Monday, October 31, 2016


It was about a year ago my daughter decided that she wanted all of us to dress up as her favorite Christmas song "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" for Halloween. She decided she was going to be "Robin laid and egg" That I was going to be "Batman Smells" (I don't know how I feel about that decision...) and that her Mom was to be "the Joker got away". All that was left was "the Batmobile lost its wheel", that got  the wheels in my head turning as to what I could jerry-rig up. After a little planning and a trip to a the dumpster behind a local appliance center for some large pieces of cardboard I was ready. I based the design of the Batmobile from the 1989 "Batman" movie (personal favorite of mine). After a couple of days of hard work on my wife's part watching our newborn and daughter while I toiled away at piecing the car together until it was finished. I am really pleased with how well it turned out and my daughter loves it so I consider it a Hallo-Win.

"Robin laid an egg, the Batmobile lost its wheel"

The Finished Batmobile.

WIP Shots

Monday, September 12, 2016

Anniversary Card

Recently my wife and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. To commemorate this occasion I painted a little something in lieu of a card. I am getting more and more into the mid-century modern style art and wanted to try my hand at it in this piece. I limited my pallet to 6 flat colors, next I want to try dropping it down to 3 or 4.

Here's a graphite transfer of the image.

A white wash (with a hint of blue) was painted over the whole background and then the flat colors added.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Penny Hockey

I took an old project from my junior high shop class, a penny hockey board, and wanted to see how I could update and outdo 12 year old me. The Basics for penny hockey is to take turns flicking a penny trying to score a goal with pegs in place as obstacles.
Here is the original board I made back many years ago. I didn't do any research of what a hockey rink actually looked like I just wanted to draw on it and play.

This is about the same size as the original but with more research and work put into it. I redesigned the peg layout and raised the sides so the penny doesn't flip off the board as much. (The dimensions of this board is 7 1/2" x 13")
The next few I made I changed the size to 10" x 20" along the scale of the olympic/international rink size for more surface area. I scaled down all of the dimensions from the international rink to make these as accurate as possible. I was also able to give enough space behind the goal pegs for the penny to pass behind them. Each of the logos are hand painted on. 

Since making these I have had many requests to make more. I am developing a more streamline process for making these. However if I were ever to sell them I would need to put a generic logo on center ice so as not to infringe upon trademarks.