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 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
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.