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Bryan "Color Chemist" Collins

Saint Augustine, FL


BPT: When did you first know you wanted to be an artist?
BC: I don't ever remember a time when I did not want to be an artist. As far back as I can remember, my days were filled with drawing or looking at drawings in my children's books. I fell in love with our set of encyclopedias because they have such amazing artwork of animals. Those books really inspired me to make better art.

BPT: How would you describe your style of art?
BC: When painting art toys I tend to make lots of monsters and work with sci-fi themes, as well as oceanic mythology. I hear it called “whimsical surrealism.” I think I like that.

BPT: What inspires you to create? Where do you get your ideas from?
BC: I am fascinated with animals, myths, legends, and nature in general. Believing that God made everything in the universe, I consider Him the original artist. Everything I make is therefore inspired by God.

BPT: What kind of materials do you use?
BC: I always use acrylic paint, but I have recently been playing with Magic-Sculpt and integrating found objects into my customs. I guess I will use whatever will make the piece tell the story I want it to tell.

BPT: When did you first get into customizing toys? Favorite platform?
BC: June, 2008 I painted a Mini-Munny as a self-portrait. I just wanted to try a custom DIY art toy because I saw them popping up everywhere on the internet. The self portrait idea was sort of a joke because my wife said the Munny's head looked like mine. I put the finished piece up for sale
through my Etsy shop not expecting much, but it sold to a collector in France. I made a couple other Mini-Munny figures which also found homes, so I just kept customizing. I've made hundreds of customs now. I don't know that I have a favorite platform. I really like working on Dunny figures but I have fun painting on pretty much any shape.

BPT: What's the biggest challenge with your projects?
BC: The honest answer? Meeting deadlines. I find it nearly impossible to turn down an exhibit, blind box series, or commission, so I get really backed up sometimes.  Exhaustion can be a monster in itself, so I have to make time to hit the beach with my family or take an hour to go fishing. Those things are my reset button and help keep me moving forward.

BPT: Outside of your art, what do you like to do for fun? What else are you passionate about?
BC: I mentioned the beach and fishing, and I'm also getting into archery. I play PS3 a lot and I love to cook. Reading is something I try to do whenever I can and I am also a musician. I play drums, bass, and a little guitar.

BPT: What do you see yourself doing in the future? What's your next project?
BC: I want to make art until I die, so I am pretty flexible to do whatever it takes to make that happen. I am working on paintings for upcoming gallery shows, as well as some exclusive custom toys for Bean Pot Toiz, Tenacious Toys, Dudebox, and Kidrobot. I am really excited about all of the different types of commissions and custom set offers I am getting, so I can't wait to see where the path of art will take me. Thank YOU for supporting art and the custom toy scene!


Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artbybryanc/sets/72157607064535201/

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