Yearly Archives: 2010

Whiskey Bar

Posted: 28 September, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: MKG Productions, Museum/Exhibit Design

Over the weekend, I made this bar for MKG Productions. It uses a few old whiskey barrels and some 1×3 lumber stained to match. The barrels still had some whiskey sludge inside them (As you can see from the last photo!)

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Sesame Street – Hip-Hop Penguin CD cover

Posted: 20 September, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Sesame Street, Propmaking

I had fun designing this CD cover for a pair of Hip-Hop Penguins… there are a whole mess of Photoshop filters that I don’t ordinarily get a chance to play with, so it was a blast to go berserk with lens flares.

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Sesame Street – Elmo Crayon Drawings

Posted: 20 September, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Sesame Street, Propmaking

I’m like Elmo’s ghost writer, except with crayons.  (actually, these were drawn with Stabilotones – they’re supercrayons!)

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Logos for The Michael Showalter Showalter

Posted: 25 August, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Illustration, The Showalter Showalter

These logos were created for a spoof public television program named “The Michael Showalter Showalter,” on a network named “PBT”. I was given quite a bit of leeway – the client wanted a red logo on a white background for the program, and a brown oval for the network logo.

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Rocky Pedestals for DeBeers

Posted: 19 July, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: MKG Productions, Museum/Exhibit Design

I made these pedestals for a display of new jewelry at DeBeers.  The rocks are made from polystyrene foam, and coated with concrete (for the rough rocks) and foamcoat (for the smooth rocks.) I had help from Andrew Bunch and Tom Smolenski with sculpting and finishing the 50 artificial rocks that went into the display.

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My new career as a male model for Ralph Lauren

Posted: 15 July, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Illustration, Ralph Lauren

I went on a tour of the Ralph Lauren office when I was working with them on an illustration project, and we met an employee in the hallway. They asked me if I could draw pants, I replied “Yes,” and that’s how these drawings came about. I made these illustrations from reference photos – I [...]

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Silent Library – Machine for simultaneous Punching AND Kicking!

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library

I’ve made things that punch people, and machines that kick people, but here’s a machine I made that kicks and punches people at the same time! Increases productivity by 100%! The foot and fist are both set in motion by pneumatic cylinders, with a foam foot inside the boot and a foam fist, so that [...]

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Silent Library – Hand Tenderizer

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library

I made these urethane rubber hammers to smash the hands of Silent Library contestants, and set up a pneumatic mechanism to make the hammers swing up and down.

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Silent Library – Stinky Gelatin Octopus!

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library

I’ve never had to cast an animal before, but there’s a first time for everything. To keep the hot plaster from melting the octopus into a pile of reek, it was frozen. Its tentacles were flattened against a sheet of aluminum foil so that there wouldn’t be too many undercuts on the mold. Katie Akana [...]

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Silent Library – Executive Stress Machine

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library

This prop needed a revised mechanism to clobber Silent Library contestants in the head (I changed it to work with pneumatics instead of the original electric motors .) I also cast the giant foam balls which did the clobbering. The balls have volleyballs in their centers, to save the cost of some expensive polyurethane foam.

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Silent Library – Pasta Haircut

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library

This pasta wig was made to be eaten off the head of a senior citizen on Silent Library. I cooked the pasta lightly so that it would be flexible, but not mushy. I held all of the pasta together with some remarkably sticky gelatin. I shaped it to be one of those sideways haircuts that [...]

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Kikkerland – Giant Cloud, Giant Lightning

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: MKG Productions, Museum/Exhibit Design

I made a giant (12′ across!) cloud and lightning bolt for the Kikkerland booth at the ICFF this year. The components were made out of several sheets of blue foam sandwiched together, with an MDF and solid wood backing for support. I put together a homemade hot-wire cutter to shape the foam, along with my [...]

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Silent Library – Electric Chicken

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library

This electric chicken mixer was made to scratch Silent Library contestants with its sharp talons! I removed the guts from an ordinary hand mixer and modified them so that they would fit inside a rubber chicken; I’m very happy with how it came together, especially how the power cord comes out the chicken’s mouth.

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Submarine Sneaker Spheres!

Posted: 16 May, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: MKG Productions, Museum/Exhibit Design

I assembled these hollow acrylic spheres so that they could hold three sneakers underwater, inside a giant swimming pool. The joints needed to be carefully glued and sealed so that they wouldn’t be destroyed by the water pressure!

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Sesame Street – Robot Makeover

Posted: 13 May, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Propmaking

This red robot needed some modifications so that it would not look like a toy commercial for a specific brand when it made an appearance on Sesame Street to illustrate the word “activate.” I disassembled the robot and removed the speaker and some random ear-popping and eyebrow-raising functions, added some details, and painted it a [...]

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Interview – Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum

Posted: 12 May, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Animation

This week, Fran and I were interviewed for the Frenzer Foreman Animation forum. I just listened to the episode, and I was surprised to learn that Fran and I sound totally different. Nobody ever told me that we don’t have twin voices! Also, I goofed on the identity of Baby Bear’s puppeteer. Sorry, Baby Bear. [...]

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Once I was a Godzilla, and I breathed fire on healthcare.

Posted: 14 March, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Godzilla puppet

For this video, I designed, constructed and puppeted the Godzilla-style creature. (there are some shots of the process of building the puppet over here) I also made a few of the props for the city and helped to dress the set. I worked with Ryan McFaul (director, camera, props, set) and Katie Akana (props, set, [...]

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J. Views “Come Back Down” Music Video

Posted: 11 March, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, J. Viewz - Come Back Down

I made some marionette puppets for the J. Views music video “Come Back Down” (the boy, girl, birds, and turtle.) The puppets were made out of blue polystyrene foam and acrylic paint and dressed up in bits of foam and some bright fabric from socks. Some tiny wire hinges kept the puppets joints loose enough [...]

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Miles Kurosky – Dog in a Burning Building

Posted: 19 February, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Animation, Miles Kurosky Video

A music video that Fran and I made for Miles Kurosky is up on the internet this week. Hooray! I can finally show you all some pictures and video! Amid Amidi did a ‘lil writeup on Cartoon Brew over here: Cartoon Brew Fran is a big Beulah fan, so when we made The Upstate Four [...]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted: 14 February, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Valentines, Illustration

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Here’s the Valentine that I’m sending out this year (on the left) along with the rejected Valentine (on the right.) Let’s get some half-price candy tomorrow.

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Sundance Channel – Mondays Interstitial Animation

Posted: 26 January, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sundance - Mondays, Animation

Here’s the finished project for which I made all of those cardboard props! Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata helped take the pixellated photos of the props and costumes, and even helped out by wearing them. When I brought everything into After Effects, I had to scale Max and Ru horizontally to make them chubby enough [...]

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Sesame Street – Miscellaneous Graphics

Posted: 25 January, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Sesame Street, Propmaking

One of the things I make at Sesame Street is graphics for some of the packages and labels that appear on the show. (And sometimes a sign for the dressing room of a guest too.)

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Sesame Street – Video Title Cards

Posted: 22 January, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Illustration

These drawings were made to look as if they were drawn by Elmo. But they weren’t!

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Yearly Valentines 2005-2009

Posted: 12 January, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Valentines, Illustration

I make these every year. Don’t worry – I’ll remember to send one to you this year because I love you. (maybe I just don’t have your e-mail address.)

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