Early in the 15th century located in a hidden port of the southern Mexican coast there lived a legendary noop named Chimalli. Chimalli refused to live by the traditions of the edlers and left the life of farming to pursue a life of adventure. He wandered many years shirking responsibility to play all day. For many years he was away from his family until one day he returned with the ability walk on the waves. Chimalli became much admired for his skill by the young but he feared and angered the elders. The young ones would follow him around begging for the knowledge he possessed. He refused all and yet he accepted gifts of food and precious stones from his worshipers. Chimalli guarded his wealth and secrets. The elders warned him that his laziness and greed would be the death of him and spoke of the devil who would come to claim all he was and possessed. He laughed at the elders and was still heard laughing as the great devil shark devoured him on the waves. The Chimalli Noop totem serves as a reminder of the pain that laziness and greed can bring. Although many young noop to this day still reveres Chimalli as a daredevil prince who points the way to happiness the lesson is there for those who see.
Chimalli was created by commission.
Thanks to all who purchased a tree ent or golem. My show at dragatomi with Troy and Jesse went very well and I managed to sell all the ents in the series of 6 plus it\’s original, and then also sold 3 of the golems plus the original. I really appreciate the interest and support in my work, you guys help me do what I love and I\’m eternally grateful.
that means I have some golems remaining. 5 to be exact. These casts are part of a limited resin series of 10 of a mini munny each signed and numbered. Show\’s over now and I just got my pieces back yesterday. I\’ll be reducing the price of everything. The golems were $175 plus shipping, I\’ll now be selling them for $125 plus shipping. If you want one, let me know by emailing me.
Tonight is the opening of the Sketchbot Custom show at Munky King in LA. I was invited to create a custom for the show and here\’s my finished piece that I call \”Home is where the hearth is\”. It\’s a steam powered sketchbot that has long since broken down only to be reclaimed by a field mouse who has built himself a cozy nest in the abandoned hearth.
The sketchbot is such a distinct character already I felt it best to stay true to the original character but put my own twist to it. About a year ago I created a character called Blank Frank and had made a version that was steam powered by the boiler in it\’s head. When looking at the sketchbot I thought it made the perfect vehicle for this concept. So I cut in a window to view the boiler, added a door and some piping to transform sketchbot into a steam-powered robot. What was really difficult was creating and painting the interior floor/ceiling to the boiler/furnace. I had to cut out one of the arm sockets to make it happen. I also had to bend a paint brush at an angle to reach all the interior surfaces.
The window is made of a bit of spare plastic I had lying around. I used the same plastic to create the shield for the meter which kinda represents my sketchbot\’s eye. The meter was designed in illustrator and printed out to size. I wasn\’t overly happy with the quality of the print out I was able to achieve on my home printer but it is infinitely better than what I would have been able to achieve by hand. The door to the furnace has a working hinge and handle that does lock the door closed. Inside the old abandoned furnace is the field mouse\’s nest and some food he has stored.
The show starts tonight so if you\’re in the LA area check it out along with about 75(I think) other great artists included(are you kidding me, Frank Kozik). I\’m in a show with Frank? Frank doing a custom? That\’s so punk.
I just sold my first two Blank Franks. The toy customizer Brixpix in Largo, FL contacted me and asked me how many of them I had as he wanted to buy a few. This got me thinking about something that had been a nagging thought since I posted the Blanks for sale. They\’re not perfect.
That\’s right. It\’s my first stab at my own platform and for the most part I really like this guy. I think he has a lot of potential and I hope to continue doing lots of work with him. The problem I have is that I haven\’t finished developing him yet. I have a prototype mold created which these Blank were created with. I made 3 casts of which my nephew got one, and then I had two left over. I can make as many as I want but what I really want to do is refine the piece more. Overall, the piece needs some generally smoothing of the larger shapes. I want true arcs and lines and I don\’t quite have that yet. There are also some imperfections in the cast, tiny bubbles that you get when you\’re not using a vacuum chamber.
At any rate, I was completely honest with the buyer, and I told him that although I didn\’t want to kill a sale, this was the reality of the pieces.
He bought them anyways. So he has the 2nd and 3rd casts of the official first run of Blank Frank. There was actually another mold before that but it went so horrible I will not be counting them. I am going to do my best to make sure I get around to refining this platform. I really think it has legs.