Where do you get your ideas?
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Where do you get your ideas?

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I was just curious how people get their ideas for figures?

For me the process depends. I walk through a toy store and see all the figures. I think that the toys look like something else, and I try to cultivate that idea.

Other times, I have toys sitting next to each other on the shelf, when I think...hmmm... those would work great together. That is how I come up with some of my mashups.

I also look at things other people have drawn or painted, and I think it would be great as a figure.

My wife says I am weird, but I guess I am

I would love to hear how everyone else gets ideas.

Posted by kodykoala
on Wednesday, August 31, 2011
User Comments
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Monday, November 21, 2011
your welcome always enjoy you work and super inventive/creative. keep em coming.
kodykoala -
Monday, November 21, 2011
That is a good idea. I need to look into it. Thanks!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Sunday, November 20, 2011
truly honoring and humbling to hear that red rebel, love this site. everyone here is there to help and that is truly rewarding. And I also am a huge fan.

this goes to koady koala, do you have any plans on making a hammer suit mario, that was always one of my favorite versions of mario.
RedRebelCustoms -
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Thanks for the compliment Cosmis Fantasy. I am a big admirer of your customs bro.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I have done some of the same things. No wonder your techniques and customs rock so much.
RedRebelCustoms -
Monday, November 14, 2011
I will usually use deviant art and go through my fodder to look for the right pieces or decide the character I want to do and use either comicvine, comic book, or bowen statue forums to compare. Imagination is the key. Sometimes looking at others customs helps to get your own spin on a recipe. Google image search is a great tool as well. With comicvine you can choose an image, shrink the screen, and put it side by side with your intended figure. I also do this with casting sites such as DMC to compare heads. Roughly sketching out a concept design or printing out a photo you can compare when sculpting are useful as well.
Tim121RVC -
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Movies, comics, books about fantasy / history / military, cartoons and other people's customs.
Wolverhulk Iron Spideysurfer -
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I get my ideas from comics, movies, and video games. I got into customizing because of collecting so it all stems from the figures I want to have. When there is no suitable figure out there for a character I simply must have on the shelf, I try to make one. It may be a reeaalllly long time before Hasbro makes a Chris Snow from Fear Nothing figure for me to buy. So off I go on a search for good base figs to bring him to life. It's so fun and rewarding to create a character you've had on the brain forever.
Patraw -
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Depends. A lot of times I see a creature that I like while I'm playing a video game and make either a mental or physical note of it. Sometimes I browse through my huge archives of game sprites/screenshots/bestiaries looking for something that appeals to me. Other times I just "decide" out of the blue that I'm going to make so-and-so.
cheeneemyrans -
Monday, September 5, 2011
The answers start with the letter I, inspiration and imagination!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I agree great topic, I love to make characters either they way I wanted them or who I wanted to see. I just try to make a piece to fit what I see of that character and give it something or try a new technique/accessory/etc.
dbocustoms -
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Usually I just make characters I really like, or sometimes ones that have not been given the ml treatment(that I know of) I started in the 90s using spawn figures and converting tham into marvel characters because the sculpts were so awesome,and some times I make somethin cause im asked to,but all in all its the general love for the characters that motivates me to make a custom. Hey cool topic dude!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
love deviant art and so many artist on there, could not name them all and some pieces stand on their own. I loved michael turner, joe scott campbell, ron lim, dale keown, todd mcfarlane and cartoons/video games.
kodykoala -
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I would never flat out copy someones idea. I agree with adding my own twist. I was mainly meaning drawings and paintings that other artists do, not necessarily customs.
3bcustoms -
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I usually get some of my ideas from watching movies or just flipping through a comic/magazine and see a character and wonder if I could make that ? or when I already have an idea ie; I was working on my 3.75 inch Atomic Skull when I realized after removing the Marvel Universe Ghost Rider head the rest of the body just screamed Ra's Al Ghul which then sparked my most recent post.
Also just looking at all the amazing work done on the realm is more than enough to get an idea, but I agree with ComicFantasyCustoms that you would want to put your own twist on it rather than just copy...But I do take it as one of the highest forms of compliments/flattery one can get when someone says they want to steal your idea
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I wind up using this method a lot, but will sometimes research a character then look through others customs. I don't like to copy designs, but put some of my own spin on it or use parts that I myself could not have thought of.
pock63 -
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Half the time I find a character I want to make and look for a base figure for it. The other half of the time I sea a figure and think that it would make a perfect base for a specific character.
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