"The Shiflett Brothers are to sculpting what Frank Frazetta is to painting." -John Howe, Concept Artist, The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Monsterpalooza 2010

We had a blast in Los Angeles at Monsterpalooza. The sculpting talent in the room was just mind-blowing. We got to meet the legendary sculptor/creator of the Predator/director Steve Wang, Guillermo Del Toro, & J.J. Abrams. We spoke with Oscar winning Makeup FX Artist Rick Baker. Jarrod and I did a Demo Panel for Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine that went reasonably well (meaning we didn't puke on ourselves from fear) and we worked on a very cool jam piece with some true legends of the field. We got to see friends including the amazing sculptors Damon Bard (Coraline), Paul Komoda and Norm Meyers (Artist Proof Studio), and Simon Lee (AKA Spiderzero). And even older friends Airbrush Master Jeff Pittarelli and our Designer/Photog Extraordinaire Chad Michael Ward were in attendance.

But the highlight of the weekend was Saturday Night at Jordu Schell's Studio. We were honored to be invited, along with about 30 others to go to Jordu's drink some beers, eat some pizza and talk shop. Jordu's work is a big inspiration to me and Jarrod. The place is kinda like a Cathedral of Sculpting and the experience for two boys from Texas was quasi-religious. It was great being there with Damon, Paul, and Norm as well as Kit Painter Phil Sera and sculptor Casey Love. Jordu himself was, as usual, a fucking riot.

Thanks to Kimberly, Chad, Norm, AFM's Terry Webb, Monsterpalooza's Eliot Brodsky and everybody who made this trip so much fun for us. Cheers to all!


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