Thursday, 22 June 2017

THE GOOFI FOOMI CUSTOM


This is a 7 inch custom Kidrobot Foomi.. Once a plain vinyl toy, now a creature with a massive top set of gnashers..  It's OK though, he doesn't bite...Although he probably would if he could! Every time he's tried in the past his little bottom lip always gets in the way so it's almost impossible for him to get a grip on anything.. The best he could probably do is a little downward scrape which would probably tickle a little bit and feel quite nice.. 


This is an original one of a kind sculpted thingy who's little head and arms can still be turned and positioned to make him look more or less adorable.Pictured below is how he looked before painting.











One last picture of him next to his friend The UnCute..   If you'd like to own one of these customs, both of them are currently available in my Bigcartel store here. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

BITE ME


It's that guy again, getting savagely nibbled by one of those MaaadCans.. Fresh in to the store today, measuring 60cm x 24cm on a 2cm deep stretched canvas, this signed original is now up for grabs. Painted with spray paint and acrylics before finishing with a coat of clear lacquer..
If you'd like to be the one who owns this piece, you should head over to my Ebay store to see if it's still available and while you're there, check out some of the other new custom spray cans that have been recently added too..


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

MASKEDMAN WITH SOME MAAADCANS


Another piece that got finished recently is this one, featuring that masked guy gripping up two of those MaaadCans.. Painted onto a reclaimed wooden panel with acrylics on a sprayed background, this 16 x 20 inch original was snapped up minutes after the paint was dry and now hangs with a few other pieces of mine in a private collection alongside some really amazing artists work..
It's always nice when a piece sells for obvious reasons such as rent, food and buying more materials..However, it means much more to me knowing that it'll be looked after and seen by others for years to come..That's a feeling money can't buy.. 

Monday, 12 June 2017

HOLD YOUR OWN


Painted with spray paint and acrylics this latest piece "Hold Your Own" features another of those drippy no faced characters getting to grips with some style.. 

It's important to have your own, and once you've got it you should probably hold on to it before it gets taken by someone else..



Measuring 50 x 19 cm on a chunky 3cm deep stretched canvas..Finished with a coat of clear lacquer, this signed original is now up for grabs in the store.. If you'd like to own this piece or see some other original stuff that's currently available, click this link thingy HERE!! 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

THE PROLIFIC ..


Another amount of hours spent making wet colored stuff dry resulted in another painting being completed in the middle of the night...The Prolific....This 16x20 inch piece was painted onto a reclaimed wooden board with spray paint and acrylics..A signed original that's currently up for grabs from my store HERE ..


Thursday, 25 May 2017

THE UN CUTE



   This custom 7 inch Kidrobot Trikky is the first vinyl toy I've worked on for a while but what this thing lacks in cuteness it makes up for with personality and teeth.. Despite it being sculpted all over, this piece still has it's articulation (head and arms) and has lots of details and textures including an embossed Hoakser patch.. After many hours of sculpting and a small amount of sanding had happened, it was then carefully painted with acrylics before finishing with a coat of clear lacquer..
If you'd like to pick up this piece because you can't resist his little adorable un cute face, head over to my Bigcartel store for a closer look..

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

THE THIRD VERSION.. NEW RESIN MASKEDMAN FIGURE


Over the last few months in the background of the desk of makings, I've been slowly doing stuff to create the third version of my character in resin,this guy.... the Maskedman.. 

Standing 7.5 inches tall this third version has 5 points of magnetic articulation allowing their feets, arms and heads to be turned and positioned. Each one has been hand finished with additional sculpting and given one of those mini Maaadcans to control..Painted with acrylics and finished with several coats of clear lacquer, the first finished four come with a matching color scheme mini canvas to hang behind the piece or stand on the easel supplied.


If you'd like to own one of these four figures they'll be available from my Big Cartel store this Thursday 11th May at 7:00pm (UK time.)

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

MASKEDMAN FRAMED ORIGINALS


A small number of these Maskedman originals are now in the store after coming back from the framers looking nice!. All of them are unique, signed and feature that guy I've been putting up for years. Painted onto hard board with spray paint and acrylics before clear coating and finally framing.
All of them are different sizes so prices of these pieces vary from as little as £45 up to £60 plus postage. Head over to my ebay store to check them out in more detail.. HERE..


APNA GHAR DAY CARE MURAL


This mural was painted for Apna Ghar which is an elderly day care center in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.. The idea behind the wall was to brighten the space with something that depicts care, love and warmth whilst covering up some unwanted scribbles that had recently appeared on their wall.. Pictured below is the mess that I covered up, which understandably they didn't like and would have probably only got worse if it was left..

A few days before painting was set to start, the council decided to send somebody to paint the wall in the wrong shade of blue, which would have only been another blank canvas that would probably attract more unwanted scribbles. By this point, I'd already roughly designed the wall to show some of the residents how it might look but hadn't planned on there being a dark blue background, so things had to change slightly as I'd already bought the paint .. It turned out ok in the end with just enough paint to make it work..

This is how it started, maybe an hour or two of painting at this point

It took around 15 hours to complete over the course of two days with lots of support from passers by.. As mentioned above, the brief of the mural was to show love, caring etc so I decided to paint old peoples hands doing different things..The first hands show knitting, which is an activity many of the residents enjoy.. The warm looking scarf was painted green to tie in with the grass that surrounds the area, which also linked into the picture next to it showing a pair of hands gardening.


These gardening hands planting a new seedling were intended to depict care, nurture, growth and life..The soil trickling through the fingers make it seem more heart shaped, could also represent time, and again ties in with the surrounding grassy area..



 The final cup of tea image shows warmth, socializing, conversation and the fact that everyone loves a cuppa.. Finally I added some simple lettering and remembered my manners by thanking everyone involved in making this happen.. Big huge thanks to Brum Spirit, Balsall Heath Forum and Neighborhood News Online who had this to say about it  - Only slightly smaller than the Sistine Chapel and definitely larger than a couple of not very cheerful Rembrandt paintings, it has to be said that our mural richly earns its place in our neighbourhood gallery. "   in their blog post  (here)..



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

THINKING CAPS..


Several late nights of smudging white and black paint around with a hairy stick a few weeks ago resulted in this painting being painted..Full of textures and drips, this 1 meter by 80cm canvas was started without any real plan and quickly turned into something that was going to take a long time. After recently painting up some custom spray cans where the characters had drippy paint faces, I decided to explore this idea a little more..This was almost abandoned a few times during it's process, as it took a while for it to take shape and more than once paint dried the wrong shade of grey or a drip didn't run right and annoyed my cat. 
As with every painting, hours were spent in deep concentration and things got learnt!. When focused and "in the zone" it feels like your minds somewhere else for a while, even though it's busy trying to make paint dry in all the right places and remember how it did it.. Once certain things were figured out this piece eventually became more fun to work on and I'll definitely try out this style of painting again.
Below are some close ups to give an idea of the details and textures built up during the making of this controlled mess..




Amazingly (for me) this painting has already sold and it's nice to know it's gone to a good home, in good company where there's already some of my work :) 

GOT PRINTS?..  
 After receiving some interest in this piece after posting pictures on my social media, I promised a few people that there would be a print option.. The first A3 test prints came out well which I picked up yesterday, so... 

If you'd like a signed copy of "Thinking Caps" there are some now available from the store. HERE..  Printed on quality, thick,  heavyweight, archival slightly textured paper ( which looks more like an original piece than a glossy poster print ).. Size A3 , signed and numbered.. limited to 50 pieces worldwide..




Wednesday, 8 March 2017

THE HEARTIST..


Another new painting recently finished of that guy The Maskedman getting bitten by one of those MaaadCans. It's fine though, his Mickey Mouse gloves are ironically bite proof and as the can and his heart are connected, he must have told the can to bite himself!


Painted across two 20 x 16 inch canvasses with spray paint and acrylics, this piece is now available from the store HERE..

UP LATE..


Painted with spray paint and acrylics, "Up Late" came together over several late nights of experimenting and trying.. Like most of my paintings there's never really a solid plan and this one changed a few times before I decided where it was going..There's lots of texture, brush strokes and spatters mixed with neat blends, small details and tight outlines which hopefully make every inch of the painting interesting to look at..It measures 20 x 32 inches (painted across two 20 x 16 canvasses) and has been finished with a thin layer of clear coat lacquer.. 


I learn something with every painting and I think this one taught me a few things..Guess I'll have to try out a next version with some of these techniques to find out.?. Thanks for looking! 

*If you'd like to own this piece, it's currently available from my EBAY store HERE with worldwide shipping available.. 

Friday, 24 February 2017

SKELEVEX DEFACED SERIES 3

The third series of Defaced Skelevex are here after being trusted again to customize/vandalize some more of these cool little resin platforms.. Designed by DMS and ALTO and produced by DMS, these 3" long objects are all one of a kind pieces covered in tags and my grimy graff..I try to make every millimeter of these look interesting with layers of faded tags, blends and drips before weathering and clear coating. As with the other series, these were loads of fun to do. Skelevex is such a cool shape to work on and the amount of angles is insane.. Check out some of DMS's other Skelevex pieces on Instagram using the #skelevex hashtag .. and also in his store linked below..

Series 3 will be available tonight at 7:30 GMT from DMS's STORE priced at £14.99 each plus shipping.. Thanks for reading!

Monday, 13 February 2017

THE CAN SOLO SAGA CONTINUES..star wars spray can sculptures


Some of you may remember previous framed editions of  Can Solo that have been put out over the last 2 years..Well, new to the store today are these spray can versions of Can Solo, who was captured for crimes of vandalism and imprisoned to stay up forever. 

Kitbashed / sculpted onto empty spray cans before painting, these 20cm tall models are one of  kind pieces that give a nod to that well known scene from that science fiction thing we alll love called Star Wars..
Each can has been burst open and depressurized making them acceptable to post overseas..This also allows the wire to be fed through the hole (which is detachable for postage reasons) and tucked under his nozzle face easily, with as little or as much slack as you'd like..

If you'd like to check these out in more detail you can head over to my store in a galaxy not too far away,  HERE...

Thanks for looking! Stay up!





Friday, 10 February 2017

SPEAK LESS BUT SAY MORE


Seems as though a lot of so called art these days has to have a paragraph to explain why it's any good..I've never been a fan of the sort of stuff that needs explaining..If you look at it and like it, that should be enough without having to read a paragraph to decide..So this paragraph is an attempt to explain why I'd rather paint and create stuff without having to explain what I was thinking or why I felt the need to do it. Speak less but say more... I could have waffled on about a bit more about it's context and meaning, the many techniques used to paint this, the years of character development it's taken to freestyle this on canvas, but there's other writing I need to include below so I'll just skip to that..

  Measuring 16x40 inches, this piece was painted across two 16x20 canvasses which can be displayed with or without a small gap in between..Created with spray paint and acrylics, this piece took several late nights to contemplate and complete, and was finally finished, photographed and made available from the store today.. 
Featuring that guy "the Maskedman" silencing a loud mouthed Maaadcan that's plugged into his skull king mask, and my little cat apprentice "Dog" who goes out every night to mark our territory.


As I mentioned above, this piece is now in the store HERE.. Say no more!! Thanks for reading.