Hi, folks! If you’re in the Seattle area this weekend, stop by and see me at this year’s Emerald City Comic-Con! I’ll be drawing and selling my wares at the Washington State Convention Center,booth 709.
…work is still proceeding on the fox figure for Tr!ckster 2012! I’ve managed to catch up and do rough drawings of the figure, its clothing, accessories, and even the display stand. A new model is being worked on as I write this, so there’ll be new pictures to post next week!
PS - Since this is the case, I’m starting to think about package design. One thought is an old-fashioned tin (like you’d see for tea or talcum powder) or a clamshell/blister pack that looks like a bottle of snake-oil tonic. I’m just starting to think about what the artwork will look like…
Another giant has passed. As I’m sure he was to many others, Ralph McQuarrie was an enormous influence on me and my artwork (see above). Of course, it was primarily through his work on the Star Wars films, but there was much more to come, and we fans followed him throughout his career. He contributed to so many amazing characters, creatures, vehicles and worlds, all rendered in his own unique style. Throngs of us owe him a huge creative debt, and I can only hope that I’ve given half the joy with my work that Mr. McQuarrie gave to me. Rest in peace, sir.
Yes, I know Graceland exists. Not that King - Jack “King” Kirby! If you’d like to see a (pop-up) New York brick-and-mortar museum for the King of Comics, please become a member and donate to The Jack Kirby Museum!
What are your top 5 favorite toys that you have? thanks, Jace.
Hi, Jace - I bought that Makoto-Chan (or Makoto-Mushi) bendy quite a while ago, and I haven’t seen it for sale since then. I’ve tried looking on Google, Hobby Link Japan, thefind.com and eBay, but couldn’t find the exact figure that I have. There’s a similar figure packed with this toy, and a pink version with this doll, but nothing sold separately. The key may be to figure out what the creature’s name is. I’ve only heard him referred to as “a germ”, and Wikipedia doesn’t have much more info on the manga. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!
Also - my top five toys:
1) Any of the Revell Dr. Seuss Zoo model kits.
2) The Remco Flintstones Paddy Wagon kit.
3) Mattel’s 12” Ghostbusters figures.
4) Master Replicas’ Obi-Wan Kenobi Force FX Lightsaber.
Hot Toys isn’t going to stop with Nick Fury, apparently. Since HT versions of Thor, Captain America and Iron Man already exist, I guess the news isn’t exactly a shock, but it’s still cool that they’ve got the license and are going all the way with it. Excelsior!
I’m hard at work on the next edition of Happy Beaver Sketchbook! Lulu.com has a thirty-two page minimum, but fortunately I’ve done plenty of drawings since volume two. Twenty pages are filled so far - when I’ve got the minimum, I’ll have to go back and lay out the book in earnest. Still, it’s going well!
Since I’ll be announcing more toys and merchandise arriving in the future, I thought this would be a good blog icon to have. This one’s a little rougher - I recycled a drawing from Comic-Con I did a while back. Of course, it took just as long to make as the others - I slogged through a Photoshop tutorial in order to figure out how to make the ‘bling font’.
A few days ago, I realized that I’d been designing my new figure in too piecemeal a manner. In spite of all the good responses I’d been getting to my notes, the toy was all out of whack. So I went back to the drawing board and tried to pull things back together. As is common with this kind of aesthetic ‘soul-searching’, the result was closer to the original design than I expected. I’m starting again with the basic forms, and I think I’ve got a better handle on things this time!