Welcome to the July edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. This month we're highlighting Mike Fudge. Mike is a Denver-based artist who is fairly new to the world of custom toys. His main body of work is mostly high-contrast black and white illustration, but he started customizing toys earlier this year. Mike made a big jump into the art toy world having his custom work on display at each of the Kidrobot retail locations back in June. At first glance it would seem he has a very loose, free-flowing style, but on closer inspection it's apparent his lines are very clean and deliberate.
His characters are grounded in traditional animal and Native American imagery, and they have a very organic and a slightly abstract feel which gives off a very spiritual vibe. Another interesting aspect is that all his characters have white eyes- this definitely adds to the mystical, other-worldly quality of his designs. While I really enjoy Mike's custom toy work, his illustration work is also very impressive and is definitely worth a look.
If you'd like to learn more about Mike or drop him a line, head over to his website. He can also be found over on Facebook and Instagram. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of Mike as he's slated to be in some upcoming group shows and has some other fun plans for 2014.