DavAnthony Featured Customizer
Oh boy, the Featured Customizer for April 2009 is one of the most popular customizers in the community. You can spot a DavAnthony custom a mile away. He balances the line between production toys and gritty realism perfectly, creating customs with character we'd all love to have. Check out his customs in the gallery archive and prepare to be amazed.
Which style of figures do you enjoy customizing the most?
For GI Joe I really enjoy the 25th style. I unfortunately still have about 12 WIP from the JvsC era that I never finished but maybe I'll update them to the 25th style at some point.
What brand of paint do you prefer?
I really like Testors Acrylic and Citadel acrylic paints I've started using.
Where do you find inspiration for your customs?
It really depends. It can be in just about anything. Sometimes It'll be a really awesome design in one of the comic books,just something I see that I think would look cool, or an idea in my head. Sometimes I've seen an amazing custom from another customizer and I'll use that as an inspiration. Whatever the case I always do my best to give credit to whoever inspired me.
What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?
Dental picks are great for sculpting details. I've also really become a fan of Acetone since it not only strips paint but if used with the right ratio and diluted with water can really help in smoothing out sculpted or sanded areas. Just need to watch your eyes and use eye protection when using this stuff. Also if it's too strong you will have a melted figure-Not Good.
What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?
Tough question. I really try to add as much of the character's personality, at least how I see them, to a custom I make. A lot of that is in the face-how the eyebrows, eyes, sideburns, hair, mustache, beard, etc etc are shaped really help to capture the character for me. Certain characters have very specific traits that make them well...them. For instance Recondo has to have his hat, wrapped up gun, and shoulder holster. I try to add those element and also a touch of realism but at the same time "fun" to a figure when I make it. There were things about action figures that I loved when I was younger and I think a lot of that charm is gone OR is only starting to come back recently. So if I can add those fun elements than that makes me happy and hopefully other people take enjoyment in what I do as well.