We pick up where we left off and conclude our entertaining and insightful interview with David Igo from Sideshow Collectibles alongside more incredible images taken behind the scenes from the in-house photography team.
We chat with David Igo: Art Director of Licensed Products at Sideshow
EXCLU: What would you say are some of the defining moments from Sideshows history?
DAVID: Hiring David Igo was definitely the biggest earth-shaker (laughs) but in all honesty, one of the biggest defining moments during my time at Sideshow has been our transition to a more heavy digital sculpting pipeline.
Digital sculpting opens up so many opportunities to work with so many great artists around the world, and gives us so much more control with the fidelity in our sculptures as well as having control over pose and sizing, it’s just unreal!
We’ve taken big steps over the last 2-3 years, and we keep learning and growing and improving how we work. Finding that balance between traditional and digital sculpture and bringing out the best from both worlds. It’s still not perfect, but we’re leaps and bounds ahead of where we were when I first started here, it’s nuts. We still use traditional sculpting in a lot of our work, but having both is obviously the best.
EXCLU: Give us a rough overview of how a project looks from conceptualizing to finalizing
DAVID: We always start with an idea, what do we want to make? Once we figure that out, we start with the design, and that can either be a 2D illustration, a rough sculpture (digital or traditional), or a mix of the two. Once the design is locked, we move the project through development – sculpt, mold and cast, paint, cut & sew, back to paint etc. until we finally have a finished prototype.
That whole process is a real team effort that can take months or even years. A whole crew of people bouncing a design around to make the best possible piece, all lead by an Art Lead and a Project Manager to make sure things are as awesome (and as produce-able!) as they can be.
The project then goes to photography for our online gallery, and then off to production overseas. We’re with it every step of the way, overseeing production, quality control, everything you can imagine to take a project from idea to the small-run collectibles ready to go out to our fellow fans and collectors.
The whole journey is full of challenges, but it’s a labor of love…we do this ‘cos we love it. Everyone here is a fan first. You can’t fake that.
EXCLU: Where is the best place to stay up to date on all things Sideshow?
DAVID: Our website (www.sideshow.com) has some really awesome galleries with photos of our products that get updated weekly. You can also sign up online for our newsletters and emails which not only have the most up-to-date news but lots of opportunities for contests and giveaways.
Our blog is a good place to get the latest photos and product updates as well. Also, you should totally be following us on social media and checking out our weekly Facebook Livestream for sneak peeks at prototypes, videos, interviews and all that good stuff.
We want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our PR contact Andy for organising this insightful look behind closed doors at one of the giants of our toy industry and to David Igo for being such an entertaining interviewee. Thank you.
As ever be sure to leave a comment below to discuss your thoughts on the interview and we hope to bring you more from the Sideshow team over the coming months!