Saturday, February 19, 2011

AntArgus

I know this was a long drawn out process, but it's finally time to reveal my Alien Argus custom "AntArgus" for the Toy Art Gallery show. My winter hiking adventure definitely contributed to my inspiration for this custom. There were a lot of natural fades going on in the ice that I wanted to translate into this piece.







Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Attention Epoxy Sculptors

Anymore I grab my Apoxie sculpt when doing a custom, I still use Super Sculpey on original sculpts and or things that I need more time with. The fact that Apoxie Sculpt air dries and is more durable than SS makes it all the better for toy customizing. Yet, I've noticed that Apoxie Sculpt warns that you should wear gloves and although Magic Sculpt doesn't state that I believe it probably would be the same. Although they state the glove warning I'm sure many of you out there (like myself) overlooked it and kept on sculpting barehanded. If you haven't tried to sculpt with gloves on give it a go, it's like trying to feel your way through a cave with no light. You can't get a feel for the sculpt at all. I've tried to take the safer route, but if I wanted to get anything done I had to ditch the gloves.

At the same time though, I didn't want to meet an early end because I was too bullheaded to wear gloves. I kept searching for an alternative to gloves to protect against the chemicals soaking into my skin. I finally stumbled upon a product called Invisible Glove by Blue Magic.



You apply this lotion like stuff on your hands prior to working with paints, grease, epoxies, etc... and it helps to clog your pours against chemical absorption. One application lasts about 4 hours and when you're done sculpting, you wash it off with soap and water. You will need to reapply to areas that you get wet, but I've gotten my hands wet while sculpting and it still seemed to be present. I did reapply to the areas that I knew would probably wear thin due to water. I wish they made it slightly tinted so you could see if any areas had worn away, but I'll leave that to the scientist haha.

Now when I finish sculpting with Apoxie Sculpt, I wash the Invisible Glove off and my hands don't have that tacky feel or epoxy build up that I was used to before using it. That build up, was also another reason I searched out a solution. I love what I do, but I want to keep doing it as long as possible without putting myself at risk. I know we deal with a lot of harsh chemicals, so I figured we should try to be as safe as possible along the way.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Alien Argus Show at TAG & Another WIP Pic

If you live around the Toy Art Gallery area, make sure you stop in February 26th to check out the Alien Argus Group show!




Check out the coverage over at the Toybot Studios blog to see some of the early previews that have popped up.

I figured since there are already previews being passed around the interwebs, I'd go ahead and share another WIP pic with all of you. Especially since there's a lot of brushwork to go and he'll look a lot different in the end.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

And The Winner Is...



Lucky number 4, Mycle! Congratulations!!! Please email your color choices and symptoms to me at troystith@hotmail.com

A BIG thanks to everyone who participated and for spreading the word around the interwebs. Really means a lot to me! I'll definitely be doing more giveaways soon and I'm always open for commissions, so if you didn't win and still want a Miscreant of your own, please use the email address above and we'll make that happen.

Have a great Sunday everyone.

Friday, February 11, 2011

First Alien Argus WIP Pics

Although I won't be doing too many of these pics, I figured I'd go ahead and share the initial stages of my Argus custom. Like I said in the newsletter the other day; I really like the Argus toy and I wanted to keep the integrity and feel of it so I'm opting to bring it to life with colors only. Still A LOT of painting to go, but man has this been fun so far!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

More Build on the Buildman

Finally got a chance to get back to work on the Buildman last night after I hit a stopping point with the Smash commission (I'll be sending out a WIP pic soon through the GM newsletter). I can't wait to wrap up the lower half of this one, so I can put some new ideas into action for the next one.





Tuesday, February 8, 2011

20,000 Tweets - Create A Miscreant Giveaway

WOW! I can't believe my blathering has extended into the 20,000 realm on Twitter. With that being said, let me thank all of you for sticking around through all of the madness. The continued support is greatly appreciated and I want to do another giveaway to show my appreciation.

I didn't want to do another "here's something that's already done giveaway", I wanted this one to have more meaning for the winner. What I've decided to do is let you create your own Miscreant. Yes those grimy bastards are back and have been waiting in the shadows to show their diseased faces again.



Here's what you win:

*1 Small Miscreant. Plaque size is in 3"-5" realm.
*Choose up to 3 colors that you would like to see on your diseased friend.
*Tell me the symptoms and I'll write the rest plus design the sculpt around those symptoms.

What do you have to do to win you ask. That's the easy part, all you have to do is leave a comment below and that will be your entry number. Just like the last giveaway I did, the winner will be selected randomly. Once the winner is selected, that person will then submit their color choices and symptoms to me.

The contest will end this Saturday (2/12) and I'll choose the winner randomly on Sunday (2/13).

Thanks again for making 2010 great and here's to a fantastic 2011!