How long since I was last here? Long enough to question the password! Lol. Heavy-duty work load forced me into major ADD focus. That, and all the non-living associated with it seems to be drawing to a close. Thanks so much to all the people who continue to email with that same question- "Can you make this?"
Of course we can.
I've been browsing the Dick-Blick art catalog, poring over the art-porn. It's a good sign.
Be good to you.
Heya! I'm awake! Even I can hardly believe it! So much change around the shop here lately that it nearly put me under. New demanding job, graveyard shifting, managing multiple projects on the side, and then catching the first cold I've had in years- gah! But I'm on the up-swing- feeling better, projects ticking off one by one, and looking forward to getting back into the shop tonight to continue building the World's Biggest Box for the DKnife, and getting a real bite into the Mass Effect 2 Incisor.
Had a hell of a time with the M29 template- just never have these kinds of difficulties with the freaking template! Can't wait to get blocked out and carving- hello weekend. Lol.
Many thanks to the folks I've had the pleasure to pass all these e-mails with. Funny, how a single e-mail turns into a conversation. I'm glad to have traded thoughts and ideas. It's your day- kick ass.
Also been thinking mucho about how much of my own artwork has been produced in the lately- um, like nill. I've been so busy with props and other folk's wonderful stuff that I've neglected me own work- it's time to carve out some space to get to it. I feel an unbottling, which is always cool! It's that moment when you're laughing hysterically before you throw up and realize- that shape needs a black outline. ;)
Be good to you.
Potential to decapitate- check. Naruto comes to life as airbrushing begins. I expect to finish this mid-week, with another side to paint, a zig-zag pattern to create on the backside, and multiple coats of clear. This was a fun project full of engineering goodness! It turned out strong, light, and life-threatening- just the way we want 'em! We're almost home!
Next up I'm leaping into the M29/Incisor Sniper Rifle from Mass Effect 2, which I'm looking forward to as I'm slowly working my way through ME2. First step will be multiple templates and depth mapping, then a whole load of sawdust. I'm on it.
Beyond that, project activity is at an all-time high- making this the most productive year ever. Thanks! You've kept me busy doing what I love, and with the result benefiting what you love- well, that's just primo.
Plenty of folks asking for props, as well as advice and opinions on personal builds. Keep it up! Don't be afraid to fail! It's the path to success. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take!
Be good to you.
Heya. Crazy busy round here as usual! Lol. Thanks again to P for partnering with me on the X-Com Stunrod. We had an awesome time working together, and it's always nice when you click with someone :)
The Naruto Decapitating Knife is progressing nicely, moving from paper template to rough cutting, to shaping and construction. Bowling through this one at a mad pace and feeling good about it. Working out the design to create a sturdy prop of this size has been the challenge, and I'm very pleased with the results. We're keeping the edges rounded to appease con-safety rules. A sanded edge drops it just enough to bring out the detail, and a nicely placed airbrushing will make it POP.
Next up is the Mass Effect2 M29 Sniper Rifle. Can't wait to start on this one- or see the full cosplay for that matter, as the prop will be coupled with a full set of Garrus armor from Mywickedarmor.com. Check it out!
I just started playing Mass Effect2 myself, under the billing from a friend that it was 'better than Uncharted2'. Seemed like a tall order as I've played UC2 on crushing multiple times and just can't seem to get enough of Drake and company. I'm just scratching the surface of the game, but like the feel. The playability and ease with which I'm getting familiar with the controls seems to promise a good deal of fun, and the story seems solid so far. When those who've read a book, seen a movie, or played a game before you, look at you with omg-envy for approaching a work the first time around, it's a good sign. This is Shepard, out.
Be good to you.
Heya. UFO/Enemy Unknown/X-Com Stunrod is complete. As usual, I learned a great deal from this project. There are always new challenges and puzzles to solve, which in turn makes every new project a little easier. Thanks to P on this one for helping to hold the project together while the Post dropped the ball, then claimed there was no ball. Then again, that's what an X-Com Soldier does. Looking forward to some better studio pics of this piece, and then better yet- the soldier himself suited up and ready to zap some aliens at the next con! Below are shots from the final prime, the silver base, and airbrush and clear up to handle wrapping.
SO. On to the next project- the Decapitating Knife for a Naruto cosplay. And now- Guatemalan coffee. Then- clean up the shop, start reviewing ideas and measurements for the DK, yada yada- I'm listing again. Be good to you.
The cold weather has all but shut the shop down for the last two weeks. It's frustrating, but warmer weather is on the way this weekend! Looking forward to wrapping up some final work on the UFO Stunrod. By then my birch order should be in, and I can get a load of materials needed for finishing the current and next project!
Just got this pic from a cosplayer wielding Oblivion from several projects back. More pics promised with both Kingdom Heart's Oathkeeper and Oblivion from an upcoming con in April. Can't wait.