Author: Luke Porter

A Gift From Minimate Headquarters

JP and the Minimate Headquarters gang have made a generous contribution to the customizing community – a full sheet of various decals that are ready to print on clear waterslide paper! Click the title to get the goods.

Playing With Decals

Up until this week I have always hand-painted and drawn all of the details on my customs. But a generous donor sent me some waterslide decal paper to play around with. I have spent a few days getting used to the process, and it has given me all sorts of new ideas for customs. Hit the jump to see a few of my first tests.

Deep Thoughts: How to make Hisako Ichiki?

A few weeks ago, I showed pics of my Danger and Ord customs. I wanted to have all of the major players in Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men run. One character that is missing is Hisako Ichiki (Armor). I have been trying to wrap my brain around the problem of her armor, and I can’t seem to find a good solution. Click the title to read some of my thoughts on this matter.

6 Suggestions on Doing Commission Work

If you start getting good at making customs, and you make popular characters, its going to happen eventually: You will be asked if you do commissions. How do you respond? What process do you follow? How much do you charge? I wanted to share a few things I have learned from doing commission work for eight years.

Online Resources for Characters and Costumes

Whenever I start on a new custom, the first thing I do is find a few good pieces of source art online. I arrange them together on a single page and print them out in color. I keep these sheets onhand while I am working on the custom. These are the sites I use to find source art and costume references.