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Monday, January 18, 2010

Spectrum 17




I am glad to put Spectrum 17 to rest. Four submissions is not too bad. Back to illustrating and painting. I also completed Roosevelt, pictured left, which will be donated during Lucky You 2. Lucky You 2 is a raffled for the Bakehouse Art Complex where my studio is located. Should be a grand event.

I just discovered Sergio Martinez illustrations. Outstanding work that has inspired me to work harder on my figure drawing. If you don't know already Yaxin is another amazing illustrator too.

I want to take a moment to talk about Kevin Kidney. His work is perfect every time he puts idea to paper. He and Jody Daily are maestro sculptors and everything they touch becomes truly magical. He clearly made great use of his time with Disney. Check out Kevin's blog - http://miehana.blogspot.com/ .

Monday, January 11, 2010

Marty and Otto



I've almost finished "Marty and Otto". This project is definitely a labor of love. I just need to tweak my code for the 62 LEDs and the dash controls and I am going to call this one complete. I am also sculpting Marty and Otto as a limited edition set with "Spot"which will be available for sale next month. I'll explain Spot next time.

I went ahead and recycled the snowman from the December photo-op into my version of a "moon" for the studio. My idea of a space theme with the arrival of Marty and Otto. The craters of the moon are Starbucks cups and lids. I am hang on the walls up all my character sketches and concept drawings to sell. They will also be available on the website for those who cannot visit to the studio.

Marty and Otto are my main submission to Spectrum 17 this year. They are two aliens in a space ship I built from old cymbals, V-8 hubcaps and antique camera parts. I used an arduino microcontroller to run 62 LEDs.





I've also been developing a story about how they came about and some of their adventures in space. I am looking forward to illustrating some of them. Spectrum 17 deadline in two weeks!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

What a year

I can't believe how fast last year went. I am very happy I moved my studio to the Bakehouse Art Complex. It is a great place to get creative. The art community there is top drawer! Our first display(left) We locked the door so the viewer could only see through the glass.
We built a couch for the robots, made them some fresh popcorn and gave them a T.V. The response was great. December we built a snowball fight and photo opp with the robots. Everyone had a great time and you can see some of the images at flickr.com. The next couple of months we are going to explore outer space.

My art is going in several directions - a book I've been wanting to finish for almost 3 years. I will share with readers over the next few weeks some of the new projects I am exploring. Spectrum 17 deadline is in two weeks so every waking moment is towards THAT deadline. I have several new robots and new sculpture for Spectrum. I am very happy with the results and my submissions.

I've also update my camera skills and will have some youtube videos of my new pieces and old pieces coming ASAP.

Mike