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Welcome to another Artists Unleashed Custom Showcase and this time its Crazy4Vinyls Josh Edwards new series, Big Head. Here is a look at his latest work:
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More information can be found on Crazy4Vinyls website.

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The other day, both Matt and myself mentioned in a conversion a Doombuggy Custom Vinylmation made by Rhett Golsan that we had noticed and instantly decided we wanted to share some of his work and find out a little more about him.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Rhett Golsan and I am an elementary art teacher who lives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area with my beautiful wife, Mary, and our three four-legged “children”. I started collecting art toys about three years ago, and it was not long after that when I started seeing all the amazing customs different artists were creating. At that time I was also creating a lot of art using my childhood toys and action figures. One day at work, I was talking to a coworker about her husband’s collection and how their youngest daughter, who happened to be a preK student at our school at the time, had her very own “toy collection” and a love of zombies. I decided I would make her a custom zombie Care Bear for her collection using one of my old toys. Everyone loved it, and that was the beginning of my customizations. I have customized a variety of figures, but by far my favorite platform is Disney Vinylmations.

What is your latest custom project?

The most recent projects I have been working on are Haunted Mansion doom buggies. The actual doom buggies are made from 9″ Vinylmation heads and have various scenes from the ride painted on the back. Each doom buggy has a 3″ rider inside, which have so far included Mickey, Minnie, and Ezra the hitchhiking ghost, but there are more on the way!

Where do you get your Inspiration for your latest Custom Vinylmation?

I am always amazed at how new ideas come about. The doom buggies came about when I was working on a black 9″ Vinylmation head that had been sitting in my closet for over a year. Several times I had almost started working on it…at one point it was going to be a Day of the Dead sugar skull, and then it was going to be a jack-o’-lantern. But one day I was wondering if a smaller figure would fit inside the head, so I cut out an opening. When I placed a figure inside, it reminded me so much of the doom buggy that I went with it. Sometimes the ideas for customs come from the things I love in our pop culture, and sometimes, like in this instance, it seems as if it comes about by chance.

How do you go about designing your Custom?

When I design my customs, I begin with the ideas in my head and, of course, a primed Vinylmation. Depending on what I envision and the amount of detail the particular custom will have, either I sketch out the character first or I will just start painting. By far my favorite part of the entire process is working on the face. I think the facial details and expressions are what really give the characters their own personalities.

How many hours went into making your latest Custom project?

I am always amazed at how easily I can lose all sense of time while working on a project. I prefer to paint in the evening, and there have been several occasions where I have sat down around 9 or 10 to begin working, and when I check the time thinking only a few minutes have passed, it is well after midnight. It is difficult to say just how long each custom takes, as I do not always complete each figure in one sitting. Each doom buggy has taken several hours to complete.

What are some of your tips or tricks you can share with others?

What is my advice to those who want to make their own customs? Do not worry if you make a mistake – keep on working! Sometimes the mistakes themselves turn into part of the art and can even make it better. This is something I teach my students, and I find that I still have to remind myself of this quite frequently when I am working. It can be extremely frustrating when things aren’t working out as planned, but you just have to keep going. Rework it, put it aside for awhile, even start over if you need to, but do not give up and do not quit.

Which mold do you prefer to paint on and why?

I personally love working on the newer 3″ Vinylmations. The smooth face and the ability to disassemble the entire figure help me make more precise details on all the parts.

What’s your favourite Custom you have ever created?

Hmmmm…it is hard to pick a favorite custom because each one is its own entity. Some of my favorites include the Man on Barrel stretching portrait, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and of course the Haunted Mansion doom buggies. But if I had to pick just one I would say that it was the Caterpillar Girl. I loved the entire process of sculpting and adding additional parts to her as well as how she turned out.

I enjoy creating customs and working with collectors on new ideas for future customs. I am currently working with several collectors whose amazing ideas are the inspiration for some of my new works. My artwork can be seen on my Facebook page “The Art of Rhett Golsan”, where I can be reached.

Here are some examples of Rhett’s work:

 

If you would like to be featured on a Custom Showcase, feel free to get in touch with us.

And if your a fan of Customs, check out our Facebook Group, Artists Unleashed.

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Brian Shapiro showed me a picture of this custom early in its design process and I was floored then. Imagine how happy I was to see this Guardian of the Galaxy in all his glory tonight? Rocket Raccoon will be a character in the Marvel release “Guardians of the Galaxy” latest this year but tonight he’s a new amazing custom from Brian Shapiro. If you aren’t familiar with Rocket Raccoon or the Guardians of the Galaxy, I urge you to do a search and read up on the comics before the movie comes out. Here’s what old Rocket looks like in the comics.

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Rocky was sculpted from the original Mickey Mold and Brian’s sculpting talents took it one step further. Rocky was a custom for Brian’s personal collection but if you would like to contact Brian for a custom or just to see his other amazing pieces, check him out at these links:

http://www.facebook.com/BRInylmation

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http://www.instagram.com/BRInylmation

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Welcome to the Vinylmation Kingdom Custom Showcase.  When I saw this Vinylmation on our Artist Unleashed Facebook group, I had to share this one with our readers of a blind box series based on the very popular Frozen movie by Kathlene’s Creations.

Get your own piece of Arendelle while you can! 9 individually hand painted designs featuring the characters from Frozen! Painted with acrylic paints and sealed for protection. Will be sold blind box style so you won’t know which character you get until you open it!

You can purchase these from Kathlene’s Creations from TONIGHT at 9pm CST

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If you’re 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 Facebook.

If you love Custom Vinylmation’s as much as we here at Vinylmation Kingdom do, then check out our Facebook Group “Artists Unleashed” which is all about Custom Vinylmations.

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Welcome to the Vinylmation Kingdom, Artists Unleashed Custom Showcase. With the release of our first ever “Blind Box” series, we wanted to show off some of the other work done by the Custom Artists involved in this project. This series can only be purchased through our brand new store.

Here are some examples of Brian Shapiro’s work including Trader Sam for the Park to Park Custom Series:

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Here are some other examples of Brian Shapiro’s work:

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You can find out more about Brian Shapiro by visiting https://www.facebook.com/BRInylmation and on Instagram.com/brinylmation

 

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customshowcaseWelcome 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 spoke with Zack Mayer about his Custom’s.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I started painting customs back in August-September of last year. I had been collecting Vinylmations since they were first released, and was really interested in seeing my own designs on the mold. I wasn’t painting that often, but I really began to build an interesest in making my own ideas come to life on the Vinylmation platform. Once I joined the Vinylmation Exchange Customs Facebook group, I saw the creations other people were making, and I really began to build an interest. I don’t get the chance to paint customs as often as other artists do, but as soon as I get an idea I jump at the chance to draw it on the Vinyl template.

What is your latest custom project?

My latest big project was probably my Expedition Everest 9″. I really wanted to work with the 9″, and wanted to use one of my favorite attractions for this project. I go to Disney World 1-2 times a year, and Expedition Everest is always an attraction I am psyched for. Animal Kingdom definitely doesn’t have as many rides as the other parks, but once you walk into Asia and see that huge Mountain in the distance you can’t wait to encounter the yeti. I was thinking of various ways to represent the mountain on the vinylmation mold, and decided there was no better way to represent the ride than the mountain itself. I really like the way it turned out and thought it was an overall success for my first 9″.

Where do you get your Inspiration for your latest Custom Vinylmation?

Whenever I go to Disney World for vacation I always am looking for more Vinyl inspiration. I also find inspiration from current Disney news, and just thinking of designs that would translate nicely onto the Vinyl mold.

How do you go about designing your Custom?

When I get an idea I either write it down so I don’t forget it, or immediately start designing it. A big thing that I always do when designing an idea, especially when commissioning work, is I design a digital version of the custom. Once I am happy with the design it is ready to be painted!

How many hours went into making your latest Custom project?

Since painting a custom takes a lot of patience and time, I painted my Everest custom over a few days. Whenever I had the time I would sit down and try to put down another layer of paint. This custom definitely took more time then others. With it being a bigger mold, and having many areas where colors overlapped, it took a lot of coats of paint to look just right.

What are some of your tips or tricks you can share with others?

A tip that I felt really helped was thinning out the paint with water. When I first started painting customs they were really rough and uneven from the thick acrylic paint that dried in clumps. I heard a lot of other artists suggest to thin out the paint by dipping the brush in water. What I did was add a few drops of water to the container before adding the paint in. When I poured the paint into the container I could immediately see that it was thinner and easier to add light, thin coats onto the vinyl. This made a huge difference in my older, and more recent customs.

Which mold do you prefer to paint on and why?

I feel that both the 3″ and 9″ molds have their advantages and disadvantages. With the 9″ being physically bigger it can be much easier to get those tiny details to show up better. With the 3″ however, it is easier to hold in your hand, take the head and arms off, and requires less paint and time. I have also worked with the monorail mold, and enjoy using that one as well. I have painted jr. Vinylmations, but only in solid colors since they are so tiny and difficult to hold. I have not been able to work with the 95 mold, but hope to soon in the future.

What’s your favourite Custom you have ever created?
My favorite custom would probably be a tie between my Toy Story Green Alien, Expedition Everest, and Green Monorail. The Toy Story Green Alien is one of my favorite Disney characters, and I feel it turned out well on the Vinylmation mold. The Expedition Everest was my first 9″ custom, and one of my favorite attractions at Disney. The Green Monorail is one of my favorites because the monorail is my favorite way to travel in Disney, and with it having its own mold I think it turned out great.

And finally how can people get in touch with you?

People can contact me on my Facebook page for questions, my latest customs, purchasing customs (through contact of Facebook store) and commissioning work. My Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/customsbyzach.

For more information on my work people can visit my website at http://customsbyzach.webs.com.

Here are some examples of Zack’s work

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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 are featuring Aaralyn.

Here are some examples of Aaralyn’s work:

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You can get in touch with Aarlyn through her website http://www.artworksbyaaralyn.com, www.facebook.com/artworksbyaaralyn, and @ArtistAaralyn

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.

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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 are looking at the work of Heather Kattelman.

Here are some examples of Heather Kattelman’s work:

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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.

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The Vinylmation Kingdom loves Customs and we have decided to expand the Custom Showcase to twice a week.  Once a week it will feature a well known custom artist’s latest work while the other edition will continue as it has been with a Q&A with Custom Artists both well known and unknown.

In this edition, we are looking at the work of Jerry Sinner from Sinner Customs.

You can find more examples of Jerry’s work through Facebook & Twitter

If you would like to be featured on a Custom Showcase, feel free to get in touch with me using Twitter (@RogPalmerUK) or via email (Roger@Vinylmationkingdom.com)

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Welcome to a new feature on Vinylmation Kingdom, Custom Showcase.  Each week Vinylmation Kingdom talks to a Custom Artist about their latest project, the inspiration behind it along with some other questions we’ve put to the artists.  This week we spoke with Cesar Diaz

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Well as you already know my name is Cesar Diaz and I specialize in custom vinyl art. I started customizing back in 2008 with Munny vinyl figures and then moved on to Vinylmation in 2009. I’ve always done some form of art my whole life, but custom vinyls really caught my attention because it’s a different feeling being able to hold and look at your art from all angles versus seeing it on paper or a computer screen.

What is your latest custom project?

I just finished a 3” Darth Maul with cloak/hood and a 3” Sulley from Monsters Inc. I have multiple customs I’m working on right now but I like to keep those secret until I’m ready to reveal them.

Where do you get your Inspiration for your latest Custom Vinylmation?

For Sulley my inspiration was the Popcorn Vinylmation of Sulley. I really like the design of him. For Darth Maul I wanted to be a bit more playful with his facial expression. I know some artists like to make their customs more real looking, but I tend to prefer the more cartoonish look.

How do you go about designing your Custom?

I used to draw it first on paper. I upgraded drawing on the iPad, which makes thing so much eaiser. I use an app called Procreate with an iPad stylus and I have a digital version of the Vinylmation template. I do a quick sketch of the design, some simple colors and presto! I have a rough sketch of what the vinyl will look like. I do this process mostly when I get commission work, but lately I’ve been doing it freehand. I see it in my head and then I just start painting.

How many hours went into making your latest Custom project?

Sulley took me about 4hrs while Darth Maul took about 8hrs. It takes a lot longer when you’re working with tiny little clothes, or in this case a tiny cloak and hood.

What are some of your tips or tricks you can share with others?

I get this question a lot and the thing I will say is it really does make a difference on the quality of brushes and paint. If you’re a starting custom artist, go for the less expensive materials. But I suggest the more you work on customs the better you want them to look, and that’s where the good paints and brushes come in.

Which mold do you prefer to paint on and why?

I love painting on the new mold. The design and details come out so much better. However, the old mold has a better look to it. It actually has all the Mickey characteristics while the new mold just looks like a Mickey silhouette.

What’s your favourite Custom you have ever created?

That’s very tough to say. They are all my favorite. But if I would have to pick one, it would be the 3” Buzz Lightyear with wings. I was actually sad to see him go, but I’m glad he found a good home.

And finally how can people get in touch with you?

People can visit my main website at mycustomations.com. There they can fill out a “Request a custom” form and I will get back to them with a quote. Also on my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/mycustomations. I do giveaways almost every Saturday. That’s another way of obtaining one of my customs, and for free!

Here are some examples of Cesar Diaz’s work:

If your 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.

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Welcome to a new feature on Vinylmation Kingdom, Custom Showcase.  Each week Vinylmation Kingdom talks to a Custom Artist about their latest project, the inspiration behind it along with some other questions we’ve put to the artists.  This week we spoke with Andrew Tucker.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m currently getting my Master’s in Creative Writing with an emphasis in fiction, but in my spare time I have always been interested in graphic design. Once I started collecting vinyls last year, I began to transfer some of those graphic designs to Vinylmations. I’ve always been a huge fan of Disney.

What is your latest custom project?

My latest custom project is my “Finding Nemo” Vinylmation 95. I really wanted to capture the bright colors and vibrant scenes that I love in the film, and when I got the 95 mold, I knew it was the right canvas.

Where do you get your Inspiration for your latest Custom Vinylmation?

Finding Nemo has always been one of my absolute favorite movies, and when I started painting the vinyl, I felt that Nemo and his undersea friends were underrepresented in the existing series. Both Park 11 Crush and Pixar 1 Nemo came out between the time I started and the time I finished, but I was excited to release a vinyl that contained an actual scene from the movie, as well as some other characters.

How do you go about designing your Custom?

If I’m doing a vinyl based on a movie, I like to put the movie on and get some inspiration for scenes and characters to capture. I always sketch the design out on paper before painting, and for 95s and 9” pieces I usually do some sketching on the vinyl itself. For 3” figures I just go at it.

How many hours went into making your latest Custom project?

I probably put about 40 hours into the Nemo custom. Crush and Squirt alone took at least 6.

What are some of your tips or tricks you can share with others?

Don’t start painting if you know you don’t have time to get done what you want to get done in that sitting. That’s a trick I learned from writing. Being patient and not rushing is key for me. Also, I like to paint with a buddy. Fellow artist Mike Vetrone and I paint together pretty often, and it’s nice because we can bounce ideas off each other and urge each other to keep going if we’re getting tired or frustrated. He really helped me out when I was first starting, and I probably wouldn’t be painting if it weren’t for his encouragement.

Which mold do you prefer to paint on and why?

I prefer the new 3” mold, but then again I don’t have much experience with the other molds yet. The 95 mold was an excellent canvas, but the curves can pose a challenge.

What’s your favourite Custom you have ever created?

My favorite custom I have created to date is my Nemo 95, but my Glitch Vanellope is a close second.

And finally how can people get in touch with you?

Email: andrewwesleytucker@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/andrewtuckerdesigns

Twitter: @TUCKmeinatnight

Instagram: atuckerphoto

 

If your 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.