns. We ask that you do not use 9″ or 95 molds, as they pose a shipping/ traveling problem. Jrs. are allowed in conjunction with a regular sized vinyl, but not as a full entry.

3. Customs are mailed to a given location by the submission deadline.

4. The customs are then taken out to a photo shoot, where they are shot together as a group and individually. Those photos will appear both here on Vinylmation Kingdom, as well as over on the Custom Swaps Facebook page.

5. After the photo shoot, each participant is mailed back to them one of the other customs in the swap. So, if you submit a custom, you get a custom… simple as that.

 

Go that? Good… now let’s get to the other stuff.

Theme

Okay, this theme has been a long time coming. Last year, during our Patriotic Custom Swap, there was interest in doing a swap where one could do a custom from their country, or any country, that wasn’t necessarily centered around Patriotism (which a lot of us coincide with the military or the government).

However, I also wanted to include Disney in it somehow. Along came 2014, and the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair, a place where someone by the name of Walt Disney introduced some amazing things to the world called animitronics. From those seeds, Disneyland was eventually formed, and with it so many other adventures.

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So, for this Custom Swap, here are the guidelines: the custom needs to be in one of these two categories-

Celebrating a country or US state that took part in the 1964 World’s Fair

(can contain a Disney character, but does not have to)

or

Celebrating one of the Disney attractions from the 1964 World’s Fair

(“it’s a small world”, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Progressland [also known as Carousel of Progress], and Ford’s Magic Skyway [which gave birth to the PeopleMover])

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Location Shoot

For this shoot, I will be revisiting the location of the Marvel Custom Swap photo shoot: the home of the 1964 World’s Fair…. Flushing Meadows/ Corona Park. Some of the 1964 buildings and statues are still standing.

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Deadlines

Sign-Ups will end on Friday, August 15th. Please sign up only if you know you will be able to complete an entry and have it in on time.

Submission Deadline is no later than Saturday, September 27th.

As time draws nearer, I will message the artists involved and give them the address to send the customs to.

Where to Sign-Up

We will be holding sign-ups on our Artists Unleashed Facebook Group. Artists Unleashed is dedicated to promoting and showcasing the awesome artwork done by our members. If you haven’t already visited the page yet, please do so. That will be where the official sign up for this swap will take place. For those of you without Facebook, you can still email me to sign up.

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Ok, this was a long time coming. To say that real life got in the way is an understatement. I would like to thank the artists involved with this shoot for bearing with me as I made sure we got as many of the artists who signed up into the shoot/ swap, and for heavy delays on my end. With that being said, here it is… the Lion King 20th Anniversary Custom Swap Photo Shoot.

Photo Shoot Part #1: The Bronx Zoo

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The first part of the photo shoot took place at the Bronx Zoo, located in New York City. Early on a Sunday morning, my friend Shannon and I ventured to the Africa section of the zoo to take photos. It was a learning experience, mainly because my new camera does not have a setting that can focus on both the subject and the background really well. In some cases, I have included pictures of the figure and then the background subject.

Rafiki Inspiration by Deborah Min

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Deborah’s custom was taken in front of one of the African masks up around the area.

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Hakuna Matata Silhouette by Roger Palmer

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Roger’s custom, and Arjan’s below, were taken in front of the giraffes.

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Rafiki by Arjan DeWit

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Lion King 20th by Sophie Gates

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Sophie’s custom found a spot in the African village

Hakuna Matata Monorail by Haily Windell

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Haily’s custom was shot in the Baboon Reserve near a graveyard replica. Reminded me of the elephant graveyard from the movie.

Theme Park Rafiki by Ralph Halpin

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So… yeah… Baboon Reserve. Herd of Bachelors. You interpret the second photo. (This was not planned.)

Gold Lion King by Sherman Sung

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Lions. ‘Nuff said.

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Broadway Zazu by Rob Mack

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The African plains was the setting for Rob’s and Valerie’s (below) customs.

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Tree of Life Sunset by Valarie Tabios Mejorado

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Ghost Mufasa by Bethany Gwyther

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The zebras said hello to Bethany’s custom.

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Ghost Mufasa by Jason Cracraft- Windell

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The Congo was the setting for Jason’s custom.

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It was a great day shooting at the Bronx Zoo, but that’s not all! Back at home, a few of the more delicate customs, and one late arrival, wanted their spotlight, so I broke out some of my Lion King the Musical memorabilia from around the world and got some shots of them.

Photo Shoot Part #2: Broadway Inspiration

The Presentation by Mike Whartenby

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I Just Can’t Wait to be King by Jennifer Bednarski

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Broadway Zazu by Travis Denman

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Young Simba by Rebecca Adams

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Of course, each custom deserved their own close up.

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Finally, we finish off with some group shots.

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According to Arjan, the title is really fitting, it says “Het verhaal van ons allemaal”, which translates to “The story of us all”.

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It was such a fun group of awesome, and colorful, customs to shoot. very happy and proud of the work everyone did. Thank you to all of the custom artists involved.

Stay tuned today or tomorrow as we announce the next Vinylmation Kingdom Custom Swap. If you haven’t done so, please join out Vinylmation Kingdom Artists Unleashed Facebook group, where we invite artists to share their custom artwork, from Vinylmations to canvas art… and more! It’s a great community.

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend everyone.

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Here I am sitting in a giant line at WDW’s first trade night. I have been in line since about 7:30 in the morning thinking that 8 would have been a safe bet to get some of the trade night figures. It’s now 1:30 and I am probably 200-250 in line. I just keep telling myself we will have to see when the merchandise line opens at 6.

Good news is that (barring Disney’s Internet servers) this gives me time to write up this post about the custom swap photos I did yesterday. It was a lot of fun getting everyone’s figures in the mail and seeing what people had made, and I am now glad I get to share all those pictures with you.

Note: Its now the day after and I was successful in getting both figures and the Elsa pin so yay!

For those of you who are unaware of Vinylmation Kingdoms custom swaps, I’ll fill you in. Artists sign up to make a custom based on a specific theme. The figures are made and then mailed to a location where a photo shoot is taken. After the shoot, the figures are then all randomized and sent back out to the artists. So basically make custom, picture, get different custom back.

This first one for this year was based off of Disney or Pixar shorts from the past or present. We had figures submitted representing a wide variety of styles and time frames. The shoot was set in Walt Disney World at Hollywood Studios and at Art of Animation Resort.

Here are our artists:

1. Travis Denman-Sing-a-Long Songs Professor Owl
2. Rob Mack- Ben and Me
3. Roger Palmer-Chip
4. Mike Whartenby- Old MacDonald Duck
5. Ibby Day-Ben and Me
6. Arjan de Wit-Casey at the Bat
7. Linda Brubaker- For the Birds
8. Michael Gall- Sleepwalkin’
9. Gabrielle Queso Smith-For the Birds
10. Jason Cracraft-Windell- Lifted
11. Haily Windell-Lonesome Ghosts
12. Kimberly Hawk- Tummy Trouble
13. James Hawk- Mad Doctor

14. RehvengeInk Customs- Party Central

15. Matt Ferry-One Man Band

16. jay grumet- Mickeys Trailor
17. Bethany Gwyther- Paperman

18. Sherman Sung-Lifted
19. Tracie Grumet- For the Birds

20. Jennie Neil- Casey at the Bat
21. Michael Maslowski- Ortensia
22. Christina Mountford-Night and Day

Ready to see the great work that was done? Then roll camera. Action!

First stop was at Holywood Studios and the Animation Courtyard area.

The Disney Shorts

The Disney Shorts

I really like using the color functions in my pictures. I feel like it changes the whole tone of the shot.

Painting the roses red

Painting the roses red

The Animation gallery consists of two parts. The first is located in the original que and loading area for the Backlot Tour. Although the area is currently not accessible to guests, it showcases many concept drawings for some of Disney’s greatest animated films.

I've got the Disney blues

I’ve got the Disney blues

Another great color variation.

Mickey looks good in Earth tones

Mickey looks good in Earth tones

The second section of the Animation Gallery is located just before the entrance to the Art of Disney Store. At the moment (and since about 2012) the exhibit is called Setting the Scene and highlights background artists and how their contributions of streets, hills, and even some famous castles contribute to a story.

Chip was feeling right at home in the Jungle and forrest section.

Chip was feeling right at home in the Jungle and Forrest section.

Although the studio is no longer creating full length animated features at this location, you can still find Disney animators working on various projects such as inking and painting character cells. If you visit when an artist is present you may be able to ask some questions too.

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Identical twins-kinda

The area is also home to many characters including Minnie, Incredibles, Wreck-it Ralph and my favorite Sorcerer Mickey!

From pencil sketch to full colored cell.

From pencil sketch to full colored cell.

One of the activities in the area are expression spinners in which you try and match the correct pair of eyes with the correct mouth. I thought the next couple of pictures were fun match-ups.

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One of the hidden gems of this area is the Drawing Academy. This free class lets you learn how to draw a Disney character from a Disney artist. The best part of all is that you get to keep your sketch as a souvenir! This sketch below is not from the class but it can be found in the kids coloring area. I like that although its meant as a coloring paper, it still shows the basic lines and circles that make up a basic character sketch.

Its Classic Donald!

Its Classic Donald!

Lets move over to Pixar Place!

The Pixar shorts

The Pixar shorts

The red bricks of Pixar Place make for some great color shifts. Of course stopping by the Effects Department helps as well.

Now we just need Luxo back at the Lighting Department.

Now we just need Luxo back at the Lighting Department.

There is a reference in One Mans Dream to one of Walt’s first creations Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald starred in 26 cartoons before being stolen from Disney’s control in 1928.

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The Ol’ Swimmin Hole was produced in 1928

When Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened in 1989, there was a lot of references to the new movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit around the park. The yellow steam roller from the movie could be found crashing through a wall near the Studio Catering Co., and there was even plans to create a mini-land based on the film. Years have gone on (actually were approaching the parks 25th anniversary on May 1st) and some of the props have come and gone, but this window above the Hollywood and Vine restaurant is a fun find in most Disney trivia books.

Baby Herman was voiced by Lou Hirsch

Baby Herman was voiced by Lou Hirsch

Walt Disney and his animators started their whole studio focussing on shorts. I was glad to see the studio put a focus back on animated shorts with Paperman in 2012.

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Looking for love in the big city

The second stop for our photo shoot was at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. This resort served as a perfect backdrop for our Disney/Pixar theme. First we will stop by Route 66 where we find all of our favorite Cars characters.

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Ol’ Blue Eyes

Mater was giving us a big smile!

Maybe we could ride in one of dem Heli-copters

Maybe we could ride in one of dem Heli-copters

Lightning McQueen looks cool in Earth tones

Theres nothing that fixes a rusty bumper like Rusteze!

Theres nothing that fixes a rusty bumper like Rusteze!

The Lion King is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and the Elephant Play-yard made for some fun pictures. The brown highlights really bring out the skeleton frame.

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Finally, Ariel let me borrow one of her most prized sea finds.

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And thats a Wrap!

I want to thank you for viewing this post and I hope you enjoyed the shoot. I want to thank all of the artists for creating such great figures and I will (hopefully) have them all mailed out soon.

The next Custom Swap has been announced and it is going to be based on anything and everything Lion King as we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the film. If you would like to participate in the next Custom Swap or would like more information on how they are done please visit this link:

http://vinylmationkingdom.com/2014/04/13/vks-custom-swaps-lion-king-20th-anniversary-sign-ups-live/

I will be posting these pictures and more on our customs Facebook page in the next few days. If you are a custom artist, want to become an artist, or simply just like looking at what people have done, the group can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtistsUnleashed/

Thank you again for reading/looking and I appreciate any comments you would like to put below about the photos or anything in general.

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Here we go! A new year, a new round of Custom Swaps here at Vinylmation Kingdom. For 2014, we are doing something a bit different:

– Instead of swaps every other month (making it 6 per year), we are going to do one every quarter, or 3 months, making it a total of 4. This will make it easier for more custom artists to participate, and for myself to remain a little saner.

– From here on in, ANY regular sized Vinylmation mold will be accepted in submissions. This includes 3″ Mickey, Monorail, Duffy, or Popcorns. We ask that you do not use 9″ or 95 molds, as they pose a shipping/ traveling problem. Jrs. are allowed in conjunction with a regular sized vinyl, but not as a full entry.

We are very excited for the four themed Custom Swaps this year. For our Q1 Swap, we decided to “open the flood gates”, if you will… Disney/ Pixar Shorts

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For those of you who are not familiar with VK’s Custom Swaps, this is what goes down.

1. Individuals sign up by the sign up deadline to take part of the Custom Swap and create a custom based off a given theme. You do not need to be a well versed custom artist. Heck, this could be your first one. All that we ask is that you try your best.

2. Customs are mailed to a given location by the submission deadline.

3. The customs are then taken out to a photo shoot, where they are shot together as a group and individually. Those photos will appear both here on Vinylmation Kingdom, as well as over on the Custom Swaps Facebook page.

4. After the photo shoot, each participant is mailed back to them one of the other customs in the swap. So, if you submit a custom, you get a custom… simple as that.

Theme

Any and all Disney/ Pixar Shorts are fair game for this one. Laugh-O-Grams, Alice Comedies, Oswald, Silly Symphonies, Fab Five, Humphrey the Bear, Roger Rabbit… all of those shorts, and more, are included. In addition, any of the Pixar Shorts are included. A pretty accurate list of Disney Animated Shorts can be found here… heck, they even include the Mickey’s PhilharMagic attraction and the Electric Holiday piece produced for Barney’s NYC last Christmas. I am sure there is something there for everyone to pull from.

Location Shoot

Location right now is TBD.

Deadlines

Sign-Ups will end on Friday, January 24th. Please sign up only if you know you will be able to complete an entry AND have it in on time.

Submission Deadline is NO LATER than Saturday, March 29th.

As time draws nearer, I will message the artists involved and give them the address to send the customs to.

Where to Sign-Up

We will be holding sign-ups on our Artists Unleashed Facebook Group. Artists Unleashed is dedicated to promoting and showcasing the awesome artwork done by our members. If you haven’t already visited the page yet, please do so. That will be where the official sign up for this swap will take place. For those of you without Facebook, you can still email me to sign up.

 

As always, I thank all of the artists involved with the past swaps, and I am looking forward to a wonderful 2014.

Happy New Year!

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Well, here it is… the photo shoot for our newest Custom Swap, themed Star Wars Holidays. Yes, it is a bit late. In addition to the busy holidays, our guest photographer, Matt Ferry, arrived at the original photo location (the Yoda Fountain at the Presidio in San Fransisco) to find that it was under refurbishment. Fortunately, in Matt’s local hometown of San Jose, The Tech Museum of Innovation is hosting an exhibit entitled Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. Running through the end of February, this exhibit includes movie original props and costumes from all six of the films. So, Matt swung by there to photograph the ten customs submitted for the shoot.

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Star Wars Holidays Group Shot

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Santa Yoda by Sherman Sung

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Santa Fett by Matt Ferry

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Elftrooper by Roger Palmer

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Ugly Sweater C-3PO by Phillip Smith

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X-Mas Lights Wicket by Bethany Gwyther

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A Sarlacc Pit Holiday by Mike Whartenby

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Snow-2D2 by Charlotte Snowdon

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Obi-Wan Claus by Melanie Walker

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Han and Leia Snow Globe by Robert Mack

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Day of the Dead Amidala by Travis Denman

I really think the artists involved went outside of the box with some of these designs. It was great seeing what they came up with.

Special thanks to Matt Ferry for helping us out with this photo shoot.

If you haven’t already “liked” our Vinylmation Kingdom’s Custom Swaps Facebook page or our Artists Unleashed Facebook group, I invite you to do so now. We are excited for another fun year of swaps in 2014, and I will be announcing the first Swap Theme soon!

Have a Happy New Year everyone!

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As we near the end of 2013, it’s time for one last Custom Swap here at Vinylmation Kingdom for the year. For this holiday season, we end with Star Wars Holidays.

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For those of you who are not familiar with VK’s Custom Swaps, this is what goes down.

1. Individuals sign up by the sign up deadline to take part of the Custom Swap and create a custom based off a given theme. You do not need to be a well versed custom artist. Heck, this could be your first one. All that we ask is that you try your best.

2. Customs are mailed to a given location by the submission deadline.

3. The customs are then taken out to a photo shoot, where they are shot together as a group and individually. Those photos will appear both here on Vinylmation Kingdom, as well as over on the Custom Swaps Facebook page.

4. After the photo shoot, each participant is mailed back to them one of the other customs in the swap. So, if you submit a custom, you get a custom… simple as that.

Theme

As far as subject matter, anything in the Star Wars realm and any holidays are fair game. This is NOT strictly a Christmas/ Winter Holiday swap. If you can come up with a fun design using Easter, or Valentine’s Day, or Arbor Day… go for it… well, maybe not Arbor Day???

For this swap, we are doing something a little different and opening up the canvases to include ANY Vinylmation mold. In addition to the Mickey mold (we ask that you stray away from Jrs. and 9″), you can use the Minnie mold, Popcorns, Monorails, and Park Starz.

Location Shoot

This time around, I am pleased to announce that our good friend Matt Ferry, an avid Star Wars fan himself, has agreed to take the entries to San Francisco and shoot in front of the Yoda Statue next to Lucasfilm HQ.

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Deadlines

Sign-Ups will end on Friday, November 22nd. Please sign up only if you know you will be able to complete an entry AND have it in on time to Matt.

Submission Deadline is NO LATER than Saturday, December 14th. Matt and I want to have the photoshoot done and ready for a Christmas debut. Please stick to this deadline, and make sure your custom gets in on time.

As time draws nearer, I will message the artists involved and give them Matt’s address to send the customs to.

Where to Sign-Up

We will be holding sign-ups on our Artists Unleashed Facebook Group. Artists Unleashed is dedicated to promoting and showcasing the awesome artwork done by our members. If you haven’t already visited the page yet, please do so. That will be where the official sign up for this swap will take place. For those of you without Facebook, you can still email me to sign up.

As always, I thank all of the artists involved this year with the swaps. I look forward to next year when we can have even more fun.

May the Force be with you.

Turbo by Sherman Sung (photo by Dylan Pommer).

NOTE: I am well aware that this article is a bit on the late side, and my apologies. As with life, things get crazy. Just so happened that mine got crazy right when I got back from vacation at WDW, which didn’t help. Thanks again to all of these talented artists who contributed to this great swap, and for your patience while I sorted thru the pictures and got this article together!

While I was down at Walt Disney World for the Reflections of Evil trade event, I had the privledge to hold the photo shoot for our newest Vinylmation Kingdom’s Custom Swap… Disney Villains. On a beautiful morning on Sunset Boulevard, my friend and VK colleague Joshua Pirtle (or JEP to you all) met up in front of the Tower of Terror. The ride was still closed down, so we had to improvise where to set up. I think we found a pretty decent spot. While people gathered around to see what awesome vinyls I had out, the group shot containing all 26 entries happened.

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Yes, it was on top of one of the trash bins… not much room anywhere else on Sunset for almost 30 vinyls.

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From there, individual pictures were taken throughout Walt Disney World. Where possible, I tried to match as best as I could character to movie/ show. Granted, a few had to be improvised… but that’s showbiz, kid. Check ’em out!

Magic Kingdom

Jack the Monkey by Sophie Gates, Pirates of the Caribbean.

Jack the Monkey by Sophie Gates, Pirates of the Caribbean.

Br'er Bear by Bethany Gwyther, Splash Mountain

Br’er Bear by Bethany Gwyther, Splash Mountain

Caterpillar from "The Big Stops Here" (The New Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh) by Kimberly Hawk, The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Caterpillar from “The Big Stops Here” (The New Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh) by Kimberly Hawk, The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Emperor Zurg by Catherine Liu, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.

Emperor Zurg by Catherine Liu, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

Ursula by Courtney Arndt, Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid.

Ursula by Courtney Arndt, Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid.

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Epcot

Red Skull by Patrick Thai, Germany Pavilion

Red Skull by Patrick Thai, Germany Pavilion.

Captain Pete (The Three Musketeers) by Arjan deWit, France Pavilion.

Captain Pete (The Three Musketeers) by Arjan deWit, France Pavilion.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Ursula by Cody Shawe, Under the Sea.

Ursula by Cody Shawe, Under the Sea.

Scar by Michael Gall, Pride Lands.

Scar by Michael Gall, Pride Lands.

Zira by Kathlene Evans, Pride Lands

Zira by Kathlene Evans, Pride Lands

 

Downtown Disney

Clu (TRON) by Matt Ferry, Disney Quest.

Clu (TRON) by Matt Ferry, Disney Quest.

Cyrus (TRON) by Edward Brut, Disney Quest.

Cyrus (TRON) by Edward Brut, Disney Quest.

Maleficent by Melissa Carlson, LEGO Store.

Maleficent by Melissa Carlson, LEGO Store.

 

Jack in the Box (Fantasia 2000) by Jennifer Bednarski, Once Upon a Toy.

Jack in the Box (Fantasia 2000) by Jennifer Bednarski, Once Upon a Toy.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Miss Poogy by Jimmy Matejek, Muppet Vision 3D

Miss Poogy by Jimmy Matejek, Muppet Vision 3D

Mad Doctor by Joshua Pirtle, Magic of Disney Animation.

Mad Doctor by Joshua Pirtle, Magic of Disney Animation.

Maleficent by Albert Avila, Villains in Vogue.

Maleficent by Albert Avila, Villains in Vogue.

Darth Vader by Paul Griffin, Star Tours.

Darth Vader by Paul Griffin, Star Tours.

Mr. Winkie by James Hawk, Magic of Disney Animation.

Mr. Winkie by James Hawk, Magic of Disney Animation.

Little Suzy by Scott Morris, Phineas and Ferb Meet 'n' Greet.

Little Suzy by Scott Morris, Phineas and Ferb Meet ‘n’ Greet.

Magic Mirror by Jason Cracraft-Windell, Villains in Vogue.

Magic Mirror by Jason Cracraft-Windell, Villains in Vogue.

Megavolt by Travis Denman, Magic of Disney Animation.

Megavolt by Travis Denman, Magic of Disney Animation.

The Horned King by Dylan Pommer, Magic of Disney Animation.

The Horned King by Dylan Pommer, Magic of Disney Animation.

Don Karnage by Rebecca Adams, Magic of Disney Animation.

Don Karnage by Rebecca Adams, Magic of Disney Animation.

Sadly, a couple of pictures were lost, but with the help of the people who received the customs in the swap, i present to you the final two in this swap:

Turbo by Sherman Sung (photo by Dylan Pommer).

Turbo by Sherman Sung (photo by Dylan Pommer).

Reflections of Evil Logo by Roger Palmer (photo by Jason Cracraft-Windell).

Reflections of Evil Logo by Roger Palmer (photo by Jason Cracraft-Windell).

I would like to thank all of the artists involved. This was our biggest swap to date , and taking your customs throughout Walt Disney World was a true honor.

Our next Custom Swap is in full swing and it’s theme is The Haunted Mansion. Sign-ups already ended and customs are starting to trickle in. To follow all of the fun and get sneak peeks at the new customs, like our Vinylmation Kingdom’s Custom Swaps Facebook page.

have a wonderful weekend everyone.

 

 

 

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After the very successful Disney Villains Swap, where I had to unprecedentedly CAP the entries to save my sanity, it is time for yet another awesome Custom Swap to start… this time themed after fan favorite attraction Haunted Mansion.

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For those of you who are not familiar with VK’s Custom Swaps, this is what goes down.

1. Individuals sign up by the sign up deadline to take part of the Custom Swap and create a custom based off a given theme. You do not need to be a well versed custom artist. Heck, this could be your first one. All that we ask is that you try your best.

2. Customs are mailed to a given location (usually to me) by the submission deadline.

3. The customs are then taken out to a photo shoot, where they are shot together as a group and individually. Those photos will appear both here on Vinylmation Kingdom, as well as over on the Custom Swaps Facebook page.

4. After the photo shoot, each participant is mailed back to them one of the other customs in the swap. So, if you submit a custom, you get a custom… simple as that.

For this swap, entries can find their origins from any of the Haunted Mansions around the world:

Haunted Mansion – Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland

Phantom Manor– Disneyland Paris

Mystic Manor– Hong Kong Disneyland

 

Because I would like to have the photo shoot take place prior to Halloween, these are the deadlines:

Entry Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2013.

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 18, 2013.

Photo Shoot Location: Hudson River Valley, NY- Famous for stories like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, the Hudson River Valley area of New York State has another claim to fame… the old Dutch Gothic Revival look of the Magic Kingdom version of the mansion is said to take inspiration from the old ornate mansions which line the Hudson River. The hunt will be on come October for a mansion to be the setting of this photo shoot.

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Once again, we will be holding sign-ups on our Artists Unleashed Facebook Group, which proved to be very successful the last go around. Artists Unleashed is dedicated to promoting and showcasing the awesome artwork done by our members. If you haven’t already visited the page yet, please do so. That will be where the official sign up for this swap will take place. For those of you without Facebook, you can still email me to sign up.

For all of our Disney Villains fans out there: the entries from our recently concluded Disney Villains Swap are packed and ready to invade Walt Disney World next week. Stay tuned for what should be a fun and exciting shoot. For previews of most of our entries, please visit our Custom Swaps Facebook page.

Thanks again to all of our artists for their continued support and I look forward to another exciting swap.