Uglycon 2016

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.

“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:

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Sole Identity #AJ2 – Laser Etched Wood

Is the soul of a sneaker reflected in the sole?

This is #AJ2 in the series of sneaker inspired art, based on the sole of the Jordan Brand sneakers. (Jordan II sole)

Laser etched on wood panel (1.5″ deep profile).
Hand sanded, then finished with a medium stain and gloss coated.
Due to nature of wood, each one is unique.
Measures 10″x10″ .

Limited Edition of 23. Individually signed and numbered.

Now available at the shop.

Wooden Business Card Holder

Here is a standard business card holder, laser crafted from cherry hardwood and hand finished. Although a simple design, laser engraving can be added to each side to give it extra details and styling. It also is easily disassembled for flat storage/transport.

TP Tissue Box

Here is a wooden tissue box, laser etched with the y-weave pattern that I currently enjoy using. It is laser cut out of birch plywood, then stained in golden oak with a matte finish. With this box, one can insert a roll of toilet paper and then dispense it through the top opening. For those who may want to use toilet paper for other purposes besides in the bathroom, it is more appealing when the roll is placed inside this box dispenser. While this current design is side-loading, future designs may be top-loading instead.

Switzerland Flag Wood Panel

 

My wife’s cousin wanted some new artwork for her house, so she requested a custom laser piece based on Switzerland and the Swiss flag. Her and her family lived in Switzerland for three years, and she thought it would be fun to have something up that reminded her of that time.

This piece started with a 12″x12″ birch wood panel, which was hand distressed and stained in English Chestnut. The outline of Switzerland was then laser cut out of birch plywood and painted in the style of the Swiss flag. After attaching these together, the result was then finished with a protective gloss coating.

Holiday 2014 Laser Cut Wood Ornaments

Here are some holiday ornaments that I designed and produced in December 2014. One is a kid’s name design and the other a design based on the Golden Gate Bridge. Both are about 3″ round in size and were laser cut out of popular wood. They turned out great for hanging on the Christmas tree.

Wooden Brick Man 1 – Laser Etched

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.

Sole Identity #AJ1 – Laser Etched Wood

Is the soul of a sneaker reflected in the sole?

This is #AJ1 in the series of sneaker inspired art, based on the sole of the Jordan Brand sneakers. (Jordan I sole)

Laser etched on wood panel (1.5″ deep profile).
Hand sanded, then finished with a deep chestnut stain and gloss coated.
Due to nature of wood, each one is unique.
Measures 10″x10″ .

Limited Edition of 23. Individually signed and numbered.

Now available at the shop.

Big Boss Robot Wood Key Chains for Giant Robot

Having been a fan of Giant Robot for a long time, I was excited when asked to produce some Big Boss Robot key chains. Even more thrilled that the key chains are showcased as a San Diego Comic-Con 2014 exclusive. Only two dozen of these key chains were laser cut from alder wood, and feature a laser engraved Big Boss Robot head. If you are heading out to Comic-Con, visit the Giant Robot booth #1729 and check out the other cool exclusives there as well.

Giant Robot Comic Con Exclusive 2014

Toto-ring – Anime Inspired Wood Ring

Been creating prototypes of wooden rings with “hungry” characters, so finally released the “Toto-ring”, which is inspired by a popular Japanese anime character. One side is sleepy, while the other side is hungry and “eating” your finger when you wear it.

They are laser cut and etched from cherry hardwood, then hand sanded. Also finished with a polyurethane coating. Each is individually made and unique due to the nature of wood.

You can order one here at the shop.

Asian Inspired Pattern Laser Etched Wood Panel

After seeing the laser cutting done for Creme Caramel LA on rice paper for a cake display, my friend requested artwork based on the Asian inspired pattern that was used. I decided to laser etch the pattern on a 10″x10″ wood panel, then paint it with red and gold. Apparently her coworkers were complaining that her new office walls are empty, so hopefully she finds a good spot for this and the red brings her good luck.

Valentine’s Day Heart Dunny

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!