Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Surfing the Concrete Wave

This one doesn't focus on a particular personality. I was going more for the embodiment of old-school skateboarding. Think Alva, Adams etc...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dave Hackett; Over the death box!

This is still in the early stages. The photo of Hackett was taken by Glen Friedman. It remains as one of the most iconic images in skateboarding history. I'm trying to do it justice. Hopefully I'll be wrapping it up at the end of the December.

Ok... updates... This sculpture has been a blast to work on. Of course it's been challenging but in a fun way. Usually by the time I get to this point in a project, I'm just going through the motions, trying to wrap it up. But this one; I'm really enjoying the whole thing. I'm sure it's the composition of the photo. But sculpting all that anatomy in a cool baroque looking pose... it's artistic bliss. Thanks Mr. Friedman!! Should have it wrapped up soon!! Thanks for checking in.

Further updates. Really close to being finished. I made my molds and pulled the first casting. I'm currently painting it.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Eric Koston

If you search 'backside noseblunt' this is one of the first pics that comes up. Oozing style on the Hubba ledge. I still have a ways to go with this one but it's getting there slowly. Thanks for checking in.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Gonz

Mark Gonzales. Dude is the best. End of story. (I'm not totally satisfied with the portrait I sculpted for this and I am currently re-working it.)

Friday, October 29, 2010

John Cardiel

I did this sculpt to honor one of skateboarding's most incredible individuals. It wasn't a commission or anything. I really did it for myself. But as I came close to finishing the sculpt, I thought 'Why not send it to John?' I'm really glad I did. It's the least I could do for a guy who gave so much inspiration to the skateboarding community. When he recieved the sculpture via the guys at DLX, he called me to thank me for it. When I realized who I was on the phone with I couldn't breathe. LOL I was so hyped! Thanks John!
I want to thank the guys out at DLX for helping me finish the sculpture. Jim Thiebaud and Damon Thorley both sent me photos that helped me out tremendously. When the sculpt was finished I sent it to DLX and they made sure John recieved it.

I love Mark Gonzales so I'm gonna quote him again here speaking about Cards in the Transworld Sight Unseen film. "He's an original ripper; He's an original Coors." I'd say that about sums it up. There are few people who epitomize the spirit of skateboarding like John Cardiel. If you don't know that, then you need to go watch his videos. Enough said.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Steve Caballero

Shortly after completing the sculpt of Jamie I got a PM from Steve Caballero. I didn't believe it was him at first. LOL He wanted me to sculpt him. I freaked out. I honestly had never been complimented like that in my life. After reading his message, I called all my friends and family to tell them. I totally nerded out. But jeez Steve is a living legend so how else was I supposed to react? He's one of THE dudes that molded skateboarding in to what it is now. I believe Mark Gonzales said that Steve is probably the best all-around skater ever. Needless to say I couldn't wait to get started on the commission. Especially when he showed me the photo he wanted it based on. A vintage shot taken by Ted Terrebonne at Winchester!!!

Doing this sculpt had to be one of the most gratifying experiences of my artistic career. I still think about it frequently and say to myself... 'Oh my god I did a sculpt for Stevie Cab!'


Kind of the middle:



Detail :

OMG!!! Thanks for the opportunity Steve!