May 30, 2014
Reactor-88’s Custom Corner – Fiona Ng
Welcome to the May edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. This month we’re highlighting Fiona Ng, who also goes by the name darthasterisk on some sites and forums. Fiona lives in Queens, New York, where along with being a toy artist she is the co-founder of PianoVerse, which specializes in adult piano lessons. As an addition to the business, they are planning on incorporating a vinyl toy and 3D printed art gallery space. Fiona began creating custom toys in 2012, when just for fun she created a character from the game Guild Wars 2 using a Mini Munny and polymer clay. Though she was heavily involved with her business at the time, she continued to pursue her custom toy work when she could. When Kidrobot’s Munny Munth came around the following year, she took that as an opportunity to dive head first into customizing and making her own clay and resin pieces, and she’s been at it ever since. Fiona’s work is all about knights and armored figures. Fiona says:
‘I grew up reading a lot of fantasy/sci-fi novels and playing video games & RPGs, so I feel like a lot of my work is inspired by those--knights, dragons, robots, space marines, etc. I particularly loved looking at the armor design in video games and have always been fascinated by European armor and its evolution throughout the middle ages, and I try to incorporate some of those defining features into my pieces.‘
I really like Fiona’s work- the sculpting and finishes are spot on and really give the feel that her creations fell right out of a Medieval/sci-fi/fantasy world. For sculpting she usually uses a mix of polymer and epoxy clay, and she experiments with various types of acrylic paint to create her interesting textures and washes. Fiona has learned a lot since she started customizing, and she’s always on the lookout for better techniques and materials to work with. Fiona is currently taking commissions, so if you’d like to contact her to discuss a project you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to learn more about Fiona and her work, be sure to check out her website, and follow her over on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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