Monday, November 29, 2010

Kinda Quiet...

I know I've been kinda quiet lately but hopefully next month/January, you'll see some big moves! Really busy for me lately, w/ an about-due pregnant wife and all, so I'm kinda on the down low as of late; plus want to concentrate more on 2D work. I'll throw a custom here or there or join a show here or there, so keep watching this blog for more updates! Peace!

Oh and w/ the copyright issue below, thanks to "Kriskitten" from Twitter for the help!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Question to You Folks - Copyrighting

Hey all,

For those that read my blog (appreciate it!) I wanted to throw out a question to you all: copyrighting. How many of you have logos, symbols, characters, etc. that you created, and afraid to put them online due to theft? Do you actually go about the process of copyrighting your creations? And if so, how do you actually go about doing so?

I have currently 2 copyrights; 1 for my 2D "Circuit Death" logo and another for my 3D "Circuit Death 3D" logo. I submitted my copyrights to the US Copyright Office and almost a year and half later, after some pestering and emailing for statuses, I finally received my copyrights for both images. However, if I changed a detail of the image, let's say I wanted a different color, would I need to submit another copyright? Or would one copyright suffice?

Or let's say I created a character(s) and wanted to put them on t-shirts, website, etc; would it be a good idea to copyright the characters first and then show them to the world? Doing so may take a year and half to get the copyright; by then I would have moved on to another project! And if you submitted a character copyright, would you have to show a graphic of the front, back, side, top, below, etc?

Now I read that once you put something up, you automatically have a 'copyright' for it, however if someone copies it, it'll be harder for you to fight it w/o an official copyright. Or I heard about the DIY copyright, about sending you a letter w/ the graphic in it to get the date/time stamp, but that doesn't hold up anymore. Or if I put up something on my own personal website, would it be a good idea to copyright my entire website to protect my property??

Lots and lots of questions and I would love to hear some answers from those that have any experience in it. Please place some comments/info/help if you have any and appreciate the responses - maybe this info can help those that have the same question(s) out there. Thanks!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Computer Arts Projects Big Question!

On Twitter, one of my favorite magazines, Computer Arts Project, asked the Big Question: ""What's your favorite aspect of Japanese creative culture, and how has it influenced your work?" I thought I would take some time to answer that question on my blog.

There is not just one aspect of Japanese creative culture that influences my work, but from many different concepts - traditional, manga, technological, etc. I like to take some varieties and mix them with Chinese aesthetics to create a colorful, bright, powerful and happy feel to my work, whether it be in printed or graphical form to customized viny art toys. I love the traditional simplistic look of the cherry blossom, the colorful and imaginative form of manga and the powerful technological strength of the Gundam and robots!

My mini business cards contain elements of Chinese and Japanese cultures mixed together to give it a more pop feel to them:

My customized art toys like my "Lucky" Miao & Mousubi, uses the basic form of nature elements, like the cherry blossom and rising sun, to give a sculpture like a lucky cat a modern appeal:

To me, the Japanese have always been leaders in the technological field, as most gadgets and toys (like Transformers) have influenced me to become more technical, and this has made its way into my art: the combination of the concept of Yin and Yang with harmony in a modern, technological world:

Also, what fan boy of Japanese robots be without customizing a Gundam?

I take inspiration from my Chinese roots but am always awe-struck at the art of Japanese culture. I feel as an artist you cannot be scared to mix different ideas and cultures to create new ones; don't let others tell you what you can and cannot do, take influences in your life and add them to forms of art that inspire you and you'll be surprised at what you can come up with!

Thank you Computer Arts Project for the great question! And for more pictures, you can view most of my art on my Flickr: AW177 Flickr

Thursday, November 11, 2010

AW177 J-Lui Custom...Gundam?

Hey all, decided to take a break from the customizing vinyl toy game and do something nice for my cousin who's turning 16 this month! He's really into building Gundams, and has a huge collection; I wanted to do something nice for his birthday, so offered to do him a custom Gundam! He is really excited to see and get it this weekend, so here are some pics of how it looks like. It's a customized Gundam Astray Blue Frame 2nd Revise Master Grade figure:

Also modified the original decal logo w/ a more personalized one (located on the front chest and 2x on the sword handle):

More pics of the customized Gundam up on my Flickr: AW177 Flickr

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vintage "Year of the Dragon" Wood Panel - More Pics!

Just wanted to show some more pics of my 'vintage' "Year of the Dragon" 8" x 8" wood panel, created w/ spray paints only. I am selling this off in my webstore starting today for $125 USD - all proceeds will go to helping Andy of Toys R Evil. Once the sale is made, I will take the funds and donate it to him via

So please, if you can, buy this piece and do some good for a great guy like Andy, who's done so much for me and the toy community! And any blogs out there who read this, please put this up so that many can see and help Andy out! Thanks so much!

AW177 Webstore: "Year of the Dragon" vintage 8" x 8" wood panel