Archive for the ‘Studio Visit’ Category

Inside Philip Lumbang’s Studio

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Philip Lumbang is graciously giving us a look into his studio space located at his place of residence in LA. He says that working from home is great, but it is easy to become distracted (it’s no wonder with all of the interesting artwork, toys, and knick-knacks hanging around). You know Philip from his Awesome Bear character, which we saw a prototype for at SDCC 2012. Enjoy the photo tour and a BIG THANK YOU to Phil!






















Healeymade Studio Visit

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

A little while ago we made a short trip to the Healeymade Studio to see the inner workings of the resin manipulator David Healey. What we found was lots and lots of… toys. Unfortunately most of the figures were either part of his personal collection or one off figures that he made and not available to the public. However, we were lucky enough to wrestle a few from his hands and one (or more) of the figures in one of these photos will be available on the site next week for purchase. Enjoy these behind the scenes shots and check out more photos on our Facebook page.

A peek at the studio

G.I. Joe original mashup gallery

Naked Skeletor

Amazingly clear resin pulls

Sunshine eating the sun

More stuff you can’t have


Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

Paul Shih DIY Tutorial :: Part II

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Here is the second part of Paul Shih’s DIY tutorial on creating original resin figures. We are getting a look at his new BEVIL figure, released this Friday in his online store! And if you missed the first part… here it is.

I don’t have any fancy tools or machines for degassing, so I’m using the ‘bombs away’ method to eliminate air bubbles! Prepare cups with a 1cm(approx) hole.

I let the mixed silicon fall from approx 80cm high

The first side of the silicon mold is complete! Flip it over and repeat the preparation, this time apply some Vaseline on the silicon surface, so the 2parts won’t stick together!

BEVIL’s silicon mold is complete!

These are my tools for making resin toys, from left to right, top to bottom, resin A & B, mixing cup and mixing stick, digital scale and cups, Vaseline and brush, clock, rubber bands, and silicon mold!

I use Vaseline as a release agent.

Mix and pour the resin into the mold.

Close the mold and tighten with a rubber band.

I do hollow cast or roto cast or slush cast… Whatever they called it, which is hollow inside, and yes I live in the stone age – I don’t have any degas & rotocast machine – I hand rotate each and every resin toy!!

BEVIL comes out from the mold!

I use both airbrush and brush for painting toys, airbrush mainly for larger areas, brushes for details! In this case, the two shades of green on BEVIL were painted with airbrush, also 2 varnish coats at the end, only the eyes were painted with a          fine brush.

A completed BEVIL resin toy! BEVIL will be available on Friday 22 of June from my website!

Thank you so much to Paul for letting us look at his toy making process. Very impressed with the hard work! Keep an eye put for BEVIL!

Paul Shih DIY Tutorial

Monday, June 18th, 2012

New Zealand-based artist Paul Shih has been busy working on his new resin figure BEVIL. You might know this little broccoli character from some of his more recent work. Paul opened up his studio doors to mph to give us a look at his process for creating limited run resin figures. Here’s Part 1 or a two-parter. Enjoy!

These are my minimal sculpting tools, and I’ve been using the spoon 80% of the time!

I sketch out my guide, and build a foil/wire skeleton based on my guide.

I cover the foil with Sculpey, and shape up the body.

I continue on the body shaping. Here I work on his back with a little butt!

For accuracy of the sculpture, I use paper stencils to help me with the details, marking all the outlines onto the sculpture.

Slowly adding each and every details

For his afro hair, I want it to look natural and accuracy isn’t the first priority, so I roughly sculpted the hair base without any guides or marks on the sculpture

I keep adding Sculpey, baking and sanding until I’m satisfy with his hair, which takes a lot of time!! This is the last bake before I call it done!

Then I start to prepare 2 parts for the mold making. I make a bed from Klean Klay with BEVIL sinking in half way, where I want the mold to split.

I build Lego walls around it, poking some dots in the Klean Klay surface with the back of pens – this is for registration purposes.

More to come tomorrow!

Inside kaNO’s studio

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Awhile back, LA-based artist kaNO graciously gave us a look into his studio. kaNo’s work was showcased at mph in the Rare Breed show last year and I am sure you know him as the designer of the Dragon King figure. His style is unique to his work, exhibiting bold lines mixed fluidly with beautifully flowing curves, which translates smoothly to both toy design and paintings. We currently have one of his paintings “One Love” available in our shop. Enjoy this look into kaNo’s studio space!

“One Love”


Sket One, Ritzy Periwinkle and Cost/Revs sticker

AT-AT & Kaws

Current reading material

Always love seeing the tools of the trade

TrustoCorp., Obey, Crump

Staple Pigeon

Thanks so much to kaNO!