Sunday, March 02, 2014

Rotten Rexx:Radiated Rexx

Howdy! Been neglecting blog posts in favor of instagram posts. Gonna try to rectify that, and start getting some things up here. I did this paint up of Rotten Rexx for Designer Con in Pasadena. It was damaged and I finally got around to fixing it, and am preparing it for its trip back to Lullubell Toys and into the hands of some happy collector. Will be posting some more photos soon, since I am in the midst of doing a paint master of RR for a future Lullubell release.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Invasion of the Saucerman!

After I got my way-cool photos of the Frankenstein head sculpt from photographer Bill Dragga, I asked him what he would like as far as payment for his services.... Bill is a big Science Fiction movie fan, classics and b-level films as well. He asked me if I could do a drawing for him. We settled on a Paul Blaisdell Saucerman from the 1957 movie. I was just thinking about doing a drawing of these guys the other day, so this was perfect. Here is the result!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mary Shelly's Frankenstein: Lost in Darkness and Distance

The Frankenstein monster wall mount is finished!!painted up and ready to go to the client. My first attempt at painting realistic, life sized eyes...and they came out rather nicely. Thanks to Bill Dragga for the wonderfully creepy photographs. Will be selling these from my blogstore soon, so keep checking in!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

He approached; his countenance bespoke bitter anguish, combined with disdain and malignity, while its unearthly ugliness rendered it almost too horrible for human eyes.

I was contacted a short time ago to do a piece of art for a UK publisher to be used in a book on Frankenstein. After doing a few unimpressive sketches for what would have become a painting/portrait of the monster, I decided to try to do a sculpt in the limited amount of time I had. Here are a few quick shots done with my ipad of the result. I intended to follow Mary Shelly's original concept faithfully, but since her description of the creature in the book is somewhat vague and limited, I found myself going a little crazy with some of my own interpretations of detail. I even added in a few motifs from Jack Pierce's landmark makeup done for Boris Karloff in the wonderful 1931 Universal film. The plan is to mold it, cast in resin and paint it up to be photographed for the book. I see this interpretation as an even more horrid, older version of the monster, perhaps after spending more time in the arctic after the death of his creator, where the ice and snow would have done even more extensive damage to his already scarred and ravaged flesh.

Mars Attacks: No Place to Hide

Just found out that the Topps Company just published a book collecting a bunch of Mars Attacks card art from the original series as well as subsequent releases, including the piece I did for Screamin Products back in 1995! Almost forgot that i had done this all them years ago...

Monday, October 08, 2012

Classic Universal Monster Paintings!

The paint is flying at the Groman Studio! Doing 3 Classic Universal Monsters by way of Madballs this week for an upcoming Gallery Show. Other projects kept me pretty busy getting ready for NYCC so did not get to these until the last week or so before the due date, so gotta move quick! Actually, that's okay though. These Madball-esque paintings benefit from the crazy, free-form energy. It kinda fits the subject matter. Anyway, one more to go by Wednesday... The Wolfman!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rotten Rexx Comic Cover!!

Got the Rotten Rexx comic done this weekend all ready for NYCC! The vinyl toy will not be ready, unfortunately, but I will have the books. Here is the cover...(thanks to Bill Kerner for the logo design...) Will be handing these out at the show...if you see me at the show, or want one, contact me through my blog and we can meet up.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monday, August 06, 2012

Rotten Rex Comic Book

Howdy! Anyone reading this blog knows about the Rotten Rex sculpture that I did a few months back, and that it will hopefully become a vinyl toy in the next couple months... I decided to do a 'pack-in' mini-comic of sorts to sell in conjunction with RR initial release..(we are hoping for New York City Comicon). I have all the pages inked and are about to start coloring (may even do a cool black and white style wash on them, Like an old B-Monster movie)as well as beginning on the cover painting. I am also hoping to release a mock movie poster to sell with the toy as well. Anyway, thought that I would give everyone a preview of a couple of the comic pages, uncolored and without word balloons.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Bela Lugosi's: Tales From The Grave issue 2

Issue number 2 of BELA LUGOSI'S TALES FROM THE GRAVE is finally here! Look for this striking cover by 7 time Academy Award winner: Rick Baker! Lots of cool stuff in this issue, and I was particularly struck by Mike Dubisch's Order In: Take out Chaos. My story is 8 pages and titled: Claws of the Werewolf. It is written by Sam Park. Start bugging your local comic book retailer now, issue #1 sold out!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The Ball of Cthulhu!!

Howdy! New Madball painting! New Madball painting! Just finished this for the Monster Art show at the F.O.E. Gallery, coming up this weekend. I call it 'The Ball of Cthulhu'. Did this quick, in about 5 hours in between other projects. 16'' by 16''acrylic on canvas board. This is my first Madball painting in about 2 years. Forgot how fun they are to do. Anyway, enjoy the terror of: THE BALL OF CTHULHU!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Sculptris Thetan from Outer Limits!

Been playing around with the computer sculpting program called Sculptris, (Actually the alpha version of ZBrush) and this is the first non-day-job character that I was able to find some time to work on. (as in, it is the only character that I have worked on so far that is not highly confidential, and that I can actually post). It is the Thetan alien from the old 1960's Outer Limits episode entitled:'Architects of Fear'. My favorite episode from one of my favorite old tv shows, as well as the inspiration for Alan Moore's amazing Watchmen graphic novel and motion picture. Anyway, will be taking this into Photoshop to add some color, and will be posting the result as soon as I can...

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Son of Plushtooken



Got a new computer and wanted to try a Photoshop rendering to start getting it limbered up. No sketch this time, just straight into Photoshop and finished in about 3.5 hours.

I have been talking to some friends about trying to produce a small line of creepy, monster plush characters with some sculpted parts. I did some quick pencil drawings of about 15 characters and we all seemed to like this little guy. He is based on the custom plush character I did a couple years ago for a gallery show. the original piece sold real quick and alot of people comment on how much they like the lil' critter.
I'll post some shots of the finished plush when he is finally brought to life.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Rotten Rex Update!!







Rotten Rex should be ready to be cut into parts this weekend. From there I will finish sculpting various details under the arms, between the legs, the belly and finishing the tail. Still a little bit of work left on this, but will finish in about a week if all is good!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

'I am Not An Animal'


Here is the finished Sasquatch painting that I did for the show in the American Greetings art gallery. About 20 hours to complete, all in acrylic paints. Had so much fun doing this painting, forgot how much I love to paint. Just a few more of these and I could have a gallery show of my own someday...
Perhaps...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rotten Rex:In Progress



Here are some shots of my undead dinosaur sculpture entitled: Rotten Rex.
Rex is 15 inches tall and weighs as much as a 2 year old child! I am hoping to get the sculpture done by the end of the month. He will be produced as a 15 inch tall articulated collectors vinyl figure. So far he is looking quite bad-ass, and I am hoping that he will be the first in a series of over-sized vinyl figures. Stay tuned to my blog, and I will continue to keep you posted on Rotten Rex's progress.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Sketchin' with Sasquatch


I am splitting my time these days between sculpting a 15 inch Tyrannosaurus and painting a portrait of Sasquatch.
Life is good!
The Tyrannosaur is for Lullubell Toys, and should be done in about 2 weeks, (will post photos this week).
The Sasquatch portrait is for a group show to be held in the American Greetings art gallery here in Cleveland. It will be 24 inches wide by 30 inches tall, so Sasquatch is gonna be BIG. The title to the piece will be: 'I Am Not An Animal, (hence the suit and tie in the portrait).
Will post more photos once he is finished.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Comicon 2011!






Got a few photos from San Diego Comicon I want to share. I was invited to participate in my first Comicon Panel 5:00 on Friday afternoon. It was a great experience getting to meet Monsterverse publisher/writer: Sam Park for the first time, (Sam and I collaborated on the story: 'Claws of the Werewolf' in issue 2 of Bela Lugosi Presents: Tales from the Grave. I illustrated, he wrote the story.)I actually sat next to one of my favorite artists in comics today, Dan Brereton. In this new age of digital art/painting, Dan shows us what a true master of traditional media is capable of.
While waiting to go into the Monsterverse panel on Friday, I happened to notice a well dressed, elderly gentleman that looked strangely familiar hiding behind a plant in the upstairs lobby.I recognized him right away as actor James Hong! James has probably appeared in more television shows and films than any actor in Hollywood (Outer Limits, Kung Fu, Senfield, Kung Fu Panda, Blade Runner... the list goes on and on. Google his name and you will be AMAZED!)
Many years ago I had actually sculpted an action figure of James as the villainous Lo Pan from the film: Big Trouble in Little China' for N2 Toys. He was familiar with the figure, and seemed to be excited to meet me. I even coaxed his companion (his daughter?) to take a photo of us.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Return to Weta Workshop


Just got back from trip number two to the Weta Workshop in New Zealand. Incredible, life altering experience. Richard Taylor and his guys are submerged in the wonderful craziness of The Hobbit, and I saw first hand what an amazing process it is for the talented guys and gals at the workshop to design and execute the many costumes, creatures and environments that have made all of the Lord of the Rings films so very special.
Success and fame has not effected Weta's guiding light: Richard Taylor. He is an awesome guy whose genuine love of what he does seems to effect everyone around him at the studio. While visiting with him he mentioned owning two American books on the garage kits hobby. Terry Webb's: Son of the Garage Kit that Ate My Wallet, and Revenge of the Garage Kit that Ate my Wallet. Two books that unbeknown to him, I had done the covers for!I had been having Richard sign all kinds of stuff for me over the last year, it was great to return the favor and sign these books for him.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Vinyl monstrosities!


Here are two sketches straight from my sketchbook that I did for a huge, 15 inch tall vinyl toy I am sculpting for Lullubell toys. Thats right, 15 inches tall! I will be posting some photos of the sculpt in progress over the next few weeks. It's gonna be MAGNIFICENT!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Zombot T-Shirt


Did this design over the course of a couple nights last week after the day job. Wanted to get a t-shirt graphic concept out to a company that had asked me for a design a while back.Liked this enough that I may color it up for a Zombot Ghoul comic book story that a company is in negotiations with me about right now.
May be a busy month. Getting ready for a trip out to New Zealand to spend a week with the amazing folks at the Weta Workshop. Hoping some of their amazing skills will rub off on me...

Friday, May 06, 2011

Claws of the Werewolf



Previews and Aint It Cool Newsjust posted some of the first images from Bela Lugosi's: Tales From The Grave issue #2! Not only do they show the cover (done by seven time Academy Award winner: Rick Baker) they have one of my pages from Sam Park's story: Claws of the Werewolf posted there as well! Loved working on this book!
You can also pre-order issue #2 from this site...so grab one before it's gone!!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Ciller Clown Color


Here is the finished clown rendering. Quick down and dirty. You can see when compared to my sketch that the client played around with the facial/head proportions a bit...I guess every bodies a critic!
(just kiddin', Matt!)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Clown Costume


Hey!
How 'bout that! I actually have something that I am allowed to post!
(...er, I hope so...Matt?)
I finished the art for writer Sam Park's CLAWS OF THE WEREWOLF comic story that will appear in issue 2 of Monsterverse Comics: Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave (issue 2 will have a cover by 7-time academy award winner Rick Baker!)but can't post anything from it right now. So when my buddy Matt Hawkins requested some concept art for a presentation he is making in L.A. in a few days, I jumped at the chance.
Anyway, here is the concept sketch...I will post a color version as soon as I get-er-done.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

New Zombot Ghoul Photos


Howdy!
Got some new photos of the Zombot Ghoul figure for some trade ads. They look pretty cool so I thought I would post them...
Thanks to Hal Stata for the great pics!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Skeleton Beasts







The downside of alot of the projects I am working on at the present is that I cannot show them to anyone. I am getting ready to finish up my story for issue 2 of the 'Bela Lugosi's: Tales from the Grave' comic. (I just just learned make-up/effects master Rick Baker will be supplying the cover for issue 2....Wow!) And also finishing the sculpt for a vinyl toy for Lullubell.
Anyway, Here are some past concept/designs I did for a line of skeleton-style assembly toys called Skeleflex. I loved this project and was really into it, and was proud of the designs I did for the line. Thought I would post a few until I get something new to put up. Hope you like 'em.

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