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Things that Inspire! Part 2

Hello again!

As we enter the final stretch of 2012 (Can you believe it?), I thought I would point out a really nice thing that happened recently.

As I have been a practitioner of Special Make-up Effects, it should come as no surprise to anyone reading this that Rick Baker is one of my artistic idols. His work is at the top of a long list of folks who helped point me towards this most curious career path. Long considered one of the best make-up artists in the business, Mr. Baker has designed and created characters for some of the most memorable  genre films of the last three decades such as “Greystoke”, “Harry and the Hendersons”, “Gorillas in the Mist”, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, “The Nutty Professor” films, and of course, “An American Werewolf in London”. It was this last one which made the biggest impression on my young film-going psyche. Coincidentally, “Werewolf” was the film for which he received the very first official Academy Award for Best Make-up.

Since then, Rick Baker has received six more Academy Awards, as well as a slew of nominations and other awards. Well, now he can add another to the list. This past Friday, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Despite the rain, a large number of Hollywood producers, directors and actors turned out to honor the man and his body of work. There were also a large number of effects professionals in attendance, including Mr. Baker’s mentor, the legendary Dick Smith. Since I was working on his likeness for a potential future project anyway, I thought I would mark the occasion in my own manner.

I present “Rick’s Star”.

“Rick’s Star” 9×12. Casein on Canson Watercolor Paper.


Congratulations Rick!


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New Stuff!

Good afternoon!

I just wanted to put out there that I have recently scanned and added some new material from the Mark Tavares vaults. Some of it is on display on my official Facebook page. Of course, since you are reading this, you should just head over to the portfolio pages and check them out for yourself!

New material is available for viewing in the following areas:





Please check them out and tell me what you think!



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Hey There!

Greetings good people!

It is with great pride, and sore fingers, that I present the years-in-the-making, finally complete, brand spanking new,!!

To all of you who thought this would never actually come to pass, well, you were almost right! 🙂 I have owned this particular plot of cyber-real estate for a number of years. Plenty of folks, including my very patient parents, have tried over the years to gently nudge me into putting my stuff online. Being portfolio adverse, I would always seem to find reasons to avoid this. One of the main reasons was that I had steady work in recent years with Don Post Studios. My thought process being “Hey, so what if I am technically freelance? I’ve got steady work. I don’t need to build the website just yet. What could POSSIBLY GO WRONG?”

Okay, I never said the last part. Still, in September of this year, the Don Post Studios train pulled into the station for the last time. With no fanfare whatsoever, the parent company, CSS Industries, pulled the plug and sold the entire Halloween division to a competitor, Gemmy Industries. Don and the remaining staff, including me, were all let go in one fell swoop.

Let me take this moment to say that I loved every moment of my time at Don Post Studios. Really, what’s NOT to love? I got to make Boogedy Halloween masks all year round. Don treated me like I walked on water. Not to mention, I got paid to do this job! There was no downside. However, in the interests of full disclosure, I have to admit that I had been getting restless in recent years. It had nothing to do with the job. I just found myself in my mid forties and somewhat rudderless. Make-up Effects, the profession for which I moved to California, had sort of dried up for me. As previously stated, the Halloween Industry was very good to me. It just wasn’t getting me to where I wanted to be. I had been making noises about being taken more seriously as an artist. A good goal, but one that takes focus. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have sometimes found focus a little hard to come by. Life tends to get in the way. It’s much easier to say “I’m tired. I’ll paint tomorrow” when you have steady, easy work coming in. I pretty much knew that it would take a breakaway from Don Post Studios to put me back on the right path. Well, “be careful what you wish for” as they always say.

Now that the DPS chapter of my career has come to a close, I had the motivation to get off my ass, and start making headway towards my artistic goals. Among the more important steps was getting this site built. Now, not only do I have a portfolio for potential clients to view, I have a means of charting my progress. You may notice that some of the pages are sparsely populated. That will change soon enough. I am still going through piles of poorly cataloged material. As I pull more stuff, it will be posted.

I am also starting to look into doing more commission work. I have already completed a couple of assignments. When I get permission, I will share them with all of you. Hey, if you’re interested in commissioning some artwork, I am always willing to discuss! (End of Shameless Plug)

In the meantime, please stop by regularly. I am going to do my best to keep up with these postings. At the very least, I will announce here when I have posted a new scribble on Facebook or something like that.

Thanks for reading!


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