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SAMURAI JACK

“XCIV’

(2016) Photoshop

Adult Swim

Background paintings for new season of Samurai Jack. It’s been about 13 years since last time I did paintings on the show. Did them digitally this time around,originally we used Cel-Vinyl. Scott Wills scanned lots of hand painted textures in order to achieve the look. Art Direction by Scott Wills, layouts by Lou Romano, digital paint by me.

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As promised, here’s the turnaround photoset for my “Welcome to Inlé” sculpture. I’ll post some detail shots in a bit.

This project actually started way back in 2006 or so when I decided I wanted to sculpt my interpretation of the Black Rabbit of Inlé from Richard Adams’ Watership Down. I was still pretty new to sculpting, but ended up making something I was really happy with and that marked a pretty big turning point for me, both in terms of style and subject. Last summer, a couple purchased the original piece (you can find photos of it posted here on my tumblr, quite a few pages back), and paid me to create a more detailed base for the piece, and gave me free rein, creatively speaking, to do so.

The project ended up taking me about nine months to complete, and the finished piece is definitely something that was a blast to work on, but also was a big challenge. I’m pleased with how it turned out, and though I miss it now that it’s in its new home, I’m glad to have it off my plate.

It definitely won’t be the last time I explore Inlé, or the Black Rabbit himself, through sculpture, though, you can count on that. :D

Super Sculpey original/firm blend and apoxie Clay over a wire, foil, wire mesh, and wood armature, painted with cel-vinyl, mounted on a poplar board. Roughly. 25”x11”x18”

I’ll write more about the piece when I post the detail shots, which will have to be some time tomorrow, cuz I’m too sleepy to type properly now.

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I am the Dragon, I am the Sky - A Tribute to David Bowie 

Steel and Aluminum Mesh Armature, Apoxie Sculpt, Sculpey Medium, Cel Vinyl, Pearl Ex, Wood Base….Completed over the course of a year, Approx 60 Hours….12 inches total height 

I created this piece for myself. It is not for sale nor will it be reproduced. 

 “I am the dragon, I am the sky” is my favorite Bowie lyric, from the song “The Pretty Things are Going to Hell”. That lyric is the basis of this piece. It illustrates the spirit returning to the stars and becoming one with the sky once again. 

Read more about the meaning behind this piece here. (Also with still photos)

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Pre-production character design ideas for the “Spelling Bee” from the 1970 Chuck Jones directed “The Phantom Tollbooth”. Top, Gouache, India ink, graphite, and marking pen on 12 field animation paper; bottom: Cel vinyl on an acetate overlay with gouache, India ink, graphite, and marking pen on 12 field animation paper.  

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Dr. Whovee races with little JoJo to the highest point in Whoville. Original production background with matching production cels from “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”, 1970, directed by Chuck Jones. Background, 60″ x 10.5″, designed by Maurice Noble, gouache on art board; cels are cel vinyl and Xerox on acetate. 

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Woooo! Home stretch on the Phoenix for @dotdollplushies All finished sculpting and I now have the base gradients down. The base is a little further along but still not 100% done. Next time you see this, it will be all finished! Steel and aluminum armature, Apoxie sculpt, Sculpey medium, cast resin base, cel vinyl paints. #WIP #sculpture #phoenix #gryphon #bird #fire #flame #sculpey #apoxiesculpt #fantasy #naiadChronicles #creature #wings

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