Thursday, February 21, 2008

New Hellboy Prop

This Sideshow Exclusive is from the Hellboy II movie entitled "The Golden Army". It is a 1:1 scale replica of the Samaritan Gun used by Hellboy and features real metal with a real wooden hand grip. The barrel is loadable with the 4 metal slugs that come with the gun. It sits on a specially designed B.P.R.D. stand. They offer flexpay on this prop breaking the total price of $399.99 up into payments to make it easier to own for those of us who can barely make the bills. It really is an awesome piece of work and if you love Hellboy as much as I do, you are going to want this prop.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Cool Balloon

I would love to see this floating by!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Another painting!

This one came about due to the experimenting with the door painting I am working on. I am not certain this one is quite finished though. We shall see, but for now here it is in all of it's glory!

Statue and the strange hood

This is a statue at Oklahoma University. Is anybody else seeing what I'm seeing? Every time I walk past this statue it makes me giggle.

If you can't see it I added some color in photoshop to help.

If you're still having trouble, I flipped the image for ya. Maybe it's just me.

What do you think the sculptor had on his/her mind?

Finished "Pinky Cyclops"

Finished. A little black outline and some warmer more loud pink and it's done.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Almost done

Now i have added the main image on top of the stamped background. It is just a base coat of the image and has yet to be refined. It will be smoothed out or textured, then I will outline it with a somewhat heavy black line giving it an almost animation or cel type feel. You will have to wait for the next post to see the finished product though.

Starting the actual Painting

This is my next stage. I painted a white canvas blue, making sure that it is smooth and even so that i could stamp the pink images on evenly. I made a stamp of my original clean drawing with sculpy and stamped it across the blue canvas, trying not to be too uniform.

Next step

This is the refined thumbnail. A clean drawing of my subject.

Art in action

This is the thumbnail. I usually start with a doodle or a thumbnail.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Space Shuttle News!

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer 35 minutes ago

Atlantis' astronauts spent their first full day in orbit Friday scrupulously checking their ship for any launch day damage, as they steered ever closer to the international space station.

The shuttle was brimming with birthday presents for the station's scientific skipper, Peggy Whitson: a $2 billion European lab that she'll help set up and all kinds of spicy salsas.

Atlantis is due at the space station on Saturday, Whitson's 48th birthday.

"My present is a new module that we're going to install on board the station," Whitson, a biochemist, said in a broadcast interview. She put in a special request for different kinds of sauces to spice up the space station food. "It gets a little old after being here for several months," she explained.

Her roommate, Daniel Tani, who turned 47 one week ago, couldn't wait to get some fresh shirts. He ended up spending two extra months aboard the orbiting complex after fuel gauge problems grounded Atlantis, his ride home.

As the shuttle drew closer with every circling of Earth, the seven-man crew inspected its wings and nose for any sign of launch damage, using a 100-foot laser-tipped boom. The images were beamed down to Earth for analysis by engineers; a quick look revealed nothing amiss.

Some pieces of insulating foam fell off the external tank three times during liftoff Thursday, but none was big enough to pose any threat, said John Shannon, chairman of the mission management team. A small piece may have bounced off Atlantis' belly seven minutes into the flight, but lacked enough force to do any damage, he said.

The laser inspections have been standard procedure ever since NASA's space shuttles resumed flying in 2005 following the Columbia disaster. Also mandatory: shuttle somersaults right before docking, so the space station crew can photograph every inch of the ship's thermal shielding.

Shannon said the board in the engineering troubleshooting room was blank, the first time he's ever seen it that way.

"We have a long way to go on this mission, but I absolutely could not have asked for a better start to it," he said.

The astronauts' real work begins Sunday. That's when the 23-foot Columbus lab will be removed from Atlantis' payload bay and attached to the space station with robotic cranes. Two spacewalkers will assist in the operation.

Columbus is the European Space Agency's main contribution to the space station.

Twenty-three years in the making, it was supposed to be launched in 1992 to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World. But station redesigns and stalled construction, as well as shuttle groundings, led to 16 years of delay.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Interesting Commision

So I am actually getting paid to sort out a collection of G.I. Joes. I have to sort them, find all the weapons and match them, order rubber bands for the insides of them that have rotted and broken and reattach them, and build a custom shelf to put them all on. How cool is that?! There are over 300 figures and countless weapons. I can't wait to get this all done. It is going to look so nice. I will keep you up to date on my progress and let you see the finished product. Here's a pic of what I was given to start with.

Wave Three of Futurama from Toynami

Yet another exciting installment of the Futurama Universe in plastic! I'm glad we get Kif. I really enjoy that character. I hope wave four will be the Professor and Hermes. I want my Planet Express Spaceship as well. One big enough that the figures fit inside.

Xena Mobile lives

Well, after three years the car I love most is all up to date on tags and insurance. I just got a clear title finally because the bank I originally had the loan with had gone under or merged or something and no longer existed and they had never sent me the lien release. I had to file for a lien released title. It all went pretty smoothly. Now all I need is some savings to get new tires, struts, overflow tank, an alignment, new window motors on three windows, new seal for the trunk, some grease in the door hinges, a new trunk lock, new paint, super detail cleaning from head to toe, and some time (which I got). Oh, and I need to get that exhaust off the ground and back on the car. No big deal. This was my first car, and let me tell you, it's still the best car I have ever driven. Hopefully she will be up and going in no time! Remember I do commisioned artwork, so if you want to help with the Xena Mobile Fund please feel free to contact me for some artwork. Check out this link for more info on my art and how to contact me. If you don't want artwork, but you do want to help, just click the donation button under my profile and donate $1.00.

Marshmallow Warning

My Mom never had to cut my Marshmallow into "bite-sized" pieces. What would John Locke say?