ERA Sculpture: Henry and The Max


This custom is painted on the standard white Henry and The Max 6.25″ blank. No two are painted the same. This particular piece is painted with UV paint.

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This custom is painted on the standard white Henry and The Max 6.25″ blank. I typically like to experiment with different techniques, paints and applications, when painting HATMs. That is why I haven’t painted any two the same. On this particular piece I went the UV paint route. I haven’t done a lot of UV painting, so I thought that I would give it a try. I think the end result is an overall win for me. I learned a lot. The UV paint I used is enamel based, which presents its own issues, but after some trial and error I think that I got the basic hang of it, but I still have a lot to learn. As far as the customs I paint and with this custom in particular, I just try to have as much fun, and be as worry feel as possible. When I created Henry and The Max, I always envisioned it to be a fun platform for people and myself to customize and paint. So in regards to this guy, I wanted it to be bright and poppy. A piece that would jump off the shelf. I also wanted to incorporate alot of black accent lines, to kinda give it a comic book, graphic style. You also can see that he is a bit weathered. I often like to approach pieces in that way, just because its a bit more freeing and less loose and more enjoyable for me. It allows me to be creative in a way that I don’t usually get to. As far as the overall look goes, I wanted the piece to be visually exciting and something that was uniquely me. I am a fan of lots of different vinyl toys out there, but I tried to just sculpt something that I would like and was fun for me to work on. HATM was digitally sculpted in zbrush. I like alot of texture and details, hidden do dads and what nots. The more fun I have sculpting the better my pieces tend to turn out. The backstory on this guy is I had sculpted him about 4yrs ago now and had it sitting around. I happened upon it one day and decided that I really liked it, so I finished it up. I have always wanted to self produce a piece, so I decided to go for it. I really feel if you don’t put yourself out there, you can’t grow as an artist and you can’t continue to reinvent yourself. I found a great factory in Squibbles Ink, and they helped me with the rest. It has been a great experience and am currently putting the final touches on another piece that I hope to have in production soon.