Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Royal Guard Teddy Troop

English Royal Guard Teddy Troop
So while I work on commission art, I try to work on a small, personal piece at the same time just to break things up a bit. Figuring I've got commissions lined up easily until the end of 2008, if I don't work on a few things for myself once in a while I'd go crazy. With that said, here's my latest "me" piece- a 4-inch custom Teddy Troop based on those famous English Royal Guards. This was one of those projects I'd had on my list for a while, I'd just never gotten around to working on it. I had kind of forgotten about this, and then I saw a photo of a royal guardsmen and the idea popped back into my head. I was hoping I'd be able to get the flocking on the helmet a little bit "shaggier", but I was happy with the way it turned out. This little guy will be going up in my web store pretty soon- he'd make a great late holiday gift :)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Totem Nintendo 64

Totem Nintendo 64
Here's some more totem goodness that I finished up this weekend. Yup, that's a Nintendo 64. When I was asked by the client if I would paint on a game console, I thought it was a pretty cool idea. So over came the shell of the machine (he removed all the electronics beforehand) and I got to it. It took a little while to figure out a good design for it, as I wanted to incorporate a mouth where you insert the game cartridge. Once that was set it was business as usual. The design changed a bit from my initial comp, but I'm definitely happy with the way this came out. I had a fun time working on this project, but now it's back to toys for a bit...

UPDATE: The Totem Nintendo 64 got a little press over on joystiq and on Digg- nice!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Sadly Beautiful Totem Skate Deck

Totem Skate Deck
It's been a while since my last post and I'm kind of bummed about that. I wanted to keep this going with at least two posts a month, but alas November was a bit too hectic for me to even sneak in a little time to post anything. My 9 to 5 has been more like a 9 to 9 (actually much worse) and I've been pulling 70-80 hour work weeks. Needless to say that really limited my time to pursue any artwork. Enough whining- the work storm cloud has passed and things seem to be back to normal, so I've been really trying to finish up some projects that have been in progress for way too long. First up is my Totem Skate Deck for the Sadly Beautiful show at Black Maria Gallery. This is the first time I've painted on a deck, and I must say it was quite fun. I have a few more blanks, so hopefully one of these days I can work on a few more. Anyway, everyone that's in LA next Saturday (Dec. 8th) should come check out this show. There will be a wide range of art at various price ranges- the goal being that there will be something for everyone. I'll be there- if you see me say hi.