Aug 26 2013

MARVEL BLAST HOLES


These were done for ComiCon 2012. They were part of a scavenger hunt that went on in the downtown area outside of the convention center in San Diego. The objective was for people to locate the holes and a get a code that was on the yellow tape and enter it to secure 1 of 300 seats for a special screening of the next MARVEL installment. These were on display from Friday morning through Sunday evening during the ComiCon weekend. On the Thursday night, preceding the start on Friday, they already had 66,000 hits on their website looking for these holes. They wanted me to assure them, both MARVEL and Disney, that no harm would come to the historical buildings where the sites were chosen. Adhesive remnants, scratched brick, or solvent faded color were not an option so I came up with the idea to bring each hole down to the ground with my specially designed metal armature. My armature essentially held each hole flush against the wall where no chance of harm to the building came into play. Everything worked great! My client, including MARVEL and Disney, were all happy with not only the promotion, but with the look and how I assured that they would not be on the hook for any property damage.

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Aug 26 2013

FABERGE EGGS


These three oversized Faberge egg knockoffs were done for G-Force Production and their annual Cancer Charity event. Knowing that three girls were going to be wheeled up on a stage and exit my eggs called for me to construct a sturdy metal base that I then morphed into each egg. Hardcoated on the inside and out with vent holes and a handle to stabilize each actress inside, I took care to think of the actors welfare as well as the visuals on the outside. All carts and eggs performed as expected and the audience loved the entire presentation. I also made 14 egg holders for the centerpiece of each table. I sculpted one and made a mold and cast each holder out of urethane plastic. The one night event took in 1.3 million dollars and I’m hoping to help again this year.

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Aug 26 2013

SKETCHERS


These reliefs I did for Sketchers in 2012. After doing fully round sculptures for them for several years I proposed these reliefs as an alternative to the fully round versions. The fully round sculptures were great when they could fly them, but they seemed to take up too much floor space if placed on the ground. This conversion of their 2D graphics is both dynamic and affordable. This makes three years in a row that they’ve ordered more reliefs and I hope this is a trend that continues. I am also proposing the same ideas to my other clients to help their 2D stickers ‘pop’ off their walls. These two inch reliefs were done out of 4lb urethane foam that I then hardcoated and did my Bondo and sanding process to achieve a super smooth finish. Lightweight and strong and on model, this gives the client a lot of ‘bang’ for their buck.

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Aug 26 2013

BEETHOVEN


Beethoven Monument from New York’s Central Park was the challenge here in 2012. With only a few photos for reference this oversized bust was a labor of love but a bit stressful for me. In looking for reference before I started this, I found that there are hundreds of sculptures of Beethoven busts that people have done over the years and they all look different. Different artists depicting different times in his life as well as the artists own interpretations just confused me more. So I took the two images I had originally been supplied with and did my best to come up with the missing information that allowed me to finish this piece. This was about five times normal size which made it a ‘monumental’ piece.

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Aug 26 2013

CORONA RELIEFS


I did these architectural reliefs for the Pageant of the Masters Show in 2012. I choose 3″ urethane foam to apply to the angled flats I was supplied with before I started my subtracting. The urethane captured the detail which needed to be pretty tight. These are bookend pieces and the eight people in front of the reliefs are actually actors portraying the marble figures. The chevron flat I was supplied with really helped give depth to just a 3″ relief.

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Aug 26 2013

“STORYTELLERS” From Disney California Adventure Theme Park


This was done for the Pageant of the Masters, 2013 show called, ‘The Big Picture’. It is a replica of the bronze statue existing at the main street intersection in DCA. I completed Mickey and the trunk using 2lb and 4lb urethane foams. Walt himself is actually a real person. As with all subjects in the Pageant, living people take their place in each of the Tableaus. This ‘Living Picture’, or ‘Tableau Vivant’, started in France hundreds of years ago and the Pageant in Laguna Beach has been putting on their own show for over 80 years. The history of the show, as well as the masterpieces on display, make this a must see event. If you’ve seen it once, you go back. This is why you should get tickets early if you want to see it at all as it sells out rather quickly. This was a Turn Key Project in which I hardcoated the foam with spray urethane and tediously applied Bondo and sanded until a smooth bronze finish was achieved for Mickey. You see the Bondo, which looks like night cream, covering Mickey’s face in one step of the process. The trunk started from one piece of foam which I subtracted down to the final shape. I then applied upholstery tacks for the rivets after hardocating and sanding was done. The Pageant actually painted this which means it wasn’t a true Turn Key for me, but it was primed and ready to go so I call it such.

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Aug 26 2013

OSCAR (like) STATUES


Here is another project for Pageant of the Masters, 2013. These are situated outside the grand entrance at the Festival of the Arts and not actually in the show itself this year. These are accessible and able to be touched by all guests going through the door so I wanted to make sure that they couldn’t be damages easily. This meant that my hardcoat had to be tough and super smooth which they are. Provided with the small knock-off Oscar as my reference I created these two 6 foot statues which I named Otis and Omar. This too was a Turn Key Project in which I used 2lb urethane foam with a full metal armature for each that allowed it to be bolted down if necessary. These are on display throughout the 2013 season.

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Aug 21 2013

White House Down Movie Car


This Bespoke Limousine was completed using only pictures of the actual presidential limousine driving through the streets. They asked if I could do it in 28 days with no data to start with and I said yes. It turns out that there wasn’t a CNC company in the world who would touch this in that timeframe. I finished it in 26 days while incorporating actual Cadillac parts into my foam. I also did four interior door panels that were reversible for both the right and the left with the additions of curved posts I made for each side of the curved windows. They ended up making six vehicles from my original and actually added screen time in the movie for the vehicle once they saw it completed. It measures over 25 feet long and over six feet high. The name for the real car is “The Beast” and it is an imposing vehicle.

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Aug 21 2013

Penguin Movie Prop


This prop was made for an upcoming movie. It was a turn-key project which meant I took it from the drawing provided to the 7’5″ character you see pictured here. It started with EPS foam and then I hardcoated it with spray urethane to give it a durable, protective coating. I then had to sand, smooth, and add Bondo and sand again until a semi-smooth surface was achieved. Then I primed and painted it to look like a penguin. I continue to take the extra steps to make hardcoated foam look like a fiberglass piece which traditionally is a smoother finish. In essence, the client is getting a fiberglass looking piece at a fraction of the cost. You’ll also see the oversized crate I made to safely transport via air freight. It arrived on time, on budget, safe and sound to happy clients.

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Mar 03 2012

Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts


Tornado and Clouds. I made the ones you see. As you might find at a high school Science Fair. The tornado was constructed of metal and cotton batting. It rotated slowly for the shot. The clouds were illuminated from within. Whatever the client needs.

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