About Me

I am a professional graphic designer and right now I am moon lighting as a toy customizer. Every waking minute outside of work I commit to painting and sculpting custom toys.

Monday, January 9, 2012

First Customs of 2012

Now that I've settled into the New Year, got my studio revamped and ready to go I've started production on a number of pieces that I showed the sketches for a few months back. A couple of them are going to be some serious sculpts and I can say 2 things about these types of projects: 1. I am really loving the challenge of pieces like this as I really need to sit down and think about how I am actually going to pull it off. I always do but almost always the working process is very seat-of-the-pants as I'm working. The pieces that come to mind that I just started are the:

8" Dunny U-Boat and Fish Captain
- The head of the Dunny is being transformed into a U-Boat that will have a removable deck that will reveal the inner workings of the sub. And there will be a place on the central deck area which will be the single centered ear where the 3" Fish Captain will take his place.

3" Medusa
- Sculpting all the snakes for the head, her snake body with all the scales and then just to cover up most of it with flowing Grecian sculpey threads... this 3" figure is giving me fits.

8" Kraken
- This too will have his legs replaced with a slug like single serpent foot and unattached tail piece, 4 arms and a massive gaping mouth not to mention the surface sculpt and details. This one is in the early stages still but he is gonna be epic.

Also still working on the 3 Storms from "Big Trouble in Little China mini-Munny trio. Their hats have proved to be a major bitch but I finished Lightning and he looks sick so the other 2 should fall right in line. On deck I have a 3" Perseus, 3" Stygian Witch, 3" Constellation, custom Bubo sculpt, 3" Gundam Samurai, 3" Ox Viking, a Chuckboy Mutation, Mini-Munny Strider, 3" Chinese Warrior, Mini Munny Desert Punk, The next 3 members of the Justice League and Most Wanted 3... and much, much more. Not to mention the Jaws that has had me stalled for over a year. I need to kick that into gear ASAP. Got some awesome 1st time platforms coming in already for 2012 including a Dragon King by Kano and a Cure Boogie. And I still have quite a few 3A customs to finish as well that are mostly part of the same platoon. Quite a year to come and somewhere in there I need to find time to submit some production designs as well.

On an unrelated note, I am heading home right now to film my Survivor application video for the upcoming 2012 and 2013 seasons. I am not disillusioned in thinking I will actually make it on to the show but as lame as it sounds I would love to be on it. I'm a huge fan of competition to begin with and Survivor is a type of game that demands the best of all of ones characteristics—physical, mental and social and testing myself on all fronts is something that is very appealing. Lets hope I don't have a chance so I can stay home and finish all these toys :)



  1. Good luck Jared on both fronts. Sophie, the last Survivor winner was from my wife's hometown so it would be cool to have another connection to another player.

  2. I got my application submitted in time so all we can do is wait. This was the first time I've ever applied but I've been thinking about it for a couple years now.