Another custom on small 3-inch platform, this time on Vinylmation. Disney has created a range of Vinylmations specifically for Create Your Own, there is a wide selection of products available. There are 9inch blanks (and one with Mickey logo’s on to fill in) along with 3inch figures. There have been Juniors CYO sets released in Japan but aren’t yet available in the US. There is also a Glow in the Dark 9inch figure available plus a Lightening McQueen Car’s mold. And if your artist skills aren’t as good as you would like, there are sticker sets for your CYO’s. The blank toy was sent to me over the ocean by Linda from the USA, the very first person who trusted me with a commission. She bought me this gift in Disneyland in California.
I decided to paint it as Walt Disney and keep him on my desk as a tribute to the man who pushed the art of animation to the next level and shaped entertainment and toy industry all over the world. I know that the world he created is full of colors, but I made him black and white to match my Albert Einstein figure.
My second custom was the tribute to John Lasseter, the man who created Pixar and pushed the boundaries in computer animation technology and storytelling with every movie coming out from the studio. I painted him on 3inch Vinylmation with his signature Hawaiian shirt illustrated with characters from Finding Nemo. He owns few hundreds of Hawaiian shirts, check this short interview on Youtube. He also collects toys and keeps them his office which looks like the toy shop.
Here he is standing next to my previous Vinylmation Walt Disney. Both of them created first full length animated movies revolutionary in their technologies of that time and most successful of all times. I am always waiting impatiently for every new Pixar film.
This is custom Vinylmation commissioned by Richard from the United States. He runs at races and already has an impressive collection of medals hanging on walls. He also collects vinyl figures, one per each trophy. They look really cool together, what a great idea for extra motivation. Richard asked me to paint him wearing his team colors and logo on 3-inch Vinylmation. I even modified Mickey’s feet to form actual running shoes. The rest was painted on top of the original figure. Portraits are tricky, but I agreed to give it a try and we are both happy with the end result.
Wish you all the best and even more gold medals!