From Lead Guitar to Light Saber, Star Wars Artist Bong Dazo Can Swing
by David Lawrence
For Star Wars artist Bong Dazo the trip to a galaxy far, far away began with playing in the mud.
Now Bong creates custom action figures with lightweight polymer clay, but growing up a little water and dirt was all he needed to get down and dirty enough to create his first masterpieces.
"I was making figures out of mud," he reminisces. "Cowboys, Indians, I even had a damsel in distress made from mud. That's a real collector's item, huh?" The figures he crafts today aren't child's play though. A custom Beatles Sgt. Pepper figure Bong sculpted recently attracted a $4000 bid on eBay.
One day the rain stopped, and Bong ran out of mud. That was when he began drawing. "I filled my notebooks with Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and others. I learned it was a lot easier drawing a cape than making one with mud! I guess that is where I started my career as an illustrator."
Back then Bong lived on Samar Island, in the central Philippines. He and his sister ran wild in the creeks and the mountains, while his mother ran for something else.