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Mar 29, 2016

Reactor-88’s Custom Corner: Flüke Graf


Welcome to the March 2016 edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. This month we’re featuring Flüke.

What’s your name?

Since 2005 my nickname is Flüke- I use it for my work and social networks.

Where are you located?

I live in Cerdanyola, a village located 6 kilometers from Barcelona.

Day job or full-time artist?

I am a father, husband, and work full time for a big company. Custom toys and illustration is a hobby to escape from the routine. Some years ago I was full-time graphic designer, but I decided to leave that world and started with the job where I am now (non-related within the design world). However, I still accept graphic design projects as a freelance.

Any random things you want people to know about you?

I started collecting toys in 2004, so I can say that nowadays I have large collection. My first vinyl toy was a Clone Egg Qee by Jaime Hayon (Toy2r) and it was a present from my wife.

How long have you been painting toys?

My first custom was in 2012. I discovered the magnificent work of WuzOne and Jalos (great Spanish referents) on the socials networks, and decided that I had to try to make some customs too. With the art toys, I discovered a great platform where I could develop some of my designs.

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

I love the style of Gee, Montano, Quicks... well there's a long list of awesome artists! In Spain we also have great artists and I learn a lot from them. I share some experiences and projects in WIP Toys, a Spanish collective. Along with that, I'm working with HxStudio and Godhay creating our own resins. I’m very clear that if I do this, it is to have some fun- if not, it’s not worth it.

Do you take commissions?

Yes I do, in fact I just started taking commissions one year ago. I consider that every commission is a new challenge, what makes it more interesting. It's a basic part for the artist- it's a good way to keep learning and to invest money on materials. Last year I had the problem that I worked in several expositions and fairs (or Cons) and had no time to take all the commissions requested of me. This year I've decided to make a change and not participate in any conventions, and focus on new projects/commissions without getting burdened with deadlines.

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

Website: www.flukegraf.com
[email protected]
www.facebook.com/flukegraf · www.facebook.com/WIPToys
randomrockets.bigcartel.com · fghtoys.bigcartel.com

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