It’s been a while since my last post, but wanted to share my two pieces that are currently on display at at Giant Robot 2 Gallery for Uglycon 2016, featuring artwork inspired by Uglydolls.
Uglydolls in Space
“Uglies in Space” features a “wind chime” like feature with the three figures “floating” in their space shuttle (while actually hanging from string with stars below). There is also a rotating Space Babo. It is laser cut and etched out of wood on a wood canvas, then stained. Measures approximately 17″x 24″.
“Bubble Babo” is a hand (and small tools) sculpted wooden toy figure with five points of articulation – the head, arms and wrists rotate. He is inspired by the Uglydoll Babo character and the video game Bubble Bobble. He features laser etching and measures approximately 6″x 8″x 4″.
Uglycon 2016 will be on display at Giant Robot 2 Gallery in West Los Angeles from July 9 – 27th if you want to check it out. Additionally, all available artwork is for sale on the Giant Robot website. While “Uglies in Space” has been purchased, “Bubble Babo” is still available at this time. Here are some more photos of the other artwork:
Here is a brick man that I recently crafted from mahogany wood. Standing about 10″ tall, he took a while to make since there were so many different pieces, involving a lot of cutting, sanding and even more sanding. I ended up laser etching a Y-Weave pattern on his body, legs and head, then finishing him with a medium stain. He was pretty fun to make, but definitely time consuming. Apple included for scale reference. Stay tuned for the second one I made as well – I have yet to decide about lasering or staining that one.
A very Happy Valentine’s Day to my lovely wife. For putting up with me, I decided to create and give her this “Heart Dunny” out of wood with matching “Heart Card”. This little guy is laser cut out of maple hardwood, hand assembled, painted, and stands about 3″ tall. Bonus #weeklytoyproject for those keeping track. Have a great President’s holiday weekend!
When one of my friends requested a wooden minion for herself, I created this little guy. If the other minion was “Stuart“, I guess this one is “Phil” (or is the other one Phil and this one Stuart?). Nevertheless, Phil’s a bit sillier than Stuart since he’s got the middle part hairstyle going, a wagging tongue, and is also holding a daffodil flower. Similarly, he was laser cut from wood, then hand assembled and painted, and stands about 3.5″ tall. I have still yet to watch Despicable Me 2, but will hopefully catch it on DVD soon.
Stuart and Phil were able to meet up before Phil departed for his new home, and lots of laughter ensued. Should I create a series of “Woodions” as a production release?
The “Fresh To Death” Art Show and Charity Auction opened last Saturday night down in San Diego at Rosewood, a sneaker/skate store and art gallery. I was lucky enough to display the three toy art figures that I created for the show alongside my good friend (and one of the hosts of the show) Gary Lockwood (aka Freehand Profit) and his finance, Betsy Van Deusen. The other artists included in the show were @marsartist, @romtheworld. and @cristobarart, and it was co-hosted by Sneaker Head Confessions. The turnout was great, with different folks coming through all night and was definitely a fun time. Coincidentally, my pieces, entitled “2 Feet Under” (differentiated by “brand” editions), complemented perfectly with Betsy’s amazing oil and watercolor paintings. In addition a toy drive was also held and those, plus the proceeds from the auction will go to the Boys and Girls Club of San Diego. Keep an eye out for the auction, since unfortunately, there are a few issues at hand. Check out the following statement from Gary:
12/16/2013: IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to eBay’s required shipping & handling turnaround the auctions must be held closer to the end of the show. This will also give time for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego to register with eBay’s Giving Works so that 100% of the proceeds goes directly to the charity. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we reconfigure the charity art auction.
Thanks to everyone that made it out the opening night. If you are in San Diego, the show runs through January, so be sure to stop by and check out all the art in person.
In case you can’t make it to the “Fresh To Death” Art Show tomorrow at Rosewood San Diego, here is the reveal of the 2nd Coffin Shoebox Wood Toy that will be on display there.
This one is fashioned after the classic Nike sneaker box, features the Nike Air Max 90 on it’s feet, and has all the specifications of the Adidas themed one:
Each coffin shoebox figure is adored with matching “fresh” golden sneakers and they stand at almost 10″ tall. They are laser cut and engraved out of wood, then assembled and painted with a vintage/worn feel. Inside the coffins features a Hawaiian print floral lining, as well air vents on the “top” of them, as they can be filled with potpourri. These both tie into the theme of “Fresh To Death”. They are ready to hang on the wall, as well as being to stand on their feet or on their backs.
“Fresh To Death” is only one day away, so try to make it out there and be sure to look for the hidden surprise inside each coffin. The event starts at 7pm, so get there early, since you will want to participate in the charity art auction and holiday toy drive, which benefits the Boys and Girls Club of San Diego!
On Dec. 14, 2013, “Fresh To Death”, a group art show and charity auction event, is opening at the sneaker shop Rosewood San Diego. My good friend Gary (aka Freehand Profit) is one of the hosts, and when he asked me to partake, I gladly accepted. With the theme in mind and my #weeklytoyproject still going strong, I decided to create three “coffin shoe box” figures for the show.
This “Adidas” Coffin Shoebox was the first one completed and is themed in the style of a classic Adidas shoebox. Each coffin shoebox figure is adorned with matching “fresh” golden sneakers and they stand at almost 10″ tall. They are laser cut and engraved out of wood, then assembled and painted with a vintage/worn feel. Inside the coffins features a Hawaiian print floral lining, as well air vents on the “top” of them, as they can be filled with potpourri. These both tie into the theme of “Fresh To Death”. They are ready to hang on the wall, as well as being to stand on their feet or on their backs.
If you’re in San Diego (or nearby) make sure you come out to the show to see this figure, as well as the other two, in person. Perhaps there will be additional surprises inside of them as well. Looking forward to seeing all the other artwork from the other great artists there too!
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. Here is one Turkey that survived the day, probably because he is wooden toy. Laser cut and hand assembled out of walnut (and a little bit of cherry), this guy stands at about 3.5″ tall and 4″ wide. Gobble gobble! Have a great holiday weekend and eat up all those leftovers.
Finally finished production on the Cherry Micro Munwood figures for official release next week. Standing about 3″ tall, each is laser cut from cherry hardwood, then hand assembled and poly-coated. Individually numbered and limited edition of 12. Also comes poly-bagged with a wooden header card/keychain. I will bring a few to Designer Con tomorrow, look for me with one on a pendant.
Halloween is less than a week away, have you carved your Jack-O-Lanterns yet? Pumpkin carving is a fun and creative activity for all. Instead of carving a real one this year however, here is a wood toy version. He is laser cut from wood, then painted, and stands at just over 4″ tall. Additionally, I created these laser cut plexiglass earrings of “Jack” to commemorate the occasion (available at the shop).
Hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween next week, especially if you go out trick-or-treating!
The Google Android platform is a very popular mobile phone operating system and a few years ago, a vinyl toy was created to bring the mascot to life. They have created him in a multitude of colors and styles, featuring many great artists. I decided to create this wood version of the Android figure in walnut, standing at about 3″ tall for #weeklytoyproject.