Monday, October 29, 2012

BAKER - PUPPET SERIES

After working in so many different types of 3D, I thought it was time to go back to puppets. 

I used to make them as a kid, as early as about 7 years old. Jim Henson played a big role in much of my childhood creativity. Back in 2009 I revisited puppet making when I made the opener for Shane Azar's interview in the horror issue of The Skateboarder's Journal (#13).

Below this blog entry are the photo shoot and making of pics.






BAKER - MUPPET SERIES - PHOTO SHOOT

These pics are worse than my usually awful pics... sorry. Hopefully you can get some insight into how we pulled this shoot off.

We shot the heads and hands of Herman, Theotis and Reynolds separately in situ and then I got into their clothes to shoot their bodies. Everything was stitched together later in Photoshop. While the digital end takes some time, using this method saved me the time of building the torsos and arms and then getting them rigged up for the shoot.

Terry was always going to be shot as a whole body in the car so I didn't need to model for him. He's such an amazing, animated character in real life, looking at these shots still makes me laugh - that really does look like him in that car! 









BAKER - PUPPET SERIES - MAKING-OF PHOTOS

These are pretty self explanatory pics. As these don't have to be functioning puppets, I skipped quite a few steps in the process...

Theotis, Reynolds and Herman were all re-skinned. Theotis started out as red, but just ended up looking nothing like him, and the fabric I started with on Herman looked like shit so I re-skinned him in a much better fleece. Reynold's looked OK in the towelling, but the more I thought about the finished result I decided to redo him too.












BAKER - PINATA SERIES

It's a pretty simple idea, "What if pinatas were filled with meat instead of candy?".

We don't have party supply shops in Australia like they do in America, so you can't get all of the pre-cut paper etc., so I made the four pinatas from scratch, cutting all of the fringed tissue paper and making the cardboard bodies.

I then took to destroying them before we filled them with various meats and hung them on a rig or set them up on a table in Pete Daly's studio for photography. 

None of the meat went to waste in this shoot, we either froze it and ate over a few weeks or fed it my my lucky dog.







BAKER - PINATA SERIES - MAKING-OF AND PHOTO SHOOT









BAKER - DUSTIN DOLLIN "GUN GIRL" GRAPHIC

Dustin gave me a photo of some Asian children in a bed holding machine guns and asked me to take the idea and make a graphic of his fiance Emily.

This was painted in gauche and the colours pushed a little in Photoshop.

BAKER - JEFF LEONOCE "BOMB" GRAPHIC


BAKER - KEVIN "SPANKY" LONG "HEADLESS" GRAPHIC

I had a note that I'd scribbled at the pub with "How to get a head" written on it. This note became the basis for Spanky's graphic.

I had always intended to make a sculpture from this idea, and may still do it one day.

A bit of fun painted in gauche. I forgot to take any making-of shots of this, but the stages in a painting are less interesting than the 3D stuff, and I work at such a pace that I tend to forget anyway.



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

PASSPORT "JACK" SERIES

This originally started years ago as an 11 board series for Baker, taking about six months of my spare time.

When it was done Andrew thought they didn't fit in with the Baker image, so the files sat dormant for years. 

The art made the rounds but they just didn't seem to fit anyone's brand.

Earlier this year Trent Evans from Australian brand Passport saw them and expressed interest in running a few, so I'm really happy to see at least three of them finally get some play.

These are in stores in Australia now, and if you are living in the rest of the world, check out the Passport website:

http://passportal.com.au



Friday, October 5, 2012


THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #25 - COVER

Chima Ferguson gets his first cover, finally. It's funny how some of the guys we're closest to haven't had covers yet. Sean and I have known Chima since he was a little boy from the Western suburbs of Sydney.

Just goes to show that even the best of mates don't get on the cover of The Journal straight away - it took Chima 25 issues!

Your turn next Dusty, but you gotta earn it. Ha ha.

Anyway, we're all really happy to see Chima doing so well. Raise a glass!

Nollie flip somewhere in The States. Photo by Mike O'Meally.