Spotlight On: Evilos’ UP and Topiary Customs

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Recently we received an email with two special pieces Evilos has been working on. We asked him a little about each piece and this is what he said…

“I made this for the VMK custom swap. Its a 3” figure painted sky blue and with airbrushed clouds. The house and balloons is made from a block of wood painted to look like the house. (Next Limited versions LE10 will have a JR. in place of the painted wood block). The wood block example is just a one off for the swap.

All placed together in a glass dome with wooden base. This “look” will be a staple of mine over the next few years, glass domes. I have plans on doing 9″ custom dioramas in glass domes also.

I’ve made a Topiary version for Blind Bags Two LE10 and a One of a kind “Balloon Kid’ version for the epilepsy charity Art From the Heart held at the UCLA campus, that sold in a silent auction.

I found out about the “Art From The Heart” event through my artist buddy Mike Peraza (Art Director for the Little Mermaid). The event would be one night where Disney Artists would talk about Epilepsy, have a Disney panel where they would talk about the movies they worked on and donate art to raise money for Epilepsy. The roster of Disney Animators was amazing. From Mike Peraza, Rob Minkoff (Director of Lion King), Ruben Procopio (Famed Disney Sculptor) and many more. There was also a good amount of Disney artists not in attendance who donated art like Larry Nikolai (Art Director for The Little Mermaid Ride and Disney Pin Designer) and plus many more.

I asked if I could be apart of this event and represent Vinylmation. He was very excited and added me to the artist list. I quickly began work on my two customs for the silent auction. One being a Purple Candy 9″ Custom that would be signed by all the Disney panelist and a one of a kind Topiary entitled “From the Heart” where a little child holds a Red Mickey Balloon against a Purple/Green Mickey Topiary.

The event was a huge success, we raised awareness of Epilepsy. Both my Vinylmations sold at the silent auction to the biggest vinylmation collector in the world, Gabriel Luna.

The panelists talked for a couple hours about all the great times they had working on The Black Cauldron, Little Mermaid, Lion King and many more. It was very surreal to be grouped in with such Disney legends.”
-Evilos

Congrats on the great work Evilos! If you’d like to find out more about the things mentioned in this post check out the following websites.

Face Book “Art From The Heart” Page, lots of info here.
facebook.com/artfromthehART

Evilos’ Webpage
evilos.com

Evilos’ Ebay Store:
ebay.com/sch/eojcollector/m.html

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About the author

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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  • What happened to not posting photos of your custom for the blind custom swap (until everybody has received theirs) :lol:

  • Is this Penguin from vm Kingdom? I think I read he was not going post photos till after the photo shoot, it was a surprise? Well I guess surprise!! ; ) I wish I was getting this custom, UP is my favorite movie… Lucky

    • I don’t know many people who go by the name of Penguin.:lol: But yes. Hello!
      You have a greater chance than I do. It’s staying US side, as the glass dome is fragile. :)

  • Evilos’ work is amazing – he’s setting the standard high for other artisits!! I won a Topiary and I can’t wait to see it in person!! Congrats on the article, Chris! It was well-deserved!!

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