Interview With Toy Artist Lesley Hamill
Comiccoverage.com recently had the opportunity to interview the creative and talented cosplayer and toy artist, Lesley Hamill…
Interview With Toy Artist Lesley Hamill
Lesley Hamill is a fan of all things Pop culture related. She has an interest in video games, comics, movies, cosplaying, TV shows, art and toys. All of these things and more have contributed to the unique art that she creates. The Canadian toy artist has been very busy the last few years creating custom Pop figures. Her ability to make them look identical to their human and sometimes fictional counter parts is what really makes Lesley’s art stand out. She choose several pictures of her some of her fantastic creations for your viewing pleasure and a photograph of her Silk cosplay that was taken by Mercenary Photography (see the images in the slider above). It truly was a joy to get to learn more about this amazing artist. We hope that you enjoy the following interview.
comiccoverage.com (C.C): You have created a numerable collection of hand painted custom Pop figures. When did you create your first custom Pop figure, and what character was it?
Lesley Hamill (L.H): The first ever pop custom I created was of a Grey Warden from Dragon Age 2 about 3 years ago when Funko just started releasing pop figures.
C.C: All of your Pop figures are so intricate. About how long is the process from beginning to end?
L.H: I can produce 3 pop customs a day within a 12 – 14 hour time frame. If the Pop requires a lot of sculpting work it will take me about a good day and a half to complete. I have a pretty messed up sleep pattern so I pull a lot of all nighters.
C.C: You’ve made custom Pops for several very famous people. Would you mind sharing who you’ve made some of them for?
L.H: I’ve made pop customs for several cast members from The Walking Dead. Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Michael Cudlitz, Tom Payne and Andrew J. West are the names that really stood out to me when thinking about big names I’ve made toys for.
C.C: Do you have any experiences you’d like to share from when you presented them with your creations?
L.H: The first time I met Steven Yeun 3 years ago at Toronto Fanexpo will always stand out to me. He freaked out when I asked him to sign my first ever custom Glenn toy. I had posted a picture of it months prior on Twitter, which he then retweeted, so I was shocked when he even remembered my work.
C.C: What an awesome experience. When art is creative as yours is, it simply unforgettable. You also create custom toys for many different cosplayers. Was there a favorite Pop that you created for anyone?
L.H: I made a pop recently for Yaya Han of her Junko Enoshima cosplay. I attended Anime North this past weekend which she was a guest at so I was able to give her the pop in person her reaction was priceless!
C.C: Wow, that is pretty amazing! Your creations are so spot on with their real life counter parts. Was there ever a Pop that gave you a hard time creating?
L.H: When I complete a custom Pop I tend to forget all of the problems that I ran into while making it, but one custom came to mind. It was of PerniciousP Cosplay’s Spiderman Pop custom. I kept messing up the webbing on the suit so I had to take several breaks to calm down. One of the few customs that had me cursing out loud.
C.C: I imagine those small details might sometimes be tricky, but you always seem to make them perfect upon completion. Is there someone that you would really love to create a custom Pop for?
L.H: If I had the chance to deliver it to him in person as well I’d say Chris Evans, since I’m a big fan.
C.C: He attends quite a few conventions, so that could actually happen. I bet he’d be thrilled to be given his very own Lesley Hamill Pop custom! Do you have an outlet to sell or to market your custom Pop figures?
L.H: I have an Etsy shop: www.Etsy.com/shop/
C.C: You are an artist, you cosplay and you create custom Pop figures. What else does the talented Lesley Hamill like to do in her free time?
L.H: I juggle cosplay, toy art and a part-time job currently so when I get the odd day off I love to play video games and binge watch The Walking Dead.
C.C: So we can add gamer, hard worker and zombie fan to that list. As an artist, what or who inspires you the most?
L.H: My mom inspires me. She’s one of the most hardworking people I know and she has helped me so much with my toy business over the years I’m so thankful to have her in my life.
C.C: She sounds like an amazing inspiration. You seem to really enjoy pop culture and comic culture. Do you have a favorite superhero, comic character, movie character, TV show character or video game character?
LH: My favorite Superhero is Spiderman, favorite Villain is The Joker, favorite Movie character is Kick-ass (I also LOVE the comic), favorite TV character is Rick Grimes and my favorite video game character is Commander Shepard (I could’t just narrow it down to one answer).
C.C: Wonderful list of favorites. It is tough to try to pick just one. If you could harness the power of any character in the realm of all things fantastical, what power would it be, what character would it be from and why?
L.H: I would love to have Jean Grey’s powers since I always found telepathic & telekinetic powers to be super cool and useful in any situation.
C.C: Very true. If you could travel ANYWHERE in the entire universe, where would it be and why?
L.H: Does Gallifrey count? But only if I had a Tardis and was with the Doctor of course!
C.C: Awesome destination! Is there a convention that you would love to attend? What is it and where is it?
L.H: New York Comic Con for sure since many of my favorite toy artists attend that convention.
C.C: If you could give another artist advice, what would you say?
L.H: Always challenge yourself. Some of my best work came out of taking a chance and trying out new crazy ideas.