Every piece begins with a sketch, usually a combination of pencils to paper and digital marks on Adobe Sketchbook. The 3-D sculptures are designed from all angles as the Chans carefully weave one layer on top of another. The rigidness of the work gives each figure a pixelated look, as if the character leapt out of the TV to join the real world. Matt describes the joyous sensation of watching his favorite superheroes move from the page to a lone-standing figurine. It’s the dimensions of real life that give these fantasy players their prominence and their place. The Chan brothers are not interested in fan boy musings or detailed drawings; they want the real thing.
Matt and Andrew are not the same person. Much of the time, they work apart from one another, occasionally comparing notes or sharing ideas. They each have a different style and technique. Matt, the eldest of the two, focuses on the more fluid, painterly aspects of image-making. His latest venture is the delicate art of watercolor. He’s responsible for the pastel-colored orchids, the vibrant portraits of emotions, the wandering
A Nabler Guy - Cardstock, 2014