Last Saturday they had the "Dallas Comic Con Fan Days" This gave me an opportunity to finally meet my idol Mr. Stan Lee!, the legend, the man, the creator of everything that was great in my childhood and teen years, the reason why I even started doing people! before Stan all I did on paper was TMNT and WB characters, So this was a really big moment for me. At the age of 9 My brother had brought some trading cards to the house and gave me one of them, he gave me the one that in his mind was the best and he wasn't wrong, He had gave me a 92 Marvel Masterpieces Venom card this was the very first time I had ever seen this character and it was very Iconic in my eyes, As I started to wonder where he had gotten such a awesome item I started asking questions, "Yo bro when are going to take me where u got that card?", "Yo bro Yesterday you said you would take me to the store where you found this card, are we still going?", my older brother did not like to be bother at all so he punch me right in the chest real hard, sometimes at night I still feel the pain and wake up in night-sweats, no just fucking with u but he did punch me. After like a week he finally told me where this wonderous store was............. it was just around the corner literally like 2 mins or less, 'this fo'. As I look inside this amazing store 2 item catch my attention and I will never forget this -it was like looking into Gods eyeballs and he looked back giving me to thumbs up just like Jesus on Dogma, it was a action Figure of Venom it was inside a glass-case just standing there looking awesome! and right below 'A Death in the Family' my heart skipped a beat, I couldn't afford any of this but at that very moment comics own my soul.
As I started to draw Super Heroes I also started to learn about all this artists and writers but the ones that stand out the most were Todd Mcfarlane and Stan 'The Man' Lee, this guys rocked the very ground they walked on. I started trying to imitate Todd's and some others work and never could even get close no matter how hard I tried so I practice and practice and practice and practice, by the time I kind of had it I was introduce to Graffiti and all this practice went out the door. Many years later I finally had a chance to meet Mr. Mcfarlane and he was a cool guy, I told him that I was an artist and I guess he gets a lot of those so when he sign my comic he also wrote "keep up the effort" What does that even mean!? that's the type of shit that American idol's contestants get when they suck and get cut moving to the next poor baster, but he was super cool so it didn't matter also at least he acknowledge me and my interest in art, So it was great. But Now I'm waiting in line for the 'Man' Mr. Lee, as I get closer and closer I'm getting real nervous and playing what I will say in my head and finally the time comes........
A gentleman takes my item tells me 'no pictures' then sends me in as I'm grasping this moment my Item is passed to a girl, then Stan, then another girl, and then back to me, I was out the Door in like 10 sec...............I was wondering what did just happen, he didn't even look at me -my soul was crushed toss into the wall and then scorpion came out and finished it, I walked around the Con just thinking he's very old maybe I'm 20 or 10 year to late he now just goes thru the motions, but this doesn't change that thanks to this and many others I have become a great artist and now I don't have to look to no one to keep moving forward in my skill and for that thanks.
I recently was ask to paint a small mural inside the very awesome "Switching Gears" I was asked by Colin a guy that really know his stuff when it comes Bicycles, it was a learning experience for me I was expose to the world of cycling this is as big as the hip-hop culture! no lie, This mural took about 2 weeks of very very chill work I had a great time at one point I walked outside with the crew and chilled on the rain watching the Fair's fireworks, you cannot that. Here is the outcome, A very special thanks to Switching Gears http://www.facebook.com/SwitchingGearsCyclery for their photos.
I have been working on this for a long min now and I finally have something solid to show, this Item will be available first in Houston in this up coming Neopopstreetfunk 4 and will also be available in specific places in Dallas, places to be determined real soon. Here is a little bit of the long process that took place to get this Daruma Doll going.
The Secret Bootleg Project 2: Daruma Doll Take ur Fucking Goals, I tried to get it as close as possible to my original design that I first showcase a couple of months back, in the process of matching it I actually had to sculpt the Doll about three time to get it somewhat close to it, sculpting is no easy task for me since I usually work with flat surfaces all day but the practice that I got from the last secret project helped a lot, this time around I used better clay and had knowledge of the drying shrinkage and anticipated on it and gave it a better drying time before moving into the next phase. Once the body was 100% dry I got started on the design of the face as a individual piece just to be able to work with out having to worry about messing up the body.
Once the Model was in an ideal state I started the process of mass producing it, at this I used the same method as last time since it work out so well ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A and boom 30 Lives. (Pictures missing, Actually this time I had such a hard time getting the silicon mold for this sculpt that I'm a shame to show you the pictures, lets just pretend that it was awesome.
Now the Paint is where I shine, I have no problem in this category. I first started with a primer coat I used car primer spray-can very thick durable and sandable without stripping it's grip from the plastic. Then I moved to spray the Gold layer, let dry for about 25 min then proceeded to mask the main gold areas and continue with the red spraypaint I gave the Liquitex® "Professional" Spray Paint and here is my review It sucks balls!, is very expensive does not cover well, spray consistency is good and tips work just fine but ur better off with Montana or Ironlak, even Krylon. So after a million coats I finally got the desire color and moved to painting all the detail with the brush, then a nice Satin Clear coat.
Last time packaging was made but since they were display in a gallery it was not used, but this time around I wanted for the packaging to be just as important and the all a whole item, so I created a stencil to match the awesomeness of the sculpture, I also got some Prints of the original concept of the Daruma Doll added some Sharpies so people can set their goals with their doll on the sculpt or the box or the print ether way Take Ur Fucking Goal!