Wiener Dog!

I made this in 2 days over my kid’s Spring Break. I have been listening to Parry Gripp’s Mega Dance Party CD non-stop since Christmas and have REALLY been wanting to animate a few of the tracks from the album. I showed it to Parry to get his blessing and he was even kind enough to send me some “YEAHS!” to cut in at the end over the credits. Thank you Parry for making such addictive music!

Andrew Jackson Complete

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So I actually finished this guy about 2 weeks ago but just realized I never posted it.  It only took another hour or two in the studio.  I pulled out the pins from his jacket and added some trim that I bought at Joanne’s Fabric.  His neckerchief is just some cut and folded paper towel and the sword is some carved and spray painted bulsa wood.  I had to bust out the electric sander to file down his hand so that I could glue the sword on at the right angle but even that moved quick.  The last touch was attaching the epaulettes which was also some trim that I picked up at Joanne’s and then… President Jackson was DONE.

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Building Andrew Jackson

My son did a book report on Andrew Jackson and I was so impressed by the job he did I thought I’d build a little Andrew Jackson to stick on a shelf.  I still have a fair amount of details to add but here’s what two nights in the studio has yielded so far…

Step #1 – Carve some foam, paint it all fleshy color-like, pin in some eyes to get a sense for placement and then start hot glueing foam onto his head for hair…

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Step #2 – Add more hair, glue on all the good stuff like eyes, nose, mouth and crazy bushy eyebrows…

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Step #3 – Measure and cut a cardboard roll, stuff it with foam, jam in some bulsa wood legs, wrap the legs with tape to make “boots” and paint it all white…

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Step #4 – Add wire for arms, carve little feet and hot glue ‘em on.  The tricky part is making sure he can actually stand…

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Step #5 – Wrap the arms in tape, add “hands” and paint the whole thing white.  Eventually he will be holding a big sword because Andrew Jackson was kind of a bad-ass…

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Step #6 – Paint the whole thing up, hot glue on the head and jam little pins in for buttons…

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So I still have to finish up his sword, add details to his jacket and the epaulettes to his shoulders but all of that should move pretty fast.  I figure after a few more hours there will be another ridiculous president standing on a piece of furniture in our house.

And if anyone is actually still reading this I would just like to add that while I find Jackson fascinating, he was also kind of a JERK.  The Indian Removal Act was certainly not America’s proudest moment :(

 

General George Washington

It has been a whirlwind two months at work so 1) I have not been back into my studio in WEEKS and 2) I have not even posted work that was done 2-3 months ago.  I had the privilege of meeting Kyle Kesterson earlier this week and I told him about my George Washington made out of toilet paper rolls.  He asked to see it so I figured I might as well take 10 minutes, dust off the ole blog and post it.

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