Sunday, September 11, 2016

My King Korpse toys were at the InstincToys Booth in Singapore at the Singapore Toy Game and Comics Convention las weekend. Instinct had 3 different color wave versions there, and all 3 versions sold out at the show. King Korpse is an AMAZING toy, and I am so happy to have been able to collaborate with Hirohito Ohkubo and the rest of the great folks at Instinctoys.

Cleveland Institute of Art Poster Series

Was commissioned over the summer to create 3 illustrations for a series of recruitment posters for the Cleveland Institute of Art. After spending the last few months doing strictly quick concept work for toy companies, and some large and small toy sculptures for some vinyl toy companies, I was really ready to get re acquainted with Photoshop and my new, 22 inch Cintiq tablet. Happier with some of them than I am with others, I still think they make for a fun series. Reception to them has been great. Thanks to CIA, and particularly Mark Inglis, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the opportunity to work on these, and helping generate some early concepts that really helped make these so cool.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Guillermo Del Toro: In The Service of Monsters Gallery Show

Here is my painting, and the promotional poster for the Guillermo Del Toro: In The Service of Monsters Gallery Show to be held on September 11th at Gallery 88 West in L.A. California. This painting measures 18 by 24 inches, and is acrylic on canvas done in a fun, pseudo sepia tone palette. The line up of talent for this show is proud to be a part of it!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

B.C. Blasters

Howdy! Check out the schematics and sculptures for my new toy line called: B.C.Blasters. There will be five in all, with the prototypes premiering at the Toy Art Gallery in L.A. on May 16th. The concept and designs are all me, but these awesome little sculpts are by the talented Jorge McSweeny (Macsorro). B.C. there or B.C. square!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Tri Star Godzilla Sculpture

Got this photo of a fully painted Tri Star Godzilla 1998 sculpture I did back in 1998. I was painted by the very talented Jim Lawrence, and includes the large base with multiple eggs and baby Zillas. I sculpted this giant in super sculpey over a very detailed wire armature over the course of two months. Not crazy about the movie, but the creature design by Patrick Tatopoulos is pretty nifty. This was one of a couple Godzilla product sculpts I did in 98 in conjunction with the film. This one was to be a styrene model kit released by Polar Lights/Playing Mantis. The sculpt ended up too detailed and the factory had trouble replicating all the textures and forms. The film was also deemed a financial and critical failure, (though this has subsequently been found to be false as far as the financial side)so the kit was cancelled. At roughly 29 inches wide and about 17 high, it still remains as one of my proudest sculptural achievements.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Somewhere Out In Space Live The Herculoids

Was invited to participate in a gallery show at the Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California on June 12th. The show's theme is the history of The Cartoon Network studios, and is called: From Hanna Barberra to Cartoon Network. Pretty cool, right? You know what is cooler? Being able to pick your favorite cartoon of all time from the vast array of titles in the Hanna Barberra library for the subject of your piece. Here it is, my tribute to the first family of the planet Quasar. 15 by 30 inches, acrylic on canvas board.

Hellboy:Smokin The Old One

Did this acrylic painting for the Hellboy 20th Anniversary Show at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles. This was part of a tribute exhibit of over 100 artists works celebrating the history of Mike Mignola's Hellboy character. This show was officially sanctioned by the man himself, and he attended the show as well. Thanks to curator Chogrin Munoz for the invitation. Loved working on this!

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...

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.

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