Interview #1 Tim Bruckner

So, in my last blog post I spoke about inspiration. Particularly the things and people who inspire me. That led me to thinking about what inspires those who inspire. I sent out some messages to several people in my list of sculptors who inspire me, asking if they'd be willing to answer some questions on inspiration and other things. They all responded - YES. I can't tell you how excited I was. I sent off the questions right away. So I've decided to do a new blog post each week with a new interview (similar questions - different artists).

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First up is the very talented Mr. Tim Bruckner. Tim has been in the commercial sculpting business for a long time, and in that time has created some amazing and inspiring works of art. His client list is very impressive and the work more impressive still. These days, Tim has been working on his newest project: Pop Sculpture - How to sculpt Action Figures & Collectible Statues. A book in which he, along with some of his very talented colleagues, lay out the step by step process of making these amazing figures. Look for the book this October, and follow along with the blog to read some really great interviews with other amazing talents.

And now, for the questions:

AP: When you were a kid, did you already have a sense that you would be an artist some day? If so what were some early sources of inspiration for you? If not, what kind of things did inspire you?

TB: When I was seven, maybe eight, my parents gave me a set of booklets about various artists from the Byzantine to Baroque. You had to paste in oversized stamps of art reproductions next to the appropriate text. I don’t think I bothered with the text, but the images grabbed me in places I’d not been grabbed before. Those miniature pictures of art by Michelangelo, DaVinci, Rubens, lifted my spirit and imbued me with a kind of curiosity that drives me today. Through the years, what inspires me has changed as I have changed. If you have eyes to see, you are surrounded by the possibilities for creation. When I was younger, I think I was more closed off to those possibilities. These days, the inspiration to create is everywhere, in everything. The problem for me isn’t what to do, the problem is finding the time to do it.

AP: When did you discover sculpting? Who were some of your first "Sculpting Heroes"?

TB: The clearest recollection I have of actually trying to sculpt something was around the same time as having those art booklets. There used to be a type of candy that would come in wax tubes about six inches long. They were filled with a brightly colored syrup that could induce insulin shock and the sugar shakes. After draining the syrup I’d knead the wax into a little ball, and using a straight pin and the tine of a fork, I tried sculpting the heads of the seven dwarfs. I’ve been doing pretty much the same thing for over forty years. Heroes? Too many to mention. But that won’t stop me. Just to mention a few: Claus Sluter, Michelangelo, Cellini, Bernini, St. Gaudens, Alfred Gilbert, Chester French. And those are just a few of the dead guys. There’s a whole host of living sculptors; friends, colleagues and people whose work I know but have never met that just leave me gobsmacked. There seems to be a kind of Renaissance in figurative sculpture these days and its driven by pop sculptors (no plug intended). Fine art, for the most part, is people trying to convince you how good it is because you don’t like it and/or don’t understand it.

AP: What was your first professional sculpting project? Looking back on it now, how do you feel about it?

TB: The short version is, the neighbor across the street owned a Jewelry store. I was sculpting a papal button for shits and giggles and asked him what it would take to have it cast in gold. He saw it and offered me a job. I was a wax carver/apprentice goldsmith for a couple of years. Looking back on it now, it was one of the most important events of my life. It helped make me what I am and who I am. At the time, after a few months, I thought I was too cool for the room. But that’s youth, ain’t it. And to quote a character in one of my favorite movies, “youth is wasted on the wrong people”.

AP: Do you still feel that you're a fan of this type of work? and if so, do you ever find yourself getting excited to meet another sculptor?

TB: Absolutely. And.. absolutely.

AP: How does it feel to have hardcore fans of your work?

TB: I don’t know. I don’t know that I have hardcore fans. To be honest, I don’t think about it. If people like my work, I think that’s cool. If people don’t like my work, that’s cool too. If you work for the appreciation of others, you’re screwed. If you’re hands-for-hire, you work to please your client. If you create personal work, you work to please yourself. You have a better chance of accomplishing the former than satisfying the latter. The day you look at a piece of sculpture you’ve done and can’t find anything you could have or should have done better, its time to stop sculpting.

AP: How important do you feel it is to seek out inspiration? What are some of the things you do when it feels like inspiration is running low?

TB: As a hands-for-hire artist, you don’t have the luxury to wait for inspiration. You have a deadline. That’s your inspiration. Aside from that, you have an obligation to dig something out of the job you’ve been given. We’ve all worked on things we’ve had no affinity for whatsoever. That’s when you have to dig the deepest. There’s something in it, somewhere. Your job, apart from creating something in 3D, is to become a fan of what you’re working on. Your fandom doesn’t have to last longer than the job lasts. But during the job, your enthusiasm can wane. If it does, it shows. Good work comes and goes. Bad work. Lifeless, uninspired work, hangs around forever.

I want to give a big thanks to Tim for doing this. I hope you guys reading this have enjoyed it and will come back for the next interview (to be posted next week).

Cheers!!

Post Craziness

Well, all the craziness of March and April are over. Plus I actually had a couple of film projects come through the studio, so you'll actually be able to see stuff I worked on, in a movie!! I'll give you more details and share images once I'm able to, but don't hold your breath... It's going to be over a year.

The Lucky Baldwin unveiling went really well. You can see images in the Client gallery section. I'm looking forward to getting another one of these projects. It was a huge challenge, but so rewarding.

Monsterpalooza, was a blast. It was the busiest it's ever been. I had a slow couple days to start, but Sunday picked up and I managed to get some decent sales. I met Greg Nicotero (of KNB and Walking Dead fame), which was a huge highlight. I'm hoping to follow through with that meeting and actually get a visit at the KNB studio. I'll let you know if something happens there.

Now I've reached a slow time of the year, so I'll be working on more of my own projects. There's some cool stuff coming (hopefully by next Monsterpalooza), so keep an eye out for updates. I'm actually teaming up with the awesome Silva Brothers, to do some concept design on an idea that I have for an awesome "Last Stand" zombie scenario sculpt. It's going to be amazing.

There's new stuff for sale up in the store, so head over there and help keep the pirate ship afloat. Your support keeps me going and allows for more original sculpts. Tell your friends, share this site with your Facebook buddies, buy someone and early Christmas gift. I'd really appreciate it.

Cheers for now,

Alfred

WonderCon, Monsterpalooza and the Lucky Bladwin Monument.

Hey there everybody (or just you, the one person reading this). Coming up are some very cool things that I'll be attending and being part of. First up, WonderCon. Next weekend (Mar. 29, 30, 31), I'll be attending down in Anaheim. I'm not exhibiting there, but if you know what I look like, you might see me walking the floor of the show, as I look for work and make new contacts. I'm excited about this one, as it's the second year it's in Anaheim, and it'll be my first year attending. I think it'll be a fun experience.

Then, on April 9th, the lucky Baldwin Monument will be placed in it's permanent home in the City of Arcadia. This will also be a fun and exciting experience, as I watch the piece get lifted and placed on it's pedestal. It's been a while since the piece was completed, and now we're finally at the end.

Following that, on April 12, 13 and 14th, is Monsterpalooza!! I'll be exhibiting my work there once again. The table will be chock full of new work (stuff you guys haven't seen yet). I'm super excited about the show and have been working hard to prepare all the inventory, and get a couple of the pieces painted. The "Bad Apples" have been hard to keep in stock, so I have to keep casting more as I get closer to the show dates. I think they will be a hit at the show as well. If you're in the Burbank area on those dates, stop by the show and then come by my table and say "Hi". I love meeting fans and sharing my work. I look forward to seeing some of you there. Let me know you read the blog.

The 14th is also my 37th birthday!! I'll be celebrating by sitting behind my table at Monsterpalooza!!

On the 15th, the crew from Make Magazine will be coming by the studio to shoot an interview for their Youtube channel: Make: Believe. I think it's going to be a fun shoot and I hope you guys can get a chance to get to know me a little better, and see the inside of my studio.

Then FINALLY!!! On the the 16th.... (Phew, I'm going to be busy), is the dedication ceremony for the Lucky Baldwin Monument. It'll be taking place at the site, and there will be a number of guests and press for the event. I'm really looking forward to seeing people's reaction to the piece as it gets unveiled for the public. I'll have photos of the event, and hopefully some video to share with you guys.

Well, that's about all I can fit into my schedule for now. I'll have lots more stuff coming this Summer (I'm on a real alien kick right now, so prepare to see lots of aliens creatures coming from me). Until then, or one of the events, Take care. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to say Hi if you see me at one of these places.  and Cheers!!

Alfred

Happy 2013

It's a new year!!! But what does that really mean? Isn't it just another day? Yeah the calendars change, but really... they change every 30 or so days anyway. What am I getting at? Basically I'm saying that when you're working hard to chase down a dream, the calendar doesn't matter. Nothing has really changed, I'm still working just as hard as before and things are coming out soon. So let's talk about what's coming.

First off, the long awaited installation of the Lucky Baldwin monument is getting closer. It's (tentatively) scheduled for February, so I'm excited to see it in it's final place. It's been a long road from the beginning to now, but a lot of it has been waiting around. Now we're finally going to come to the close of this project and hopefully bring a little more attention my way as a monumental scale sculptor.

Next up, this is the year that you'll see my Stan Winston Lesson, as well as my interview with them. I don't have a release date for it, but I'll let everybody know when it comes out. If you haven't signed up yet, be sure to visit the Stan Winston School of Character Arts website and look at the videos. There's so much to be learned there, and there's still so much more to come from those guys that it's mind blowing. I'm very grateful to have been a small part of it, and I hope to do more lessons with them in the future.

Third, I will be doing a series of portrait sculpting lessons for Visualarium. Filming should start early this year, and the video series should be out before Summer. I'll keep you posted on that one.

Fourth, I have new work in the studio getting ready to be released. The Young Frankenstein busts are finished and ready for molding. The 15" tall "Frank's Boy" sculpture is also finished and ready for molding. That one was a lot of fun to sculpt and I'm looking forward to putting it out there. I also have a new series of Trophy Zombie Heads. These heads are 1:2 scale and will be mounted on rebar spikes (all resin). I've got creepy clowns, hillbilly dudes, and some rather messed up looking zombies. Look for all these pieces to be available in the Spring - Or - Come out to Monsterpalooza in April and you'll be able to see the pieces in person and pick one up. I'll even sign it for you if you ask nicely.

Other than all that, I don't have any more specific plans. There's stuff I can't talk about that I'm really excited to do, and hopefully I'll get to share that with you guys eventually, but it might be a while. I'm still looking for work and taking commissions, so if you or someone you know is looking for a sculptor, send them my way.

So I hope you all have a great 2013, but remember... You don't need an arbitrary date to start going after your goals. Don't wait!! Start going for them NOW!! Let me know if you're reading this. I love hearing from you guys.

Cheers!!

Alfred

Halloween is over. Time for something different.

This Halloween was a busy one. With lots of travel and lots of pumpkins, I did a lot of things for the first time, this season. It was my first time to New York and to Texas. It was my first time working on a record size pumpkin, and it was the first time I have ever been inside of a pumpkin. Working for Pumpkin Wow and for Villafane Studios this season, I got to do some cool stuff. It's been a fun season, but I'm also glad it's over. The traveling and time away from my family was tough. Changing time zones ever three days isn't really easy on my system. With all that said, I'm still looking forward to next year and trying to raise the bar on what I did this year.

Now it's all about looking forward to the next thing. The Lucky monument is done, but still waiting to be installed. Monsterpalooza is six months away, so it's time to start figuring out which pieces I'm to work on. I've got some cool ideas for new pieces and I've nearly finished the Young Frankenstein busts (the Gene WIlder and Peter Boyle). I'm also beginning to learn Zbrush, so you'll see some posts of projects I'm trying to work on. So far, it's been slow going, but I'm starting to make some good head way and figuring things out. Now that the Halloween season is over, I'll be able to focus a bit more on Zbrush.

On T-shirt News, I picked the winners and announced the names on the Facebook Fan Page. I'll mention them here as well, so Congratulations to Randy Pavatte, Keith Cousins and Randy VanDyke. Their T-shirts will be in the mail soon. For the rest of you guys that might want a shirt, head over to the store page and you'll see the shirts and be able to click and order your own. Quantities are limited so order yours soon.

So that's all I got for now. Until next time, Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers!!

Alfred

Wet T-Shirt Contest Time!!!!

Actually it's just t-shirt contest time... It's up to you if you want to wet the shirts. I just ordered some new shirts with the new website logo. I'm excited about the new shirts and I wanted to give back to you guys for all the support, so I'm running a contest, for a chance to win one of these new shirts.

So how is this contest going to go down, you ask? It's pretty simple... I want you to share some photos (please no wet t-shirt photos). Seriously though, you just need to share some photos of my work. There's two ways to enter:

#1 - For those of you who have purchased some of my work. Take a photo and share it on Instagram or on my Facebook Fan Page. If you share it on Instagram, Hash tag  #apsculpturestudio and if you share it on the Fan Page, tag the photo with Alfred Paredes. All those who post photos will be entered into a drawing for a shirt. Photos should be of one or more of my sculptures in your home, office, studio, or wherever you've chosen to display it. It doesn't need to painted, but it would be nice if it was at least displayed nicely. If you have more than one of my sculpts, post them as separate pictures and get entered for each one you post. In other words, the more of my sculpture you have, the more chances you have to win. I'll award one t-shirt to Instagram posters, and one to Facebook posters.

#2 - For those who haven't purchased my work... Shame on you!! No, I get it. Times are tough and we can't all shell out a few shekels to buy sculpture. But maybe you're still a fan of my work. Hell, you're reading this on my site, so you must like my stuff a little, so I want you to have a t-shirt too. Here's how you win. Go to my Facebook Fan Page, make sure you "Like" the page and share a photo from my albums on your page (it should be of one of my sculpts). Be sure to tag Alfred Paredes so that I'll see the photo. You'll only be entered once, but feel free to share as many photos as you like (I could use the help). There will only be one t-shirt up for grabs for you guys, so good luck!!

When will the winners be announced? It's October, so Halloween is the perfect time to announce the winners. (it also gives the t-shirts time to be printed and shipped to my house). If you live in the U.S. I'll even ship it to you for FREE. However, if you live outside of the U.S. I will need you to cover shipping (sorry, but it gets pricey).

So what will these t-shirts look like? Well, I don't have them yet, but here's the design that will go on them.

Transient

Pretty cool, right? The design is being printed on dark grey shirts. I'll have different men's sizes available (from M-XL), and some Girly Fit as well, for all you ladies out there.

So get to postin' and good luck!! I'll pull the names out of a hollowed out skull this Halloween. Winners be announced here on the site, and the Fan Page as well, so look for your names!!

Cheers!!

Alfred

I've been a Baaaaad Boy!!!

Hey everybody... Hello? Is anybody there? I don't blame you. I've been away for a long time. I apologize for my absence, but it's been a crazy few months. Hell, it's been a crazy year. I wanted to come in and share a quick post with you (if anybody is even still reading this), and let you know what's been going on with me and my work.

So... The Canada Sand Sculpting project. I went, I saw and I conquered. It was a bit terrifying at first, as I had to learn a new material and a new way of working really quickly. I had never sculpted in sand before, and it was also my first time sculpting in a subtractive form. In the end, I gained new skills and a some confidence in knowing that I can do what I set out to do. It was a lot of fun and I hope to do it again sometime. I'll have pictures to share (at some point), or you can go to the FaceBook Fan Page (there's a link on this site) and I've set up an album there.

In other news. The Lucky Baldwin monument is still at the foundry. It's being cast into bronze and the city is working on plans for the base. It looks like installation won't be until some time in November, but at least things are moving forward.

A couple weeks ago, I was down in San Diego for Comic-Con 2012. It was a lot of fun and I had some very positive responses to my work, as I went from booth to booth, trying to find jobs. I definitely think that this year will lead to new projects later on. DC Entertainment, Sideshow Collectibles, Triad Toys and Mezco Toys were some of the most promising. I have my heart set on either DC or Sideshow (with Sideshow leading the wish pack). It probably won't be for a while though, because these companies have to plan their stuff years in advance and then they need to find the right project for any particular sculptor. I'm still hopeful that things will happen by next summer. For now, I'm focused on personal projects and a couple of commissions.

Finally, there's some exciting news to share with you. My very first instructional DVD (or streaming video, whichever you prefer), will be available soon. I shot an instructional lesson for the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, on sculpting a character from the live model. You'll get to see a sculpt from start to finish, with plenty of instructions, tips and tricks along the way. I had a very lovely model, so there will also be plenty of eye candy for you as you learn to sculpt from the live model and create a believable character/creature. The lesson should be available before September, but I'll have specific dates when I hear from the Stan Winston guys. It was a real pleasure, and one that I'll get to experience again, as they want to do a couple more lessons for them. Be sure to check out their site and look for all the great lessons they've already put out. And when my lesson comes out, I hope you'll support me by buying a DVD or streaming video, and letting all your friends know about it as well.

 

Okay, that's it for now. I'll some WIP shots of some recent sculpts to share soon, so be on the look out for those. Until next time, Cheers!!

 

Alfred

So Much is Happening!!!

Okay guys, there's a ton of stuff in the works right now. Some of which I can share with you and other stuff that will have to wait a little longer. But it's all really amazing stuff that I'm honored and privillaged to be a part of.

First up, I'll tell you what's going on with one of the projects that you already know about. The Lucky Baldwin Monument. The molds were completed a short while back and then delivered to the foundry last week. The waxes should be ready soon, and then I'll be doing some clean up and getting them ready for their next step into bronze. It's been so much work to get to this point, but the end is almost here. I'm talking with the city about base deisgns and the site prep should be underway soon. We're still looking at a July installation and unveiling, so I'll have lots more pictures and maybe even some video, then.

The next thing is a Huge sand sculpting exhibition in Niagra Falls, Canada!! I'll be joing the super talented Ray Villafane for two weeks in Canada to work on a huge sand sculpture, along with dozens of other talented sculptors from around the world. I'm very honored and privillaged to have been asked to join Ray on this spectacular project. I've never sculpted in sand before, so I'm nervous and excited at the same time. I'm also a bit nervous about leaving my wife and young baby for two weeks, but my wife is really awesome and suportive and she's really excited about the opportunity for me. Here's an image of the design that we'll be sculpting out there. Ray and I will probably be sculpting the Campfire scene.

Here is some cool video of the Russian company at work. These are the same guys that are putting on the Canada Exhibition.

Next up, at the end of this month (just before I leave for Canada), I'll be having some visitors come by the studio with their cameras and stuff. I can't really get into who it's for just yet, but I can say that I'll be showing a bit of what I do best. I'll have more news for you as soon as I get the go ahead.

Finally, this last bit is a little closer to home. The web site is undergoing a bit of a face lift. I'm working alongside my younger brother to make some much needed updates to the site. We're also going to be changing up the gallery and making it a bit easier to see the work that you're most interested in. All this and new social media tags so you can follow me and stay up to the minute with new photos and updates on all the various projects that are going on. We'll be launching the new updates at the end of the month, so stay tuned.

Cheers for now,

Alfred

Time to get back to work!!

Well, Monsterpalooza is over. It was a cool weekend filled with lots of awesome stuff to look at, as well as good friends. I got to see lots of people and meet a whole bunch of new ones. I'm looking forward to next year's show and I'm going to start creating stuff for the show right away. I want my table to really showcase some awesome stuff.

For now, I need to get back to the monument project and finish up a couple small jobs. Then it's full steam ahead with my personal work and learning Zbrush.

Cheers for now, and for any of you who are new to the site because of Monsterpalooza... Welcome and Thanks!!

-Alfred

Monsterpalooza 2012

MonsterpaloozaWell, it's that time of the year again. Monsterpalooza is right around the corner and I'm feverishly working away to have plenty of inventory for all you collectors out there. Last year I sold out of several pieces. This year I'm planning to have a larger inventory. I'll also be debuting some new work at the show. With a fantastic table location this year, I'm certain it's going to be another great show!! Plus, this year there's a bonus... Saturday the 14th is my Birthday!! I'll be celebrating (quietly) at the show. But here's some cool news for you. If you come by my table on Saturday and say "Happy Birthday", you'll get 10% off your purchase. This is for Saturday only, so don't miss out!!

There's also another purchase incentive that will start on Friday the 13th!!. For the first 3 people that buy a copy of the "Pregnant Zombie", they'll each get a FREE copy of the crawling torso zombie!!! I'm only giving away 3 of these, so be one of the first to buy a "Pregnant Zombie" and be sure to get your Crawling Torso Zombie for FREE!!!!

If that isn't enough to intice you to come out to the show, I don't know what is. There's gonna be some great artists out there, and lots of cool stuff to see. If you're in the So-Cal area next weekend, be sure to stop by the show. And if you're thinking of buying me a birthday gift : ) The best gift is buying one of my pieces for yourself!!

See you at the show!!

WOW!!! Have I been busy!!!

Hey guys, sorry for the long absence from the site. there's so much going on and so little time to get on here and post it all. I'm taking a few hours out of my busy schedule to post some updates and some news for any of you who might be left out there.

Lucky Baldwin SculptureFirst off, the Lucky Baldwin monument. I finished the sculpting phase of the project this morning. It felt really good to sign the piece and be done with this part. There's still a lot of work left to do (Molds, wax, bronze and installation), but it's nice to have made it this far. The project has had its challenges, and I'm certainly a more experienced sculptor because of it. My goal has always remained as wanting to create something that I would be happy with and proud of. I can say that at this point, the answer to both is, Yes.

First Moon WerewolfNext up, Monsterpalooza!!! Only a couple weeks away and there's still so much work left to do. I didn't have enough time to create all the work I wanted to, but I did manage to create a couple new pieces that will be debuting at the show. You'll find them in the Store section after Monsterpalooza. And to those of you who have purchased a copy of the pregnant zombie, Thank you so much. And thank you for the great pictures. I'm really going to have to create a fan photo section on this site (oh well, yet more stuff to do). One of the new sculpts is a companion piece to the pregnant Zombie... It's Zombie Dad!!!... or rather, what's left of him. The other new piece is my take on a Werewolf. It's a full figure sculpt with base. He'll be showing his scary face at MP first, then you'll find him on here (but if you've clicked "LIKE" on the FaceBook Fan Page, then you've seen some teaser shots of both).

Finally, there's some cool stuff lining up for this Fall. A partnership of EPIC proportions!! I can't say anything just yet, but I wanted to let you guys know that there's even more cool stuff in the works for the near future.

Thanks to all of you who visit the site and take the time to comment. A HUGE thanks to those of you who have purchased work (you really help to keep me motivated to make more). I hope you will continue to stop by and please forgive the long absenses. I haven't forgotten, I'm just really busy!!!

Cheers for now!!

Alfred

A "little" something different

Hey guys, I wanted to share some news about a big project that I'm working on. Last night, the city of Arcadia City Council gave it's official thumbs up, for the completion of a nine foot tall monument to their first mayor. I've been commissioned by the Great, Great Grandaughter of Lucky Baldwin, to create this monument, that she will be graciously donating to the city. I started by creating a 1:4 scale maquette (seen here in progress) Lucky Baldwin Sculpture of this historical character in California's history. With the approval of the city council to move forward on this project, I now get to start on the nine foot tall sculpt that will be molded and cast in bronze.

While this isn't the fisrt time I've sculpted a large scale figure, or the first bronze figure I've created (not by a long shot), it is the first large scale figure that will be cast in bronze. And it's my first public monument. This piece will hopefully stand at his location (across fromthe Santa Anita Race Track) for many generations to come.

Next up in the process of completing this figure is the enlarging itself. There are a couple ways to this, but I'll be opting for the digital scan and foam enlargement. It'll be the first time I'll be using this technology on a project, and I'm really looking forward to trying it out.

This project comes at a busy time for me, as I'm also getting ready for Monsterpalooza (this April). I hope to finish a couple more creature sculpts so that my table will be even better than last year. I'll keep you guys up to date on the progress of this and other projects, and I hope you continue to stop by the store and support what I do by picking up a copy of one (or more) of my resin kits for your collection.

Cheers for now!!!

Alfred

New Work for sale!!

Hey guys, I've been really busy with being a dad and trying to run my shop and believe me, it's a lot of hard work. I haven't been able to be in the studio as much as I would like, but spending time with my baby girl and helping out my wife has been great. However, I am trying to run a business here and so... There's new work for sale!!!

I'm getting some details taken care of in the Store section, so for now, you can send me a message if you're interested in ordering either (or both) of the new pieces. You can check them out in the Gallery. First up is the Marty Feldman bust. One of my favorite movies of all time "Young Frankenstein" has been on my to do list for a while, and what better way to get started than with the iconic role of Igor (pronounced Eye-gor). This bust is 9.5" tall, in hollow cast resin. $80 + $15 shipping (within the US).

Igor Marty Feldman

Next up is the gruesome gal herself... "Flesh Eating for Two" is a 1:6 scale figure, fully detailed and filled with awesome textures that make her a painter's delight. She stands at 10.5" tall and is cast in 3 parts. Get your copy of this Zombie Mamma for the Holidays, or make someone's Christmas extra special by having this creepy gal waiting under the tree. $90 + $11 shipping (within the US).

Zombie Mamma Pregnant

To make a purchase now (before the pieces officially go up in the Store section), you can send me a message and I'll give you the payment options.

Thanks for supporting my work and I look forward to seing what you guys do with these and all my other figures. Keep those pictures coming, I really do love seeing what you guys do with my work.

Happy Holidays!!! See you in 2012 with even more work and exciting news about a really BIG project!!

 

A Crazy Project I Can't Talk About

Hey guys. So, soon after returning from the Carlos Huante workshop, I started recieving requests for work. This isn't very unusual around here, it's just that most of the requests usually end up going no where. Well, I got contacted for a doosey of a project and it seemed like I was the only one that was up for the challenge. The project was for a very well known celebrity. It was going to involve making a custom chess set. That alone doesn't sound too bad, but here's where the crazy comes in. I was going to have to design, sculpt, mold and cast all the chess pieces in only 10 days. It started off pretty reasonable. There were going to be the usual 6 pieces, then repeated to complete the set. But celebrities don't tend to have simple ideas for long, and the six grew into 11 very quickly. The time frame didn't change, so this meant a whole heck of a lot more work.

I started in with the designs and quickly moved through the bad ideas, weeding it down to a few solid ideas. I did a lot of research on chess sets as well as on some of the characters that would be on the board. The approval process went quicly (luckily, the client understood the challenges of the tight deadline). I began sculpting and in just over a day, I had already roughed in 5 pieces - and a few of those were more than roughed in. I knew I wouldn't be able to complete this project on my own, so I reqruited some help from fellow sculptors. They came through with flying colors and really saved me a lot of time. They also spent a lot of time in my studio, helping me with some of the grunt work, while I worked on the portraits.

The days were long (not one of them being less than 16 hours), and there was one point where I had been working for 39 hours straight. In the end, I completed the project on time and delivered as scheduled. It was definitely the most amount of work I've done in such a small amount of time, but I'm glad I took on the challenge. I knew it was possible, and with the help of some very cool friends, we accomplished what no others were even willing to take on.

Sadly, because of the confidentiality agreements in place, I can't disclose who the work was for, or show any of the pieces (at least not yet). So for now, it goes down as a crazy experience that only a handful of people have actually seen.

Now that the project is over, I'm trying to get back to sculpting more creatures for next year's Monsterpalooza show. I really want to have a cool looking table and improve on what I showed last year. I already have several pieces under way, and I've been drawing several others. I don't know how many I'll be able to finish - having a kid takes up a lot of my time. Plus, there's actually more potential work around the corner. And if that project comes through, I'll be swamped for months!!!! At least that one I'll be able to talk about (once I actually get the job - fingers crossed). We'll see if any other projects come across my table before then, but until then... It's back to the studio to make some of the best creature sculpts I've made so far.

Cheers!!

Alfred

I'm back from the Workshop

Hey guys, I'm back from the Carlos Huante creature design workshop at Anatomy Tools. It was a great experience and I believe I learned a great deal of things that I will be able to apply to my work. I think you'll start seeing even more original looking creations coming from me, as well as just cooler looking sculpts. It was a tough week being away from my young family, but my wife was a real trooper and I got to see her and my baby girl on Skype each night. Now that I'm back home, I'm trying to figure out a routine for getting time in the studio. It's tough with a new baby, but I have managed to get a few hours in there and I'm making progress on several new pieces (started before the workshop). There's a creepy new Zombie Gal in the works, which I hope to have done by Holloween. She's mostly finished, it's all detail work, but this is going to be one of the most detailed pieces I've ever done, so it's gonna take some time. Keep an eye out for the anouncement. The other pieces will be ready for Monsterpalooza next year (which I already have a table reserved, and it's in an AWESOME location). I'll be posting updated pics of their progress on the Facebook Fan Page.

Thanks for all the support and to all those who continue to buy kits, you have my sincerest thanks. It's because of you that I'm able to keep making monsters.

Cheers!!!

Alfred

An Interesting Link

Hey guys, a reader shareed this link with me. Perhaps you guys might enjoy it. For any of you looking for ways to make money in the art industry, this might open your eyes to possibilities you hadn't considered exploring. Check it out HERE.

Cheers for now,

Alfred

New stuff in the works.

Hey guys, I've been busy with the new family and stuff, but I have managed to get into the studio for a few hours and start making some cool new stuff. I'm sure you'll all love to see it. I'll be posting some teaser pics of some of the new stuff on the Facebook Fan Page. Head over there and click "Like" so you can keep up with the news.

Also, in the line of always wanting to improve and learn, I've signed up for a creature design class at Anatomy Tools. I'll be learning from the super awesome Carlos Huante. I've been a fan of his for a long time, and we even share a little work history. He worked at a place called Dinamation a long time ago, and many years later, I worked there as well. It'll be tough to be away from the new family for a week so soon into becoming a dad, but with the support of my awesome wife, I have the chance to grow and develop my skills as an artist. I'll be sharing thoughts and photos of the class once I'm back, so keep an eye out for that post.

In the mean time, I'll be preparing myself (personally and professionaly) to be among some of the best creature designers for a week and trying to hold my own. I've got loads of drawing to do as practice and warm ups, and I'm going to try and get some fast creature sculpts in as well (before the class). Wish me luck, and I'll see you guys next time.

 

Cheers!!

Alfred

 

News & Happenings!!!

Hey guys, thanks for hanging in there while the blog is on hiatus, I really appreciate it. There is some news I'd like to share with all of you.

First: I've recently been hired on over at ADI to do some part time sculpting. They've really liked my work so far and it looks like I'll be back for more in the future.

Second: The Harry Potter Tribute Show over at Gallery Nucleus was a HUGE success. Several copies of the Dumbledore and Fenrir pieces have been sold, and there is still time to check out the show, so if you haven't been... What are you waiting for? Gallery Nucleus

Third: This Weekend was San Diego Comic Con. As usual, I was down there on Friday to check out the show, but more importantly, to look for work. It was another great year of making contacts and solidifying old ones. It also looks like there is a possibility of a few new partnerships. I can't say with who at the moment, but I can tell you that they will be awesome collaborations. Fingers crossed that everything works out. It was an exhausting day (I don't know how some people can do all four days), but I feel that this was one of the most successful visits I've had to Comic-Con in the 15+ years that I've been going.

Fourth: There's several new pieces in the works. A complete figure Zombie (not a bust) in 1:6 scale, with alternate parts and lots of gory detail. There's also a very lovely and sexy looking demon in the works. Pictures to come later, so stay tuned.

Fifth: I have already purchased my table for next year's Monsterpalooza. I'll be seeing you again next April with new and bigger works.

...And Finally: This coming Tuesday (the 26th of July) is the day that my daughter will be born. It's an exciting time and I'm looking forward to being a dad. It's a whole new chapter in my life and my wife and I are ready for the challenge and wonder of being parents. I know that my productivity in the studio might take a hit, but I'm determined and focused on success, so be assured that you WILL see new works in the coming months.

So... For now, hang in there. Keep coming back for updates. Keep sending me those painted pics of my resin kits (I really do love seeing what you guys do with them). Spread the word to your friends about the store (by helping get the word out, I can keep making more of the creatures and monsters that you guys will love to collect). Go back and re-read some of the earlier articles and interviews (they really are a good read the second and third time around). And most important of all... Keep on creating and never stop learning.

Until next time,

Alfred

100th KIT SOLD!!!

Congratulations to John Eubank form the Alternate Universe Modelers Club. He was the lucky purchaser of kit #100!!!! He chose a Pirate Zombie and a Vampire as his two FREE kits.

Thanks to all those who have helped me to reach this small but significant milestone. It's very much appreciated and I hope we can reach number 200 before next Summer. There's new sculpts in the works, but at the moment I'm in full prep mode. I've got the kid on the way in just a few weeks and Comic-Con about a month away. The Harry Potter Show will be in about two weeks, and all the pieces for that show have been cast.

I'm currently trying my hand at model painting. I'm trying to do a good job on the Walken Solo bust. It'll be my first time trying to paint a realistic skin tone, but so far it's going very well. A big thanks to Dave Whitford for his time and tips on painting. I'm sure I'll be picking his brain again.

Until Next Time, Cheers!!!

Alfred