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Star Wars Identities: The Coolest Exhibition of 2012

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Props & Set, Science Fiction, Star Wars, Visual Art  //  Comments Off on Star Wars Identities: The Coolest Exhibition of 2012

When I saw the new poster art for Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition, my jaw hit the floor! This is some of the coolest poster art I’ve seen in a while. A great spin on the classics we love.

The exhibition itself takes place in Canada in late 2012, and you can find our more on their official website.

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Artist Spotlight: Carvings of The Pumpkin Geek

When we think of carving pumpkins, our minds immediately imagine the nostalgic Halloween tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation and only happens once a year. Then we toss our molding fruit and wait for another season to begin again. But what if we could keep those carves forever? Alex Wer, otherwise known as The Pumpkin Geek, has devised a way to do just that. In fact, he has created an entire crafty business dubbed the “orange empire” from carving celebrities, famous characters (mostly from geek-genre shows and films), everyday people and more.

So… you carve pumpkins. How the heck did this all begin?

I’ve always loved carving, and a few years ago my wife asked me to carve her company logo for an open house.  Well, it was Oct 3rd and I knew the kins would die well before Halloween.  “Let me try the craft pumpkins from Michael’s so it’ll last” is what I said.  At the open house, the carve was a HUGE hit and I got thirty-five orders that night!

Doctor Who carving by The Pumpkin Geek

What inspired the name “Pumpkin Geek?”

It just came to me. At the open house, people were asking for my card, like I actually did this for a living. My wife went to her computer, created a business card with a pumpkin and asked me for a name. “The Pumpkin Geek” just came out of my mouth and history was made!

Tell us a little about the pumpkins themselves, the materials you use and the process involved in carving.

They are “craft” pumpkins from Michael’s Craft Stores.  I call the material “polyfoam,” but I kind of made that up. Basically I use a dremel (hand held drill with various bits) to do the carvings and shading.  It takes about four to five hours per carve, and I get pumpkin dust EVERYWHERE!

Alex featured on Good Day Sacramento.

Who was your favorite person or celebrity to carve?

Zachary Quinto was the first celebrity to request a carve at the Trek convention in 2009.  He came to meet me because her heard about someone doing a carve of him. He was very cool, hung out for about five minutes, gave me an autograph and complimented my work.  When I got home, I realized he posted my info on Twitter, and I got about 170 of his followers to follow me!  I’ve carved him about seven times for his fans, and have done some charity fund-raisers with him as well.

As far as favorite carves, Hugh Jackman Wolverine came out just like I wanted. Harry Potter and Captain Jack Sparrow are always a big hit.  The Storm Trooper was extremely challenging because he is all white (portions I usually cut-through), but the client was thrilled with that one.

Star Wars Storm Trooper carving by The Pumpkin Geek

Who would you love to carve and hand a pumpkin over to (dead or alive)?

Easy…Jeri Ryan!  She actually has her own carve, but it was done via mail.  She has been incredibly kind to me.  She not only follows me (yes, I Geek out every time she tweets me!), but she has run contests with me and actively supports what I do.  She’s a total gem, and I’d like the opportunity to thank her in person.

The other person would be Oprah, for obviously reasons.  One mention from her and I could actually do this for a living!

Oprah Winfrey carving by The Pumpkin Geek

When you tell people what you do, how do they react?

Either, “yeah, my eight-year-old carves pumpkins too,” or when they see just how intricate my work is, “you have way too much time on your hands!” When I tell them I made almost $10,000 at my first Trek convention, they shut up about it. The other reaction is complete shock and awe over the work… I like those reactions better!

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received on your work?

A lot of people think I just project an image on the carve and it’s a trick, so when they realize I actually hand carve them, their jaw hits the floor. The most meaningful carve, however, is one my site. See the tab named “Jeremy“.  The carve and story are there for readers to understand why. It was a humbling encounter.

Have any other artisans inspired you throughout your career?

Since my craft isn’t that mainstream, not really anyone I am trying to imitate.

If you could have any other profession in life, what would it be?

I’d say movie critic. I love movies and if I could get paid to see them, I’d be pretty thrilled!

Captain Jack Sparrow carving by The Pumpkin Geek

Where did you grow up?

Ugghhh…STOCKTON, California!  A comedian once said it was “God’s graffiti on California.”  It was a nice town when I was there.

Favorite movie?

Impossible to answer.  I’d have to break it down into genres and decade. I love Sci-fi, drama, chick-flicks, rom-coms, action and musicals.  My favorite Christmas movie is the only one can easily answer: It’s a Wonderful Life.  The movie shows how giving of yourself whole-heartedly will always be rewarded, especially when things are difficult. I’ve experienced that in my life personally.  When Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed passed away, I cried.  That movie always touches me.

What superhero power do you wish you had?

So, that does not include the one I already have which I cannot name?  I’d say the ability to fly.  I’ve had various dreams where I was able to fly and I’d wake up pretty invigorated!

Everyone gets asked this question: What would you do if you had a time machine?

Well, first I’d go tell Eve, “DON’T EAT IT!” Then stop the invention of gum. After that, tell the Wachowski Brothers there does not need to be a sequel to The Matrix, and finally, I’d order the portabella mushrooms last night instead of the Lasagna. What a disappointment!

Harry Potter carving by The Pumpkin Geek

Where can you find more from Alex Wer?


See more of Alex’s work on his web site:

Follow Alex on Twitter

Upcoming Events

Sept 24, 2011: Sacramento Horror Convention

Oct 2011: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Nov 5th-6th, 2011: Comikaze Expo – LA’s 1st annually Horror, Sc-Fi, Gaming & Comic Convention! Alex will be raffling off a custom carve of your choice at the convention.

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Artist Spotlight: Canvas Warriors’ Converse Art

Canvas Warriors and Vampire Stalkers are auctioning off a pair of Converse ending April 8th, 2011 to help the Ian Somerhalder (IS) Foundation. Save an animal. Save Mother Earth. BID NOW!

What I love about creative folk is their ability to think outside the box when it comes to concepts and materials. Art isn’t just about using a typical canvas and paintbrush. It’s about expressing ones talents through the use of any medium… and what’s more unique than a work of art painted on a pair of Converse high tops?

I just recently discovered the work of Sandira Reddy and her company Canvas Warriors at a convention this past weekend, where a pair of her shoes were being auctioned off for charity. Not only is her craftsmanship incredible, but this girl has heart. I felt it my duty to share this incredible work with fans! Here’s my interview with Sandira.

You have the coolest job ever. You paint Converse sneakers!
How did it all begin?

I’ve always been an artist and knew I wanted to do something creative as a job. I had seen converse customized by other artists and though I’d give it a go. So I ordered a pair of shoes and painted them, I was so pleased with the result that I emailed one of my favorite blogs at the time, some photos of the shoes for feedback. They loved the shoes so much that they posted them on the blog. I woke up the next day to over 300 emails enquiring about where the shoes could be bought. I got my first shoe order the next day and my website went up that week! I haven’t stopped painting shoes since then. Canvas Warriors will be celebrating its 2nd birthday in a week!

Tell us about the materials you use and the process involved in creating such works of art.

First of all the shoes have to be primed, much like normal Canvas, before they can be painted on. I’ll then sketch out the design but usually just dive in and start painting. I have an idea of what the design will be like, but I love how that can evolve. Sometimes it will take a new direction, as I’ll have an idea while painting, or a mistake will also lead me in a new direction ultimately enhancing the outcome, I call them happy mistakes!

A cool time-lapse video showing the process of painting a shoe, courtesy of Lordybob:

Why Converse?

Converse are so timeless and are THE canvas shoe really! Practically though they make sense, as the high tops allow enough space for painted designs. The space on the shoes afford much more creativity.

How difficult is it to paint on a pair of shoes?

It took some getting used to! I had only ever painted on large flat canvas, so working on a shoe is quite different. I also had to get accustomed with painting on a much smaller scale; my paintings are usually on 3 by 4 foot canvas.

When you tell people what you do, how do they react?

They are always really surprised and then intrigued to hear more. I have a whole photo album of designs I have painted on my phone, as it’s easier to show people than describe what it is I do! I usually get told that it’s the coolest job they have ever heard of and the most interesting!

Who have you created custom shoes for ?

At the moment Ian Somerhalder is our biggest name so far, so I am thrilled to have painted shoes for him. I have also created shoes for the UK X Factor (the show Leona Lewis won) I created studded leather shoes for the winner of last season and painted five pairs of shoes for a group called “One Direction” who were mentored by Simon Cowell on the show! They were “Team Simon shoes!” Tom Felton, Peter Facinelli, Jamie Campbell Bower and Rachelle LaFevre have all signed shoes that were sold for Charity. I have a wish list though, so I hope to have many more stars sporting Canvas Warriors! I have created quite a few wedding pairs, which is also really special!

What’s pair are you the most proud of?

It would have to be the ISF themed Converse that were recently painted for Ian Somerhalder. I was really happy with how the design turned out, Its one of the most detailed pairs so far. It’s also what the shoes represent, the themes reflected on them are something I am passionate about so to be able to donate them and help to raise awareness with my art has been amazing. A second pair are also in the process of being auctioned off for the ISF and so far are the most amount that have been spent on a pair of Canvas Warriors, there’s still a few days of the auction to go! Which is fantastic considering they are going to a charitable cause.

Bid on the auction and take home a pair of Canvas Warriors Converse (just like Ian’s!)

Let’s talk a little bit about the auction…

Who approached you to create this work of art for the ISF auction?

It was a joint venture between Jessica Lowery (of Vampire Stalkers and Mystic Falls Tours) and Canvas Warriors. She thought it was a great idea, and so did the IS Foundation. It was definitely something I wanted to do so we all made it happen!

What was your initial reaction to the specific art you wanted to create (the wolf/message)?

I loved the fact that the design was to be based around the causes he [Ian] supports. His foundation is so crucial and provides much needed awareness with all the issues they support that I immediately could visualize what I would paint. I cannot tell you how excited I was about this design and I was really happy at how the design turned out. Watching the Q&A was crazy because when asked about his favorite animal, Ian mentions something about “looking into an animals eyes.” Check out the detail on the shoes especially the Tiger’s eye! Very Serendipitous or as I’d like to think a case of great minds think alike.

Are you a Vampire Diaries fan?

I am. I got into it a bit late, but I love the show. I watch it while I’m working on shoes. Team Damon all the way, though I do love Stefan too. I need to start reading the books now!

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received about your work?

I recently received a phenomenal thank you letter from the Executive Director of the Ian Somerhalder (IS) Foundation. It was so amazing and made me feel so humbled as I am so proud of that pair! I am really lucky to have fantastic customers though and I get to create items that people really love, so fortunately I get wonderful feedback on the guestbook of my website. It really spurs me on to do and create more!

Have any other artists inspired you throughout your career?

I have always loved the greats like Dali, Monet, Van Gogh. My favorite artist is Georgia O’keeffe. I love Banksy, his work is so witty, creative and cutting edge. Something I try to incorporate into my work as much as possible. I really try to make the designs as detailed and clever, sometimes with little touches that only fans of that genre will recognize, it makes the wearer feel that much more special.

On a pair of ET Chucks, I painted ET with the famous “Ouch scene” to really make his finger glow, I added a Swarovski Crystal, so when seen it really catches the light and enhances the design. The Twilight shoes have red ribbon laces that match the cover of the third book, eclipse. I try to also be inspired by my peers now whether its a street artist or a fine artist, its a journey and I’m constantly striving to be better with each piece I paint for a client. In the last years of his life, Michelangelo once wrote on a sketch “Ancora Imparo.” “I am still learning.” This is something that resonates with me.

If you could have any other profession in life, what would it be?

I’ve always admired anyone with a creative job. I have often wondered how cool it would be to be an animator working for Pixar or Disney. To be honest I really do love what I do, so if I had to choose again, I’d do this!

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Durban, South Africa but grew up between there and England. For high school and University I was in England. I lived in New York for a while, even though I was 25 when I moved there, I certainly did some growing up!

Favorite place to visit?

It has to be Italy! I’ve been to Florence twice, visited Rome and I’m selling my items at a Twilight Convention in Naples in June. I adore travelling and exploring new places, culture and FOOD! I loved Oahu, Hawaii and will definitely re-visit.

Favorite cocktail?

I was a bartender (like every good Artist, Actor, singer and Writer!) in NYC so I’ve mixed every cocktail under the sun, including inventing a few myself! My favorite would have to be a Margarita on the rocks with salt, when made well it gets me in a party mood!

What would you do if you had a time machine?

I’d love to see what the world was like during different time periods a century ago.  The 1920’s, 1940’s, The 1960’s and 1970’s seem like a cool time. It would be great to see and meet my ancestors to see where I came from! It would be great to see how artists worked, especially back in the day when they had to mix their own paints.

Find out more about Canvas Warriors

Official Site

Watch a short documentary about Canvas Warriors, courtesy of Spark Productions:

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Leprechauns aren’t the only creatures clad in green

As St. Patrick’s Day celebrations cover most of the world, we’re nearly overwhelmed with images of leprechauns, or little men that represent fairies from ancient Irish folklore. Yet these aren’t the only magical beings man has imagined clad in green.

Here’s an ode to some of the brilliant sci-fi, comic, and fantasy artists out there who have taken popular characters from books, films, and more and added their own creative spin.

Green Fairy by Brian Froud

Poison Ivy by Kay C

Slimer by Tim Kelly

Green Hornet by Chuck Moore

Frankenstein by Rainer F. Engel

Rydia (Final Fantasy IV) by Unknown

The Incredible Hulk (original concepts)

Green Alien by Keith Trimm

Hal Jordan as Parallax by Tom Fleming

An Orion (Star Trek) by Gavin de Lint

FCBD 2010 Kizoic Presents: Shrek

Army of the Dead (LOTR) by Weta Workshop

Speaking of Lord of the Rings

Minas Morgul by Stardock

And though this is not exactly sci-fi or fantasy, no St. Patty’s Day would be without the Green Man from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (a show I had the opportunity of being in!)…

Green Man from It's Always Sunny

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Artist Spotlight: Graphic Novel Creator & Illustrator Paul Taylor

I must admit I’m not a pro comic book collector, though I’ve always had a fascination for their stories and, most especially, the talent and craft involved in creating such works of art.  It was no surprise that, when I stumbled upon a very gracious and talented graphic novel artist on Twitter—Paul Taylor—I immediately fell in love with his work Wapsi Square. Paul describes his books as “cute and macabre,” and though they are humorous and somewhat dark and fantastical, what I love the most is Paul’s understanding and depiction of women. They’re role models. They’re fun. They’re smart. They’re fearless. They’re sexy. And yes, they’re badass.

Here’s my interview with Paul Taylor (who is pretty badass himself).

So, you are the creator of the Wapsi Square comic. How did that get started?

Originally, Monica and Dietzel were going to be the characters in a short stop-action film that I wanted to make.  I had the simple story, the 16mm film equipment, and I was in the process of making the stop-action puppets.  It was a very labor-intensive process for just myself and in the process; the characters began growing more and more in complexity and background.  Beyond my control, Monica and Dietzel were taking on a larger life as well as a circle of friends that were growing well beyond the scope of me ever being able to do in animation.  My wife was the one who suggested to me to do my stories as a graphic novel as well as publishing them online.

What made you decide to use strong, central female characters, and how has that impacted you and your audience?

Most of my friends growing up were female.  For some reason, I seemed to connect better with girls/women than boys/men and just being so comfortable around them, I got to hear their side of things, their complaints, insecurities, etc, and I believe that give the foundation for my writing.  Also, I knew all too well about being picked on for being skinny, something that I really had no control over, so I wasn’t the one to pick on others.  In jr. high, with some of the gals being early bloomers, I wasn’t throwing the taunts at them like other boys and girls were doing.  In turn, it seemed like I ended up with busty female friends.

I feel that my relationship and understanding with my female friends carries over in my writing and characters and female Wapsi readers appreciate this.  At conventions, it seems that better than half the folks coming to my table tend to be gals.

Tell us more about the Wapsi Girl Project and what inspired you to set that up?

The Wapsi Girl Project cam about after receiving several emails from female readers and talking with female fans at conventions and how much the girls of Wapsi Square meant to them.  They would see something of themselves in one or more of the cast, feel a connection from something a character was going though, or just feeling inspired by how a character had overcome an obstacle.  I felt that each of the fans’ stories were every bit as relevant, if not more-so, as anything that the cast members were going through, and it seemed appropriate to give them their own venue to help inspire one another.

What made you decide to be an artist?

It wasn’t as much of a decision as it has always felt like the right path.  As early as I can remember, I was interested in drawing to express myself.

Describe your style and the materials you use, and how you found your nitch.

I do as much work as I can analog until preparing the image for the digital realm.  I do a lot of sketching on newsprint with soft-lead pencils, when I get images that I like, these are scanned into Photoshop, arranged, re-sized, and formed to be like the finished comic.  I print this out and then on to the light box where I transfer the image to Bristol with blue pencil.  After that step the comic is inked and scanned back into Photoshop where tone is added, backgrounds are layered in and a font of my own handwriting goes into the word balloons.

As for my nitch, be it the style of my work, how I work, or the nitch of the story, I have to say it was completely organic.

What artists or people have inspired you throughout your career, and how?

Frank Frazetta is one of the main inspirations for combining my love of the cartoony with the realm of the macabre.

What words of advice would you give a comic book artist that’s just starting out?

Oh goodness, that is a tough one.  First and foremost, you need to enter into the world of comics and graphic novels because you have a story to tell.  Not because you think it’ll be cool or you want to strike it rich.  You’ll come out with a derivative work that will soon suck all the energy from you and eventually you’ll give up.  One has to be a bit nuts to do this for a living and also have the discipline to keep going.  The main reason you keep moving forward is because if you stopped, the stories and characters would be nagging at you so bad, you’d have to write and draw just to quiet them for a moment.

Time to brag! You won an award – what was it for and what went through your mind when you found out?

That’s the weird part, I hadn’t even known that I was nominated and several of my readers emailed me to congratulate me for being in the running for the 2009 Lulu Award for Best Female Character.  Needless to say, I was dumbfounded.  Here there were, what felt to me, much more established graphic novel characters and then my odd little creation Monica.  Her fans really pulled together and she did indeed win.  I was equally humbled and floored at the same time.

If you could have a dream skill or superhero power, what would it be and why?

I think that I’d love to have the ability to teleport and take whatever or whoever that I’m touching, minus taking the ground, with me.  I think it would make visiting other places quite fun.

What do you do for fun (besides art)?

I am a huge scary movie fan, not gory slasher films where all those idiot college kids do everything in the book one shouldn’t do when in whatever situation they end up in.  I still think that the original b&w “The Haunting” is one of the scarier films made and the South Korean film “Janghwa, Hongryeon” (“A Tale of Two Sisters”) is by far the creepiest.  Give me a nice dark theater and a good scary movie and that is my roller coaster.

Did anyone ever give you a piece of advice that, looking back, helped shape your career or life?

“Duck!”  No, seriously, I’d have to say it was a bit of advice regarding characters, unfortunately, I don’t remember who said it.  “Learn to listen to your characters and don‘t try to speak for them.  Let them tell the story, they‘re the ones that know it best.”.

Where were you born?

On an Air Force base in Texas.

Where did you grow up?

Dubuque, Iowa.  This was a town that held importance as to whether or not you were born there, who you knew and if you were involved in sports.  Needless to say for multiple reasons, I didn’t fit in there.

What’s your favorite color?

Emerald green.

What food do you dislike the most?

That’s easy.  Meatloaf.

Where you can find Paul

Website for Wapsi Square
Twitter @pablowapsi

He’s also selling his books here!

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‘A Game of Thrones’ Costumes, Art & 2010 Recap

I’m a huge fantasy fan, and though I must commend many series writers for their attempt at adapting some of our favorite novels into episodic television, the end result (for most) is generally, well, cheesy. They err on the side of good prevailing (in every episode), yet they fail to venture into the depths of pain, suffering, violence and seeming hopelessness in story lines. Often the dialogue doesn’t come close to matching the original writer’s brilliance. (Then there are the special effects… sigh).

Late last year when I found out that HBO, the television network that gave us True Blood, Rome and many other sagas filled with blood, murder, deception and betrayal, was about to embark on bringing George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones (the first book from A Song of Ice and Fire series) to television, I couldn’t be happier. Will they finally get it right?

With production announcements pouring in daily, the new series creeps closer into our purview and spring 2011 can’t come soon enough. Here are some highlights so far, starting with our favorite topic: Art!

Costumes & Set (new!)

Costume designer Michele Clapton shares the process of creating Westeros garb.

Artisan Gemma Jackson on the Castle Black Lift

Some oldies but goodies (if you haven’t seen them):

Behind The Scenes Featurette

George R.R. Martin (the author of “A Game Of Thrones”), the executive producers and the cast talk about what to expect in HBO’s new dramatic series.

Game of Thrones teasers

True, they don’t show much!

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Artist Spotlight: The Fantasy Art of Seamas Gallagher

I’ve been long obsessed with fantasy art, drooling over the level of creative detail artists were able to depict in creatures and characters that didn’t exist, crafted by each artists’ imagination. So when I started the “Artist Spotlight” feature, I already had a list of people I’d want to showcase right off the bat. On the top of that list was a guy whose work I’ve been following for years. Some of you know him as the famous Wheel of Time character artist. That’s right, I’m talking about the oh-so-talented Seamas Gallagher. But… who is he really? Outta This World interviewed him to find out.

When did you realize you were an artist?

I’ve always enjoyed drawing ever since I was a little kid, and so far I have been fortunate enough to continue doing it as a bigger kid!

Describe your style and the materials you use

I would like to think that I try and strive for a more stylized approach to my own personal work. At least that’s what I enjoy doing the most. These days I’m almost exclusively working digitally on a Wacom tablet, but occasionally I pick up an actual pencil and paper and do some “old school” sketching.

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What artists have inspired you throughout your career, and how?

There are so many talented people out there, it’s hard to name all of them! However, to name a few: Frank Frazetta, because his iconic fantasy images were always a favorite of mine as a kid; J.C. Leyendecker, his style and design is phenomenal; Claire Wendling, whose style I really enjoy; Iain McCaig, an all-around bad ass; and Eric Canete, whose stylization blows me away.

You’re obviously a Wheel of Time fan. How long have you been a fan and how has WoT inspired you?

A good friend of mine turned me on to The Wheel of Time when I was in art school, sometime around 2001. I’ve been hooked on the series ever since I finished The Eye of the World. Being one of my favorite fantasy series, I was inspired to visually portray some of the characters from the series. I think I’ve gotten to a fair amount of the main characters, although there are still a lot more I’d like to sketch out!

View all of The Wheel of Time characters on Seamas’s blog. He also designed the Tower of Genji in the Towers of Midnight book trailer

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Who was your favorite Wheel of Time character to create?

This is a bit cliché, but each one so far has been a lot of fun; however, there have been specific characters that I had a strong gut reaction as to how I envisioned them in my own mind. For example, for whatever reason, Sammael was one such character. He was pretty fun to draw, but I also very much enjoy drawing the “bad guys.”

View Seamas’s vignette tutorial for creating characters like the one seen below.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received on your work?

Any compliment is nice to receive!

If you could have any other profession in life, what would it be?

Truly, I can’t imagine doing anything other than what I do. I feel very fortunate that my livelihood is something that I really enjoy. Except for maybe a professional beer taster. That’s a job, right?

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What do you do for fun, besides art?

I haven’t had much free time as of late, but when I do get a chance, I like to play video games, read and enjoy an occasional tasty beer.

What advice would you give an artist that’s just starting out?

Draw stuff. A lot. For myself, I found figure drawing to be invaluable knowledge to possess. I also find it helpful to constantly check out cool art by talented artists, not only to get inspired, but to challenge yourself to be a better artist.

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Where you can find more artwork by Seamas Gallagher

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    The Vader Project: Interview with co-creator Sarah Jo Marks

    For our first episode of Outta This World the show, we had the opportunity to interview Sarah Jo Marks, co-creator of The Vader Project, to discuss the ups, downs, and the process of putting together a pop culture-style art show.

    After watching the video, check out a handful of some of The Vader Project helmets that are up for auction below!

    To find out more about the auction or to purchase your collector’s catalog with all 100 helmets illustrated in vibrant detail (I have one and it’s incredible), visit the Freeman’s website.

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    Artists capture the world and characters of ‘The Hobbit’

    Reports are flooding in that Peter Jackson will indeed direct The Hobbit in a two-movie deal, and I know I’m not the only Lord of the Rings fan who is jumping for joy at the news. Yet before we see this world once more through Jackson’s eyes, let’s take a peek at what artists have been doing for years: creating incredible art depicting Tolkien’s beloved world and characters.

    Jan Bintakies
    Jan Bintakies
    John Howe

    Alan Lee

    Alan Lee

    Justin Gerard

    Justin Gerard

    Justin Gerard
    Iain McCaig

    Andrei Pervukhin
    Armand Dimitri
    David T Wenzel

    Andy Smith

    Chris Mills

    Nate Hallinan

    Gonzalo Ordóñez Arias
    Richard Whitters
    Flynn the Cat

    Alexandra Dubeau

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    Stonehenge made out of… foam? Foam and fiberglass art by Mark Cline

    Mark Cline’s Foamhenge (and my mom holding down the fort)

    I just returned from a visit back east, and one of our pit stops was a family reunion in Natural Bridge, VA. I assumed, like most small towns in Virginia, that we’d only find historical sights reminiscent of a colonial-inspired era. What I didn’t expect to see was a life-size replica of Stonehenge made from foam!

    Mark Cline, artist and native of Virginia, produces foam and fiberglass pieces for attractions all over the state, including Foamhenge, Enchanted Castle Studios and Professor Cline’s Haunted Monster Museum & Dark Maze, a haunted mansion tucked back in the woods, complete with monsters and sci-fi inspired characters including a half Frankenstein half chicken.

    Here are some photos of his work

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