Today we feature a new artist to our spotlight section. Ashley from Greeley, CO has sent us some pictures of her Up, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille themed customs.
Destination Vinylmation: How long have you been creating custom Vinylmation? Ashley: I’ve been a huge fan on Vinylmations since 2008, but only started doing my own customs about 4 months ago.
DV: Have you done other artistic projects before Vinylmation? Ashley: I’ve always painted, but mostly on canvas before Vinylmations.
DV: Do you collect the Disney Vinylmation? Ashley: Yes! I am a huge collector! They’ve taken over most spare surfaces in my place.
DV: If so, what are some of your favorites? Ashley: I love the Matryoshka doll from cutesters I and am a huge fan of the entire toy story set! Even though I have them all, I always trade for them when I see them in trader boxes.
DV: Why did you choose Up and Finding Nemo as the subjects of these customs? Ashley: Up might be my very favorite Disney movie, so I have had this design in my mind for awhile. As for Peach, she is the highlight of the Nemo ride at WDW for me and I knew she’d look great on Mickey!
DV: You also sent over pictures of your Ratatouille custom… I see a theme here. Big Pixar fan? Ashley: Huge! I’m currently on a mission to do one from every Pixar film. Next will be bugs life and Wall-E.
DV: How long does it take to choose just the right scene for the vinyl? And does it take a lot of pre-planning on paper? It’s more about finding inspiration in the right place. Like a ride, seeing the movie again or a great poster. I usually do one pre-design on paper to see if it suits Mickey and then go to town!
DV: What was the most challenging part about creating these customs? Ashley: Finding a way to take a flat design and apply it to Mickey! Once I do a few sketches and outlines things go smoothly from there!
DV: Do you have a website where people can see more of your work? Ashley: I don’t have one yet, but people are welcome to contact me at [email protected]