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December 26, 2013

Store Open Dec 26th through Jan 4th

Check out all the latest Disc Golf custom stamps from Skulboy Designs!

  • MVP Servo from 155g to 172g
  • MVP Eclipse Volt with glow-in-the-dark outer rim.
  • MVP Proton Volt at the lighter weight of 169g.
  • Legacy Legend Line Rival with Chavez Ridge tourny stamp.
  • Innova Champion Glow Roc3.
  • New batch of hand-made wooden Flywood discs.
  • Latitude 64 eye candy plastic Halo.

Hurry, store we be offline again on Jan 4th till Spring.

November 9, 2013

Ender's Game

In 2012, I was a member of the sculpting team that worked for set construction on Ender's Game.
After the Lead Sculptor and the Art Dept established the language of the Formic architecture, the rest of the sculptors ran with it. The look was a combination of organic bone shapes and stretched taffy.
Despite very tight deadlines, we got to create some really cool foam work and the rest of the trades brought it all together for some amazing looking sets.

The sets we were part of building appear in the final act of the film. If you haven't seen Ender's Game yet, you might want to return after you have.

This is the finished set, lit and painted.
The following are some in-process photos. 

The alien walls were sculpted out of polystyrene in sections, then installed on the stage and finished.

Plaster and paint came next.

Ender's quarters

There was no scale model to work from so this section just evolved as I was sculpting it.

Don't want to spoil anything by explained what this is.

And finally, under the section of something you will never seen on the screen, this was a background filler piece I did so you wouldn't see through one of the holes on the set.
It's my "Bones meet Art Nouveau" sculpt.

2013 Update

Wow, it’s been quite awhile since my last update.
From the summer of 2012 through 2013, I attempted to stay in Los Angeles to work locally sculpting for set construction. To my dismay, there was little to no work to be had. They rarely make big movies in LA anymore and it’s really a shame that such a storied tradition of working in the Movie Industry of Hollywood is now non-existent to barely limping along.
With my union benefits on the verge of being cancelled, I took a location job in New Orleans on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes that lasted 2.5 weeks. Once back in Los Angeles, work started popping up in the summer of 2013, but were all short term. Anywhere from 2 days to 3 weeks. During those summer months, I sculpted on Captain America; Winter Soldier, Interstellar, Thor: Dark World reshoots and the TV show Raising Hope.

Everything is still thriving in the illustration world of Skulboy Designs. Disc Golf designed custom stamps for Discovering The World, Disc Nation and Disc Golf Black Market for Latitude 64, MVP and Legacy Discs molds have been very popular.  For the non-Disc Golf crowd, I’ve been producing skull inspired artwork and putting it on products from phone cases to aprons available at Zazzle and Cafe Press.

May 6, 2012

Avengers Sets part 1

If there ever was such a thing as a dream job, it would be a lifelong Marvel comic book fan getting to work on The Avengers live action film. Well, that's me.
I was one of a crew of sculptors sent to Albuquerque, NM to be part of set construction.

First bit of business was making polystyrene parts to be molded and cast (parts in above photo were only used in one spot so these were the final pieces) for use on the Helicarrier bridge. The Helicarrier, how cool is that? Very cool.

Parts installed on the bridge.

Next build was for the Thor / Loki confrontation on a rocky cliff dubbed The Promontory. The following are progress photos from start to finish. It also is an example of many big budget movie sets these days that are a small section of real surface that get extended digitally.

Jamie Miller's scale model.

Block up.

Blocking and carving.

Almost done.

Just knowing that this was going to lead to epic battle between Thor, Iron Man and Captain America was enough for me to know that this was a movie I already couldn't wait to see.

Avengers Sets part 2

S  P  O  I  L  E  R       W  A  R  N  I  N  G

After filming the Thor / Loki confrontation on the promontory set, a change-over began. Another set was designed to use the same basic layout. When they told me who the set was for, my comic-nerd excitement was pushed completely over the edge. This set was proof that Wheden was going to give a very special nod to the hardcore comic fans. Thanos. When James, the Production Designer spoke that name, my spastic outburst left him shaking his head and commenting that he was going to have give me any further information on a drip-feed so my head wouldn't explode.
And I needed more info. Mistress Death? ... Hovering throne!??  No more questioned answered for me.

 In progress shot of floating asteroid set seen at the beginning and during the credits scene.

 The Thanos Throne.

Then on to Cleveland which going to stand in for the destruction of New York City. We had to make rubble to match buildings in downtown Cleveland. 

Taking a break amid the rubble.

Skulboy Strikes The Avengers!

Couldn't help put the old Skulboy mark on this relief panel I sculpted for the obelisk we made for the Loki museum scene. This was one of the final pieces we did as the show came to a close.

An incredible experience, but not perfect.
Pro: A Marvel comic book fan's dream to get to work on the greatest of all superhero movies.
Easily the coolest thing I've had the privilege to work on in my 12 years in the industry.

Con: I had to spend almost 6 months away from my wife and home while on location. It's just a shame they no longer make many movies in Los Angeles.

April 30, 2012

Ender's Orleans

Wow, long time, no post.
About to start month 5 here on location in New Orleans sculpting for sets on Ender's Game. Per the rules, I can't discuss what I'm working on, but will say that I'm now fluent in Formic.

Here's the latest from Skulboy Designs to help pump up the Year of the Dragon with this Disc Golf tournament stamp.

December 22, 2011

End of 2011

Been couple of months since last post so here's a end of the year update before I start work on Ender's Game at the beginning of 2012.

After finishing sculpting duties on The Avengers, I jumped back into my illustration alter ego, Skulboy.
Skulboy Designs is combination of 2 of my passions, drawing and Disc Golf.

Skulscape t-shirt design.

The latest plastic, my custom stamp on the Legacy Cannon driver and my mini-art book.

Disc Golf meets the Mayan calendar for this 2012 event.

And it's not all Disc Golf, here is a custom beer label done for SPP.

The Townhouse

Akiko and I finally became homeowners this year.

First on the list was the bathroom renovation.
After ripping out the vanity, removing the toilet and pulling up the floor, we put down tile.

These are the reclaimed wood tables Akiko and I built.

The Monrovia sunset from our balcony.

Gizmo spreading out.
Took the cats some adjustments, but it's now home.

October 13, 2011

New York

In between locations of New Mexico and Cleveland, Akiko and I headed back to NY for a family emergency (happy to report that brother David is doing much better,) my 30th High School Reunion and getting together with Akiko's family in New York City. Good to be back home to visit family and friends.

Mike, Jim and I (yes, I'm the super white one) meet up for some Disc Golf in Greece, NY.

Mt Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY.

Hikida and Hughes family at Intrepid Battleship docked in NYC.

New Mexico

We are finally settled down somewhat so I'm ready to catch up on my lack of posts.
I spent the first half of the year working on Location for The Avengers. Several months in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As locations go, Albuquerque was not so bad. A short flight back to LA, hot, but dry (very dry) climate, spicy food and plenty of Disc Golf courses to check out on weekends.
Akiko came out to visit and we took in some sites.

Santa Fe

Sandia Peak

Tent Rocks

Soda Dam

September 1, 2011

Latest Disc Golf Graphics

Few new designs I did for Disc Golf.

 Latitude 64 RIVER driver.
Disc Golf fundraiser MVP Ion putter.

You can see these and my Disc Golf course photos over at Skulboy Designs.

August 5, 2011

Super 8

S P O I L E R A L E R T!
If you haven't seen SUPER 8, you may want to avert your eyes from the following photos.

This cave and tunnel set was to look as if the alien had dug it out with his claws. Our sculpting team employed some innovative foam cutting techniques with great results.

In progress shot with the dark section of the foam having been sealed with plaster.
The finished set.

June 19, 2011

Green Lantern

During the first few months of 2010, I worked on Green Lantern in New Orleans.
The following are in-progress photos of Abin Sur's escape pod.

The ship was designed in the computer and was extremely complicated as it was facets on top of facets. Our sculpting team made section through templates and found the planes.

The sections were glued together and worked as a whole.

The Shop Hands then created a massive mold, flipped it on it's side and we then carved the inside.
A mold was then made of the interior and parts were cast for a top and bottom shell for the ship.

Side note part 2. I have no idea who picks who for the list, but I got screen credit on this film. That makes 3 films this summer (Thor, Pirates 4 and GL) that my name appeared on the credits after 10 years of none. Weird and exciting at the same time.