Custom Harley Quinn

I'm not a big fan of most of the Harley Quinn designs going around so I decided to make my own. Here's my take on a more punk-styled Harely... think Harley Quinn meets Tank Girl (but with more clothes).

Here is the original figure. I used a DC Collectables "New 52" Harely.

And here's my custom. I hand-sculpted the pants and jacket with some Aves Fixit Sculpt and gave the figure a complete repaint. I still have to add her signature diamond pattern to the right thigh and I also plan on adding some tattoos made from custom printed water-slide decals (although I've never used water-slide decals before, so I'm going to practice a bit before attempting to add them to this custom).

Arkham Asylum Joker

This is the Joker figure from the Arkham Asylum video game. It's mostly just a repaint, although I did mod a few things and I scratch-built ALL of his weapons.

The gun was completely scratch-built from sheets of styrene. The flag on the end is removable. The teeth were sculpted in Sculpey clay, baked, and painted.

Here is the character model from the game.

The original figure is on the left, my cuctom is on the right. The figure was mostly kept the same colors, but I did add a dark wash to his suit to add shadows to the wrinkles. A dark brown wash was added to the yellow vest. The fingers on his right hand were heated and bent into a holding position, and both hands were painted white. His head was completely repainted and I altered the look of his makeup, making it look a little more sloppy.

And here is a closeup of the teeth.

"Cute Polar Bear"

It was requested that I draw a "cute polar bear"... this is the result.

Bumblebee Animated GIF

I animated this in stop-motion first, and then traced over it as pixel art in Photoshop. So here's an animated transforming Bumblebee.

Custom Bombshell

Continuing my classic Transformers figures, here's the Insecticon Bombshell. The figure got a full repaint as well as a scratch-built weapon.

All purple sections were repainted in a slightly darker purple, all grey sections were painted silver, all black sections were painted in a dark mix of silver and black, and all yellow sections were painted in gold and then covered in a custom mix of Tamiya clear yellow and red for a metallic orange look. I then added tiny bits of silver to the edges to simulate a worn and grimy look.

Insect mode...
Original figure right side.

Custom figure right side.

Original figure back.

Custom figure back.

Original figure left side.

Custom figure left side.

Original figure front.

Custom figure front.

Original figure top.

Custom figure top.

Original figure bottom.

Custom figure bottom.

Robot mode...
Original figure front.

Custom figure front.

Original figure right side.

Custom figure right side.

Original figure back.

Custom figure back. I also used some modeling putty to fill in the large gap in his back.

Original figure left side.

Custom figure left side.

Here are all the pieces used to make the gun. A plastic silly straw, plastic cap, and plastic brush protector tube.

Here are all the pieces glued together.

And then painted.

A perfect fit.

Lego Hoth Chewbacca

So I was working on a few Lego Star Wars customs this morning... and here's one of them. Lego Hoth Chewbacca. Lego has only released "normal" Chewie, but I decided to make one with a bit of snow like how he appeared in the outdoor scenes on the ice planet Hoth.

I simply added white paint to highlight a few areas where snow would collect on the fur. I also added the white eye dots since the eyes were previously unpainted.

I based the snow highlighting on this scene where Chewbacca has snow on his face.

Conan Animated

I decided to turn my Conan art into a mini animation loop. So here it is.
Layers were cut apart in Photoshop, then the pic was animated in After Effects.


So Conan O'Brien hosted an art contest for his show at San Diego Comic Con. I entered, and my art was actually featured on his show! The episode it was featured on aired on 7/10/15.

Here is the artwork I submitted. It's a digital drawing of his superhero character, "The Flaming C".

Here's a screenshot of my pic as it appeared in the episode.

Custom Dinobot Snarl

So we're still waiting for Hasbro to release official Generations Dinobot figures based on the characters from the original G1 TV show. Until that day comes, I've settled on some 3rd party Dino Transformers from TFC. Here is Snarl.

The figure was given a completely new paint job in the correct G1 colors and some smaller details were sculpted on. I decided to base the color scheme on the character design from the Fall of Cybertron video game because that design is much more modern and detailed than the original TV design.

Original figure (left), custom (right). The top green mark on the chest was filled in with Aves Fixit Sculpt and an Autobot insignia label was added (label from reprolabels).

Original figure (left), custom (right).

Original figure (left), custom (right).

Original figure (left), custom (right).

Original figure (top), custom (bottom). Not only was the figure completely repainted, but quite a bit was resculpted as well. The sides of Dino mode were given a thin layer of Fixit Sculpt and mechanical-style details were sculpted in. I also added completely hand-sculpted "vents" on top of the hips to break up the smooth arch of the back and to better match the TV and game design. I resculpted the sides to cover up the green zig zag stripes.

Original figure (top), custom (bottom).

Original figure (top), custom (bottom).

Original figure (top), custom (bottom).

Here are the pieces used to make a set of swords for the figure. From left to right, a plastic silly straw, plastic cap, craft gem, sheet styrene, and model kit sprue.

All pieced together. I filled in all the gaps with Aves Fixit Sculpt.

Side by side of the painted and unpainted swords.

Weapons in hand.