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.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Joker's Wild

Been busy working on some sculpting jobs and finishing up some comic book work, but found some time to pump out a relatively quick Joker rendering. I have been struggling with my style lately, trying to channel a bit of that 'MADBALL" craziness into my character sketches and comic book work. This piece seemed to capture the right blend of these styles, and I am hoping that I can conjure up some more drawings that have this flavor.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Twisted Whiskers!

Twisted Whiskers!

As I mentioned in my last post, we here at American Greetings Properties have a few shows on a new network called: The Hub. One of the shows that I did development artwork for is called Twisted Whiskers. If you've tuned in to the show, you will see that some designs may have made it into the program (Zippy the Greyhound) and some have not: (Giant, un-named St. Bernard). As most designers will tell you, it's all part of the process. A lot of what I did for the show either did not make it in, or was 're-visualized' by another artist before going into the final shows. Once again, it's the nature of the beast, and I still had alot of fun working on this show, and still have all my pre-conceptual artwork to remind me of what I did.
O, yeah. And I can show it to you guys, too!

And Now For Something Completely Different: Maryoku Yummy

A new kids television network called The Hub launched last week with a couple of our American Greetings Property-created programs as part of their roster. I happened to do alot of design development work on these shows, so I thought that it would be appropriate to show you guys a bit of what that entailed.
First up is a preschool property known as Maryoku Yummy. I know, I know, most of you are familiar with my monsterific side by way of Madballs, Monster Hunter and the other varied creepy crawlers that inhabit this blog most of the time. But I was very proud to be able stir up that softer side of my design skills, working on this program for almost 6 months to help a talented team of artists visualize the world of Maryoku Yummy .If you have children at the preschool age, or just want to check out a cute, positive, good natured bit of children's entertainment, tune in to the show. It is really very sweet.
Hey, variety is the spice of life, and man does not live by beast alone.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Monster Toys Are Go!!

I haven't posted in a while...been very busy on a comic book project for the Monsterverse comics title 'Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave'.Did take some time out to start work on some figure concepts for a vinyl toy manufacturer. Here is one of the first drawings I did for them, straight from the sketchbook. Though the final concept for the toy has changed a bit, I still like this first sketch. Hope you do too!

Friday, July 23, 2010

1 Hour Sketch Challenge: PREDATOR!

Did a quick one hour sketch challenge yesterday with Carlos Villagra to break in a new sketchbook. Lots of fun, and challenging in the limited time. Tried to draw as much from memory as possible, but had to cheat a little by googling the T-Rex skull...
Hope you like it...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

C.H.U.D. Custom Celsius Figure

Just finished customizing a Ganmetal Celsius figure for the Show at T.A.G aka Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles on July 10th, 2010. Read all about it on Spanky Stokes site and if your in the L.A. area, come on down. My custom C.H.U.D. figure will be selling for $300.00 and will be available there. Take a look at the list of amazing artists participating in the show on Spanky's site, as well as a number of photos of some of the additional custom entries. Looks like a lot of fun! And when the show is over, and the lights go off in the gallery...my C.H.U.D.'s eyes will be GLOWING IN THE DARK!
Thanks to friend and fellow artist Chris Ryniak for hooking me up with the show!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

New: Zombot Ghoul Photos

Just got these in.
Here are some of the first photos of the completed Zombot Ghoul build-up that I have been displaying at conventions in the last few months. These kits are still available in the Groman Store...
I will be updating the Zombot Ghoul Model Kit Order store link soon, with added photos of the box-art and parts breakdown.
Thank you Toby Shingleton for the great photos!!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Visit to New Zealand and the Weta Workshop!!

A dream come true is not the half of it. I just got back in town after spending a week in wonderful Wellington, New Zealand and the Weta Workshop!
I have watched King Kong, and The Lord of the Rings films countless times, and have always been amazed at the writing, direction and production design. One visit to the Weta Workshop and you'll find out that quality make-up, prosthetics, miniatures and digital effects are job 1. And mastering over it all is the amazing, Richard Taylor. When you see the incredible handiwork that goes into the variety of props, costumes and miniatures that these artisans create, you realize just a fraction of the detail of these items makes it onto the screen. Richard is nurturing a team of artists who will all carry on with that same intense sense of detail that has become a staple of anything created at the Weta Studios.
After a whirlwind tour of the shop itself, (no, don't even think about asking to see anything from The Hobbit) we spent a few evenings dining with Richard and some of his wonderful crew. I have to say, this was one of the greatest times of my life and one that I will never forget.
Can't wait to go back...

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Zombot Ghoul: IN COLOR!

Well, it was a rush last week getting ready for the Monsterpalooza show in Burbank on the 9th. Started getting all my casted pieces/parts over the course of last week, and assembled and painted my first Zombot Ghoul. The rifle was the last piece in and I had to paint it and pack it so fast that I did not get pictures.
I am in California right now, and thought that I would post a few of the early shots I took while painting this last week. Once I have this dude at the show and fully assembled, I will take some more photos and post them.
Get your orders in if you want one, these guys are starting to go...!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Zombot Ghoul Resin Kit Pre-orders!

Thats right. James Groman's Zombot Ghoul resin kits are now available for pre-order at THE GROMAN STORE. Follow the link to THE GROMAN STORE on this blog to find out details on how to order this massive, monstrous beauty!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Zombot Ghoul Sculpture

Here are some more photos taken of my Zombot Ghoul sculpture a few days before it's completion on February 15th. At 22 inches, this has ended up being one of the largest figures that I have ever sculpted, and I have to say I really did find the scale quite enjoyable to work in. I am looking forward to doing some more larger sized pieces this year.
I delivered the finished sculpt to my mold maker (Matt Hawkins at Character Dynamics) today and should start getting finished casted parts in about a week. I am still putting the finishing touches on the base and one small additional accessory. The kit will come in approximately 10 parts which will include the Zombot's rifle, base and a few wires and hoses to connect and customize his various mechanical additions. I will be retailing the sculpture for $200.00 and will begin taking orders emediately.
Thanks to longtime friend James Elliott for helping out by supplying and fabricating various parts for the awesome rifle, which is made from a variety of metal, renshape and styrene parts.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sculpting Assistant

I just couldn't resist.
My wife took this photo of my granddaughter Mckenna and I in the studio. She loves visiting and working with my tools in sculpey. (Hide those sharp ones, though!)
I call her my assistant, but when she's around she seems to be the one calling the shots!

Zombot Ghouls Return!

Wanna know why I haven't posted in a while? Well, I've been SCULPTING!
I am in the midst of creating the pattern for a 22 inch tall Zombot Ghoul figure, based on the character and artwork that I did many moons ago for my 'Monster Hunter' project. (check out the illustration in my earlier posts)
This illustration has always been a favorite among friends and fans, and thanks to my buddy Matt Hawkins suggestion, it will now be a resin model kit.
I am planning on attending the Monsterpalooza show in Burbank, California in April and thought it would be nice to show up with something brand new from the Groman studio...(it has been quite a while since I have sculpted a full figure model kit.) Lets see if anyone remembers who I am..!

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