May 23rd, 2013
My entry for the HauntForum $20 Prop Challenge is a companion piece to my 2010 entry titled “Buster Gravesley.”
Buster Gravesley had a son named Buster. Buster’s son was a gnarly surfer dude head banging sort of guy, always on the look out for the perfect wave. Unfortunately Buster Jr. met his end in the jaws of a Great White Shark and joined his father in the afterlife where he still raises Hell every chance he gets and never misses an opportunity to break free from the confines of his rotting grave. Like father, like son …. Meet Son of Buster.
The Son of Buster Prop was built almost entirely from recycled materials and papier mache.
The prop features a mechanism which allows it to be manually operated. When operated the tombstone cracks in half revealing the Son of Buster creature lurking behind the tombstone.
This piece had to be created for under $20 dollars so the hardware choices were economical, if you plan on building this I would suggest using additional material resulting in a sturdier prop (such as larger hinges, etc.).
Son of Buster took approximately 30 hours to create over the course of a month. This was a fun build and there was a fair amount of experimentation and new techniques in regards to creating the head and the hands. The final prop stands about 3 ½ feet tall and is 2 feet wide.
May 22nd, 2013
Completed a 5 ½ foot tall praying mantis sculpture for the 2013 Summer Sculpture Series Downtown Midland.
The big guy will be delivered this week and all things considered it was a very fun project.
The “Mighty Midland Mantis” was constructed from ½ inch pieces of plywood that were designed to fit together using minimum hardware.
The project was very much like assembling a large wood puzzle.
The sculpture will be displayed in the downtown are of the city during June, July, August and September.
January 17th, 2013
While doing some work which required me to browse through my collection of Halloween and prop photos I selected forty of my favorites presented here in no particular order.
Click the above photo to see the collection.
December 2nd, 2012
Enjoy the season! Click the photo to see the entire zombie snowflake gallery and get the link to the instructions.
November 2nd, 2012
Posted a collection of photos from our Halloween 2012 display called “Black Gate.”
You can view the entire gallery here.
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!
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.
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.
August 9th, 2012
Legacy Art Studio and Gallery and STOLLOWEEN present The Great Pumpkin Workshop II in Midland, Michigan.
You have never built a pumpkin like this before!
Join us in September for The Great Pumpkin Workshop II where you will create your very own papier mache pumpkin over the course of four evenings.
This workshop will teach a variety of papier mache techniques including a new process that has never been made public until now.
Participants will learn everything they need to know about building armatures, mixing paste, working with paper clay and utilizing different painting techniques.
The class is fun, fast paced and chances are good you will make a few new friends during the process. There are only ten seats available for this workshop which allows for a personalized experience.
All tools and materials are supplied and no experience required.
Cost is $100 per person.
Tuesday, September 11th: 6-9pm
Thursday, September 13th: 6-9pm
Tuesday, September 18th: 6-9pm
Thursday, September 20th: 6-9pm
Participants will need to use a variety of tools such as scissors, sharp tools and hot glue guns.
The class is somewhat physical requiring standing, bending and lifting during each three hour session. Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing.
The workshop uses wheat flour based paste, joint compound and latex paint and may be unsuitable for those sensitive to these materials. No toxic materials are used.
The Great Pumpkin Workshop II is recommended for ages 16 and up.
If you register and are unable to attend please notify us at least 72 hours prior to the first class so we can fill your spot in the workshop
To register please contact Hannah Manges at 989-835-1655.
November 1st, 2011