Tuesday, December 12, 2006


I have had a little dinosaur project in the works for some time now, and have been playing around with some concepts using textures in Photoshop. Here is one that I feel is on the track of what I am looking for.

Thursday, November 09, 2006


I got the news that film composer Basil Poledouris died this week. Being a fan of motion picture soundtracks, he was one of my favorite composers. No matter how critics feel about the 1982 film "Conan the Barbarian", it is widely believed that his score for that film is one of the greatest of the last 20 years of motion pictures. It is one of my all-time favorites.
I did this drawing today as a tribute to Mr. Poledouris.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Riddle of the Tauntaun...

In honor of our latest Sketch-o-rama subject (sketching a Star Wars Tauntaun) I thought I would post a photo of a sculpt I did for Ertl Collectables many years ago. This was to be a follow-up to the Rancor Monster vinyl kit I did for the company. The job was cancelled in mid-sculpt because of a change in the licensing percentage at Lucasfilm at the time. I was paid in full to finish the job, got 1 resin casting for myself, and the rest is un-produced model-kit history.
By the way, my one and only casting was stolen from my studio about 3-4 years ago. Very few castings exist, so if you have any information on anyone who has a casting of this piece, and a very sketchy story on how they obtained it....please contact me and I will carve a life size effigy of you in marble.
And a pine box for the person who stole it....

Davy Jones Pub Sign

Well, it has been a while since I updated my gromansculpt blog with progress shots of my Centaur monster sculpt. And here is my excuse.
I was recently commissioned to create a piece of artwork based on a Disney property. The choice of the property was up to me. I got nutty and selected the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie for my piece. Namely the sequel's main villainous character: Davy Jones. I carved most of this from wood and applied bits of sculpey to form various bits of his facial details. Then it was decoed to look like an aged piece of painted wood, perhaps an old pub sign from the period when the film takes place. Kinda dark and sinister, I know. I guess I was in the Halloween spirit.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lord Vader? Izzat you?

INTERIOR: REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER -- MAIN HALLWAY. The awesome, seven-foot-tall Dark Lord of the Sith makes his way into the blinding light of the main passageway. This is Darth Vader, right hand of the Emperor. His face is obscured by his flowing black robes and grotesque breath mask, which stands out next to the fascist white armored suits of the Imperial stormtroopers. Everyone instinctively backs away from the imposing warrior and a deathly quiet sweeps through the Rebel troops. Several of the Rebel troops break and run in a frenzied panic.

Me and a couple cronies at American Greetings decided to give ourselves a little design assignment. Something we would do as quickly as we could, down and dirty. We decided to redesign...
Tall order. Redesign one of the most recognized icons of modern fantasy/sci-fi film.
Above is the first passage of George Lucas's script that refers to Lord Vader and his first appearance...
Oh, and check out Carlos Villagra and Jorge Lacera's on our newly resurrected Sketch-O-Rama blog to see their versions as well.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Horrible Half-Man Hughes....

Many years ago I created a villianous centaur monster to do battle with my Monster Hunter character (see my previous posts). He was a gigantic and evil creature from Greek Mythology granted the gift of eternal life. In the late 19th century he traveled to the United States and became a terrible and legendary outlaw dubbed with the moniker: Horrible Half-Man Hughes.
A good friend of mine, Rick Sellers, has a company that creates Science Fiction, Fantasy and horror audio books (Rick Sellers). He has decided to revive Half-Man in his latest offering, and is in the midst of creating an audio book in which the monster will star. We decided it would be cool if I created a sculpture of the beast that could be used on the CD cover, and perhaps produce it as a limited edition statue as well. Here is my first stab at a design sketch of Hughes. I am trying to decide if he needs the Clint Eastwood style hat, or if it just looks silly. More to come...

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Freaky fun....

Me and a couple of cronies at American Greetings had scheduled an art show in the company gallery. The theme of the show was to be "The Freak Show", and was to run in conjunction with the show that is in the gallery now with our Grumpy Bear custom vinyls. I thought it would be fun to create a fictional "lost film" and do a number of concept drawings for the main characters and perhaps a few settings as well. I also asked a couple of my talented co-workers (Jorge Laceraand Carlos Villagra) if they wanted to participate in the fun. Jorge crafted this way-cool logo, and Carlos provided the awesome 3 torsoed freak that appears in my mock teaser poster. I am hoping to see the other pieces they created on their blogs soon....

History of a lost film...

History of a Lost Film

At the close of the year 1966, Italian Director: Sergio Leone and American Actor Clint Eastwood had just completed a string of highly successful films now referred to as their "Spaghetti Westerns". This series began in 1964 with "A Fistful of Dollars", continued on with 1965’s "For a Few Dollars More", and concluded with "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" in 1966.
Leone had long been nurturing a big-budget, science fiction film script he had written many years before, and convinced a reluctant Eastwood to star in his epic as a last favor before returning to the states. The script was entitled "War of the Colossal Freaks of Frankenstein’s Planet" and was pure, red-blooded, action adventure that harkened back to the days when Leone directed his first few gladiator "Sword and Sandal" films at the beginning of his career.
With Clint now on board, Leone was able to gather financing for his film, and even sign an impressive list of actors to play a few of the supporting roles.
Legendary actor and director Orson Welles came on the production to play the evil villain of Frankenstein’s Planet: Lord Razoraxx (many believe he merely took the job so that he could in turn use his considerable earnings to help finance his friend Philippe Lasalle’s production of "Oedipus the King" in England that next year.)
Also Sergio added character actor Ted Cassidy, best known for his portrayal of "Lurch" the family butler on the T.V. show "The Addams Family". The 7 foot plus actor was set to play Gargus Agg, an immense four-armed monstrosity who first battles Eastwood’s hero: Artemus Axel, only to become the lone human’s most trusted ally.
Leone was lucky enough to recruit veteran make-up artist John Chambers for the huge task of creating Frankenstein Planet’s varying array of freakish gladiators. Chambers would later win a much-deserved Oscar for his work on the make-ups for 1968’s "Planet of the Apes". Special effects master Ray Harryhausen worked briefly on a number of intense and dynamic stop motion animation sequences before moving on to start pre-production on his own film: 1969’s "The Valley of Gwangi".
"War of the Colossal Freaks of Frankenstein’s Planet" began principal photography in Malta and parts of Tunisia in 1966, and wrapped at the beginning of the following year. Clint Eastwood returned to Hollywood while Sergio began postproduction and editing, with long-time collaborator Ennio Morricone composing the musical score for the film. What happened next is still not entirely clear, and the true secrets of what occurred the finished production may have died with the great Sergio Leone in 1998.
Clint Eastwood had come back to the United States a full-fledged movie star, the films he had done in Italy with Leone had made millions for the studios that had produced them on both sides of the ocean. Eastwood feared that he would be typecast as a science fiction film actor if he and Leone’s newest extravaganza was to be released on a world that now saw him as a bonafide, bankable leading man.
The actor used his now considerable finances and Hollywood clout to buy up and bury the film. Most film historians believe that all prints of the motion picture have since been destroyed, and it has become the Holey Grail for film archivists everywhere who still harbor some hope a print will someday be found. To this day Clint Eastwood himself continues to deny any knowledge of the films existence.
Remarkably, a number of production drawings and character concept art pieces from the movie have surfaced in the United States in recent months, as well as copies of a pre-release teaser poster.
It also just so happens that a few of the talented designers who worked on the motion picture were relatives of a number of illustrators now employed at the American Greetings Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. These amazing and provocative artifacts have thankfully been relinquished into their possession, so that for the first time in almost 39 years we can all behold the horrors and wonders of:


Clint Eastwood as Artemus Axel

Here is our hero, Artemus Axel. All that exists from his earlier life before arriving on Frankenstein's Planet are the torn remains of his space suit that are barely substantial enough to cover his loins.

Gladiator Freak #1

This happy guy is Argus Agg. He was a champion in the gladiatorial arenas of Frankenstein's Planet until he was defeated by Artemus Axel in the human's first official battle. Now the giant mutant is Axel's most trusted friend and ally.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Beauty and the Bear...

Everybody's gotta go check out the crazy stuff at Grumpy Bear Freak Show.
We passed out a blank white vinyl care bear toy to over 60 artists at American Greetings co. and let them go to town. This is mine...(any of you actually surprised its King Kong?) Check out the rest and let everyone know what you think of their work. In 3 weeks the bears will be auctioned off and all proceeds donated to Harvest for Hunger.

New Madball Painting

Here is my second full on acrylic Madball painting. This time it's Bashbrain, (original size: 16'' by 16''). This one took about 5-6 hours.
Do I have a third one in me? Any suggestions on which Madball character I should do?

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Here is an old cover that I worked on from a magazine called Model and Toy Collector. I did about 7-8 covers for this mag in the 90's, sometimes solo, sometimes with my good friend James Elliott. I will post a few in the coming weeks.
Stay Tuned!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Boga and Obi Wan Concept: Hasbro

Have not posted in some time. I have been hard at work on a number of projects as well as on a much needed vacation in California for the San Diego Comicon.
While working at Hasbro Toys last year I was lead designer on their Playskool Jedi Force Star Wars line. Fortunately my work on the line required a couple trips to Skywalker Ranch. Here is the design sketch I did for the Boga lizard that Obi Wan rode in Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith.
More to come...

Boga and Obi Wan finished figures

Monday, May 01, 2006


These are two dinosaur sketches from a portfolio I did around 1992 for a trip I took to Los Angeles, California. At the time every big special effects house on the west coast was vying for the contract to do the film version of Michael Crichton's novel: Jurassic Park. While on this trip I met people like Frank Darabont, (director of The Shawshank Redemption), Rick Baker, (5 time oscar winner for special makeup effects, and at the time attempting to get the JP contract as well), and also stopped by Stan Winston Studios (I had just done the box cover illustration for Geometric models: "Pumpkinhead" monster model.)
There head designer at the time, Mark " Crash" Mcreery really liked my Triceratops drawing, and it just so happened to be the dinosaur they were designing that week. They had not got the contract yet, but after seeing their 7 foot sculpture of a T-Rex, I new that they would.
A very fond memory...

Sculpts from the Past

Here are two sculpts I did while freelancing many years ago. Both were released by Polar Lights/Playing Mantis and are based on film properties. One is from Universal Pictures "The Mummy", and the other is Tim Burton's" The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".
Fine Scale Modeler Magazine voted the Sleepy Hollow kit the best figure model kit of the year when it was released.
( Yes, that is Tim Burton's head in the Horseman's hand....)

Friday, April 21, 2006

The Herculoids!!

Anyone remember these guys? They appeared on television in the early 1960's when Super Saturday morning was owned by animators;William Hanna and Joseph Barbara. This was just a way-cool, wacked out concept from the mind of comic book artist Alex Toth. The show consisted of a highly imaginitive animal army led by a heroic human named King Zandor. Zandor's family consisted of his wife Tara, and his son Dorno. The beasts were as follows:
Igoo the rock ape, Tundro the tremendous (a kind of Rino-saurus) Zok the lazer-ray dragon, and Gloop and Gleep, "the fearless, formless wonders!"
Anyway, this is my version of the shows main critter characters.
C'mon, Hollywood. We need a big-budget Herculoids movie.
And we need it now!!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Buce & Gar: The Return!!

Hit the " Buce & Gar" link to the left and check out some of my vintage 1980's comic book art from Buce & Gar number 1!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Project 20078

In the early 90's I sculpted one of my first garage kits called the Jupiterian. It was based on an animated creature created by special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen when he was very young. I met Ray at a convention a few years later and we decided to collaborate on a new, more accurate sculpture of the beast that he would oversee. This is the first sketch I did of the proposed new sculpture.
Like a fool, I ended up taking on a number of big freelance jobs soon thereafter and never got the project going.
One of the great regrets of my career.

More from the vault...

From the land beyond beyond...from a world past hope and fear....
I bid you artwork now appear!
The year: 1990. I had just completed my first complete multi-issue comic tale starring my characters: Buce-n-Gar. This was to be the cover for the paperback edition of the collected five issue series. (Pardon the crappy logo....I was but a young artist then.)
For those of you wondering, Buce is a blue-furred, hulk-sized, two-ton animal called a Ferdag. Gar is a reptilian warlord from the primitive planet of Drendenshall. Together they are a legendary heroic force for good protecting the universe from the sinister Barrium Overlords. Wanna know more? Let me know and I'll post some pages from the old comic book they starred in during my art school days.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

When Pigs Fly...

Anybody remember a toy line from the 1980's produced by Playmates Toys and American Greetings called Barnyard Commandoes? Barnyard Commandoes was the very first toy concept that I did upon graduating art school. And looky here! My first Barnyard Commando drawing in almost 20 years!! Sooooowwweeeeee!!!

Saturday, March 11, 2006


I was so inspired by the positive response to the new Madball line from American Greetings/Art Asylum, that I got jazzed up to do a painting/portrait of Hornhead in acrylics on 16'' by 16'' canvas board. Though I have always considered my painting skills somewhat weak, I dove right in to the project. And in a short time, this was the result. I plan to do a couple more very soon, so check back in the near future (if you dare!).

Warehouse find!

Well lookie here! This is a piece of art I did for Geometric Design Models many years ago. It was for a full color booklet that was included with a vinyl model of the movie monster Pumpkinhead. It depicts a scene from an un-produced screenplay for the sequel (not to be confused with the piss-poor sequel that was actually made...). This script was rather good and actually had the Pumpkinhead demon sprouting wings halfway through the story.

Monster Hunter comic page

Here is a little exersize I did a few days back to post on our "Sketch-o-Rama" blog. It is my first comic book page in about 8 years. It was really fun to do, and I look forward to doing more.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Godzilla Bust

Here is a rather large sculpture I did in 1997. The intent was to create a showpiece to help me obtain sculpting jobs from toy and collectable companies for this heavily licensed film. It did help me land the job sculpting the previously posted full body kit for Playing Mantis. A rather lucrative contract I might add. So don't badmouth old Zilla around my family,..he pays the bills in our house!
P.S. I still have a couple of these bad boys cast in resin laying around, so anyone interested in making a purchase, let me know by posting on my blog. The bust comes in 5 easy to assemble pieces and stands about 11 inches tall when finished. Its a damn fine sculpt that I am still quite fond of.

Tristar Godzilla Prototype

This is a sculpture I did for a company called Polar Lights/Playing Mantis of the infamous 1998 Sony Tristar Godzilla. It was intended to be a rather large styrene plastic model kit, but because of problems at the factory it could not be produced in time and was cancelled. Sorry for the somewhat sub-standard photo, it is all I can locate at this time. The entire kit consisted of a huge parent Godzilla, ruins of a toppled skyscraper and six eggs with five baby Zilla's milling about. The sculpture itself ended up being 12 inches tall and about 26 inches long. And took roughly two months of hard labor.
I will post better photos when I find them...

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


And now for something completely different...
I am currently working on a whole new relaunch of the old classic toy line from the 1980's....MADBALLS!
Since I was around in those days and actually worked on the toy line back then, it is real cool to be working on the new incarnations.
For more info on the first line of toys being launched at Toyfair in New York City this week, go to Madballs or check out the website of the company that is licensing the property from American Greetings at: Art Asylum.

Monday, February 13, 2006

The Gatorman

As an experiment I tried taking one of my large pencil illustrations into photoshop to color. I am a huge fan of the work of Frank Frazetta, Bernie Wrightson and an old, little known pulp and hardcover illustrator named Allen St. John. This piece benefits from their inspiration.

Zombot Ghouls on the March

Another big ole' pencil rendering based on my script: Monster Hunter. This one depicts the shocking, shambling foot soldiers known as Zombot Ghouls. Once you've been recruited by the villainous Baron Wroclaw, you've joined his ranks for life.
And beyond...

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Introducing: Mangus Vladix

One particularly interesting tertiary character in my screenplay is an ancient, legendary Celtic Vampire Warlord named Mangus Vladix. Here is an excerpt from my character profile included with all my script submissions.

Sixth Century Ireland and it’s surrounding provinces became the feeding ground for the vicious Celtic Vampire Warlord, Mangus Vladix. Vladix and his godless band of pirates, thieves and cutthroats began drinking the blood of their prisoners as a source of sustenance during their numerous nomadic raids. They angered and offended so many ageless gods of the ancient world that they became cursed to live eternally as undead vampiric monsters, now dependent on the blood that they had so arbitrarily sought. In the early 20th Century, Baron Elexia Wroclaw’s archeological task-forces unearthed the tomb of the evil Warlord Mangus Vladix. His ancient stone coffin was shipped to the Wroclaw Institute in upstate New York, where the revived monster attacked Professor Tierra Accord and her assistant Drew Addison working at that facility. Fortunately Aden arrived in time to save Tierra’s life, and kill the savage Celtic Vampire.
Or so he thought.

Monster Hunter: Museum Battle

Here is an illustration done a few years back depicting Adin's first encounter with the monstrous Celtic Vampire. Though this battle takes place early on in my screenplay, do not worry, the evil Warlord is down, but not out...

Mangus Vladix: Comic Book Version

Here is a more..."simplified" version of my character: Mangus Vladix. Ready to enter the comic book world...

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Cool Your Jets 3

This is another version of a piece I originally did for a sister-blog called Sketch-o-Rama. It is a place where myself and a few fellow American Greetings employees post new artwork from time to time. This "assignment" was a chick with a machine and/or vehicle. Check out other works of wonder at Sketch-o-Rama! (Look for it in the Links section of this blog...)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Presenting; Pebbles!

Thought I would take a break from King Kong and Monster Hunter to post some shots of a few sculptures I have done over the years. As I might have mentioned earlier, I worked for years as a professional toy, model and collectable sculptor. Some of the images that follow represent a small fraction of the work I have done over the past 15 years. Some of these pieces are contract work, while others are personal projects that I produced and sold at Model Kit and Toy Conventions.
First up is a piece I call Pebbles the Cavegirl. She is about 11 inches tall and bustin' out all over. Yes, my friends. This is Fred's little girl all growed up!
Pebbles was produced around 1998 and sold at a number of Garage Kit shows I attended across the United States in the years following. She came with an "optional" snap-on bra, (which most people seemed to disregard when assembling). The bra was included for all those kid-friendly collector toy shows the kit was displayed at.
I got alittle tired of being slapped by all those angry mommies when Pebbles first appeared in all her topless glory.

Beach Blanket Beastie!

Here is one of my first sculpts. It was produced as a limited edition resin model kit. This SOB has outsold any other piece I have ever produced on my own. I still recieve inquiries from fans trying to locate a copy. It is based on a real cool illustration I did for a t-shirt design. When I find a copy of the art, I will post it as well.

Geometric Models Creature From The Black Lagoon

One of my favorite old Universal horror films, and one of my all-time favorite monster designs. This was a dream come true when I got the contract to do this job. This film is in the process of being remade, and this beastie is gonna be a tough one to beat!!

Ploar Lights/Toys-R-Us Classic Godzilla 1954

This was done a few years back as an exclusive for Toys-R-Us. It's about 18 inches tall, and was produced in styrene. I am a long-time Godzilla and monster movie fan, so this job was a hoot.

Conglomeron Prototype

Here is a rough sculpt I did for an action figure of my patchwork creation: Conglomeron. This was done before I really started sculpting professionally. It is helped in the extreme by a masterful paintjob from Mr. James Elliott.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Monster Hunter Project: continued...

In early 2002 I got the itch to write up a screenplay. I had some limited experience after having written a number of CD rom interactive scripts, comic book stories and even a couple internet comedy skits that ran on the American Greetings website. I have read many books on writing screenplays, and read many published scripts from my favorite films. One of these books I would highly recommend is the published version of the script to the film "The Shawshank Redemption" written by Frank Darabont (who also directed the film) and based on the Stephen King story. I had the pleasure of meeting Frank in person many years ago and had a wonderful dinner, beers and a cigar at his house with him and his houseguest, artist Bernie Wrightson. Frank's work has been a continued inspiration to me over the years.
Anyway, after over a year or so of long nights at the keyboard, I finished my script. It is titled "Monster Hunter" (for now) and is of course based on the same characters and basic plotline that I had created as a toy concept while at the Zillion Concepts studio. Over the last couple years I have tweaked it, edited it, and rewritten entire scenes. A few months back I shipped it to a west coast entertainment rep I know, and crossed my fingers.
As part of the process I created a number of large pencil drawings of key characters and scenes. Above is an illustration of the main villain of my tale. His name is Baron Elexia Wroclaw, and behind him looms his artificially created pet: Conglomeron.
I got ambitious last year and wanted some prices for producing some vinyl toys based on my creations. I drew up a couple rough orthographics of my main hero Aden, and his nemesis: Conglomeron so I could get a price from an overseas vendor. What follows is a few of the drawings I generated in the process. I have since got sidetracked on other projects, but hope to still produce these toys in the future.

Design sketches

These are the initial concept drawings I did for the proposed Monster Hunter: Aden and Conglomeron figures.

Front view MH

Side view MH

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