Disapointment in customizing abilities?
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Disapointment in customizing abilities?

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Am I the only one who looks at many of the customs, such as Jin's, and look at their own and say that it just isn't good enough? Is frustration normal? We should make a sight where everyone posts pics of their problem customs and their earliest stuff to show progress.

Posted by somebody1
on Thursday, July 3, 2008
User Comments
somebody1 -
Monday, September 15, 2008
I'm not sure what the psp I'm getting is, a girl got it for me I have to rework my playlist. I have to do some spray painting on my figures, sadly there are no hobby shops nearby to get bottles of paint at the moment. The nearest one is an hour away so I'm waiting for a special trip. Concentration has always been a problem, I have ADD which makes it so easy to get sidetracked. We should start a topic on nothing but ways to stay focused for people with ADD and in general.
Dante -
Monday, September 15, 2008
I just a new psp slim myself. It is so much better then the phat psp.

Try to find some songs you can get lost in. I sometimes loop one song for 1-2 hours. I should write stuff down myself but I keep it all in my head. I usually just go with the flow. I better get some painting done tonight before I sleep.

Oh I love the singer Dido she seems to make the time fly while customizing.
somebody1 -
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I can't draw to save my life and rough out what I have in mind to get a basic idea. I've got so many projects going its hard to keep track, I actually make cards saying what I have in mind in case I forget. I have an mp3 player and hope to get a psp soon. I just found a site with TF instruction sheets so I have an idea how to get my customs to transform right.
Dante -
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I hated art class myself and doing model kits as a kid. I tried drawing with friends that did comic books but I got bored. I do not draw my customs I make. I should maybe but I usually pause when I am out of ideas. When I find something that fits the custom I will resume it. That is why I like having 3 min projects going at once.

Do what I do get a mp3 player fill it with music that mellows you out. I paint for hours but seems like maybe max 30 mins has gone by. I think this is a must have device when doing long painting sessions. For some reason a radio is not that great for me. There is to many radio ads... Plus having nice earbuds blocking out those random noises around you is a must.

I bought the logitech psp earbud kit those are really nice!
somebody1 -
Sunday, September 14, 2008
personally I hate painting, hated it building model kits and hated it even more in art school. I'd rather cut and glue.
Dante -
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sorry about that I awakened this subject. Right now I got about 20 projects in my head. I am doing about 6 of them.


The other person made a good note. I seen some amazing work but they rushed the job just to sell it. I am a painting nut so it kills me when people do not take there time. I see even seen some of the top people add a wash to cover there stuff to hide it. They do amazing jobs do not get me wrong. I just think a rushed paint job just ruins it for me.

I started out doing customs 2-3 years ago as a hobby only. I do some customs for nice people I meet online when I get the time. I know if I do fast customs just to sell. It would not be that much fun anymore for me.

I just hope I do not turn to the darkside. A little grey is ok. =)...
somebody1 -
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I can't believe this is suddenly such a lively topic again after being stagnant for so long. I've got so many projects it isn't funny. Right now I'm trying to get them done to certain levels so I can assembly line them: paint them all, make new heads/parts that sorta thing and then assemble them all at once.
Maelstrom -
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I have always got multiple projects in the works. Hell, I have a 10" Frankenstein that I started for the Zombie contest almost two years ago that is still in progress. I guess I tend to lose interest in some things after a while. But it is helpful to have several projects going at one time, while you're waiting on the paint, sculpting compound, or glue to dry on one, you can work on another. Also, if you are like me and can never acurately measure out the precise amount of sculpting compound for a single project, you can use the leftover portion for another project. Patience is a must with this hobby, I can't begin to estimate how much time I spend just looking at a figure, trying to figure out how I'm gonna accomplish a certain kind of articulation or effect. I would guess that I spend more time doing that than actually working on a custom.

Also, You don't have to be a professional customizer to make a good custom, and you shouldn't compare your work with theirs either. Some of these guys churn out masterpieces at "Hack" speed, and they make a lot of money doing that as well. These guys are amazing, but I can't help but think that even they could do better if they took a little more time with their work. If customizing as a hobby is not fun for you to do, you might consider finding another hobby.

You should not judge your workmanship based on the monthly contests either, sometimes I scratch my head and wonder how the figures placing in the top 3 beat out what I consider to be superior work. Like the old saying 'You can't account for taste" and the tastes of many members here is often in direct correlation to the latest Super Hero movie, popular comic book story arc, or the popularity of the characters themselves that are being customized. I think in these cases, actual skill and craftsmanship can tend to take a back seat.
demonsight -
Saturday, September 13, 2008
the only custom I ever did that I was actually proud of was that Joker's Thug custom.

The rest I'm kind of embarrassed to put on here with the other awesome customs the rest of you do.
Dante -
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I always got 3-8 projects going at once. This seems to help me a lot. It also lets you take a much needed break on a project that hates you.
Mighty Tom -
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I've be customising for quite a few months now and I'm working between about 6 different customs and not one of them is even nearly finished.
Dante -
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I hear that... they're always a WIP because something doesn't look right.

So far I've only finished one and that was a 5 inch scale SM3 Movie style Carnage.

What rocks about this hobby is you can keep going back to fix stuff. I think the most important thing to have in this hobby is patience & time.
Esbat -
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I hear that... they're always a WIP because something doesn't look right.

So far I've only finished one and that was a 5 inch scale SM3 Movie style Carnage.
Punstarr -
Friday, September 12, 2008
In my opinion, if you find yourself losing sleep due to comparing your work with other customizers, you're missing the point of the hobby, which is to have fun.
Dante -
Friday, September 12, 2008
The more I do the better I get. Each persons custom is unique in quality I think. Some are better in some areas while others are not.

I am off to do some more halo customizing.
c3_central_cali_custom -
Saturday, July 5, 2008
This is just my suggestion. Frustration is very normal. Specially when you look at others and think that yours is not good enough. However, here is what I think most people think incorrectly. First, why would you compare to Jin's or others that have done this for years. Second, just like the small businesses do business, you have to ignore those big guys (I don't mean being disrespectful), do what you gotta do, and don't worry about them. Third, Baby crawls before they walk. So, this thing doesn't happen in a year or two. Takes talent and practice.

Lastly, you should give yourself a credit that you are able to create something. Stop being negative..........Smile and Have Fun.

C3
paperper -
Friday, July 4, 2008
I know what you are talking about I have finished one custom and ther must be around 5 others laying around, and I think the only reson why it got finished was becuse it needed to be in a contest at the right time
somebody1 -
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I'll gladly post mine as soon as I get a photo to turn out, my digital camera can't handle the details of a figure. Actually that may be for the best LOL.
somebody1 -
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I see some improvements, especially after taking a few days off. I also know about never finishing a project, I've got model kits from years ago that are in pieces and more than a few figures lined up. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has this problem. Now if I can get over my hatred of painting...
sandlvlan -
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I've been customizing for a year or so now, and have still never finished anything.
Mint Condition Customs -
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I've got some street fighter customs I did MANY moons ago...like the first customs I ever did.

I took some old Hulk figure and turned it into Blanka, took a WCW Goldberg and made it Sagat, and oddly enough took an old Ken figure and turned it into Vega.
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Lol, you guys can submit them here to the Showcase then we can make a topic about it where we can make fun of them
DTM -
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I Get fustrated for some of my customs, not only with not being good, but parts are limited and paint too. Just practice it will come someday and you'll be one of the top customizers.
ToymakerB -
Thursday, July 3, 2008
If all you did was throw a football, Hit golf balls, take pictures....you would get very good at that particular thing..Right? so unless you are doing customs for a living as some do....You can't compare yourself. Just keep plugging along the best you can and you will see a big improvement .
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