Sunday, October 31, 2010

Vintage "Year of the Dragon" Wood Panel for Andy of Toys R Evil



What you see above is a quick shot of my "Year of the Dragon" logo that I made 'vintage' on an 8"x 8" wood panel. More photos will be taken soon, but I will be putting this up on my webstore in the next few days and all proceeds will be sent to help Andy of Toys R Evil (for those that don't know, check this site out: Vinylhearts.com).

I took a different direction for this panel, instead of doing my usual bright colors and what not (well this is still in bright colors), I wanted to try to make it look more 'vintage', like it was used for years or something. I always find it nice to try new ideas and methods, so hope you guys like this one - I'm happy w/ the way it came out.

This may be my last custom for a little bit as I want to take a break (see my last blog post). Please help and buy this to benefit Andy of Toys R Evil! More pics soon, thanks!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What's Next? Baby Costs = $$$! Help Andy!

Well New York Comic Con 2010 has come and gone and I was very happy w/ the experience. I would love to go again next year! However, I prepared a bunch of customs and for some reason, none sold. Honestly I'm a little surprised that none sold and thought my prices were very reasonable. Perhaps people don't like my work? Perhaps people don't have the money? I'm not sure, but whatever the reason, I may step back from doing too many customs for now.

It's not because none sold, it's more because I'd like to concentrate on doing more digital art and character design. I'd love to create my own characters and I'd love to do what Simone Legno did, create art, characters, etc. and have them become a brand. That's my ultimate goal; so while creating customs is fun, my main goal is to hopefully one day, w/ much hard work and some luck, have my own brand. Hopefully.

So to accomplish this, I need to do more graphical/digital/pencil/whatever work. Of course I'll keep doing customs here and there as well!

Also, for those that don't know, my wife is pregnant w/ our first child and wow, does baby products cost a lot! So if anyone can, it would be helpful to me if you can buy a custom or even a promo pack from my web store, not only are you helping me but you are helping my child. Props to those that do!

AW177 Web Store: http://aw177.bigcartel.com/

I'll also be working on a small 8"x8" wood 'Year of the Dragon' canvas piece to raise money for Andy from Toys R Evil. For those that don't know, Toys R Evil is one of the best designer toy/toy/etc. web blogs out there, run by one man show, Andy Heng. Andy has been helpful and informative to the entire toy community, and he recently suffered a stroke. Luckily he is doing better now and I'd like to raise some money to help him out. So I will be selling a small canvas coming out soon and hope some great and nice people out there will be willing to buy it to help out a great guy like Andy. Props to Andy for always getting my back and w/ NYCC! Be strong bro!

That's it for now - oh and the 25th Anniversary of Back to the Future is out on Blu-Ray; go cop it, love the trilogy! Talk soon!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

AW177 on NYCC Video + Birthday + Custom Sale!

More news today - yesterday at the last day of NYCC, I was interviewed by a blogger named Lynette Chiang from Fast Company.com regarding executive toys and NYCC at the Tenacious Toys booth. She is a friend of Benny's, and we spoke and she filmed a small clip of me talking (and way too close to my face!). Nemo is in it w/ me as well, so it was fun and you can view the clip here:

NYCC: A Glimpse at the Industry of Delight - Full Story




I'm featured somewhere around the 4:30 to 4:31 mark!

Also, today October 12 is my birthday! Yes I am old and yes I won't tell you how old! And to coincide w/ that, I will be releasing my NYCC "Lucky" Miao & Mousubi custom on my store; it was made w/ spray paint, paint markers and blood, sweat and tears! I'm really happy w/ how this one came out, and w/ the size and effort placed on it, I don't think the price is too high! So if you like it, please support me and bring it home to cherish and enjoy! Thanks!

AW177 Store


Monday, October 11, 2010

NYCC 2010 - Aftermath!

I had a blast for my first time at New York Comic Con 2010 - I went all three days (October 8-10)! Big props to Benny & Steph from Tenacious Toys for giving me my first artist signing (October 9, 2010 from 1-2pm) - they believed in me enough to let me have an artist signing at their booth in the second largest convention in the US! I am deeply indebted to them and gave them one of my customs as a small token of my appreciation - so anyone wanting my Mr. Power "Circuitz" custom, it now belongs to Benny!

Great to meet so many people - props to Osiris Orion, Jason Freeny, NEMO, Keithing (ToyQube), Steve Talkowski (Sketchbot), Mr. Munk, Stephen Donaldson, Moedahoe, Floyd 44, Dril One, Bluegreenkey, etc! If I forgot you, I'm sorry!

Pics and info of my adventure at NYCC are up on my Flickr - easier than to redo them all on my blog!

NYCC 2010 Adventure!

AW177 Artist Signing!


Unfortunately, my customs did not sell at the convention - that's fine w/ me, it was more about bringing my art for people to see and to enjoy more than making some money. I had a great time even though they didn't sell! I will be posting up the "Lucky" Miao & Mousubi custom up on my store sometime tomorrow in case anyone's interested in buying it! Thanks!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

"Circuit Harmony" AW177 Art Postcards - Limited!

For my signing on Saturday, 1-2pm at the Tenacious Toys booth, I only have about 15 of my art postcards, "Circuit Harmony" to give away. So if you want one, please stop by during the signing and ask for one! I'd be glad to sign it for you! Thanks!

See You at NYCC @ Tenacious Toys Booth!

Night before Comic Con! My first one, very exciting! I'm heading down tomorrow, October 9 to bring my customs to Benny at the Tenacious Toys booth and then chillin' there for a bit before walking around the con! Hope to meet some of you there! As a reminder, here's what I have going on at the con:

Customs up for sale are:
- 3 collaboration Mad*L customs
- "Circuitz" Mr. Power custom
- "Lucky" Miao & Mousubi customs

Items to be given away are:
- AW177 MiniCards: stop by on my signing day/time and ask for one of my minicards! One per customer please!
- AW177 "Circuit Harmony" art postcard: there will only be a limited amound of postcards to be given away during my signing time/date; come by, ask for one, and I'll sign it for you!

I'm not really a sketch artist, so if you come by and ask for a sketch, I may do something funky, but I'll try to come up w/ something!

I'll be wearing this shirt tomorrow, so you'll know how I look like! If you see me, say what up!


Thanks all!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

NYCC 2010 - Done? Sketches? Hmm...

I think I've busted my ass enough for NYCC at this point. I had a few little things here and there that I was thinking of making, like some small picture frames to put some pics in or price cards, etc. but think I won't do it. Too beat and too tired and too much going on personally w/ me at this point.

So, whatever you see in my last post is what I'm bringing w/ me to the con. As for signings, that I can do, but sketches, I'm not really a sketch artist, so if you want a sketch I can try to do something but I warn you it may not be pretty! But I hope to meet some of you peeps up at the con! Thanks!

AW177 NYCC 2010 items @ Tenacious Toys Booth!



These are the items I will be bringing with me to NYCC 2010 and displaying/selling at the Tenacious Toys booth,with a signing/sketch session by me on Saturday, October 9 at 1pm EST.

Customs up for sale are:
- 3 collaboration Mad*L customs
- "Circuitz" Mr. Power custom
- "Lucky" Miao & Mousubi customs

Items to be given away are:
- AW177 MiniCards: stop by on my signing day/time and ask for one of my minicards! One per customer please!
- AW177 "Circuit Harmony" art postcard: there will only be a limited amound of postcards to be given away during my signing time/date; come by, ask for one, and I'll sign it for you!

I'm not really a sketch artist, so if you come by and ask for a sketch, I may do something funky, but I'll try to come up w/ something!

AW177 Elite Division Warriors - NYCC 2010 Custom Collaboration Mad*Ls



Full Set! These will be on display/for sale at the Tenacious Toys booth at NYCC 2010, with a signing/sketch session by me on Saturday, October 9 at 1pm EST.

More full set pics up on my Flickr: AW177 Flickr

Check out Kevin's work at: Kevin Gosselin

"Phoenix Rising" Elite Division Warrior #3 - NYCC 2010 Custom Collaboration Mad*L



Finally, the reveal of the third and last member of the Elite Division Warriors Mad*L for New York Comic Con 2010 - "Phoenix Rising" Elite Division Warrior #3! This is a custom 5" Mad*L collaboration between Kevin Gosselin and myself. Kevin is an excellent sculptor/artist and I was really happy to have been able to work with him on this figure. Kevin did all the sculpting to resemble an ancient Chinese (terra cotta) warrior, while I did all the artwork. Kevin sculpted it to fit my art style and allowed much surface area for me to do my thing while still maintaining the look of a warrior.

Background story and more details/pics/pricing to come. This will be on display/for sale at the Tenacious Toys booth at NYCC 2010, with a signing/sketch session by me on Saturday, October 9 at 1pm EST.

More pics up on my Flickr: AW177 Flickr

Check out Kevin's work at: Kevin Gosselin

Monday, October 4, 2010

AW177 New Customs for New York Comic Con 2010!

Wow. I haven't posted this much stuff in a long time. For those that have seen my collabo Terra Cotta Mad*Ls (one more to be revealed), I also have other customs that will be displayed and sold at NYCC, at the Tenacious Toys booth.

These customs are different from my usual style, less 'cartoony' and used different techniques to create them. I believe in changing your art style here and there, to keep the fans on their toes and to always try out new and different styles; why keep doing the same thing over and over?

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

"Lucky" Miao & Mousubi AW177 Custom Vinyl Figure:








An old favorite of mine, from the "Power Arts for Power Up" Show, "Circuitz"!








More pics up on my Flickr: AW177 Flickr

"Tiger Fury" Elite Division Warrior #2 - NYCC 2010 Custom Collaboration Mad*L



Here's a peek at the second of three customs for New York Comic Con 2010 - "Tiger Fury" Elite Division Warrior #2! This is a custom 5" Mad*L collaboration between Kevin Gosselin and myself. Kevin is an excellent sculptor/artist and I was really happy to have been able to work with him on this figure. Kevin did all the sculpting to resemble an ancient Chinese (terra cotta) warrior, while I did all the artwork. Kevin sculpted it to fit my art style and allowed much surface area for me to do my thing while still maintaining the look of a warrior.

Background story and more details/pics/pricing to come. This will be on display/for sale at the Tenacious Toys booth at NYCC 2010, with a signing/sketch session by me on Saturday, October 9 at 1pm EST.

More pics up on my Flickr: AW177 Flickr

Check out Kevin's work at: Kevin Gosselin

Sunday, October 3, 2010

"Koi Blossom" Jouwe - SOLD! YAY!



Yay! Thanks to Spankystokes.com for the pic, my "Koi Blossom" Jouwe figure sold at the opening night of the Toy Art Gallery custom Jouwe show! Yay!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

AW177 x Kevin Gosselin: WIP

Hmmm...