Friday, October 05, 2012

Matt's Monster Madness 2012 Day 5: Thing


As I did in 2008 and 2011, I will be posting a monster of the day during the month of October. There will be a new monster every day. Some may be sketched, some done digitally, some in photo editing, some sculpture, etc...


You can also follow me on Instagram to see the monsters that way too! My username is @mcrosser.


Today is the second one and it's called "Thing". It's photo edited, captured with my Motorola Xoom tablet. Click on the link below to see all the monsters for each year!




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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Matt's Monster Madness 2012 Day 4: Swirlygig


As I did in 2008 and 2011, I will be posting a monster of the day during the month of October. There will be a new monster every day. Some may be sketched, some done digitally, some in photo editing, some sculpture, etc...


You can also follow me on Instagram to see the monsters that way too! My username is @mcrosser.


Today is the second one and it's called "Swirlygig". It's an ink sketch with a sharpie. Click on the link below to see all the monsters for each year!




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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Matt's Monster Madness 2012 Day 3: Furry One Shoe


As I did in 2008 and 2011, I will be posting a monster of the day during the month of October. There will be a new monster every day. Some may be sketched, some done digitally, some in photo editing, some sculpture, etc...


You can also follow me on Instagram to see the monsters that way too! My username is @mcrosser.


Today is the second one and it's called "Furry One Shoe".Painted with PC Sketchbook 6.0 by Autodesk and a Wacom Graphic Tablet. Click on the link below to see all the monsters for each year!




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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Matt's Monster Madness 2012 Day 2: Scarecrow


As I did in 2008 and 2011, I will be posting a monster of the day during the month of October. There will be a new monster every day. Some may be sketched, some done digitally, some in photo editing, some sculpture, etc...


You can also follow me on Instagram to see the monsters that way too! My username is @mcrosser.


Today is the second one and it's called "Scarecrow". It's an ink sketch. Click on the link below to see all the monsters for each year!



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Monday, October 01, 2012

Matt's Monster Madness 2012 Day 1: Monster in the Dark

As I did in 2008 and 2011, I will be posting a monster of the day during the month of October. There will be a new monster every day. Some may be sketched, some done digitally, some in photo editing, some sculpture, etc...

You can also follow me on Instagram to see the monsters that way too! My username is @mcrosser.

Today is the first one and it's called "Monster in the Dark". It's a simple line drawing to get things started. Click on the link below to see all the monsters for each year!



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Friday, July 27, 2012

Sesame Street Figures "Palisades-Style" Grover and Oscar

So there was this great company called Palisades Toys. They made some great collectible toys including the Muppets before they went out of business in 2006. I have many of the figures in my office, except for several hard to find figures or way unbelievably expensive figures (they have all gone up in value). One of the Muppets I didn't have was part of Dr. Teeth's Electric Mayhem band, Zoot the saxophone player. Back in January I decided to make one. I looked online for some ideas and found a light as air modelling compound that air dries called Cloud Clay. So, I embarked on making one, I even took pictures of the process. After I sculpted it, I painted it using acrylic paint. Unfortunately, I had a file issue that corrupted all the photos between January and March on my tablet. But here are a couple photos of the finished product.




The problem was when it dries it sort of puffs up, softening any detail you have sculpted into it. So, while I was somewhat happy with Cloud Clay "Zoot", I wasn't ready to make any more figures. That is, until I ran across a post on Lance Cardinal's blog. I found his blog awhile ago and loved the Palisades-size Muppet Theater he designed and built. You can see all about it here. Every once in awhile I'll go check out what he is working on, great artist, great maker of cool stuff.

That's when I saw Wembly. His post, here, of how he created a Palisades-style head of a Fraggle, one of the "Muppet" extended family Palisades hadn't gotten to yet. After reading his process using Polymer Clay, which I had never heard of, I was inspired to say the least.

I decided I would try to make Grover. About the time Palisades closed, they were planning on doing a run of Sesame Street figures. They had however made a Super Grover which they released at San Diego Comic Con. You can see a photo of the figure here at Muppet Central. You can still find Super Grover online at eBay and others, but he runs about $200. Too steep for my wallet, but I had always wanted one. That's why I chose him.  His construction went so much smoother than I thought, I started immediately working on an Ernie head and Oscar the Grouch. In just a few days, I finished both Grover and Oscar, painting them both. Polymer clay is sort like moldable PVC and then you bake it for it to set. Then you can paint it with acrylic paints. What follows are several photos I took of the process.

Grover's head takes shape.

I used 20 gauge wire for some stability in Grover's legs, arms and neck/head.


It took little effort to get him to stand correctly, with no assistance.


Grover's Cooking!

I really like the unpainted sculptures....a lot!

The start of Oscar's head, no detail.

Ernie has gotten shelved, since I think his head is too wide and his nose should be rounder.

I baked Oscar's trashcan separately.

I started baking Oscar with his trashcan, but there seemed to be some wisps of smoke, so I removed the previously cooked trash can.

Oscar and Grover baked and ready for painting.

These are a couple Palisades Toys (Gonzo and Beaker) which I used for sizing and comparison.

Grover's base paint was dark blue, filling in all the cracks I detailed.

Oscar wants in.

Oscar's in his can and ready for his close-up. I eventually worked more on his pupils.

Here they both are and ready to go up on my shelf.
So, I am very happy with Polymer Clay and how it doesn't change size when it bakes allowing great detail to be made in my sculpts. I am going to probably work on Ernie and Bert next, and someday work on Big Bird, The Count, Snuffleupagus, Harry the Monster and Cookie Monster! As for Ernie, I also plan on doing two versions, one regular and one in his tub with his rubber duckie and bubble overflowing.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Beechcraft - Photo/Sketch Comparison




Here's a couple things I did today on an art hunt. First I sketched the front of the Beechcraft building on North Sheridan in Tulsa. Then I took a photo of it.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Black and White Simplified Style

I have been working on a various designs for an evangelistic study since the first of the year. The study was created by a missionary in Peru. here are some of the final black and white images that will serve as the study's illustrations.











Sunday, July 01, 2012

Jump VBS - Journeys of Paul

This is a quick sketch for an upcoming Jump VBS curriculum about the missionary journeys of Paul. Here Paul has been shipwrecked! Glub glub!


Friday, June 29, 2012

VBS Artwork - 2012 A Space Mission

Here is some VBS artwork that I did for a friend a few weeks ago.





Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Next Art Tool Purchase



This will work great with my Motorola Xoom. This brush works on all capacitive devices, like my Xoom or a Kindle or iPad. It's about $40, so it will have to wait a bit, but looks very promising.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Studio/Office Open House

This Saturday is the Open House of my Office and Studio. It's the place where many of my projects come to life. I wanted to take an opportunity to show our family, friends, supporters and prayer partners the inner workings of what I do. Angie and I are getting excited as we finish preparing it. We talked about h'orderves last night, which is just another aspect of creating! And in one corner of the office there will be a prayer station. There you will be able to look over a list of prayer needs, spin a globe and pray for various missionaries and people groups around the world.  It's on the campus of Highland Park Christian Church in the 2:20 Center. It will last from 2-4PM and you can come and go as you please. Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Bear in the Woods - Quick Sketch

Here's a quick sketch I did of a nondescript bear in the woods. I used my bamboo graphic tablet and Autodesk's PC Sketchbook Pro.


Monday, April 09, 2012

Three Stooges faces

Here's a quick practice illustration I did of the Three Stooges, one of my favorite comic teams. After watching some of their shorts, I was inspired to do this.


Saturday, April 07, 2012

Friday, April 06, 2012

Red Painting

This is another painting that I did recently. It has a very intense red theme to it.


Spring Flowers Painting

I've been painting more lately. As I completed a decorative project for my office, I would find myself with leftover paint that I didn't want to go to waste, so I painted a few extra paintings. Here's one I did with a Springy influence.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Brinkley BW and Color Illustrations

Here's a couple illustrations I made with my new Graphics Tablet. These are a caricature of our little Yorkie Puppy, Brinkley. I did a BW one and a color one.



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Artist Notes - I used a Wacom Bamboo Create Graphics Tablet and drew on my PC in Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro. Then I exported them as PNG files.

New Bamboo Graphic Tablet

Last week, my new Wacom Bamboo Graphic Tablet arrived. This is a tablet that connects to my PC via USB. It comes with a pressure sensitive pen (cordless and with no battery). The end of the pen there is a nib (that can be replaced) and in various software I can draw/paint directly onto my PC. The other end of the pen is a simulated eraser. With that I can flip the pen over and it automatically switches to an eraser and it feels like an eraser as I remove strokes from the screen. There are tons of possibilities and I've already done a couple illustrations for a Bible Study I'm working on for Peru. Here are those images:



Here's a link to the original sketches I did for these horses: http://mattsketchpad.blogspot.com/2012/03/horse-sketches-for-bible-study-project.html

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Artist Notes - I used a Wacom Bamboo Create and CorelDraw X5, then exported the images as PNG's.