Sithbot Vinyl Toy Art by Nathan Hamill

Bonnie Burton | December 2, 2010

Artist and urban vinyl designer Nathan Hamill recently made this one-of-a-kind tribute to Darth Vader with custom art piece called “Sithbot.”

Nathan writes:

This is Sithbot, my piece for the Sketchbot Custom Show at Munky King. The show runs until Christmas Eve so if you’re in LA, go check it out! It’s an incredible show!

Check out the rest of the customs from the show here.

We chatted with Nathan about his one-of-a-kind Sithbot!

How did you come up with the idea for SithBot? Why did you want to pay tribute to Darth Vader?

Still on a Star War kick from The Empire Strikes Back 30th I guess. And the ‘bot’ part lent nicely to Vader. The subjects just seemed to fit nicely together.

What is the SketchBot show all about?

It’s the second custom Sketchbot show, curated by the creator, Steve Talkowski. I went a few weeks back and it was incredible.
It’s easily one of the best shows I’ve been to. It runs until the end of December so if you’re in LA, go take a look.

Your urban vinyl art is incredibly cool, what made you decide to delve into that art genre?

Toys and art were both huge parts of my childhood and continued to be into my teens (and beyond). I became a huge fan of Frank Kozik’s silkscreen poster art in the early ’90s. He had a huge influence on my work at the time. But then it was seeing artists like Kozik, Pete Fowler, and Gary Baseman’s work being represented in toy form that really made me appreciate and love the world of designer toys. Last year, someone at U1 Toy Arts, who I’d worked with at a toy store years before, approached me about releasing a vinyl figure. Boris was born out of that. I’ve been keeping busy since…

When it comes to Star Wars art, which do you prefer doing tradition art prints or urban vinyl customs?

I’ve only done a couple Star Wars customs but I’ve been drawing 2-D Star Wars art for quite some time so I’ll have to go with the prints. However, I’d like to tackle a large custom. 20″ Dunny Tauntuan!

Where can fans see your work next? What are you working on now?

Just this week I added a couple new resin figures to my online store and am currently working with 3DRetro on a vinyl based on a new character to be released next year. Stay tuned!

Also check out another custom Star Wars-themed art piece called “Super Sabacc Challenge” by Nathan Hamill

See more of Nathan’s work on his blog here.


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