Prop Art

I was hired to design Biggleland for Adventures in Biggleland. First I was just hired to create a house for the characters – I ended up taping off my dining room with plastic and carving it there. It had a working waterfall and a stream. The actors were green-screened into the miniature world. The episodes with the house went well and were popular with the kids who watched the show, so many months later I was brought in again to design the town next to the house. We hired a team of sculptors who worked with a very tight time frame and a very tight budget to bring my sketches to life.
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I created giant props and scenic elements for Rimba's Island for two seasons. As the actors were all in giant animal costumes, everything had to be oversize and given a tropical island flair. We had four men in our art department and it was a crazy amount of creativity and fun. I will just post images of those things that I made for the show. 
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I sculpt with both sculpting foam and with Super Sculpy. I've also worked with Styrofoam and various types of clay.
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I've always been a little in love with puppetry. Particularly with creating puppets. Company's production of Everyman when I was just out of college. Strength, Beauty, Discretion, and The Five Wits were played by puppets.
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I was a scenic artist on quite a few television shows, theatrical productions and commercials over the years – mostly in the 80s and 90s. I was the lead scenic on the early days of Mad TV, Julie Brown's Madonna parody, "Dare to Be Truthful", Rimba's Island... those come to mind first as they were a heck of a lot of fun. But I was pretty busy as a scenic. I can hang wallpaper, scumble and age, and woodgrain, but my strength was always anything illustrative.
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I've created oodles of random graphic elements for TV shows. From game boards to packaging to business cards.
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I have created book covers for many books – many for fictitious editions for TV shows, and quite a few for books in the real world. For many of the television projects, time frames are quick and we pay to use stock imagery within the designs. But I’ve also laid out the interiors of quite a few books – editing and shaping text as needed for each project.
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I was the police sketch artist for a popular crime drama for a couple of years. I was even used as the onscreen police sketch artist twice.
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It has been a useful skill set to be able to adjust photos as needed for a project. Sometimes it is basic corrective, and other times I have transplanted heads and body parts, or created a new locale. Needs vary.
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These are a few examples of packaging that I have developed for onscreen products. These examples mostly used stock images as it is quicker to simply pay for an existing image than create illustrations from scratch. But the process of figuring out how a box will fold together with all the appropriate flaps is a fun challenge.
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