Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Holidays have slowed me down a bit...

This is just a post to let everyone know that I'm working to get some new images on this little blog. The recent goings on with publishers, etc. haven't gone to my head! ha! It's hard to get time during the holiday season for my artwork, between family time and my nutty day job.

The next image has quite a few characters that have been challenges. Lately much of my work here has worked out surprisingly easy, so this is where things even out I suppose.

Stay tuned, something will appear soon.

And also, Happy New Year!! (although I have to be at work at my usual 5 a.m., so I doubt if I make it til midnight).

Saturday, December 22, 2007

So Many Books, So Little Time...

I made this one for my wonderful agent Sorche Fairbank, to send as a calender image to her clients in the book publishing world. [She's the very agent who helped me pick a publisher for my book, haven't you heard that news already? If not, read my previous post, hehe.]

Anyway, I had grand plans to make a special holiday image for this little blog, but the real world (my real job), has gotten the better of me the last few days. The picture here has a lot of red and green in it, so it's got that little bit of a Christmas feel, I guess. Also, there isn't anyone being shot or whatever here, so it's kinda of a cheery image. I know! For the sake of this time of year, let's call it "Reading Christmas Lists". Er, no, let's call it, "Have You Been a Good Little Book This Year?". Yeah, that's it!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Bent Objects Book is on its way!

I've been given permission to say which publisher we've chosen to go with (for the job of getting a Bent Objects Book out there in the world!) We decided to go with Running Press (part of the Perseus Book Group). I'm excited to be with the same publisher as Don Martin and Marvel!

The date that my book actually hits the shelves is still to be determined, but I've had so many curious emails asking about it, I thought I'd share the news!

If anyone has any last minute shopping to do, please visit my new friends at the links above, or


Monday, December 10, 2007

Contest Winner

Wow, that was tough to try and pick a winner. I mean really tough.

In the end, I went with Ashs' limerick-

safety pin scorpion knows
how poisoning people should go
but because of his size
he had to get wise
so now he just goes for their toes!

Thanks to all who participated!

I'm still without a computer, but I'll try and find a way to post something new Wednesday.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Contest Time!

Here's a little fella that I've had for a while. Does anybody want him?
Best limerick about him wins. Oh what the heck- haikus are welcome also.

Judging will be held on Saturday.
[edit- entry time is over! no more to be excepted for this tiny prize!]

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[edit--I'm holding this contest right now because I have no computer! That's right, I'm at the local library typing this! I had to take my p.c. in because of some problems and to get it suped-up a bit. I am still working on some really decent objects to photograph though, so be patient!]

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S., a day set aside to be thankful for our blessings. What it has become for a lot of us is a day of eating a lot of food, the marquee item being a turkey. A ritual for many is the breaking of the turkey wishbone. Whichever person ends up with the longest piece of the wishbone gets a wish.

I have no idea what a vegetable would wish for, I'll leave that to your imagination. How did they get ahold of a wishbone anyway? Are they not vegetarians? Hmmm.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Little Hour Glass Timer theme.

All of these images more or less belong together. What they say is up to you to decide of course.

I have plans to add more images here at this post, whenever I have...time (heh).

Yes, the sand is falling quickly as I take these...

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A Slight Chemical Imbalance

I don't know why, but I've always loved these pill bottles. This is the third different piece that I've done with them as the star object, and there will be several more. The cannotations of "drugs" are sooo many, good AND bad.

I happen to believe quite strongly in the benefits of drugs to help many psychological problems, and this photo is not my way of taking a stance against them.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Cleaning Up After the Kids / or - Keep Your Filthy Hands Off of Me!

You know what was one of the challenging parts of this? Finding a toothbrush that doesn't look like it belongs on a spaceship. Take a look next time you brush your teeth, they work really hard to make toothbrushes look like they're actually worth the 4 or 5 dollars they are priced at. It's so hard to find things not all "tricked out" these days. Everything has to have bells and whistles now! Ha!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Does anyone want to help me with a title?

We're putting together the book proposal now, which will (as I understand it) be shopped around to various publishers. At this point, it will be organized in various chapters according to the kind of objects I use in each image (kitchen objects, bathroom and medicine cabinet, garage, etc). I've just started thinking about what it should be called, but my literary agent has been very impressed with the level of intelligence and humor of this blogs' readers, and thought you should be given a chance to throw in your ideas.

This isn't really a contest, but then again I guess it is. I don't have a prize in mind yet, let's just say that if I do choose one of your titles, I'll make sure you walk away with some kind of something or other.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sporky the Spork-Faced Sporkboy

This is the final shot for this one. For those who saw the progress over the weekend and commented, thank you. I've deleted those images from the blog (you only need so many images of a spork per blog).

I could go on rearranging the crowd, etc. forever. It's time for something else.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Clipper Terrier with his house

Finally got around to photographing the Terrier with his house. Yes, those are emory boards making up the fence. Click on the image for a nice big view. (He's supposed to be chained to his house, but I lost the chain somewhere, so he's free for now.) I know this is nothing great, but it was unfinished business that I can now consider finished.

Also- Later this week, I plan on posting a collection of images that I am very excited about. A salute in a fashion to Alexander Calder. Done mainly in a snack food candy that I never eat.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Pencil Tusks

Brass Wire, Pencils, Pad of Drawing Paper

I made a wire elephant a few months ago for Illustration Friday (the word was "Remember"). That ones' only object was a peanut for a brain. This one is more arts inspired.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Yin Meets Yang

The characters.

With the base and some flowers.

Someone asked me to make this for someone special. Sometimes, opposites attract. I'm happy to say that the someone special liked receiveing it.

Tomorrow I'll tell of the results of the drawing for the non-finalists. Right now I'm still tired from my long trip back from Baltimore. Til tomorrow...

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Bye Bye Birdie

I was walking around our yard today when I spied this little guy in a tree, and I snapped the image just before he flew off. I can't remember the official name for these things (shuttlecocks maybe?) and I don't feel like googling today. We've always called them birdies where I live, so it was lucky of me to get a shot of him in a tree. Just makes sense to me, y'know?

Monday, July 16, 2007

Scissor Bird

Yeah, I said I wouldn't be posting for a few, but we don't leave for Chicago til the morning, so here's one more. While my wife was driving around town today, I rode along and made this Scissor Bird, but it reminds me a lot of those bird things Marvin Martian ordered around in old Warner Brothers Cartoons.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Great Pork Rind Experiment

Steve from The Sneeze did a taste test of pickled pork rinds a few years ago that was the inspiration for this post. Before he tried eating them, he emptied the jar of rinds and tried to put them back together again, like all the rinds were from the same pig. Well, pickled pork rinds - I'm not a fan of, especially after reading his comments here- But why not regular fried pork rinds? I bought this little bag (actually I bought another also, that I ate the night before), and tried to put piggy back together again.

So here it is, believe it or not (I've had some doubters, but whatever). Enjoy!

Art Supplies - 99 cents. Hot, Barbeque taste- Priceless.

The especially ugly, hard one that I used for the tail.

It wasn't looking too promising early, and I used every single one!


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Baby Steps

Mama and baby move forward with their lives. Just quick shot that I grabbed shortly after the salad image.

I was all set to make a new piece today, had all the objects I needed except a book from the local library, and someone beat me to it. Don't people know I need my props?! Well, tomorrow I go to the used bookstore to buy a book that will work. I still run this operation on a shoe-string budget, but I'll splurge because I'm so excited about the image.

Also, I bought some interesting materials to make a pig out of this evening.

Thanks for all the great comments the last few days. There are a couple that need personal replies, and I hope to get to those soon.


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Dust Blower Bird

Sometimes I take an object from home to make something out of during my lunch hour. This was yesterday's challenge for myself. My wife and daughter think he's cute, so I guess he's a success.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

A comb with not a lot to do.
Another busy week at the real job, didn't have the time to create anything. I get grumpy when I'm not able to get any thing new done. So I'll post this photo of the day a comb came by the house looking for work, and quickly realized there's not much he could do for me.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A Quickie Wire "How-To"

This post is for the curious who are thinking about trying some wire bending. One viewer in particular actually asked for, and got some pliers and wire for Mother's Day! Well, I promised a little lesson, and here it is!

The best way to learn this material in my mind is to write with it. That's right, write. You really get a good feel for bending the wire. You will probably discover that this is a heck of a lot harder than it looks, but with practice you can do it.

After a while at this, you might be ready to draw something, and here is the foundation to most of my wire work- the loop.

With loops placed at strategic points in your work, you can build strength and stability. These are the connecting points in the sculpture. Without welds, or solder, you still need a way to connect, and these are better in my mind. Master this way, and other ways seem unsophisticated by comparison.
With a couple of loops and a bend of the wire, we can roughly make a circle.

Now I want to close the circle.
I have cut my wire, but still have a long enough piece to go through one of the holes, but still have enough to wrap around the part of wire just outside the loop. This is another key- when you wrap wire, it must be wrapped tightly and consistantly. This will keep your work from looking sloppy and conspicuous. It's best if you use your pliers to grab the loose end and wrap it around, because your fingers can't usually do it well enough.

Now you have a little base to build off of. Here, I've drawn a hand and connected it through the same loops as before. From here, I can add the arm to something else if I want. If you plan to use the same loops for that, remember to make them big enough for more pieces of wire to go through.

A funny thing about wire is that you can only draw as well in wire as you can with a pencil or pen. It is exactly the same in a lot of ways, even better since you can move and adjust your line after you've drawn it! But the difficulty goes to the next level when you start to make 3 dimensional objects. I'm not going to get into that here, too many variables. It's just a lot of trial and error. But it's worth it when you can make it work!
Good Luck!

(Also, don't be afraid to try your own thing, your own way with wire, it might be better! There are no rules here, if it works for you- go for it!)

Monday, June 11, 2007

Pansy grows stonger...

The latest news from Pansy's world.
(click on them for a closer look!)

Saturday, June 09, 2007

"Suit" is the word for Illustration Friday.
This wicked fellow managed to possess the most powerful POWER TIE on Earth. He ruled his domain in ruthless fashion, until one day his reign came to an abrupt end. As his tie was destroyed, so was his power. He grew weaker and weaker, until one day he totally dissappeared... Almost sad, really.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Prophylactic Equine
(Trojan Horse)

I was going to add some little condom warriors, but I think I'll stop now. We'll see if I think differently later.