Reynolds' and Dustin's graphics were the first I made, working on them at the same time. This one has a few twists to its tale. He originally started up with a cigarette but I soon got work that Andrew had quit so I dropped the smoke and fixed his puckered lip into a snarl. He also started life with eyes, but my undercoat ran into them and when I attempted to clean them they frosted over... it was at this point that I blacked his eyes out and put a fresh set of eyes into his hands, a nod to Pan's Labyrinth.
Braydon is well known as a lady's man, and I've seen his magnetism at work many a time. I cleared many a store out of fake Barbies to make this one, and got many a puzzled look when I asked if they had any more when I was already buying a dozen at a time.
Coming from a Vietnamese background, apparently Nuge eats Pho almost everyday. I eat it once a week, and have made it a bunch of times. The main difference this time was that instead of stock, I poured resin over the ingredients, then added the fresh herbs and bean sprouts on the day of the photo shoot.
I spent a few weeks collecting toys for this board - I got them from markets, stationary stores, thrift stores and found toys from the street. Every time I added more, it just made it clearer that many more were needed. In the end I still feel like I should have added more...
I worked years ago in museums, and specimen jars were a constant feature of the labs I would take meetings in. I don't really know Lenoce, so I hope he doesn't mind me depicting him as freaky fetus escaping from captivity and lighting a satisfied smoke to celebrate.
I tend to watch a lot of movies and documentaries when I work on these projects, and while I was working on Sammy Baca's board I revisited the Alien movies. It occurred to me that a smiling Terry Kennedy bursting forth from a white man, covered in slime would be a nice twist.
I've known Herman since he was a kid when he first came to Australia with Spanky, and the two still look kind of alike. The zombie idea came from needing to separate the two visually, and opening up his head was the perfect solution...
This one was a bit of a bitch - it was the only one I did twice... I originally had him in a cave full of bones. I just wasn't happy with it, so I binned it and waited until the rest were done and started the revision with a fresh brain.
I know most of the Baker team, and have spent a lot of time with some. Theotis is the one I've never met, but his mild mannered reputation precedes him, so I didn't feel it was appropriate to make a monster out of him... I used to watch Blazing Saddles a lot when I was a kid, and after watching again recently hit upon the notion of doing him as a black cowboy.