Monday, August 24, 2015

ROBOT CARNIVAL IN OCTOBER!




Working on my upcoming Gallery show Robot Carnival at Gallery 1988 opening Oct 23.  I will have some automated sculptures hopefully a couple the mechanics are a little daunting, one day working fine test after test, the next day it's like it never worked.  More WIP pics on the way!

Monday, July 13, 2015

ASTRO SLOTH DEBUT THIS WEEKEND!

Also the Astro Sloth will be available this weekend at the MOAH show, then on my website Monday July 20th.


I'm finishing the painting this week and they will be boxed and ready to ship!  There are only 20 so don't wait!

THIS WEEKEND!!!

Proud to announce the opening of "The Art Of Toys" - A Left Coast Retrospective Of Designer Toys will be opening in Lancaster CA the is weekend.   Curated by Julie B and Heidi Johnson this is the first museum retrospective of the vinyl collector toys.   If the show is popular it may travel but we will see.  For those of you in Southern California I'm looking forward to seeing you all there.

Monday, June 22, 2015

ASTRO SLOTH LIMITED EDITION RESIN!

Here it comes, the limited edition In Honor Of Astro Sloth resin to be released at Museum Of Art & History in Lancaster CA  There will be 20 Astro Sloth sculptures cast in resin and hand painted in a faux bronze finish by myself, signed and numbered.  


Molding and casting is being done by the amazing team at Pretty In Plastic.  Retail price and how to purchase details to follow.  The MOAH show: Play Create Collect- The Art Of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective Of Designer Toys opens July 18th and runs through September 6th.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ASTRO SLOTH LIMITED EDITON RESIN FIGURES!

A sneak peek of the work in progress Astro-Sloth limited edition resin figure.  Pretty In Plastic is working with me on casting a resin of my sculpture In Honor Of Astro Sloth.  I'm not sure what the edition number will be I want to make an original "bronze finish" version and I think a full color version might be cool.  They will be hand painted by myself signed and numbered.




This is the casting master ready to be painted and loved.  Keep checking in for more info!

Friday, March 20, 2015

MAKING AN ANIMATION PITCH!

Many times I am asked about who to put together a pitch for an animated show, this question can be difficult for me to answer because I have steadily weaseled my way in to animation over 21 years.  And frankly I don't really know!  What a pitch consists of changes over time, and since I'm not a writer what I put together for a pitch is very different from someone who is a writer creator.

All that said here is a link to a video from the CTN Expo (Creative Talent Networks) a talk by Heather Kenyon about how to create a pitch bible.   This is the best instructional talk I have ever seen about creating a pitch bible, for all beginners and professionals alike.  My one little piece of advice that I tell anyone who wants to tell me their amazing animated show idea; "Write It Down."  The more you talk about something the more diluted it becomes.  The exercise of sitting and writing is also good training for harnessing your creativity.

Watch and absorb.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

KING OF THE NERDS ROBOT SCULPTURE!

Last Friday on King Of The Nerds my Robot sculpture "Early Version Of A Modern Vacuum" was revealed as the challenge prize.  I was honored that the producers of the show asked me they could use some of my art work.  Besides the Revenge-Bot sculpture in the lounge this smaller example of my work is more the size that I sculpt.


The idea of somewhat sophisticated machines doing un-sophisticed tasks has always amused me.  Like this guy here is able to have emotions, communicate and balance on one gyroscopic wheel, yet still just pushes a broom.



Super Sculpey and Super Sculpey Firm are my chosen clays for making a one of a kind sculpture like this guy.   I start with a scale drawing and make the parts to size, then figure out the form bit by bit, like building a model kit.   Since he was to balance on one wheel I wanted to run a piece sturdy armature wire through the middle and mount it to the base.  He is cocked slightly forward to give it a bit of motion.


Another technique I use with a complex piece like this is not to sculpt every thing at once and try to have the form fully built with unbaked sculpey.   It works better to bake, sand and set the lower parts as I work my way up, kind of a stacking technique.  Also notice the wooden base is just a chunk of old 2X4 better to work on a temporary base that can get messed up during sculpting and transfer the finished piece to the final wooden base when complete.


The juxtaposition of angular shapes with smooth round shapes helps to give a sculpture / character more textures.  To make the wheel I rolled a tube of clay, then wrapped it around the hub.


Then fit it snuggle under the fender smoothing it with some 90% Rubbing Alcohol.
This October I have a big art show in Los Angeles with Eric Joyner.  Eric is another one of my favorite robot artists

You can bet there will be more robot sculptures to come this year.  More info on the show soon!