Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lil' Loompa






For an upcoming custom vinyl show at Gallery 1988's San Francisco location, we were once again asked to create something based on a favorite cult film of ours. As you can tell from the Oompa Loompa, I was a HUGE fan of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.' I must've seen that film as a kid 30 times. Everything about it was so unique - from the insanely vibrant visuals, to the catchy but creepy songs, to the 'a little dark for kids' storyline. Something about that film worked so well back then and still holds up to this day. My favorite characters were the Oomps Loompas cuz they were cool-lookin', they worked their asses off in that factory, and they took us through the story in an entertaining way through their songs. Here's my tribute to those little devils.

I started with a blank vinyl called a 'Symbiote', created the facial features, hair, and 'mint' base with resin, and then painted the little guy with a combination of acrylic and aerosol paint. I would've liked to create an entire army of Oompas but unfortunately there's only one available at the show. It opens September 4th for all the folks who live up in the Bay Area. You can also see the show online after the opening here.

9 comments:

Vince M said...

Very nice!!

St├ęphane Kardos said...

you worked on it for 7 years right?

dylansdad said...

That's pretty cool--I saw that you were listed as one of the participating artists and I was wondering what film you chose.

Tanner said...

Thanks guys! Yes Stef, it took forever!!! But at least this is completed ;)

Philippe said...

Hi Mr Tan, Is there any books about your work ? thank you for your answer.

Tanner said...

Hello Philippe,
There isn't one that collects all of the work just yet. I've been a part of 2 collaborative books, The Art of the Disney Princesses and The Art of Winnie the Pooh which both have one or two pieces each. A book collecting all of the Disney/Pixar posters is something I've been meaning to put together someday. I'll post any progress if it comes to fruition.

The Kharma Initiative said...

Eric, mind if I plug The Kharma Initiative's charity raffle where one of the giveaways is a copy of your "Hill Valley' print?

Details on family in need and raffle here!

Tanner said...

Sounds great Kharma! Definitely a worthwhile cause and I'm glad the print is a part of it.

The Kharma Initiative said...

Truly appreciate it Tanner, thanks! Hope your print helps pull in some more donors for the Wayman family. link