Friday, December 27, 2013

Mr. Wrinkles, in the Fleisch

 I finally got around to taking some photos of the Mr. Wrinkles casting that I picked up from sculptor Jon Payne at this years Spring Monsterpalooza.  I wanted to keep the paint scheme simple, with very pale flesh tones and sensitive looking, mottled skin. A newborn bird was the look that I was going for. (It seemed an obvious choice to me with the way Jon sculpted the head with bulging eyes buried deep beneath lots of tissue, very similar to the appearance of a helpless newborn bird.) 

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Great (Young) Old One


Even the most infamous of the Ancient Ones has a humble beginning! Realized by artist, Simon Lee, this is little Baby Cthulhu.

When I first saw this piece, I couldn't help but imagine the little creature being squirted out and plopping wetly onto the featureless cold slab. I imagined the corrugated little lump hunkering down into it's loose, wrinkled skin, nestling into itself for comfort (who wants to cuddle?); maybe even coughing up a bit of post birth sputum as it takes it's first "breath" of life, or whatever such a creatures existence would be described as. That'd be a nice touch. Actually, as I think of Baby Cthulhu right now, I'm reminded of what a cicada that's newly emerged from it's shell looks like... All translucently moist, puffy and completely defenseless. What a neat concept. Simon's Baby Cthulhu is cast in one solid piece of creamy yellowish resin. The small plaque is measured to 6.25" long by 2.75" wide.  


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Melon Head says, "Happy Halloween Boils and Ghouls!"...

...alright, I lied! Melon Head didn't say anything. Have you looked into that cranium?! If he said anything, it'd be something like, "Ghuuurk...nnnghaaack....BWEGH!"
 I picked up this nasty little zombie bust at Quarantine Studios table at Wonderfest this year. Sculpted by the maestro of the macabre, William Paquet. I hadn't seen it before, and I picked one up on the spot. The bust is about 5 3/8" tall, so I'd say somewhere between 1/6-1/7th. scale range. Cast in cold cast porcelain, I believe. It was a pre-paint, so I had to strip off the factory finish, give it a nice clean up and primer for some beauty shots. I'm gonna' love painting this bastard! So feast your eyes on this quickly spoiling stiff before he liquefies into a stinky pool, and by all means...

  ...have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!




Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ba'al Ball

This piece is called, Ba'al Ball, sculpted by artist Calvin Lo. Calvin studied sculpture under the tutelage of master sculptor, Simon Lee, and has amassed quite the cool menagerie of demons and creepazoids under his Impulse Refinery banner. When I asked Calvin how he'd like me to paint the piece, his only request was that I keep in mind that the character was "from Hell". 

  The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Hell is Wayne Barlowe's Inferno and Brushfire volumes. One piece in particular titled, "Watchtowers" gave me pause, primarily because I felt that the unnerving, unblinking, singular eye that's embedded in each those watchful spires would work perfect for the cycloptic Ba'al Ball. So I  made an attempt to use what I thought were some of the colors that Barlowe may have used to paint that piece, and other color themes seen throughout his Inferno series. Initially I wanted to paint the bust in very dark and ashy colors, but this more fleshy crimson look prevailed.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Demon Seed



                                                                                        I can't think of an image that's more synonymous with Halloween than a pumpkin with an evil grin carved into it's thick hide. Here we have a ghoulish gourd that's boasting a grin that would peel the pants of Father Merrin and send him careening down a flight of stairs. This jack-o-lantern has teeth that look quite a lot like shark's teeth, and only an artist like Paul Komoda would think of something like that. As I understand it, Paul sculpted this piece a decade, or so, ago. It is not a production piece. My friend Norman Meyers asked me to paint this so that he could have it to display at this years Son Of Monsterpalooza show in Burbank, CA., and I was happy to oblige, of course. it's October, it's Paul Komoda, and it's awesome.  

  ** I learned a bit of information from Paul about this piece. It was sculpted by him while he worked at Art Asylum on a project called, "Psychopumps" that featured three pumpkinheaded robots. Here's some artwork by Nelson Acencio: 


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bloated Corpulence - Cthulhu Rising

"That is not Dead which can eternal lie..." 

 Man, I could go on and on with the quotes and descriptions, but I won't.  This is an exceptionally cool Cthulhu piece sculpted by Artist Bryan Wynia. I've been working on it for a long time, and then some! This is the first piece I've completed, outside of work, all spring and summer, so to say I'm pleased to finally have it painted and photographed is an immense understatement.  This was painted for a friend, and his only direction was for me to, " Make it Green". I loosely based some of the colors off of various paintings and digital renderings that I found interesting. Here's a link to Bryan's Cthulhu Rising resin kit.