Wednesday, September 10, 2014


The latest Episode of How To Do Everything With Garrick And Marvin is up.  How To Cook is the subject.  For this episode I wanted to rig an actual flame device for Marvin to light the coals.  A butane torch with an extended hose did the trick, ignition was achieved by a lit votive candle hidden in the fire pit.  Kevin Clash was on hand to puppeteer the monster.

We ended up having to cut a much bigger hole in the stage to accommodate the puppeteering.

Intern Sydney with a monster hand, that's the way she is normally.

We will be working on more soon Garrick And Marvin will be back.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


How To Do Everything With Garrick And Marvin has a new episode here.   The latest craft trend of rainbow loom bracelets doesn't seem to be too difficult for most people.  This was shot using about twenty thousand rubber bands.  At first I ordered five thousand thinking it would be plenty, they didn't even bury the characters.

Also getting the bands not to move around unnecessarily near impossible, so at a certain point we just move forward and make the show.

The monster puppet was made by my good friend a master puppeteer Kevin Clash, I was lucky he had time to help with my little production.  I made rough sketch and he was able to interpret the shape and make an awesome monster come to life for the show.  I rigged LED lights for the eyes, and sculpted the teeth and horns out of L-200 a dense yet flexible foam.  Kevin made the body and inner head and fur.   The monster is just the embodiment of mean, he will be making more appearances in future episodes.. 

Stay tuned! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


I've been so busy on my latest project there's been no time to write about it.  "How To Do Everything With Garrick And Marvin"  Is my latest series of shorts for DreamWorks TV.  Garrick and Marvin, two enterprising but not very bright robots try to teach simple “How To” lessons using strange inventions and their lack of common sense. Also their efforts are occasionally sabotaged by a monster that inhabits their workshop.  Currently there are four episodes the first "How To Draw" is up now.

All of the animation and fabrication is done in my garage below my studio.  The animation puppets were sculpted molded then cast in resin for durability.  They were going to do a lot of action and get bashed around quite a bit.

The set was keep relatively small I wanted it to all fit in one half of my garage close to the tools and workshop.  The shooting of the animation was done with a Canon D5 Mark III  on the Dragonframe program.   The digital age is my friend I could not have done this even 5 years ago.

Check out the latest episode and I will have more behind the scenes info on the making of the shows.

Thursday, May 15, 2014


This Saturday May 17th Gallery 1988 Ghostbusters Tribute show.  All of the 80's special effects movies have a special place for me, it was the last big decade of practical Special Effects.  1994 was when I got involved in the visual effects industry and it felt like CG had really changed the business by 1998.
The piece I painted: "I Don't Feel So Good" is a tribute to the fading days of that specific time in movies.  Not on the nose symbolism but hopefully the overall feeling is there.

Of course I needed my vintage Slimer for reference.  Lately I've been painting with a more gritty loose style with more texture.  I will try some translucent colors for the background on future pieces.
I am about to embark on a big new project that I will be able to talk about in the next couple months, stay tuned for more info.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


I will have a piece in this very awesome show that benefits the Angel City Derby Girls. Last year I had a great time at the show.

The idea of a cheap Sci-Fi horror movie poster.  I would actually like to see this movie!  This piece will be up for auction 8"X10" Acrylic on art block.   Get more info on the show HERE!  Hope to see you there.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Amazing!  It's been 10 whole years since I first met Jensen and Katie for my first show at G1988.
Nov of 2004 it was myself, Joe Ledbetter, Luke Chueh, Thomas Han and Peter Gronquist. for the fist Vivisect Play Set show.  The Endorphins where the main characters I was exploring at the time, I wish I had better pics of the installation.

Right by the front door of the old Gallery, I painted the back wall and hung the rest of the pieces.
The energy was always fantastic and I'm looking forward to this Friday for the 10th Anniversary show "The Subtle Art Of Pop-Culture" and I'm hoping that some of the artist from the past are there.

I just finished a new piece for the show titled; "Onward And Upward" a tribute to a favorite film of mine, as always portrayed with Robots.   Coming up soon is the Ghost Busters 30th Anniversary Show, lots of anniversaries.  That is a traveling show with the Los Angeles show on May 17th I will reveal the new piece I have done for that showing soon.  It's great to have been part of so many creative shows with G1988 and I'm looking forward to many more!  Congrats to Jensen and Katie and the entire crew.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


Sometimes I'll think up a "How To" art related topic, then second guess myself, thinking "This idea is too simple, everyone knows how to do that.."  "That" being any art skill that you can think of.  Recently I had the same self editing thought about Pen and Ink.  Since I finished 100 Robots using old school pencil pen & ink would there be interest out there to see a little tutorial on how I make those pieces?   My energy is coming back, and I was in my home office all of last week.  There's a short step ladder with a pillow on it to support my leg while I draw at my desk.  Then I have created some paths to roll my chair to any point in the studio, so I'm mobile enough to do some more blogging.