Laughing Fish

March 21, 2011

I’m a huge fan of Batman The Animated Series.  Dark, dramatic, and deco, the show undoubtedly raised the bat-bar for television animation.  One of my favorite episodes is The Laughing Fish,  a darkly screwball story penned by Paul Dini, which features a slew of smiling sea-life that have succumbed to the Joker’s toxic laughing gas.   Biological feasibility aside, the result is wonderfully creepy.

Joker Fish

Given my fondness for the episode, I thought it would be fun to re-create one of the Joker’s laughing fish as a wall-mounted trophy, sculpted in the animated style.  Here are some pictures of the process….

Merry Krampus

December 26, 2010

Quick little Krampus ornament I whipped up for the family this Christmas.

Handmade Horrors

September 6, 2009

Here a few shots of props and sets from my latest project, “Bygone Behemoth”. Please click to see larger versions.

How To Make A Monster

March 30, 2009

As I’m wrapping up principal photography on my new stop motion short, “Bygone Behemoth,” I thought it might be interesting to show the process by which the main character was designed and constructed.

“Bygone Behemoth” tells the story of a washed-up B-movie monster called Al, a relic of the past akin to the fantastic creatures brought to life by special effects artists like Ray Harryhausen and Willis O’Brien.  As such, I decided to create Al using the old-fashioned latex/foam build-up method pioneered by Marcel Delgado.

It all began with the sketch– a rough blueprint of how I envisioned the final puppet, both frontal and profile.
monster1

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…Than a frontal lobotomy.

This is a shot glass I created, based on the mascot for Birra Moretti, an Italian lager. There’s something ironic about the fact that a guy on a shot glass is drinking a beer.  Perhaps next time I’ll sculpt a beer stein featuring a fellow taking a shot?

Anti-Jack-O-Lanterns

October 25, 2008

Sometimes adding is more interesting than carving.  I took a couple pumpkins, sculpted faces in oil-clay, then painted with acrylics to match.  Now if I only had some candy corn….