Usui Seiichiro from Keiondou has a way of making me want to buy his sculpts. Each one is strikingly unique, even if it’s of a character that’s been done to death. This one was no exception, and it was love at first sight back in 2006. After a lot of searching I finally got lucky and obtained him. This is based on an illustration from the cover of a Hentai Doujin magazine. I just love the combination of Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, two things I very much enjoy.
I deviated from the original scheme in a few ways to make it fit more into the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp Willy Wonka the illustration was obviously inspired from. The eye color is violet to match the movie and a few color details on the outfit are changed.
The piece is completely hand painted with shading done in pastels.
Since the scale is so large on this figure I had the chance to do a lot of realistic shading which is reflected in the facial features the most, but also in the rubber glove.
The eyes were hollow and after painting I filled them in with a ton of clear acrylic gloss coats.
This creature was originally green in the reference photos, but I felt his look was much more Cheshire Cat than frog, so I used a sort of 60s acid blotter art style to achieve that. I hope Usui-san would be happy with my work!