I has been a while since my last post, but here, FINALLY, is my Valentines custom toy release “Cupid Hug.”
Crafted out of solid resin with a hand painted wooden heart display base.
Limited Edition of only 10, five of which go to Dragatomi for their “the Art of Love show,” while the remaining 5 are available right now in through Blamo Toys HERE
Price $50 each + shipping
10 images that best represent my 2013 year of art
For the past 5 years I have had the pleasure of helping to curate the Blamo Toys custom show, as well as being able to contribute a piece of my own to the event. This year being our 5th anniversary, I wanted to do something special, so I requested one of Blamo’s 32” solid wood Mega Billy figures to work with.
Chopping my figure in half I went to work hand carving out the interior of this massive wooden toy, a process that took nearly 3 days. Once I had created a hollow shell of the figure, I chopped out and mounted Billys face pieces back onto the figure with brass hinges, allowing them to flap open and display the interior.
Now came the hard part, creating a mechanism within the figure that would allow the user to change the interior scene with the pull of a chain. Two grueling weeks of trial and error later I had created what you see here, “Billy the Automaton.”
The concept is simple,
1: Pull down on the Life or Death charm hanging on the outside of the figure to determine Billys fate.
2: Pull the charm between Billys legs to view your choice within.
3: Pull the Hug charm on Billys head to close up the device and reset for next use.
Life vs Death at the pull of a chain, like magic!
Check out this video for a better idea of how this marvel works:
To create this illusion I used a rotating platform built within the mega Billy figure. This platform has two distinct sides. The LIFE side has a regluar 8” wooden Billy figure cut and mounted to it. The DEATH side has part of a real rabbit skeleton mounted to it.
Using precisely placed eye hooks and some strong brass chain, I was able to create a pully system within the figure that would allow the user to operate Billy with the use of 2 external chains.
To light the interior scene a friend helped me mount two LED bulbs within the figure wired to a replaceable battery and a specially programed circuit that allows the the lights to illuminate only when Billys doors are opened, and to turn off and save battery power once the doors have been closed fully.
The entire figure is mounted to a stable antique wooden base and can be easily opened for repair using the two latches on Billys back.
This was by far my most indepth custom of the year (possibly ever) and it taught me a great deal, including a very deep respect for the old automaton makers who created much more complicated “robot’s” then mine, hundreds of years before me and without the help of modern luxury like the hardware store.
If you’re interested in Billy the Automaton he is still available through Toy Art Gallery HERE
The other 90+ custom Billy’s will be up in TAG’s Gallery through Jan 4th. If you get a chance please come check out this truly spectacular collection of custom toy art.
Today I am posting shots of my most recent custom the massive 32” “Demon Ranger” for Toy Art Gallery’s Power Rangers 20th Anniversary show!
I did my best to keep the original shape of the iconic power ranger figure, tweaking the sculpt as little as possible… that being said, you may notice a few changes.
First off I removed “the Great Gosei” mask from the Ranger’s belt, molded him, then added my resin cast Gosei masks to four key locations on my design. I chopped off the original face to sculpt in the new snake face (including 2 real teeth) then using the Ranger’s original face I mounted it to his back to create the bug looking demon that you can see from behind. Finally a few minor sculpted details transformed the Rangers feet into monsters of their own…. shoes that Gene Simmons himself would be envious of! The rest was all hand painted using the contours of the rangers body as my guide. To finish him off I gave his massive cyclopean eyeball a good dose of gloss spray giving it that realistic wet look.
If you love him and need him in your life, the Demo Ranger is currently available online through TAG HERE:
sorry i have missed out on the last few days, i have been preoccupied with other pressing art duty’s
that being said, today is the last day of October so i will rush through the final 3 ZAP 3 Muppets today!
First up was Oct 29th’s custom:
Dr Teeth 2
Next up was the custom for yesterday Oct 30
and finally wrapping out the series
well thats about it…. ill probably post one last time with pictures of packaging and a couple of fun group shots that i have been working on, but that was all 31 customs from this years Zombie Art Project 3!
I hope you enjoyed
Welcome back to ZAP3 Muppet Mayhem; only 3 days left!
Today’s Zombie Art Project custom is:
Miss Piggy 2
posting a little late today, but fear not here is your daily dose of the Zombie Art Project!
Today’s ZAP3 Muppet is:
Sam the Eagle 2
The Swedish Chef is back, for his second appearance in the Zombie Art Project, this time with a tiny crustacean friend!
Today’s ZAP3 custom is the partner to yesterday’s custom;
looks like i missed out posting yet again (this once a day thing is HARD)
so today you will once again be getting a double blast of the Zombie Art Project
yesterday’s Zombie Muppet was:
Sgt. Floyd Pepper
next up is today’s entry, the Electric Mayhem’s very own ditzy tambourine player:
the 19th day of the Zombie Art Project brings us to the first member of the Electric Mayhem…. the bands charismatic leader: