Iwbeta Featured Customizer
Chances are you already know April 2013's Featured Customizer and have admired his work. iwbeta, aka Bad Sociologist, does amazing work. His production level sculpting and silky smooth painting is right up there with the best of the best. The phrase, "You should be working for Hasbro," gets thrown around a lot in the customizing community. In iwbeta's case, it isn't hyperbole or gratuitous flattery. The man really should be working for Hasbro. He is that good. Take a look at his customs in the Gallery and in the Creitiques Section of the forum and tell me if you don't agree. Then come back here and read what he has to say about the hobby.
What do you enjoy customizing the most?
I love the freedom of the hobby. Something has never been made by the toys companies? Make it yourself. You don't like what they did? You have the chance to make it better. It gives you a chance to team up Jedi and the Avengers or Snake-eyes with the Green Lantern Corp.
What brand of paint do you prefer?
I use Testor Model Masters Acryl. But paint I can find for mixing and keeping a smooth coat without too much scraping or gunking up. I do use Citadel Colours for details and mixing colors, but not for base coats.
Where do you find inspiration for your customs?
Flipping through old comics and books. Sometimes you see a picture online or something in a game and think that's just perfect. I love video game art books, amazing how many cool designs get the boot.
What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?
My finetip paintbrush I had to custom make for sure. Had to cut it down to just a few bristles for eyes and fine details. I also couldn't finish my sculpts without my dentist pick. Great for sculpting fine details like hair.
What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?
I guess it would be the smoothness of my paints. I always dip my brush in water before I paint. It takes an extra coat some times, but the results usually don't scrape off or chunk up.
iwbeta was kind enough to include some of his latest work.