In 2012, I entered an exhibition that consisted in customize a plain white toy: the MEGA, designed by Mo Abedin.
It was the first time for me doing a toy customization, but somehow I felt like I was doing something I'm used to: character design, but this time in the shape of a toy.
The following year 2013, I entered the exhibition again, customizing another MEGA toy.
Making both characters was a great experience for me. I enjoyed it a lot!!!
I came up with the idea of ESPANTIN, after thinking about a character that could be friendly but scary at the same time. That's why I chose to go for a scarecrow, something that in my opinion gathers both ideas.
I mixed the common scarecrow colors with some lively ones, like for example the red color for the jacket and the eyes. I also wanted his hut to be alive, that's why I require the "help" of two small crows on top of it.
For the hut, the jacket and the small crows, I prepared my own Paper Mache, while acrylics were used for the painting.
As a final touch, I decided to add a scarf and a belt, so I used an easy to mold textured wire for both pieces.
The result wasn't scary at all, but friendly and cute instead. I was very pleased with the result.
I think there is no need to mention who inspires me to make this character. To talk about Bruce Lee, is to talk about one of the human beings I really admire since childhood, both for his martial arts as well as his philosophy. Doing this customization was like a kind of tribute for me to him.
For the pose,, I wanted one very representative of his image on the movies That's why I immediately thought about his usual weapon: "The Nunchaku", and the chosen pose was the one he made after finishing his routine with this amazing weapon: the hand lifted, the nunchaku under the armpit and the face... that great concentration face he always made before the battle.
Different from Espantin, here I used clay to mold the arm, the hair and the shoes. For the nunchaku I used some wood sticks, and a little metal chain. The painting was made with acrylic. And finally the details on the face and the whole body, was made with a marker.