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Black Gate Gallery

November 2nd, 2012

Posted a collection of photos from our Halloween 2012 display called “Black Gate.” 

 

You can view the entire gallery here.

 

 

 

 

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Black Gate

October 16th, 2012

Due to the weather our display is now closed for the season, thanks to everyone that had a chance to stop by and have a fun and safe Halloween!

 

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GateKeeper Tutorial

October 15th, 2012

 

 

The GateKeepers are large gargoyle/demon/alien hybrids that stand guard at the gate of our 2012 Halloween Display. Based on a sketch I created this past summer these creatures are made from papier mache over a wood form. 

 

Complete documentation of the process can be found here.

 

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Faux Wrought Iron Fence Tutorial

October 14th, 2012

 

Added a Faux Wrought Iron Fence tutorial that uses wood, PVC and foam to create a creepy old fence to dress up your Halloween display. The process is fairly simple and the results are quite impressive.

The complete instructions can be found here.


 

 

 

 

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Halloween 2011 Gallery

November 1st, 2011

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Embrace the Darkness

October 29th, 2011

We decked out our back yard in a very scary fashion. Saturday, October 29th will be the only night to view our Halloween display. This year the props are in the back yard along with a roaring fire, s’more fixings and other assorted treats. Dress warm and help us celebrate our favorite holiday.

 

 

 

Please park across the street and use caution crossing the road as it is currently under construction. The display is scheduled to operate from 7pm until 10pm weather permitting. Please email me if you need our address or further information. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Concept To Completion

October 9th, 2011

There are two approaches I take when building a project. The first is working from preconceived designs such as sketches or photos and the second is creating freeform where I just wing it and let the project go where it needs to go.

 

Here are some examples of projects that were built from concept art. Some examples are well refined designs and some are very loose sketches representing the desired goal.

 

Gourdon Rotsworth

 

Buster Gravesly

 

Boris The Bolter

 

Charles McScardeylantern designed by Jasper Anderson

 

Pirate Skulls

 

 

Sir Rip D. Fleshkin designed by Breck Torres and Dustin Obermeyer

 

 

 

Arsenic Asylum

 

Character Tombstones

 

 

Witches

 


 

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Arsenic Asylum Miniature

June 29th, 2011

New tutorial on building the Arsenic Asylum miniature and digitally compositing the indivisual elements.

 

Click here for the tutorial.

 

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Tales From Reardon Institute

June 29th, 2011


 

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Boris Update

April 25th, 2011


A quick update on my troll for the 2011 Midland Downtown Sculpture Series, each individual element for Boris is complete and the next step is assembling all the pieces and filling the interior spaces with expandable foam.

 

At this point the basic shape is roughed out but there is still a lot of work to do adding finishing details and textures. Boris still needs warts, hair, arms, burlap cape and the final skin texture.

 

Note that in the photos the head is just sitting on top of the body structure, when it is actually assembled it will sort of be sunk into the top of the body, lowered about 10 inches and positioned looking more straight forward versus looking up.


 

Currently his progress is dependent on the weather because he needs to be completed in our garage as he is too large to get through the doorway of our house.  Lately the weather has been a little too cold (and wet) for me to comfortably work in the garage, hopefully this next week temperatures will start to warm up into the mid 60’s.


 

Overall he is shaping up according to plan and I’m really looking forward to seeing him complete and take his place downtown Midland.



 

 

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