Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sun WuKong

Arguably the most popular figure in all of Chinese literature, Sun Wukong is the Monkey King, or the "Great Sage Who Equals Heaven" as he calls himself.   Brash, arrogant and extremely violent, the Monkey King singlehandedly turned Heaven upside down, abolished death for himself and his monkey subjects, and did the lion's share of the work in escorting Sanzang to India.  For all his criminal mischief, he is also endlessly clever, resourceful and loyal, making him the hero and main character of Journey to the West.   

This is my design/sculpture of Sun Wukong, a personal project very near and dear to me which I have been developing for some time, along with Zhu Bajie.   





Zhu BaJie

In his past life, Zhu BaJie was the handsome and charismatic Martial Tian Peng, commander of a vast naval fleet in Heaven.   But he was sent to be reborn in the body of a pig monster as punishment for his seducing a goddess.   In Journey to the West, Zhu BaJie plays the comic foil to Sun Wukong, a gluttonous, lazy and lecherous dimwit who is nevertheless very endearing and one of the most memorable characters in Chinese literature.   This is my design/sculpture of him.






Thursday, July 31, 2014

IN LOVING MEMORY

In loving memory of my friend and mentor Dick Smith.   I will miss you greatly.

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Of Elephants and Blind Men"


Here is an illustration I did a while ago, based on the fable of the blind men and the elephant...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hey Good Looking!

This was inspired by the character of Brown Jenkin from H.P. Lovecraft's "Dreams in the Witchhouse".

Happy Birthday Charles!

Inspired by nineteenth century cartoons which lampooned Darwin for his theory of evolution, specifically as it applied to humans.   I just took it a little further...  Absolutely no disrespect intended, I just have a ribald sense of humor at times.
Incidentally, it is Darwin's birthday today!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Work From "Pacific Rim"

In the second half of 2011 I had the incredible opportunity to work on Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim".    I spent several months doing nothing but sculpting giant monsters all day, and was able to design/sculpt one of the guys that reached the screen, the one called Leatherback.   I also co-designed the baby Kaiju along with Francisco Ruiz Velasco and Guy Davis.    And I sculpted maquettes for two Guy Davis-designed creatures, Slattern and Otachi.   Later on I got to paint the models, along with my friend Simon Lee.   Here they are, hope you will enjoy seeing these.


Molding and casting of the Kaiju maquettes were done by Steve Newburn, Sean Sansom and Jason Detheridge, who were part of the team that built the incredible looking, on-set Kaiju organs for the movie.   In addition to this, since I left the production before Otachi could be molded, Sean and Steve also sculpted in the wing membranes between the arms of Otachi, and detailed the scales under the arms and tails, which I couldn't get to before the sculpture was cut apart for molding.   Anthony Veilleux also helped with molding- and a few others were involved with molding/casting, which I cannot think of at this point two years after the fact...so if you were one of them, please leave a note in the comments, thanks!