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Jan 29, 2016

Reactor-88’s Custom Corner: MJ Hsu


Welcome to the January edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. To kick off 2016, we’re featuring Mei-Jean Hsu.

What’s your name?

My name is Mei-Jean Hsu. I usually go by MJ.

Where are you located?

I currently live in west Los Angeles near Little Osaka/Japan town. I love the people here, not to mention the great restaurants nearby and my favorite gallery--Giant Robot 2.

Day job or full-time artist?

I am currently a toy designer at Jakks Pacific. Formerly, I was a graphic designer in the mobile games and media industry, but I decided to move to toys last year after I started making my own customs and resin series.

Any random things you want people to know about you?

I am a huge fan of Miyazaki’s movies. I can watch Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke every day and not get tired of it. I actually did this for a month a few years ago. Sometimes I have his movies playing in the background while I work because I find the dialogue and music so beautiful.

How long have you been painting toys?

I started making toys in 2014, but have been painting long before that. I worked digitally as well as in oils and acrylics, and really enjoyed creating large canvases. I never thought about customizing toys until after I started collecting them a few years ago. My first vinyl toy, a Dunny, drew me in because different artists had their own interpretation of the platform. As I delved deeper into the world of toys, I discovered a great community of artists who have been truly welcoming and supportive.

Anything specific you’d like people to know about your toy work (style, influences, special techniques, etc.)?

My biggest inspiration comes from my own childhood memories. They are full of happiness, love, and imagination. I believe that children are the most creative people on earth. I still have my childhood sketchbook from when I was in elementary school and middle school. Some of the ideas in there are better than the ones I come up with now! If I ever fall into an artist’s block, I can flip through it for inspiration.

As for technique, I bring my traditional painting skills to the table, but I also like to experiment with new things.

Do you take commissions?

Between gallery shows and creating my own series, I enjoy creating special commissions of both toys and paintings for collectors. You can send an email to [email protected] or message me through Instagram  for more info.

Best way(s) for people to contact you/see your work/social links

I’m active on Instagram (@mjhsu). You can see my latest work, progress shots, and connect with me there!

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