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!




Monday, February 23, 2015

EAT YOUR ART OUT 8!

Angel City Derby Girls are having their annual benefit show EAT YOUR ART OUT 8 "Next Stop The Twilight Zone"  Silent Art auction.  This is one of my favorite events to participate in it's a chance bid on some great art and benefit the Angel City Derby Girls.

  
My piece this year is "A Dimension Of Mind" Acrylic on artist block 24" X 6" a substantial piece that will be up for auction.  I plan on attending the event Sat March 7th 7 PM at Titmouse Studios in Hollywood so I hope to see you there.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NEW EPISODE!





A new episode of "How To Do Everything With Garrick And Marvin" is up on DreamWorks TV.
Garrick And Marvin try and teach you How To Play Guitar, with disastrous results.


In one shot I wanted Marvin to put out Garrick's flaming hands with a fire extinguisher device I used an upside down can of compressed air basically to shoot out the propellant.  Of course it's flammable so I made a quick cut from blasting him with fire to blasting with freezing propellant.
It worked out.  Lighting dolls on fire, always fun.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

KING OF THE NERDS!

Not myself, I'm not smart enough to be a nerd.  In School I was more of a social misfit even shunned by the nerds.   I'm talking about the new competitive reality show King Of The Nerds in it's third season airing on TBS.  This season my largest sculpture Revenge-Bot is a features art piece in the Nerdvana Lounge.  It was very cool to be a part of the show, and in the 7th episode there is more of my art you will have to watch and find out.


 Installing the piece was made much easier by the crew building a fantastic purple carpeted platform
with a big double door near by for loading in.


The art department did an amazing job transforming the given space into the lounge you see on the show



See there he is in the background.  This summer I will be hauling Revenge-Bot out for another art show and will keep everyone posted on the Gallery and dates of the show.


The very beginning back in the fall of 2012 at the Pretty In Plastic parking lot.


Trimming down some of the metal brackets 


The foam adhesive was another sticky un-dissolvable expanding glue
that managed to get everywhere.


Getting closer to the finished form.  The dust from the sculpting foam is very harsh and
it gets everywhere, worse then sand or sawdust since it clings by static electricity and is not water soluble.


Complete structure ready for resin coating then prime and paint.


Two coats of auto primer


Rolling and brushing several coats of metal acrylic paint.  The paint is infused with iron so it does have a metal base for real rust.


After the metal paint the sculpt is sprayed multiple times with a copper oxide solution 
this is what creates the authentic rust finish.


Now looking very rusty in the blazing sun.


A couple of finishing touches at the gallery...



And it is done!