Making Movie Magic – In Detroit!

Yep, I’m off again to make some movie magic. I’ve been in Detroit for a week now, hence the lack of posting. I can’t tell you what I’m working on (or i’ll get sued or fired or something)… don’t ask… I’ll totally deny everything…

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Luckily I get the weekends off & will only be here for a couple more weeks! I’m so not ready for another 4 month work-a-thon. I was so burnt out & it took so much to try to get back into things. That’s the problem with this kind of work, it’s hard to make any commitments cause you could be called off to another part of the country for months in the blink of an eye! Once you finally get in a groove, POOF, it’s off to another place.

I did bring a couple of sculptures that I’m working on, Ed the Piranha sculptures!! I have a semi-finished piece done that’ll I’ll share, and am currently working on a piece that will be EPIC!

 

In TOTALLY unrelated movie making news….

 

Did you see the awesome Pict that Zack Snyder shared of the Batmobile on Twitter….

Happy Memorial Day!

Wishing everyone a safe & happy Memorial Day!

I know it’s a day for beer, BBQ’s, friends, family, & great sales… but don’t forget why we celebrate this day…

Remember our Troops… especially my SUPER sexy grandpa, a proud WWII Vet!!

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Inspiring Inspirations: Curious Taxidermy

OMG… It’s been soooooo HOT here in SoCal & Fire Season has started super early this year. Most people in the US have winter, spring, summer, fall — We have fire, earthquake, spring, & not-so-spring. My thoughts are with all those battling the crazy wild fires around the area (if this is any preview of the next 4 months, we are in trouble!!)


Since I haven’t really got anything done cause of the heat this week, I thought I’d share some super Inspiring Inspirations with you!

** I’m just say’n now… that I’m not a fan of killing animals for novelty, and I don’t think I could actually work with real specimens, but I have to say I LOVE taxidermy!

Curious Taxidermy

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Taxidermy of Walter Potter

Anthropomorphism, or personification, is the attribution of human form or other characteristics to anything other than a human being.

Anthropomorphic Animals have always fascinated me, and I love the idea of creatures having their own everyday lives. I think it’s in our nature to give animals, especially pets, human personalities & characteristics to help make them more relatable. We give our kitties voices in our house & often justify their actions by giving them a logical thought process (Kitty knocked that thing off the shelf cause he’s pissed that we went to a friend’s house, hung out with their dog, & he thinks that we were “cheating” on him…. when in reality, he just wants food…) It just more fun that way!!

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Taxidermy of Edward Hart

Novelty Taxidermy is especially awesome! Started in the Victorian Era, taxidermists started to create scenes with small animals where they were dressed up & engaged in funny human activities.

I just think they are so charming & they make me smile!!

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Taxidermy of Walter Potter

 

And these little guys are ESPECIALLY AWESOME cause the photographs were taken with LIVE animals!! You might have seen some of Harry Whittier Frees photos. I love the vintage feel & how the animals are posed doing everyday human stuff, but have completely apathetic expressions. This makes them even more darling!!

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Anthropomorphic Animals of Harry Whittier Frees

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Sculpted, Molded, & Cast Piranha Fish Head… AWESOME!

I finally finished a sculpture! This is a project I’ve had spinning around in my brain for months (cause when I was working I had time to brainstorm while doing mindless manual labor).

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Ed The Piranha Sculpture sculpted in Chavant – NSP – Soft

This is Ed.

He is a Piranha.

He will have many adventures….

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Ed The Piranha Sculpture – 360 view

Earlier this week I finished sculpting Ed the Piranha’s head & then it was time to mold it! I’m not super experienced in mold making, I’m teaching myself a lot, but it’s still nerve-racking to spend so much time sculpting something & have it possibly be totally F***K’d up by my sub-par mold making skills. But I triumphed!!

Here’s a series of photos of me totally, non-professionally making & casting Ed the Piranha’s Head!!

Molding 1 Sculpted, Molded, & Cast Piranha Fish Head... AWESOME!

Painted a base coat of silicone on to make sure I got all the details & no air bubbles

Molding 2 Sculpted, Molded, & Cast Piranha Fish Head... AWESOME!

Cheap mold box made of hot-glued foam core! Had to rig the dowel rod to make sure it was floating in the middle of the box

Molding 3 Sculpted, Molded, & Cast Piranha Fish Head... AWESOME!

After pouring many-a-cups of silicone, here’s a solid block of it. Ed the Piranha is in there somewhere…. hopefully…

Molding 4 Sculpted, Molded, & Cast Piranha Fish Head... AWESOME!

CAREFULLY slicing the mold open. This is the first time I’d made a mold like this… I was very scared that I’d F***K’d it up…

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Pretty mold! Success! Time to cast!!

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Ed The Piranha Sculpture, Cast in Smooth-Cast 300

 

Couples Who Game Together, Stay Together!

I’ve been confined to the couch for the past few days cause I was dumb & thought I’d do some yard work….. well… I totally pulled something or pinch a nerve in my back & have been barely able to move!! THAT’LL TEACH ME!

But because of that, the Hubby & I have finally found a video game that we can both play (not technically at the same time, but taking turns) without getting into a fight!

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We’ve tried our hand at games like the LEGO themed ones, but we always seem to get snippy with each other & then the game ends with us (mainly me) pissed. But not Plants vs Zombies Gardner Warfare!!!

The Hubby is a First-Person-Shooter kinda guy – I’m REALLY bad at those – & I’m a Plants vs Zombies kinda girl, so this is a nice compromise!

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I think it’s would also be a great game for little people whose parents aren’t comfortable with them playing the more hardcore shooter games like COD, to let them get their shoot-em-up fix! It’s super cute, no blood & gore, has a fun multiplayer game mode, & is quite addicting!

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Zombies Couples Who Game Together, Stay Together!

 

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… and this is the progression of what happens when you are unable to move & you have a very rude kitty that loves to snuggle & takes advantage of the fact that you can’t really push him off…

… pretty sure he doesn’t understand the concept of personal space…

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Inspiring Inspirations: Stan Winston School of Character Arts

I’ve been working hard the past few weeks getting ready to make some really awesome stuff. I mean that I’ve got a ton of ideas & have been doing a lot of research on said ideas… I just haven’t started any yet…

 Inspiring Inspirations: Stan Winston School of Character Arts

In the mean time, I thought I’d introduce you to the amazingness of Stan Winston. You probably know of Stan Winston, you just don’t KNOW you know! Stan Winston was the greatest special FX & creature builder in movie making history. His credits include: Terminator, Jurassic Park, Edward Scissor Hands, Aliens, Predator, and on and on and on. Pretty much any AWESOME big-budget movie of the past 30 years, Stan Winston had a hand in it.

I’ve met quite a few of the FX guys here in Hollywood & it’s everyone’s dream to work for Stan Winston Studios. Now, I’m not a FX kid, but I do think you can learn a lot and be inspired by art & sculptors that work in different materials & subjects.

On that note, You should check out Stan Winston’s School of Character Arts.

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They have soooo many video tutorials they’ve created ranging in subjects from mold making, to sculpting, to painting, to concept design, to animatronics, to makeup FX, etc. I’ve only watched a few of the videos so far, but they are very informative & interesting (it’s always fun to watch a master sculptor, you learn a lot of techniques & tricks)

** I recommend watching the Garage Monsters: Shop Basics — it’s super informative about tools, sculpting materials & making your own sculpting tools **

 Inspiring Inspirations: Stan Winston School of Character Arts

Now… These tutorials are not free. They are kinda pricy, I got the all-access monthly subscription for like $50/month. But I figured that I was still recovering from work & had some free time to waste. They do have different options & you can buy the lessons individually.

I think they also have videos on their YouTube channel, just not as in-depth as the pay-for-play tutorials.

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If nothing else, check out the websites & be inspired by the mind-blowing sculptors & creature builders. It’s people like these that made me want to work in the movies in the first place!!

 Inspiring Inspirations: Stan Winston School of Character Arts

These are a few of my favorite (WonderCon) things!

We had such a fun day at WonderCon yesterday! It was exciting & inspiring to be surrounded by like-minded Geeks and AMAZING artists! I wish I’d been there meeting people & selling my own stuff… sigh… but then again, there’s always Next Year, right?!?!?!

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It was super surprising to see how many people were there, especially since it was Easter Sunday!! We were bumping into & stepping on people the whole day (which wouldn’t have been that bad except that – A) I don’t like people that much – B) There were some cool cosplay costumes that sometimes took up too much space & almost poked your eye out – C) It was hot, I was sweaty & smelly and I KNOW that there were smellier nerds in there with me!!)

Super Awesome Cosplay at WonderCon!

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Edward Scissor Hands & a tiny princess!

This was the BEST cosplay duo I saw all day – they weren’t technically together, but I had to snap a pict of them!!

Amazing Artwork at WonderCon!

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Here is a pict of some sculptures I saw on display! They were beautifully sculpted with amazing detail. I also loved how they used different top coat sheens to create different textures for the skin & mouth. The skin was kind of a satin finish & the mouth was a shiny finish to make the teeth look a bit wet! I like that idea!

Stuff I bought at WonderCon!

It’s more fun to visit these kinda events when you actually have money to spend!! I didn’t go crazy, but did pick up a few things I wouldn’t have otherwise!! It was totally worth it to help support my fellow Geeky Artists!!

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Beautiful DIY model kit of a Lion Fish! They are snap-together models of different animal skeletons, looks like laser cut PVC. I fell in love!!!!

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Couldn’t pass on this awesome Mash-Up tee-shirt!! So cute!

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These were everywhere yesterday! My hubby actually got me the Michonne one while I was away in Atlanta, & we had to add the Alien one to the collection. I can see how collecting these would be super addicting, but I only want the super cool ones!!

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And snagged some well-loved action figures (I like the wrestling ones the best). Have some ideas on what I’m gonna do with these… sweeeeeeeettt….

Have a WonderCon Easter!! & watch some peeps blow up!!

Hope everybody has some great, fun plans for Easter this weekend! I’ve got my tickets for WonderCon 2014 on Sunday!!

So excited to get my GEEK on!

**There are still tickets left for today & Sunday, but Saturday is sold out!**

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I was actually supposed to be in the Artist’s Alley this year, but just couldn’t pull it together with only 2 1/2 weeks since I’ve been home! But I’m excited to see some awesome art & spend a nice nerd-filled day with the hubby!!

Have a HAPPY EASTER!!

(oh, and just for fun, here are some cool videos about Peeps I found on the YouTubes… yes, they mostly involve them blowing up!!)

Inspiring Inspirations: A Cleverly Titled Series…

Since I’ve been back I’ve been finding all sorts of things to inspired my new projects… I just haven’t started any of them!!

So to celebrate my brainstorming & give you a little insight into how my (slightly) warped mind works, I’m starting a new blog series to show you some awesome things that get my rusty wheels turning!

I’ll be sharing all sorts of fun stuff like:

TAXIDERMY!

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The Curious Taxidermy of Walter Potter via www.VictorianGothic.org

SCULPTING VIDEOS ON THE WEB!

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Stan Winston School of Character Arts: Video Tutorials

CARTOONS!

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One of the best cartoons of all time!!

SCULPTING MATERIALS & TOOLS!

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Working with Fantasy Film via www.amstamps.com

ARTISTS!

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Dragon by Dan The Monster Man via www.papermacheblog.com

 MINIATURES!

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Super creepy bunny costume for dolls! I’m in love with dollhouse miniatures right now!!

 

Most of these totally inspiring links can also be found on my SCULPTING STUFF Pinterest Board! I’m always Pinning cool stuff I find around the inter-webs so that I don’t forget about them!! So go check it out & follow me there!!

I’m Totally Famous! Star Trek Behind the Scenes

Yep, That’s right, I’m totally famous…. not really…

When I was working on the Movie-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named-Yet in Atlanta, one of the locals said “I think I saw you on the Star Trek Into Darkness – Klingon Planet – Behind the Scenes

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Star Trek Into Darkness – Behind the Scenes

I hadn’t seen the “making of” part of the special features but remember the guy filming me while I was working (that actually happens quite a lot, but usually they don’t do anything with it).

But THIS time, there I am, in HD & SLOW-MO – AHHHH!!!

Check it out —- @ about 2 min 50 sec