Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Finished a new model recently, combining two kits and a few other parts. Feeling more comfortable now with how the airbrush works together with hand painting.


The idea was that the funnels are damaged and now have to stay connected to the main body, hence the articulated arms. In practice though the two main arms coming off of the backpack are very stiff, and it's a bit nerve-wracking to try and pose them around. Think it turned out okay though.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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Website home page
I have recently updated my website into three sections: Sculpture, Sketches, and Commercial work.
The first section includes "finished" works, but only has two entries so far though that is growing. Materials include resin casting of wax sculpture, wood, styrene, and others: SCULPTURE

Second are quick studies of gesture, markmaking, and anatomy. Done in polymer clay: SKETCHES

Third includes digital sculpts done for toy companies. Made in Pixologic Zbrush: COMMERCIAL

Also, which is possibly harder to find which is kind of the point, my student work is on the site too here: OLD WORK

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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I have finished assembling a "new" model kit-- the 1/100 MG Sazabi from 2000. I am aware that the new Sazabi, designed by Hajime Katoki, ranks on many people's lists as the best Master Grade kit to date, but this one has a lot of sentimental value for me.

When I was young, my mom took us on a trip to visit family in Hong Kong. It was one of the happiest trips I can remember-- probably because my mom, having grown up there, didn't feel as if she had to cram as many activities as possible into the one trip. So a lot of the time I was more or less left to my own devices, and nothing attracted a nine-year-old's attention like robot model kits. And for me, an American kid who had never been to Asia, I was in robot model kit paradise.

On this particular trip, I was particularly spoiled. I guess I must have looked really, irresistibly happy, because I got a generous amount of robot-related presents that year (it was a Christmas trip). I knew nothing about Gundam-- I had no idea what the story was about, I didn't know who this "Zeon" was, and I thought the RX-78-2 looked a little plain. What I did know, however, was which box art illustrations I liked... and which ones I really liked. I really liked the ones with the single dot eye. I still have the Gouf Custom and my favorite, the Kampfer, that I built during that trip.


The one kit I never got though was the MSN-04 Sazabi. There were two reasons it eluded me: first, my relatives' indulgence did have a limit; second, the box is freaking enormous. I can still remember it mythically perched on the highest shelf in some model boutique, just out of reach. It remained that way, untouchable on an imaginary pedestal, after we got back home and for many years after.

Over a decade later, as a senior in undergrad, I received from my significant other what is probably pound-for-emotional-pound the greatest birthday present I've ever received. My roommate even helped her hide it from me until it was given. You will see in this next photo a box, with a spoon and pencil juxtaposed for scale purposes. What I see is a nine-year-old's fantastic idea of the best toy that could possibly be made, now taking physical form in the guise of a slightly beat up box that has traveled from Japan to Rhode Island to California, where it waited even more long months before finally being properly appreciated.


From past experience though I knew if I started right in on my prize then chances were high that I'd botch something. That's why all the models I've shown and haven't shown on this blog have been smaller, cheaper kits--warm-ups for the main event. Here he is now. I hope nine-year-old Dennis approves.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Website is up finally! I know I said early next year last year... at least it's the same year.

Now Presenting: www.chandennis.com!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

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This is a miniature sketch for what is to be my next project. Actually, I realized after posting the photo that this is in fact a photo of some foil that happens to have my out-of-focus sketch in front of it.


The base, 3/8" piping screwed into a wood base. Armature wire used to provide a frame.


The wire frame supports the layers of glue solution + paper towels. When dry, it becomes very strong. There are probably easier ways to accomplish the same task, but this method of working is important to me.


Clay goes right over the paper layer, with smaller forms made with lumps of aluminum foil inside.


These two views show a more refined base with the figure that will accompany it. The angle of the figure is not quite final, since he has to be more upright at this stage since he's not actually adhered to the base in any way (currently just pegs into a groove).

Finally, three views of the base by itself. Still adjusting, but this is basically what it will look like.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Website coming soon! Planning for early 2015. In the meantime I have a few updates to round out the year.

I took part in a Secret Santa exchange, on the Fwoosh message boards. That means a bunch of action figure hobbyists are making unique pieces for each other-- I used to be active on the forums in high school but this is the first time I've participated in the event. Here's what I came up with. I am just going to put up the finished photos now, leaving the WIP and explanations for a later post.



After sculpting and casting the pieces, this becomes essentially a resin kit, or garage kit, with production joints inserted. A bit more functional than the previous time I did something like this.


Stay tuned for the WIP, as well as updates on other projects.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Some status updates on current projects.

Still a ways to go.
Also saw some familiar looking products at Toys R Us yesterday.

Here's a clearer picture of what these are:

I worked on some of these pieces about a year ago. Here's the original 3D model for the drum set: