jueves, 13 de marzo de 2014

Angel Mejias. ESCULTOR


Creador inquieto formado en el campo de la arquitectura (delineante en despacho de arquitectos 6 años), el diseño gráfico e industrial (titulado en artes y oficios trabajó en imprentas y demás durante 5 años) y licenciado en Bellas Artes (procedimientos escultóricos), solventa encargos de cualquier disciplina mientras estudia. Más adelante compagina la docencia de la plástica (oposición de profesor de dibujo) con segundos estudios universitarios de Hª del Arte y con las exposiciones artísticas. Un total de 25 colectivas y 6 individuales forman su modesta aunque firme trayectoria, mostrando en ellas su aprensión por los materiales – barro, madera, hormigón e hierro – dado que su vocación es escultórica.
Pero su evolución va de la mano de un material muy acorde a su carácter, de ejecución inmediata y resultados sorprendentes, aunque mal tildado de efímero…nos referimos al cartón.
Ha recibido premios y menciones de Manos Unidas, Fundación FC Barcelona y Caja Madrid. Ha colaborado con Xavier Mariscal, ha sido publicista del Dep. de Protocol de la Generalitat de Catalunya y para firmas como Schweppes y Nestlé.
Sus obras han sido expuestas en Lleida, Barcelona, Girona y Cuba (colectiva homenaje a García Lorca)

Armando Gaviglia



La obra escultórica de Armando Gaviglia está marcada por la creatividad. Son obras que transitan por diversas etapas, y algunas incluso vinculan el arte y el utilitarismo.

Dentro de sus trabajos destacan la colección de tirachinas: más de un centenar de piezas únicas que ha creado durante toda su vida. Son tirachinas con ramas de árboles de diversos lugares del mundo que nos hablan de la belleza de la diversidad y la magia de la Vida.

Why Make an Iron Man Suit? A 16-Year Old Artist's Story...




By Jackson P. Laverman


My first suit of armor started with foam camping mats held together with twine and painted black.

Needless to say, it looked ridiculous. But that’s where it started. My journey toward Iron Man happened after looking at the costumes other people had made, in particular armor from the Halo videogame series. I scoured the internet looking for ways to build a suit, and found a community called the 405th Infantry Division at 405th.com. There I found designs, methods, and tutorials to create a suit of armor.

Pictured above: Jackson Laverman's computer screen shows the 2D designs he had to work with for the project.


I completed a helmet, but due to my lack of experience, it had its (many) problems. I even started a full set of Halo armor, but indefinitely postponed it as soon as I saw the “Iron Man 2” trailer.
I had a new goal: Iron Man.
I started planning for the project in mid-December of 2009. Iron Man 2 released on May 7, 2010, and I wanted to wear the suit to my local theater on opening day. I found the designs online—designed by many different people who submitted their work to several online communities; I myself did not create any of the designs.


Then I began the long process of Pepakura and fiberglassing an entire suit of armor. Pepakura is a method by which 3D models are converted into a 2D pattern that is printed out on cardstock, then cut out and glued together into a 3D form.
Needless to say, it is a very time-consuming and tedious process, one that takes a considerable amount of determination to finish. My family complained about bits of paper confetti littering the house.


About mid-March is when things really started moving and taking shape. My parents started worrying about my sanity when I asked for resin and an alien-sounding substance known as Bondo. So I took my mom with me to an auto parts store to purchase Bondo body filler and resin. As a sophomore in high school, I was very busy. This, coupled with my inexperience, led to a few rushed final components roughly two weeks before opening day


Wearing the suit at the Shiloh 14 Cinemas was truly a rewarding experience. I mostly posed in pictures with people and interviewed with the Billings Gazette. People seemed to really like it. It was a wonderful feeling when I saw the surprise and wonder in people’s eyes as they looked at me, a “real” Iron Man standing in front of them—and the little kids totally freaked out and begged their parents to get a picture.
It was a freeing experience as well. Admittedly, I am a self-conscious person, but when wearing a mask and bringing joy to people without them knowing who I was, all those inhibitions vanished. Two other venues I attended: I visited my younger brother’s elementary school wearing the suit and educated the kids about the process of making the suit; and I appeared at a kid’s birthday party. My regret is that I did not have the opportunity due to my schedule to participate in any charity events (as was my intention).


If someone were to ask me what I would have done differently, my first reaction would be that I should have been more careful making the suit. But on second thought, I don’t think that I would have done anything different in the whole process.
Many people have made far better suits that completely blow mine out of the water. I applaud them. I love seeing other people using their gifts and talents to create something awesome. I did what I could with the experience and tools I had at my disposal.
This was about a sixteen-year-old guy learning, growing, developing, and realizing that if he truly wanted something, he could achieve it through hard work and perseverance. He learned about the design process on a project and saw it through from beginning to end. He learned that it did not matter if people said that he wasted four hundred hours of his life, he completed something profound that gave personal satisfaction and momentary joy to many people. In hindsight, it was never about the suit---it was about the guy inside it.
--Jackson Laverman
If you want MORE on me, visit my FB PAGE.
Also...  check out more awesome documentaries by filmmaker,  Jay 'JR' Friesen at RED FUTON FILMS.
All my pictures, written work, and Iron Man costume are created by Jackson Laverman. Also, I don't own the character Iron Man (Don't wanna get sued).

Iron Man in Cardboard by the Taiwanese Tony Stark





We're excited to introduce you to 20-year-old "Cardboard Artist" and Taiwanese student 鍾凱翔 (Xhongkai Xiang). The stunning craftsmanship and detail he applied to his first cardboard creation, “The Dragon” left our students, fans and ALL of us at Stan Winston School speechless. We anxiously waited for nearly a year to see what he would create next, and we were blown away to see all of his new work, including a full-size, wearable CARDBOARD IRON MAN SUIT!!!
Enjoy his story!
Erich Grey Litoff
Co-Founder Stan Winston School


Hi everyone, My name is 鍾凱翔 (Xhongkai Xiang), I am from Taiwan. First of all, I really appreciate the opportunity that Stan Winston School gave me. I now have the chance to share my work with everyone!
In a departure from his usual medium, Xhongkai made the Alien out of drinking straws.I am interested in the things that all boys like since I was little. For example, animals, monsters, robots and dinosaurs.
A cardboard horse and a cardboard dragon. The dragon was Xhongkai's first creation and it remains his favorite piece.


I just drew them at first, then I started to love making paper sculptures in junior high school, and creating with cardboard has been my main focus from senior high school until now. Xhongkai encourages people to make what they love, using the materials they have on hand.  You don't need a lot of money to make a cardboard Alien Doorknocker.
I have since produced lots of artwork with cardboard. For example, Optimus Prime from TRANSFORMERS, skeletons of the T-Rex and a Pterodactyl, an IRON MAN suit, and so on.  And the last three of them were all made full-size. Cardboard Optimus Prime, a samurai helmet and a stunningly life-like bird. All made out of cardboard.


For my cardboard IRON MAN SUIT, I used pepakura technique. But I did not add any special color on the surface. Keeping the cardboard color and texture was deliberate. That’s my style.   It took Xhongkai a year of working on the Iron Man suit in his spare time to complete it. 


Now I am 20 years old. Creating is the most important part of my life. I hope I can keep going in the future.   The Bearded Dragon is so life-like, that some of the SWSCA staff thought it was a REAL pet!
You are welcome to visit my Facebook Page. You will see more artwork in more materials, including food! Thank you for checking out my art.

- 鍾凱翔 (Xhongkai Xiang) 


miércoles, 12 de marzo de 2014

Tom Woodruff, Jr.

Tom Woodruff, Jr. is a special effects artist and actor who has worked on every Alien and Alien vs. Predator film from Aliens onwards.
He was first an employee of Stan Winston, with whom he worked on Aliens and Predator; he received a small cameo in Aliens as one of the salvagers who rediscover Ellen Ripley at the beginning of the movie. In 1988, Woodruff, Jr. and co-worker Alec Gills left Winston and founded their own company, Amalgamated Dynamics. As Winston was unavailable to work in Alien3, he recommended Amalgamated Dynamics to the producers. There Woodruff, Jr. played a Xenomorph for the first time, as the Dragon. He then played the Lead Alien in Alien Resurrection, Grid in Alien vs. Predator, and the Predalien in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.
Woodruff was nominated for an Academy Award for Visual Effects in Alien3 (an award he later won for Death Becomes Her).

Doug Jones.

Doug Jones (Indianápolis, 24 de mayo de 1960) es un actor estadounidense especializado en mímica. Suele interpretar personajes que necesitan de aparatosos disfraces.

Tras estudiar en una escuela católica de Indianápolis, Doug Jones se graduó en Telecomunicaciones y Teatro en la Universidad Ball State de Muncie (Indiana), en 1982. Allí se unió también por primera vez a una compañía de mimos, llamada Mime over Matter. En 1983 trabajó como contorsionisa para diversos anuncios televisivos, entre ellos aquél en el que hizo su debut el personaje Mac Tonight de McDonald's.
En 1985 trasladó su residencia a California, donde permanece desde entonces y ha participado en unos 25 largometrajes, series televisivas como Buffy Cazavampiros, cerca de 90 anuncios y varios vídeos musicales de artistas como Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers y Marilyn Manson. No obstante, no alcanzó gran notoriedad hasta el estreno de Hellboy (2004), en el que daba vida al hombre-pez Abraham "abe" Sapien. Durante el rodaje de Hellboy trabó amistad con el director mexicano Guillermo del Toro, con el que trabajó en su siguiente proyecto, El laberinto del fauno, primera película en lengua no inglesa de Doug Jones. Aunque Jones aprendió un cierto nivel de español durante el rodaje, finalmente se decidió que en la versión final de la película fuese doblado. Entre sus proyectos actuales se encuentran varias secuelas de Hellboy y la segunda parte de Los 4 fantásticos, donde encarna al Silver Surfer en movimientos, ya que la voz la recrea otro actor (Laurence Fishburne).
Actualmente trabaja en la serie Falling Skies, para TNT, en el personaje del líder alienígena de la raza Volm llamado "Cochise".[1] En 2014, Jones aparecerá como Barrow en la serie de MTV, Teen Wolf.[2]
Doug Jones es también un productor de cine independiente y un cantautor aficionado. Está casado y tiene su residencia en Los Ángeles.

Andrew bryniarski.

Andrew Bryniarski en La Matanza De Texas (2003)

Men in suits.

Men in Suits: An Interview with Frank Woodward


Computer-generated imagery and motion-capture are all the rage in special effects today, but actors in monster suits can still be found as well. They tap into a form of special effects work, as well as an art form, that goes back for decades in cinema.
Frank Woodward and the team at Wyrd Films have produced a documentary that explores this subject in MEN IN SUITS. Below is our interview on this topic.
TheoFantastique: Frank, thanks for coming back here to discuss your latest film. Readers may remember your documentary on Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown. How did the original concept arise in terms of focusing on those unsung heroes of genre films, actors in suits?
Frank Woodward: I think it helped that I was already a monster fan. I knew the names Tom Woodruff, Jr., Bob Burns, Nakajima, Brian Steele, Doug Jones. They were talented actors in my mind and it was always vexing that most people didn’t know who they were. Godzilla, Predator and the Gill Man are icons of cinema yet, unlike James Bond or Indiana Jones, most people can’t tell you who played these characters.
When I started brainstorming about our next documentary with fellow Wyrd producers Jim Myers and Bill Janczewski, the first thing we came up with was a history of make-up. That was immediately seen as too broad and something that had been done to death. We focused on guys in suits because we couldn’t think of any film that explored that topic in depth.
What really convinced us though was when Bill told his wife Stacy about the idea. “We’re thinking about doing a documentary about guys who wear creature suits.” Her response was, “That’s a job?” It was no question after that.
And MEN IN SUITS is made for more than fanboys already in the know. We made the film to show that it’s not only a job…it’s an art.
TheoFantastique: You assembled quite a cast of interview subjects for this documentary. I would assume this is a tight knit group of people who were excited about the opportunity to talk about their work. Is this the case?
Frank Woodward: Most of these guys are familiar with each other for sure. In some cases like Doug Jones and Brian Steele they’ve worked together on a few films. All of them seemed happy to be part of a documentary that finally acknowledged the work they put into their roles.

Brian Steel. Creatureboy

Brian Steele is an American actor who has played monsters and creatures on television and in films.

On television, he played the Bigfoot called Harry in the series Harry and the Hendersons before moving on to play creatures in theatrical motion pictures, with roles like Mr. Wink in Hellboy 2: The Golden Army wearing over 130 pounds of makeup. Steele has portrayed Drake Beast in Blade: Trinity, Sammael in Hellboy, Lycan in Underworld, William Corvinus in Underworld: Evolution, Big Lycan in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, T-600 in Terminator Salvation and Berzerker Predator in Predators.In 2012 played a stalking and hunting Bigfoot in Eduardo Sánchez horror-thriller film Exists.

  • Your Highness (2011)
  • Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010)
  • Predators (2010)
  • Terminator Salvation (2009)
  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • Lady in the Water (2006)
  • Underworld: Evolution (2006)
  • Doom (2005)
  • The Cave (2005)
  • Blade: Trinity (2004)
  • Hellboy (2004)
  • Underworld (2003)
  • Men in Black II (2002)
  • Monkeybone (2001)
  • Bless the Child (2000)
  • Gladiator (2000)
  • The Edge (1997)
  • The Relic (1997)
  • Harry and the Hendersons (TV series) (1992–1993)
  • Howard The Duck (1986)
  • http://www.creatureboy.com/