Monday, February 13, 2017

Octopus Eye Sketch

This here is a sketch of the eye of an octopus, one of my many spirit animals. These eyes sketches, if you have been paying attention, will be part of a larger piece that I have been tinkering with. Stay tuned.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

H.R. Giger

If Edward Gorey showed me that one can laugh in dark places, H.R. Giger showed me that there is something in the darkness. The first time that I saw his artwork was from the album cover art  for Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery and it both mystified and captivated me. I had a hard time wondering just what was going on here (it was much later that I learned what the title meant, not sure if that was what Giger meant, though). His work, among the most famous, his designs for the alien in the Alien movies, had me trying to figure out if it was about horror, lust, darkness, etc. Should I be afraid or aroused? More afraid than aroused, I think. The Swiss artist, who passed away in 2014, had an imaginative like no other, but what can you expect from a guy who slept in his bathtub.

I'm sure he was a lot nicer than how he looks in my watercolor.

Monday, February 6, 2017

B-17 Sketch by George Gerlach

My grandpa never really talked openly about his WW II experiences when I was a kid, although he did end up sharing a lot with me later on, which I am grateful for. We all knew that he flew in a B-17, but never knew just what he did or where he was positioned, so I asked him at a family gathering and he drew this quick sketch for me. Up on top was where he was stationed.

This was done in the late 70's to early 80's. Another treasured artifact that needs a frame.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Shiver On The River 2017

The annual Shiver On The River event held on Belle Isle will be tomorrow (the 4th) from 10-4. I do believe that most of the buildings will be open and having fun things to do and see, including the aquarium, where you can see the latest additions, red bellied piranhas. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

John Hurt

Just a quick sketch of a wonderful actor who left us the other day. Kane, John Merrick, Jesus, Winston Smith, Ollivander and Trevor Bruttenholm were among some of his more memorable roles (at least for me).

I tried to be creative with the negative space here, but he does look a bit bald, doesn't he....?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Frozen Fish Fiasco Trophies

So, here is what I have been working on for the past few months (with a fractured tibia, to boot!). I was asked to make custom trophies for this years Frozen Fish Fiasco charity event to benefit the ice rink at Clark Park in Detroit. The event, which is organized by Dom Riggio will take place this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, including a game between the Red Wings alumni and the Detroit UAW.

Here is the finished look, complete with base. Photo by Dom Riggio.

The trophies were done in a cold cast bronze process. They are cast in a resin with actual bronze powder in it and can be buffed to look like an actual bronze sculpture. The whole process was a learning experience for me and I had help with the mold making process from my partner in crime at Venus Bronze Works, Nick Katsavrias and the folks at TFB Plastics, who did the actual pours for me. I'll do a post about the whole process later on.

Here are all 12 trophies upon completion and waiting to be picked up.

When Dom first approached me to do these trophies, he wanted a replica of The Spirit Of Detroit statue by Marshal Fredericks. I thought that there might be some legal issues with doing this, but more importantly, he already had this great logo designed by Ryan Craig, a local graphic designer. So, I did up some sketches based on that design and we went from there.

So, if you want to watch some hockey and support a good cause, get over to the Frozen Fish Fiasco website for further details and head on down to Clark Park this weekend!

And yes, this is another fish sculpture from me...

Monday, January 23, 2017

Motown Mojo Live

Tune in tonight to Motown Mojo Live from 7-9 where I'll be discussing the making of the trophies for this weekend's Frozen Fish Fiasco charity hockey event to keep Detroit's Clark Park operational. Dom Riggio is the host and alongside me there will be writer Montilee Stormer and musical guest The Full Monty.

I'll have more about the trophies here later in the week.