Spotlight On: Custom Vinylmation Artist Chelsey

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Chelsea, a custom Vinylmation artist from Los Angeles, California has created some very detailed 3” Carl and Russell figures from the Pixar movie Up. We had the chance to ask her a few questions about her and her designs.
Destination Vinylmation: How long have you been designing custom Vinylmation?
Chelsea: I’ve been designing Custom Vinylmation for a little over 3 months now. I’ve created around 15 figures
DV: Do you collect Disney’s Vinylmation too?
Chelsea: Yes, I do collect Vinylmation. My favorite figures are Balloon and Pongo Chaser
Pongo: Park 2 Chaser
DV: Let’s start with Russell. He looks to be a very detailed figure. How long did he take?
Chelsea: He took me 3 days, about 26 hours total.
DV: How much planing goes into a figure like this before you begin to create the 3D figure?
Chelsea: Took me about 1 day to research and plan how I’m going to create this 3D figure
DV: You decided to use mixed media for this piece, what are the different elements of this figure made out of?
Chelsea: It’s made of blank vinylmation, clay, and small metal key chain connector
DV: Let’s talk about the use of the ears as a Vinylmation artist. I love the references to the balloons and the Wilderness badges on Russell. Is it challenging or a welcome part of the canvas to show off your creativity?
Chelsea: Ears are the most difficult part for me to create. However, I do love challenges. I often use the ears to show off accessories which are related to the character (like toy story Sid, I used his hear to show his toy)
Russell
Sid
DV: What was the most challenging part of the Russell figure?
Chelsea: To make all the accessories.
DV: You designed Carl with some great accessories as well, tell us about his glasses and walking stick.
Chelsea: His walking stick was made of clay with a wire inside to support the stick. His glasses are made of hard plastic paper. It was really hard to cut out the shape.
DV: You decided to build up the hair on these two figures instead of just painting it on… are these the first figures you did that on?
Chelsea: Yes, these are the first figures I did that. That’s not the normal process I use on my creations.

DV: What was the most challenging part of the Carl figure?
Chelsea: The most challenging part of Carl was to make his suit. I had to cut out the pattern of this suit and also pay attention to the arm part. Ineeds to leave space for the suit under his arm.

DV: Will we see a Kevin and Doug?
Chelsea: That’s on my future design list :)
DV: Where can people go to see more of your work or to purchase your customs?
Chelsea: I’m setting up a blog will send you the list soon. To purchase my customs, or to request a custom order, people can send me an email to: [email protected]
DV: Chelsea, thank you for talking with us today and keep up the great customs!
Chelsea: Thank you for the interest in my customs. I really appreciate the time and effort you guys put into the DV site. It’s really awesome! I’m a constant viewer. Thank you again :)

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Nick LoCicero

Nick LoCicero has almost 20 years experience in the media industry. He has worked on numerous Disney related media projects, most know at WDWNT for WDW News Tonight. He has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1982. After moving to Orlando in the late 90's he became a passholder, developed a fascination with the history of the vacation kingdom and has spent way too much money on park merchandise.

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