Anyway. I bought as many as I could afford and took them home to the studio. Now, I have some blank Mighty Mugs...had them for a couple years actually and really don't get too inspired with them. But the Smurf shape was just so funky, I knew that if I put one on the desk for a while, I'd come up with something. Sure enough, I did. A lot of different ideas, actually. I began sketch ideas, write out names and doodle on the little guy until he was pretty much a jumble of scribbles, what I call a "scrumble". Then it hit me: LOBOTOMY! So off went the top of his head. I'll confess, staring at a partially headless Smurf can get unsettling. I tinkered around with the idea of putting a Hako in the opening...like some of those urban artists do to Munny's and other vinyl toys. Kinda liked the idea of a MegaCyberSuit...no...LOBOTOMY!! hit me again. A week passes and I get the idea to put a spray can cap on the head to cover up the hole. I have more than a few of these laying about for whatever odd reason (wink wink nudge nudge wink). Hey! LOBOTOMY!! my twisted imagination says and I sculpt a brain to go on top of the spray cap. What does a brain need? Brain Cap! So into the bit bin I go. After a few minutes of swimming about the seemingly random collection of bits, I come up with the clear half of a toy capsule. Pretty cool! I also brought up two smaller versions of the toy capsule as well. Then, one grossly late evening, whilst the rest of the family was asleep, I make my monster:
Kinda reminds me of the Mars Attacks alien...that's why I called it "the INVADER!".
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