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.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Here's the 2nd Customizable vinyl I just finished for Mindstyle. This time around, we got the opportunity to sculpt and paint over our very own blank Alien from the Toy Story series. To be honest, I didn't have a very clever angle here, I just wanted something that could hang out with the Tiki Stitch I created about a year ago. Stitch seemed a bit lonely on my coffee table so I created a friend for him, Hula Alien.

Hula Alien's eyes and torches are resin, and his 'skirt' is actually a real hula skirt that I chopped down to size. ALOOOOOOO-HAAAAA!!!!!