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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Work

Well finally daylight at the end of the tunnel. Almost a full year of commissions - whew. I am very proud of the "musical" robot sculptures. One is going to Oregon and the other to Portugal. This will be the last for awhile as I gear up to complete my book projects - Marty and Otto and Grace. I am very excited to start them and have already worked out most of the tumbnails and rough sketches.
Sketching everyday really pays off. Well these big pieces are not quite done so it's back to work.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Finally have some pictures of Trixie Red. This is the third sculpture of Trixie. We are shooting video for an upcoming Kickstarter project and I will update when we are done! Really great things happening.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

R! Wood Robot

For 8 years I have been drawing and building robot sculptures. I have been exploring, breaking down and rebuilding its iconic form. This year I finally put down my pencil and think that I have created a version that is my interpretation of the robot. Solid wood. I really enjoy working in work. It is a refreshing change from working in metal.

I am going to be offering these as a limited edition on my web site. What do you think?

Monday, May 7, 2012

How to Begin

I am very lucky to do the work that I do. I love the adventure and a chance to let your imagination run free. Last spring I was commissioned to create a sculpture that would play music.
It was great timing for me as I had been perfecting my technique for constructin my rocketships. The rocketships are meticulously covered with metal plates and nails creating a look similar to old shipbuilding.

It is extremely time consuming and surprisingly full of geometric and origami challenges.
After several rounds of sketches and some initial constructing I decided to change course.
I began making my own shapes and combing it with my metal technique. The process slowed down considerably as I navigated my way through this new process. Spring turn to summer, summer to fall and I did not complete the work until three days before the deadline for Spectrum 19.
Yes I completely went over budget, and yes I made LOTS of missteps but most important I was playing.
I felt like I was nine years old again spending  hours working on a model or complicated puzzle.
And when people see "Tank" for the first time they are amazed at the detail. All those nails and tiny bits of steel. But when I lower the Nash hood ornament on his chest and show them where you put your ipod - their jaws hit the floor. And then there is the music.

I can't wait to make the next one.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Spectrum 18!!!

It has been a while since I have posted. It has been a very busy last nine months. I have learned quite alot and will be sharing it with everyone over the next few months. The first news is I completed two commissioned piece for Fusion-io. It was a very challenging project for me. I work with pieces that are usually 75 to 100 years old. For Fusion-io I work with a futuristic appeal. Next month I'll share some of the process to make the sculpture.
Spectrum 18 hit the book shelves and I am so stoked to have a full page. Needless to say I have more than 1 copy. It seems this year is packed with the greatest illustrators and jaw dropping art. All for now while I get my notes in order.

Friday, April 29, 2011

New sculptures























I have been quite busy since my last post. I started building rocket ships from old tin and WWII flashlight parts. At first I was using musical instruments too but I am now exploring electronics. I have begun putting Blink Ms more specifically Free Ms and the result are great.
For the Spectrum 18 competition this year I wanted to make something that incorporated my new rocket ships. So I sculpted a little boy in his pajamas carrying his favorite rocket ship. As it progressed I decided to turn the p.j.s  into a spacesuit. I fashioned a ray gun out of an old French bicycle light with a telephone ringer. I am finishing lighting up the rocket ship and the kid's jet pack which is an Elgin bicycle headlight set with delta torpedo lights. I named the piece Scout.

I found out last week that Scout was chosen in the 18th Annual Spectrum International Competition for Fantastic Art for inclusion in Spectrum 18 out this November. It is my fourth year to be included and I am very excited to be included. I have more wonderful rocket ships and robots coming out in the next few month and I will post working updates.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer time!

Summer is moving along this year but I still find time to think of some new inspiration. I am working on some ideas implementing vintage travel decals - these things are worth a small fortune but wonderful
eye candy. I am working on Florida vintage but you can easily pick just about any other state and find wonderful art. Here is a great one from my friend Sjef. He has a great online collection here.

I could not resist showing another. This is a remake bumper sticker of a Florida Attraction.
They have a HUGE collection of vintage stickers www.surfwagon.com