Dead Kozik Exclusive Green @suburbanvinyl

Did you miss the kickstarter exclusive and want to get your hands on a Dead Kozik Bust?  Now's your chance.  The good people over at SubUrban Vinyl have just released their exclusive green colorway.



Catching up on things

It seems like forever that I've had time to post about what I've been doing.  When I started doing fine art four years ago I was posting nearly everyday.  I was excited about what I was doing and had a lot more time on my hands to tell people about it.  Since then I've got busy.  Busy with art.  Busy with parenting.  There is just so little time to sit and think and share.  I think that needs to change.  I think I need to find the time.

Aside from getting little accomplished this year, I've actually managed to get some stuff accomplished.  Like, my first production toy.  The Dead Kozik bust has arrived in the states and will be on it's way out to the awesome backers who supported me on Kickstarter very soon.  Then there will be three colorways available to collectors in the coming weeks.  There will be Bronze, Green and Orange.  After the new year we'll release another colorway and then another until all 10 have been released.  Depending on the success of this bust I would like to create a mini bust so that the dead kozik bust is more accessible to those not willing to throw down the money for the big guy.  My hopes are that this very lucky opportunity will allow me a gateway into making my own very unique designer toys.  Let's face it, if it were not for Frank I'd not have a production toy. Thanks Frank

And here are some commissions that I've been too lazy to post pictures of in the last few months.




Custom Neth Creature

Custom Tequila


Custom Course Paw


well, that was a start, let's see how long it takes until the next post :-)

Limited Edition Tree Ent Available Saturday 14th

"I love you so much it hurts"

Each set is a custom 4" mini Munny made of vinyl and resin accompanied by an original 2.5" resin figure both hand painted in arcylic.  There are 10 in the edition and I will also be selling the original sculpt that was created for Urban Decay. They're signed, numbered and will be going on sale this Saturday at noon PST.  


This is my next piece in my series of tree ents.  I've once again revisited the birch tree theme and added a friend.  The birch tree character is different than the last with it's own unique details including a damaged leg from that of his friend the beaver.  The beaver is a new character developed to exist in my "Ready for Bedtime" world. 

When I began this piece I simply had the concept of a beaver chewing on a birch tree and the title "I love you so much it hurts." What I did not realize until I was finished was the significance of the symbolism I was putting in place. As some of you might know I was born in New Hampshire. What you might not know is that New Hampshire's state tree is the White Birch. So let's just say the ent represents me :-) You might also know that the beaver is Canada's national animal. What you might not know is that my wife is Canadian. While not intentional, I discovered that this piece could easily represent my wife and I.

3D scans of Kozik Bust

I sent the prototype over to the factory and decided to have it scanned in and scaled up with a rapid prototyping.  I did this to compensate for what would have been a loss of 7% with the vinyl. Being new to this process I was ignorant to the loss.  All part of the learning curve I guess. I also decided to scale it up a little extra so it'll be 105% of the original.  The original bust had been developed using a female skull as reference.  It was the only thing I could get my hands on with the limited time before the tribute show. I had tried to bulk the skull up but it always appeared a little under-sized to be true to life. The scaling up will, I hope, make the bust more of a presence and match Frank's size a little better. And finally, when the prototype arrived at the factory the end of the cigarette had been broken during shipping and the factory fixed it. However when I received the first set of scans I noticed that the "fix" wasn't to my liking and I asked them if either they could provide me with the working 3D model so I could fix or if they could fix. They did the work for me and it looks just like it should now. That's actually one of the reasons it took as long as it did to get this far.


Anyways, long story short, I just got the scans last week and sent them the approval.

Here they are.  Personally I think it looks really awesome to see these rendered.  Can't wait to see them in the vinyl.














Urban Decay 4

It's June so it must be time for Urban Decay.  This will be my third year participating in the show and I'm quite fond of it.  It's open to the public now but the official opening is June 8th.
For more information head on over to Urban Decay 4

Here are the two pieces I put together for the show.
For more pictures head on over to my flicker account

"I love you so much it hurts"

This is my next piece in my series of tree ents.  I've once again revisited the birch tree theme and added a friend.  The birch tree character is different than the last with it's own unique details including a damaged leg from that of his friend the beaver.  The beaver is a new character developed to exist in my "Ready for Bedtime" world.  The original piece is available for purchase during the gallery show.

I have made molds of it and there will be

a limited edition of 10 available after the show.


When I began this piece I simply had the concept of a beaver chewing on a birch tree and the title "I love you so much it hurts." What I did not realize until I was finished was the significance of the symbolism I was putting in place. As some of you might know I was born in New Hampshire. What you might not know is that New Hampshire's state tree is the White Birch. So let's just say the ent represents me :-) You might also know that the beaver is Canada's national animal. What you might not know is that my wife is Canadian. While not intentional, I discovered that this piece could easily represent my wife and I.  Am I pulling a Ben Affleck? I hope not.  I love my wife and our relationship is not a ton of work.  Though our daughters are =P

Something else I wanted to start shedding light on is the two worlds that I am slowly growing within my field of work.  One is the world of Ents and Golems and other monsters of nature. These monsters exists in the imagination of the second world of characters.  The second world is the one mentioned above, the "Ready for Bedtime" characters. They're cute little woodland animals that are in bed dressed in their pajamas ready for bedtime.  And before the go off to sleep, their parents read to them creepy monster stories.  In those stories are my ents and golems.

I did not start out with this concept, it just found it's way into my work.  But I like it and think it has potential to be a lot of fun.  I look forward to creating more creatures in my monster world and more kids in my ready for bedtime.  I hope you like them.

Well, that was a bit aside.

Dead Kozik Artifact

Here's the second piece I did for the show.

I had a cast sitting around of the Dead Kozik Bust and decided to create a one-of-a-kind variant.  I did my best to really weather this one up and make it look like an artifact.
If you don't want to wait for the release of the vinyl bust later in the year, here's your chance to get a unique bust that no one else will have.

Both pieces can be purchased at the Urban Decay 4 show.



Wall of Thanks

Thanks so much to all the backers
who supported my Kickstarter project. 
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Pre-order Limited Edition Dead Kozik 13" Vinyl Bust


Hey Everyone.  I've been hinting about this for a while now and I finally got around to setting up a campaign over at Kickstarter.

That's right.  I'm going to try to make my first production toy.  You might remember that last October I created a bust in the fashion of Frank Kozik busts called, Dead Kozik.  Well, people seemed to like it and there was a call to make it into a proper production so here I am, asking for your help.

Please take a moment to view my kickstarter page here
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/643448596/dead-kozik-bust

and please spread the word.

Thank you







Chainsaw Panda

This is a little after-the-fact but I wanted to post this on my blog anyways so that it's here and there's a record of it.  The release went great and they sold out within a few days.  All but 4 sold within the first 2 hours I believe.  Thanks to everyone who purchased one and to all the kind words.  And thanks to Eric Pause for asking me to be a part of this project.  When he asked, how could I say no to the Chainsaw Panda. It's such a cool design and I think it'll be around for a while.

Here's the details of the piece.

Limited to only 30 pieces. Each 5.5" tall Panda and its articulated chainsaws are sculpted, cast in solid resin, and hand assembled by Kevin Gosselin in the United States. They are then shipped to Canada where they are hand painted and packaged by Eric Pause. Securely set in laser-cut black sponge, and packed in a custom hand-made and decorated wooden crate. The crates come complete with a removable padlock and metal chain, laser-etched bamboo key chain, and individually signed and numbered printed cards. The Chainsaw Panda piece is made entirely in the USA and Canada.

SOLD OUT







Birch Tree Ent Mini

They're finally done! The ents stand just under 10" tall.  Each one is a custom 4" mini munny made of vinyl, resin and hand painted in arcylic.  They're signed and number and will be going on sale this Saturday at noon PST.