Hey guys! It’s a New Year! And here is my very first custom of 2019! For the first time I am taking part in the annual Yeti show over at the Mothership Toy Gallery! It’s a show I’ve wanted to take part in before, but since I generally am super busy during the first months of every new year to get ready for ToyCon UK, I just haven’t had the time. Not that I’m NOT busy this year, no I’m probably busier than ever before. But after some persuasion I said yes! Hahaha! So here he is, Yossi Yeti, my contribution for the “World War Yeti” show on the 26th of January, 2019!
I don’t work on Munny’s very often. In fact I’ve only made three so far in my Toy Designer career. It was nice to go back to a DIY platform and a simple shape. I didn’t do anything like it last year and even though working on well sculpted toys is a treat. It can sometimes be very hard to imagine your own original sculpt on top of them. So this was easy peasy! I just jumped straight in there and started sculpting.
Something I’ve stopped doing recently, is sketching before sculpting. I find it very liberating to just start putting chunks of clay on the toy and see where it takes me. I obviously have an idea of what I want things to look like, in my head. But I now let my fingers and tools guide me and I let them create what they want. Planning things too thoroughly makes me unhappy, and so I have stopped. Sculpting has become such a big part of my life and it now feels like a dance more than anything else.
I’ve also started playing around with varnishes. It is hard to show on photos but I have used gloss varnish around his nose and mouth as well as the inside of the the eyelids. I think it’s a nice touch that you might not expect. A little surprise, if you at all pick it up hahaha! I guess I am working on getting more “realism” in to my pieces even if they are as far away from reality as you can get.
…..and texture! I didn’t use to like texture…. But with the increased intricacy of my sculptwork I feel that texture and colour variants are becoming more and more important. So I tried some dry-brushing on the horns. I’ve never really used it before, but I think it came out pretty nice, and I will probably continue to use it in the future.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!