Well, here is the Frank piece done up in copper plating. I like the way this came out. Being it\’s my first one I think I can make a bunch of these and refine the process and the finish product some. Expect to see more of these guys. They\’re super fun and full of possibility. Below is the first one I did in a stone look, as mentioned in my last post. Both these guys will be available at the Fall Gallery 2nd annual toy show.
Working late tonight on my Blank Frank concept. I had been making a mold and had planned on making numerous casts of it but the casting process didn\’t go according to plan. I just keep getting too many air bubbles in the casts and I\’m going to have to rethink my casting material. For now I was able to create 3 casts that required lots of touching up. I used the worst of the 3 and created a rock textured Frank. The 2nd I\’m working on right now was smooth enough that I\’m making a Metal Blank Frank. This guy is your typical metal/riveted figure. I\’m priming him right now and should be done painting him tomorrow. He\’ll be for sale in the Vancouver show along with the other Frank and maybe a third. I\’m actually trying to finish up another piece for that show but I don\’t think it will happen in time. We\’ll see.
So I\’ve been working on this new piece for an upcoming art show in Vancouver. The show is the annual toy show at the Fall Gallery. The theme is Evil/Naughty show. So after thinking it over and deciding that violence isn\’t my thing. As much as I want to do a great female nude I just don\’t think I have the time to finish one before the deadline(working on it just in case). So I\’ve decide on doing playful evil. It\’s just a simple platform figure like a munny or dunny and I\’m hoping to somehow get people interested in using it. The shape is sorta a guy with large arms and large forehead and resembles a frankenstien monster. I\’m thinking he could be used to paint up monsters, tough guys, big dumb guys and such. Don\’t know why I just described it as I\’ll be posting an image of him with this entry. So I finished him a few days ago but of course the plan is to make many of these guy so I had to make a mold for casting. SO… away we go with the mold making process.
I love this process. It\’s so hands on and messy but in a good way. There are lots of tools and chemicals, ahh, chemicals. It\’s like a mad scientist meets art process. Which is perfect considering I\’ve named the platform Frank. So as I said, I finished up the original a few days ago and began the process. The first day I built up my clay(oil-based although water might be better for this process) around Frank and created what would be the shape of my 1st half of the flexible mold. I was able to get as far as creating the 1st half of the mother mold of which I used plain old artist grade plaster. After a few hours it set and I wanted to continue but my wife (the voice of reason) told me to wait. I have a habit of jumping ahead when I work. Just too impatient to wait the proper amount of time. The plaster sets in 30 mins but needs 24 hours to fully cure. That\’s just too long. And besides, at this point all I really have to do is turn the piece over and remove excess clay and sculpt the 2nd half of the flexible mold in clay. Nothing that will harm the mother mold in the least. I prepared that so that I could just wake up and pour the 2nd plaster mother mold. Day two I wake up and pour the 2nd half of the plaster mother mold. Again the voice of reason comes in and says wait. This time I listen as I have to apply some effort to split the two halves apart. Day 3 and I\’m dying to split the thing open. I do, everything looks good and then I begin to refine one half of the clay that represents the inner flexible mold.
The other half is left empty as this will be the first pour of silicone. After a couple hours I\’m ready and pull out my Oomoo. Oomoo is a 2 part silicone rubber I bought from Smooth-On. Anyways, I open part B, and stir it for about 10 minutes as it\’s sat for over 4 years since I bought it. I think you know where this is going. I open part A and $#@!!!
It\’s nothing but a block of pink rubber. So I head on down to the art store and no silicone. They suggest the Seattle Pottery Supply store. I then go pic up the wife and we head to see our doctor for our 3rd checkup. We get to hear the baby\’s heart beat and schedule the ultrasound in which we find out the gender. Dec 18th. YAY. Not that it matters, but I will finally be able to use a name on the little one and it\’s that much more real. But I digress. After the appointment I head to the store which has got to be the coolest store ever. I buy my silicone, get home asap, and pour my 1st half of flexible mold. And wait. It\’s now day 4 and I just got finished splitting the mother mold open and removing the remaining clay. I cleaned up Frank and fixed a couple minor cracks. Cleaned up the pieces, applied release agent on everything, put it all back together and poured the 2nd half. So now I\’m waiting for the 2nd half to cure so I can break this open and get the original out and start making casts. Phew. But how I do love this process.
So I\’m back in Seattle now. My trip to NYC was a lot of fun but of course I\’m glad to be home to my wife Jenn and to be working. The show was a lot of fun. I got to meet a handful of some of the best names in the urban toy industry including Paul Budnitz and Huck Gee. Most of the artists I met were really cool and down-to-earth. I got to the show at 6 and headed right in as a VIP. My brother Chris joined me and we were one of the firsts to show up. Which was good cause it gave us plenty of time to view all the Munnys while the crowd was small. I went up and down the wall of Munnys taking pictures of each one. On the second pass I realized that the chain with the dunny heads was missing. I inquired about it to The Toy Baroness and she recovered it from the box downstairs. I then proceeded to place the chain of skulls on my piece and basically alerted to everyone that I was one of the artists. Now that it was known that I was indeed an artist, I was then interviewed by Mike who works on the Kronikle about my Munny. It was a little weird being interviewed especially on camera. He just basically asked me a few questions about the Munny and I just basically looked like I had never been on camera before. Then Chris and I were talking about Andrew Bell\’s piece and Andrew Bell came up to us and thanked us for the nice things we were saying. We talked for a little bit and that\’s when I started my mission of obtaining as many autographs as possible. I pulled out my blank Munny I purchased before going to the show and Andrew was very cool to create a little drawing on the back. After that I got to talking to Carlos East of The Beast Brothers. Carlos was super nice and we talked a little shop while he proceeded in creating a masterpiece on my Munny. I think he was determined to show up all the other artists that I might get autographs from. Carlos is a twin and both he and his brother are artists just like Keith and I. Next was Huck Gee. Again, talking shop a little and getting his autograph. On and on it went. At some point I managed to introduce myself to Paul Budnitz. He was really nice and said my Munny was great. I said my favorite was Kronk\’s piece. Kronk created this brilliant Munny that was fashioned after an aged porcelain jar. It was absolutely beautiful. Paul agreed and said, \”yeah, I bought that one.\” After joking about why he hadn\’t bought mine I let him go and he then said, \”by the way, love your maiden shirt.\” I thought this was awesome cause I had just explained to my brother the night before that I was going to wear it to the show because when I do it never fails that maiden fans come out of the woodwork. So Chris and I got a good laugh out if it. Eventually two hours went by and the non VIPs started coming in. Soon after while I was getting a signature from an artists, another autograph hunter whose picture I have above came up to me and politely asked me if he could borrow my sharpie. I was like sure thing. He would continue to return and then borrow it all night long. Which was perfectly fine with me, but more on that later. I got a chance to meet Coolvader (he was on of the other 5 winners) and we talked some shop and also talked about the school we both went to, Ringling. He was really cool and we talked about possibly combining talents and having me do a sculpt and him paint it, as I can sculpt and he can paint so much better than I. I hope that happens but you never know. They had a open bar at the show. Did I mention that? I only had two but it loosened me up a little. Maybe a little too much as the next time our autograph hunter asked to borrow the sharpie I was like \”if you want I\’ll sign you Munny too.\” He laughed and went on. After some time Keith, Stacy and her friend finally got in and I went to go show him my piece for the first time. As I was showing them it the autograph hunter came up to me in astonishment and was like, \”you mean you really are one of the artist? Dude, I thought you were joking… could you please sign my Munny?\” It was all very funny, me signing an autograph. I joked about how my drawing skills lack and it was just going to be a basic signature but I don\’t think he cared. So I signed my first autograph and it was surreal. Later on he came back with a couple friends and they requested an autograph too. I was more than happy to do so. I can\’t imagine that ever getting old. It\’s extremely humbling and flattering to have that experience. So anyways, the show was a lot of fun. I met some great people and felt like a rock star for a night. I received so many compliments on my Munny. It really was a great departure from reality.
The next day I went back to leave some business cards on the desk, a little depressed that my piece still had not sold. The following day I went back again after Keith, Stacy, their neighbor Dave and I had brunch. Later that day I met up with Mackenzie (an ex-coworker at my last job) at the gallery so that I could show her the piece. That\’s when the piece sold (read my last blog entry for more) and I became one very happy man.
That\’s about it. Munnyworld was a great time. I\’ve since been commissioned to do another piece. Hopefully things will continue to progress for me. It\’s been an exciting last couple months and I\’d love to keep it going.
Big Thanks go out to Ron and his wife(whose name I\’m too deaf and stupid to understand and remember). They bought my piece today and will forever remain in my heart as two very cool people that started the ball rolling for me. I went down to the gallery today to meet a good friend who worked with me at my last job to show her the piece. As I was talking about with her, they came up to me and asked me if I was the artist. When I said yes, he said it was great and then I heard the words, \”SOLD.\” My dad\’s name is Ron, and they have twins(I am a twin) so it was extra specially fateful. Thanks again to them, and to KR for selecting me as a winner and allowing me to be in the show. Thanks to the Toy Baroness for helping throughout the process and to all the great comments I\’ve received. Today is a good day.
The Mega Munny is up for sale on the KR site. Or you can purchase the Munny directly from eloquent deliquents gallery. Here are the links:
So I just got back from the show and wow was it a great time. I got to meet a lot of top notch artists and even got to talk shop with a couple of them. For the most part the artwork was stellar and was really happy to be a part of it all. Got a lot to write about this and will probably do so when I get back to Seattle. For now I\’ll leave this one pic.
So this guy has been in the works for a very long time. About two years ago my wife(then gf) encouraged me to get back into sculpting. I started and immediately became discouraged. After a year or so of it just sitting on my shelf I decided to work on it again and it got me excited. So now that I\’m actually pursuing this crazy dream of being an artist during a recession I finally got around to finishing it. Here it is.
My brother asked me to sculpt a hedgehog out of a Labbit and here\’s what I came up with.
Here is my mega done for the MunnyWorld Toy Show next week for KidRobot. I call it The Dunny Eater. For a better look watch the 360° View below.