ARTIST – PodgyPanda
COUNTRY – New Zealand
TITLE – The Panda Gumball Machine
MATERIALS USED/TECHNIQUE – Acrylic paint, coated with Matte varnish.
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What was your inspiration for this custom toy?
I came across an old gumball vending machine outside an old video store, which dispensed gumballs in a capsule. I thought it would be hilarious if it were pandas instead of gumballs, and as the symbiote already had a round head, it was a win win. That and i just wanted to squish pandas.

 

Which part of the customizing process did you enjoyed the most?

Probably the conceptualizing stage 🙂 that’s always fun. (that way, I get to squish as many pandas as I want!)

 

How and when did you begun customizing?
Probably in.. 07? Was roped into doing a custom for a friend. (back then, less pandas were harmed in the making of my customs)

 

What keeps you inspired?
Seeing fellow artists constantly step up and blow the customizing scene out of the water, again and again and again.

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BIO

PodgyPanda is Richard Kuoch, an artist, illustrator, animator and graphic designer based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Utilizing his background in animation and graphic design, he follows his motto “Blink, Smile, Share” by creating characters and illustrations that show his fun and unique take on life through art.

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LINKS/SOCIAL MEDIA

www.podgypanda.com
www.twitter.com/podgypanda