LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT
How would you describe yourself in the sculpting profession?
KEVIN: I'm trying to develop a somewhat different style than what is currently favored.
JIM: So you would consider yourself a trendsetter of sorts?
KEVIN: Hardly. In this business, like any other, most people really don't care what you think or are trying to do. I'm just rather tired of the highly imitative work that is currently out there. Hopefully enough people will find it attractive enough to be profitable.
KEVIN: Not many. There are many who do it on a hobby basis, but to do it professionally requires a lot of practice and time. There have been major shake-ups in the gaming and miniatures business over the past 8-10 years. Major companies have gotten bought out. The distribution network has been turned upside down and with the emergence of online sales there are whole new opportunities for smaller companies that never existed before.
JIM: Do you see a rise or decline in the future for your profession?
KEVIN: There should be a rise in all sorts of arts and crafts work. A small company can now have a very big web presence with affordable shopping cart tech and data management. A very small operation can be very effective and more flexible than a larger company. What I do is a boutique type art and it's a lot easier to find a niche market these days.
JIM: Is there anyone in your profession that you look up to or have great respect for?
Garrity is a good friend and a highly talented artist. She lives
just north of Dayton with her husband John and two great kids. She
really hustles. She has done some toy work and a lot of commemorative
pewter collectable pieces for Rawcliffe Pewter and Franklin Mint including
Star Wars(c) and Star Trek(c) figures.