My holiday Gumples for 2013. I had a great time making these little guys (and gals). Sometimes I wish I could keep them for myself. Sorry, these Gumples are no longer available.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
It's sunset and Mrs. Mouse patiently waits on the front porch of her cottage for the Halloween revelry to begin. She's holding a bowl of fresh baked cookies. I crafted and painted each component myself from wood, clay, paint, and landscape materials. The diorama is also wired for lighting. With a flip of the switch, the interior of the cottage and the Jack-o-lantern light up!
Friday, August 24, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Well, they're finally here! I just completed the first generation of my Trick-or-Treating Gumples. As usual, I've been a busier than a one-legged waitress at I-HOP! I'm working on two new Splat the Cat books, opened a fan page on Facebook for Grimm Grinz Studios, and creating characters for this years Halloween and Vine show. Oops! I meant to make an official announcement, but I guess I can let the cat out of the bag. In case you are wondering what "Gumples" are, they are a special group of gnome-like creatures who like to wear costumes. Unlike the realistic faces of my sculptures, The Gumples have a distinct, insect-like appearance and have skinny arms and legs. Their faces kinda remind me of chewing gum so I've named them Gumples. They are characters in a world to themselves. I had posted the concept sketches on my Facebook page, so I will do that here too. I would like you to see how my designs can sometimes change during the production phase. I posted them in my Esty store. Each Gumple is hand-made and I will be making them to order, so each one will vary ever-so-slightly. I'm offering them as a complete set of six ornaments or as individuial pieces. To visit my Etsy store, click the link to my shop on the top right side of this page) Well, I guess I better get back to work. Thanks for popping in! -Robert
Monday, March 26, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I'm taking advantage of a break between book jobs to do some much needed studio cleaning and organization. I really dislike dirt and dust, but it's amazing what gathers when you're not looking. It's been suggested to me I should hire someone to clean my space since I am so busy, but I don't think that's a good idea. I get froggy when someone comes into my studio and starts moving things around. I don't mind. Cleaning is cathartic for me anyway and helps me get organized. There is one thing, however, that I dislike more than dust and that is spiders. If I come across one while I'm cleaning, my entire neighborhood will know it. I've been known to break world records in the vertical jump and gasp. What makes it so horrible is that I can't squish them! It makes me gag. I have to somehow wrangle them outside.
Wish me luck!