Sketch Totem Mini Munnys
I don’t get asked to sketch/doodle on toys very often, but when I do it’s kind of a stressful thing for me. When it comes to painting toys I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I agonize over every little detail during the process and it takes me a very long time to complete one. So when it comes to sketches, they really take me out of my comfort zone. Even though I know folks are always happy with the results, I always feel a bit uneasy about the sketches as I know they’re nowhere near what my regular hand-painted custom toys are like. Recently after doing a couple of sketched customs in the comfort of my home with no time limit and no crowd of people looking on, I realized that they’re actually kind of fun. Since my regular customs are so planned and follow a very meticulous process, it’s nice to just take a few hours, “freestyle” something fairly quickly and then not stress out if it’s not entirely perfect. So I set out to create a set of “sketched” customs that are definitely cleaner and more detailed than anything I could attempt to do on the spot, but still quick enough that I can knock each one out in a day or two. These six Mini Munnys are the product of that. For these, I sketched out a pencil design on one half of the toy and painted it. Then I mirrored the design over to the other side with pencil (and a little bit of tracing paper/measuring tape), and then finished off that side with more paint. To give these a bit more durability than your traditional sketched toy, I prepped each one with a wash and some steel wool, and then instead of using a marker or pen I painted them with cel vinyl paint. I did not apply a clear coat, but I think the prep work with the combination of cel vinyl paint will keep these guys looking good for many years. These will be available for sale in the Reactor-88 online store Saturday, November 2nd at 1:00pm PST. They will be $40 each (plus shipping and handling).