Early in the Keichō era on the small Pacific island of Kōzushima of the southwest coast of Japan lived a young man named Yokurou. Yokurou had a great passion for the ocean and it was said his love was so strong he was able to speak with the sea gods. Yokurou would play in the ocean and ride the coarse waves until one day in his 17th year he fell in love with a young girl named Koneneme. For 3 years the loved in peace. Yokurou was then called to the mainland to serve under the rule of the great emperor Go-Yōzei. Much was his loyalty to the realm so with heavy heart Yokurou left his wife and baby daughter to fulfill his duties. After 20 years of service and having become a great samurai warrior, it is said Yokurou summoned the sea god Wani 鰐 to spirit him across the ocean back to his loving wife and daughter.
Yokurou's armor and helmet are fashioned after the sea god Wani 鰐, the powerful sea dragon.
This is a one of a kind custom done for commission.
OK, here as promised are some wip pics of the entire process I'll go through to customize this coarse jaw.
No pussy-footing around, time to chop off the foot!
As you can see there's a plastic peg within the leg and it's filled with a soft powdery resin. I removed the resin but leave the sole slightly on.
Here I'm carving away the shorts to accommodate the new design. Here you can see lots of the old resin. I'll leave most of it there and just cover up with the new harder Magic Sculpt resin.
Now that I've carved away everything I need for the moment it's time to fix the fit. I fill in the empty sneaks with my magic sculpt and use the sneaks as molds. Essentially I'm creating feet with the negative space.
With the shoe filled with Magic sculpt I place it back on the peg and wait for the resin to harden.
Once enough time has passed I cut away the sneaker top exposing the new resin. I leave the sneaker sole. This will eventually become the sandal of the character.
Here the new foot has been revealed. In this stage it is just blocked out but it's now a more appropriate size in relation to the sneaker. It's the size the coarse noop's foot would be if he took off his sneaker.
Here I've removed more vinyl and sculpted the new pants on one side.
Filling the other sneak with resin
Both sneakers blocked out and new pants sculpted.
And here I've sculpted the socks, sandals and begun the shin guard on one side.
Usually I kinda relish diving right in and hacking and slashing the toys I'm asked to customize. But I started this piece just days after I had heard about the slight controversy regarding Jason Freeny's Coarse Jaw. If you had not heard about it I'll sum up briefly. The client who commissioned the work was not happy when he received the piece and discovered scuff makes around the non-customized sections of the toy. With that on my mind I didn't dive in with as much gusto as I usually do. Fortunately for me though, my style is one that completely remakes the toy and its surface so everything the client see is intentional. Well, most everything, there are happy accidents.
Anyways, take a look at some of the slashing I had to do and ask yourself if as a client you would be comfortable seeing me hack your very expensive coarse toy like so.
I am currently working on another Coarse Jaw and will be posting WIP pics all throughout the process. I'll be posting those pics soon.
I had to cut away a lot of the shorts to make the new loin cloth.
As you can see, beneath the vinyl is a soft powdery resin.
Carving more cloth
I wanted to create feet wearing sandals so I had to cut away the sneaker. I found more soft resin and eventually decided to remove the entire foot. Removing sneaker I find the plastic pegs. Here I am already done one leg and have moved on to the second.
I ended up using the hollow sneaker as a mold, filling it with new resin and leaving the sole of the sneaker as the sandal.
Here I have my roughed in leg, and stable and ready to texture.
In order to add extra resin to the head and still have the shark head fit, I had to shave a layer of vinyl off the head. Vinyl chips everywhere!
Early in the 15th century located in a hidden port of the southern Mexican coast there lived a legendary noop named Chimalli. Chimalli refused to live by the traditions of the edlers and left the life of farming to pursue a life of adventure. He wandered many years shirking responsibility to play all day. For many years he was away from his family until one day he returned with the ability walk on the waves. Chimalli became much admired for his skill by the young but he feared and angered the elders. The young ones would follow him around begging for the knowledge he possessed. He refused all and yet he accepted gifts of food and precious stones from his worshipers. Chimalli guarded his wealth and secrets. The elders warned him that his laziness and greed would be the death of him and spoke of the devil who would come to claim all he was and possessed. He laughed at the elders and was still heard laughing as the great devil shark devoured him on the waves. The Chimalli Noop totem serves as a reminder of the pain that laziness and greed can bring. Although many young noop to this day still reveres Chimalli as a daredevil prince who points the way to happiness the lesson is there for those who see.
Here's a piece I just finished last week for a private collector. I started it a while ago, it got put aside again and again due to other projects but I finally was able to place it as a priority. I really tried to take my time and do this right. And for the most part I'm very happy with it. Still need to work on my human figures more, especially faces but overall, I was very pleased with this piece. I named the piece, and the rabbit, Aloysius after a pet rabbit I had many years ago. It's a one of a kind sculpture made out of magic sculpt resin(armature) and polymer clay for the detail. It was hand painted with acrylic and brush.
Last update everyone, just wanted to say thank you to all who supported me and bought a golem or tree ent, and all those who wanted to but didn't have the extra $$
All of them sold and it's a good indicator that I can go ahead and create some more of these limited series, next time though they definitely gotta have more goodies with them, these two were a bit bare bones, with no deadline but a quality finish expect better stuff from me in the future, looking forward to keeping you all happy
Thanks to all who purchased a tree ent or golem. My show at dragatomi with Troy and Jesse went very well and I managed to sell all the ents in the series of 6 plus it's original, and then also sold 3 of the golems plus the original. I really appreciate the interest and support in my work, you guys help me do what I love and I'm eternally grateful.
that means I have some golems remaining. 5 to be exact. These casts are part of a limited resin series of 10 of a mini munny each signed and numbered. Show's over now and I just got my pieces back yesterday. I'll be reducing the price of everything. The golems were $175 plus shipping, I'll now be selling them for $125 plus shipping. If you want one, let me know by emailing me.
This piece is called "Ready for Bedtime". It's based loosely off a design I did nearly a couple years ago for a mimobot contest. I liked the color scheme and the goofy smile so it's been back in my mind as a concept for a munny. It's a regular sized munny so with the leg extensions and ears it stand around 14 inches tall. This is a one-of-a kind piece and it will be showing and available for purchase all month long in Urban Decay II.
Say hello to Sydney the Sapling. Sydney was created one fateful night when a wandering old kind hearted, yet poor sighted witch clumsily flew her broomstick into a giant oak tree. On she flew unawares that she had accidentally spilled some of her magic powder loose from her bag of tricks. Magic powder is powerful stuff and we're lucky it didn't fall and do any damage, or did it? But that's another story, for another time. Today I will tell you how that powder managed to sprinkle on one tiny acorn to close to the giant tree. If it hadn't been for the powder, why I doubt this little guy would have had a chance to grow at all in that deep shape. But it had been sprinkled, and in time, and a little luck, something magical happened. Sydney was born. Now Sydney, being just a sapling, is just too light in the britches to stay standing long. He's a clever little guy though and he used all his sappy strength to grab a hold of a small rock which keeps him grounded. And who's this he's looking at? Some Woolly Bully Caterpillar with no respect at all chewing through his leafy hand. Sydney gets no respect.
As for Woolly Bully...
he's a no nonsense caterpillar who's on a mission to earn his wings. All those in his way will be devoured!
OK, here's number two. Now I know this seems like it's beat to death but people seem to like and I've allowed myself to make a mega, a regular size one and now a series of minis. BUT THAT"S IT!! No more golems for you after this. hehe, at least not this version ;-)
There will be 8 of these fellas available at the show tomorrow. The original plus 7 out of 10 of the resin series, three are being held back. Each is signed, numbered and comes with a "Golem, my command is card" which will allow the owner to cast a command spell to their golem.
OK, you've seen a couple of these guys before, and although my wife says, "haven't you done that idea to death?" I said, "no, in fact I've only done two." Believe it or not I did the original tree ent that got me a win in Munnyworld almost two years ago and the another munny ent shortly after but otherwise, no other munny ents. SOOOOO, I figured I'd make a series of them. This isn't your average mini munny though, I stretched the body an additional 2 inches to give the added tree effect. The series is limited to six of which two are reserved for a couple special individuals in my family. Plus the original is also available, so that makes 5 that will be at the show. Each one is handed painted, signed and numbered.
Originally I was just going to do another rock golem piece but in the style of the red rocks of Utah but when I finished I felt it didn't have the personality I had hoped for. I knew I needed something else so I decided to add a supporting character. When reading up on what animals would be present in that environment I came upon a still of Beaky Buzzard and Bugs Bunny. As I am a huge fan of the old Warner Brothers Looney Tunes I was immediately sold. The piece is titled "Bringing Home A Baby Bumblebee"
Tonight's the night. My nephew Zinn, who is just 7 years old, is curating his own art show. He's picked the theme of Monsters and Aliens and surprise surprise he invited me to be a part of the show. Being that I'm pretty much an unknown in the Seattle scene and nobody has any preexisting ideas about my art, I decided to do 4 original sculpts. I'll post up picks tomorrow, but if you're in Seattle tonight head on over to Bherd Studios to see the opening.
So over the last couple days there's been a interest in a illustration I did a while back. I had submitted this to a couple t-shirt sites but no one accepted the design. I placed it on redbubble and didn't think too much of it afterwards. But I guess the show has been gaining interest and in turn now my shirt.
If you'd like to create a shirt head on over to my redbubble site and make one.
It's on everyone. Starting now until Sunday evening I'll be taking bids through email for the the albino cannibal dunny AP I created for the most wanted series 2. It's the last AP up for grabs and the only Albino version out there. Only 6 Albinos if you include the ones found in the series. If you want it just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll keep you posted if someone out bids you. I'll send out a final warning at 6 PM PST Sunday and will close the bidding at 7 PM PST.
Kevin Gosselin is a custom toy designer and illustrator influenced by sci-fi and fantasy art, comic books, anime, the masters and too many contemporary artist to fully list. Kevin is exploring the designer toy scene. It mixes his love of sculpture, illustration and fine art and is the perfect output for his passions.