Sunday, January 4, 2015

Custom Toy of the Day- "The Old Barn's Foundation"!

"The Old Barn's Foundation", was a Christmas gift for my niece this last year of 2014. I had heard tale that she liked old barns and when I was first going into the idea of making a barn piece for her, I thought of just making a painting. Every time I would think about working on a barn piece, I couldn't see myself working on a painting. It needed something more! After giving the project much thought, I decided to make a barn from a Creatology blank toy. The true test for me was if I could make a barn and yet keep the look of the toy. I decided to use the head of the toy as the barn, but make the body the roots and dirt. That way I could keep a lot of the look of the toy there. I sculpted roots into the feet and body. I made roots into the hands and built up the land around the left hand. I used potting soil and natural dirt for the cover of the roots. I sculpted in the tree into the hand. The leaves are a type of model moss. Finally, I used very small wood sticks to make the barn on the head. At first, I was wanting to use a cube headed toy, but could not find one. I opted for this pie shaped head in a time of need. In the end, I think it worked out better than what I had initially planned. A little paint, some details, sanding and corrugated cardboard, helped finish the rest of the head. When I first finished this piece, I didn't want to get rid of it. I love this piece! I am very happy to know that it has found a good home. As always, I'll have more pictures after the messages below. 

I have been asked to help with my awesome local community of Denton, Texas with their Mini A-Kon on February 28th, 2015. I'll be making a piece to auction there and doing a live sketch session their to add another piece for auction to raise money for a local project. If you are in the area, or surrounding area, stop by and say "hi"!

Recently, I was being filmed for a convention documentary called, Unconventional. You can see it here. While you are at it, you should check out Johnathan Paul's other video work here. 

Just to let you know all know, I am taking commissions. If you would like to commission me for original artwork, head over to the commissions tab in store to see how. 

I have posted some new shirt designs in my Cafepress store. Head over to my Cafepress store and get a shirt or a couple! 

I have opened a shop to sell my toys. Here's the link:

If you have not heard about the Podcast called, "Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff", then it's time I let you know! Jeff and I are on the show where we talk about toys! (Go figure, I mean Go action figure!) Seems simple enough. We pick out a toy line to discuss in each show. We share our childhood memories, our favorite five, and talk about the one toy in the line that got away. Jeff talks about how he cherished his toys and I talk about how they ended up in the garden! The other show is The pilot episode, where Jeff and Cory break down the Pilot Episode in TV series. The shows are great! If you are interested in what we got, go to  and give us a listen. You can subscribe to the shows on itunes and get up to date info on upcoming shows on facebook:

If you like what we have, be sure to tell your friends! We need your word of mouth to help us keep making shows!

And now, pictures!

"The Old Barn's Foundation" is a custom toy that is copyright © 2015 by Taylor Lymbery. You can see it listed here on my deviantart page

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