Thursday, January 27, 2011

More Buildman Progress

After finishing up sculpting the face on the Smash last night, I put the extra apoxie to use and got the arms started on the buildman. I'll be working on this tonight after I get the Smash base coated and ready to paint.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Snow Cone Milton

I put the gloss coat on this little guy last night. Just like the title of the blog says, snow cones were the inspiration for him. Thankfully I had picked him up to paint, because I got a late invite to the Super 7 "One-Offs" show this weekend.

Back to work on the Smash commission tonight. I didn't get the chance to send out more WIP pics through the newsletter yesterday, so I'll get to that today. I also need to start work on my Argus custom as well tonight. Lots to do, but getting closer and closer to my own creations ;)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Last Bit Of My Night....

Was spent starting the chest sculpt on the buildman. I also got more work done on the Smash commission (I'll be sending out WIP pics via the newsletter again later today), as well as the gloss coat on the Milton. I'll take some better pics of Milton before I send it off to share with all of you.

I know some of you are waiting for me to get back in the original sculpt arena and I just want to say I really appreciate the enthusiasm. I can't wait to get started again too and after a few more customs my schedule will be a lot more free to do so. 2011 will have a lot of different stuff going on compared to last year. While I'll continue to do customs, I'll definitely be shifting gears more towards creating my own stuff.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ohhhh... That's What Relaxation Is!

This weekend was spent totally unplugged from the real world and the digital world. Megan and I headed to Southeastern Ohio for a wintery cabin stay. Thankfully we got a fresh coat of snow last Thursday so that set the scene perfectly. The roads were just fine getting down there, but the last 15-20 feet of snowy/icy hill stopped us in our tracks within eyesight of our cabin. Thankfully, with a joint effort we were able to get the car up the hill and parked for the weekend.

Interior shots of the cabin:

The loft bedroom served as the sleeping den, while the 2nd bedroom served as the changing room. Neither of us wanted to lug that stuff up the steep ladder ;D

Total relaxation and a great view from the loft bed:

And what would a winter retreat be without beer and a hot tub!

Once we got into the cabin, we both decided that we weren't leaving again until Sunday. All of the food and the comforting amenities around us, made that decision all that much easier to do.

Saturday was the only day we really had to look at the clock, but at least it was for a great reason. Megan had gotten us massages as a birthday gift for me (the cabin was her Christmas present from me). This was my first massage and you better believe I'll be doing this more often in the future!

Since we stayed in the cabin all weekend, we decided to do the hiking portion of the trip yesterday morning/afternoon after checkout. Our first stop was Ash Cave:

After resting all weekend, this little log was no problem to move ;)

Yup, that's a GIANT ice stalagmite down there!

Inspirational texture everywhere you look!

After Ash Cave it was off to Cedar Falls, which was only a couple miles down there road.

After this weekend, I fully understand the need to relax every once in a while. It's been a long time since I've felt so rejuvenated. We already started planning our next cabin trip while we were there haha.

Now that I'm back the real world has already interupted the weekend tranquility, but thankfully the memories and pictures take me right back to that comfort zone. Well not as much as I would like though. Back to work on all of the stuff I put on hold this weekend tonight.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Apoxie Time - Glyos Version 1 WIP

I was able to start in on this buildman last night after working on the Smash commission and the Milton custom. My eyes finally started giving out about 2am, so I stopped down for the night since the ever looming workday was only a few hours away. Can't wait to get started on this one again. Lots to do, but everything is moving along nicely. I'm normally not a person to jump back and forth on projects, but the stuff currently on my to-do list allows me to do so. It's a nice change up from my norm so I'm going to keep rolling with it ;)

Later today I'll be sending out WIP pics of the Smash commissions through the Gorilla Mouth newsletter. Make sure you're signed up if you're interested in seeing how it's coming along so far. I'll only be sharing those pics with newsletter subscribers ;)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Snow Cones, Glyos, Smash, and Wintery Trails

Like most weekends this one buzzed right by with custom work, relaxation, and a cold hike to wrap it all up. Lets break this weekend down into pics ;)

WIP Milton that I'll be finishing in the next couple of days.

Next up we have an alternate sculpt on the other side of the Buildman I've been messing with. I now know the direction I want to go with this unit and I'll be starting final sculpts this week.

The Smash commission has also been in the lineup getting it's deteriorated look started. I'm close to starting the sculpting side of things with this one.

And lastly, here's a shot of the trail from yesterday.

All in all this was a productive/relaxing weekend. Never long enough, but I've learned that doesn't mean you can't get a lot done in that short amount of time. A lot more WIP pics coming this week, so stay tuned.

Also, I know the person who is commissioning the Smash has given me permission to share WIP pics but I think I might only distribute them through my newsletter. I don't want to ruin the final piece for the person, but I know a lot of you enjoy seeing the WIP stages of my customs. If you're interested in seeing that custom along the way, make sure you're signed up for the newsletter ;)