LIVEVIL Featured Customizer

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The June 2012 Customizer of the Month really needs no introduction but we'll give him one anyway. Not since Michelangelo has the world known someone capable of turning a block of material into such a work of art. While most customizers sculpt on top of the plastic, LIVEVIL carves right into it with unparalleled skill and craftsmanship. Even in his earliest work, the man's paint work was top notch. Simply put, he's a customizer who other customizers get inspired by and wish they could emulate. If for some reason you've never seen any of his work, well holy hell are you in for a treat. Go check his earliest work over on, then our Gallery Archive and lastly, the


What do you enjoy customizing the most?

I customize only with ARAH figures as they are what I grew up with and what happens to be my favorite medium. GI Joe was and still is my favorite toy and to customize with my favorite toys makes this hobby so much fun. As far as the types of customs I like to make, I enjoy making military and military-styled customs.

What brand of paint do you prefer?

I use mostly Testors Model Masters Acrylic paints but I also use Citadel paints as well from time to time.

How much time per week do you customize and which area takes up most of that time for you?

I customize about 4-6 hours a week. I get most done on weekends or on days when I'm feeling really inspired and would rather use my free time to customize than watch TV, read, or whatever.

What really takes up the most time for me is taking pictures. Many times once I've finished a custom, it takes me days, weeks or even longer just to snap pictures of said custom. Sometimes I end up just rolling through and starting on another custom or finishing a previous one started than take pictures of the finished custom. I can freely admit that I am sitting on several finished customs that have yet to be photographed. I think I tend to procrastinate due to perfectionism. I can never seem to be satisfied with the pictures I take.

What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?

My 4-speed rotary tool, epoxy putty, aluminum oxide, acetone, and brush-on super glue. I use these on a consistent basis and have gotten a lot accomplished because of them.

What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?

I believe my strongest area in customizing is my ingenuity. Making due with what I have and making something good out of it. Over the years I have been able to make use of many parts or pieces that would otherwise be considered junk or even useless.

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