Spotlight On: Custom Vinylmation Artist Ryan Marella

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Destination Vinylmation: The Brave 9″ is just remarkable. It looks almost like a chalk painting to me. The shading is beautiful. Can you talk to us about the creation process on this piece?

Ryan Marella: Creating the Brave 9″ custom starts with some research into the character  pics, then a  simple sketch of the character.I was surprised that it took me only one sketch to get the correct expression on Merida .I usually sketch a character out 3 to 4 times before getting the right expression.From the sketch It’s all about painting the right colors and the right  shade.

DV: That is one of the most beautifully draw Meridas I have seen. How long does it take you to get a character down? Have you sketched her a few times before putting her down onto the vinyl canvas?

RM: Achieving the correct textures is all about  trial and error, you have to test all types of brushes on a practice canvas just to see how it translates on to it.It may take some time,but it’s fun to see how each different texture brings life to your art.

DV: The Masters of the Universe triple set is just plain cool. How did you decide to do this set?

RM: I’ve been meaning to create a He-Man set, then in  a forum I go to see many amazing artist post customs, some one asked  if any one has created a he-man custom before……that’s when I decided that  it’s time to create He-Man and the Masters of the Universe customs.

DV: Are any of these available for purchase?

RM: The Brave custom is still for sale, please contact me if you’re interested. The He-Man set in the pic shown has already been sold, but I can always create another,my customs are available for purchase. Please contact me via email [email protected] and visit

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.