Here's my latest piece. It was commissioned by a Jamungo collector who gave me free reign with the platform. He gave me a bud and a nade and asked me to customize both of them. Not necessarily together. When I got them, I had honestly never seen one or the other and was a little nervous about working on them. The plastic was really hard and the limbs were so small. I worried that it would be difficult to achieve anything dynamic with them. After (ehem) months of sitting on my shelf waiting to be customized when I got around to it I finally had a concept that worked for me. Simply put, the two would be wrestling for their lives. One trying to detonate the other. I didn't want to overdo the piece with lots of color and characterization like I do with a lot of my other pieces. I wanted the original platforms and the struggle to take the spotlight so I decided to make the piece a bronze. Now I can paint anything with bronze paint and it will look like a bronze statue but the second you pick it up there's no fooling anyone. These toys are so light that I needed to add some serious weight to them to make the piece convincing. So I filled the heads and the base with as many fishing sinkers as I could. At shipping the piece weighed about 2.5 lbs. It is a small piece with a lot of weight. Anyways, here's the piece. And thanks for being very patient Colin.
Posted by Kevin Gosselin at Wednesday, December 15, 2010