Monday, April 23, 2018

From Maquette To Action Figure!

Sometimes you have to try things as an artist that may or may not work and go for it no matter what. I took the Kings Of Atlantis maquette sculpt and turned it into a articulated action figure with a pretty decent range of motion. I still have a few areas to add articulation to but wanted to share some of the progress I'm having with it.

Here are the unarticulated maquette castings of the cursed king in a few different colors with no articulation and only neck and shoulder pegs since it was cast in 4 parts (head, body, right arm and left arm).
Now we have almost full range of motion with articulation in the neck, shoulders, upper waist, elbows, wrists and the knees. I'm thinking of taking a shot at the hips but not the feet (too thin for a peg down there). This will be the metallic gold King of Wealth when I get him all painted up so stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuttz Sphinx Prototype!

Whoops, I almost forgot to post these new images and keep the update going on the Tuttz Sphinx cat resin project. The cat was modeled by my cousin Francis Rivera in Zbrush and I 3dprinted it 3 parts off my desktop printer. Below are the images I put together in Photoshop to art direct the project as it was tweaked and retweaked a few times over. I still wanted to keep the unfinished squarish looking feet that was started off my original 6.5 inch original hand sculpted Tuttz that launched the entire brand. We also softened all the head edges (like the first original) and raised out the eyes and nose removing the carved in line work around those areas.


Here is the cleaned up 3dprinted Tuttz Sphinx in white resin at 50 microns. I'm very happy with how it turned out but the real test comes when the paint colors go on when i make the resin castings of it.

 Yes, it is actually bigger than the sold out 3.5 inch old Mini Tuttz cats. Who knows what other sizes may show up with this one so stay tuned.

The head and tail were printed as separated parts and plugged in and will also be cast separate as I have a few ideas to touch upon later as the project develops. The silicone mold work is all done and I should have some tooled and painted up castings soon. I already hinted at the what the first colorway might be depending on if I find the right paint to pull it off.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Tuttz Sphinx!

I finally got around to do a version of the Tuttz cat I wanted to get done for a long time now. The Tuttz Sphinx cat concept will be hitting resin production in the next few days. More info will be coming up soon after I show the prototype and design styles for the first few waves.

I always loved the old world Egyptian Sphinx cat statue since the first time I saw it in photos. The real Sphinx statue has always been majestic, powerful and iconic, just a great brain burner of epicness that has stood the test of time.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Tuttz Cat Fairies 2.0!

I'm falling behind in my blog posts now that there are so many social media outlets to show work and promote on. Online promotion is becoming another full time gig and even more new social spots are showing up. Yikes!
Anyway, just wanted to share some images of the all new three inch Tuttz cat 2.0 clear tint Fairies that are now available in the online STORE. I was trying to simulate a faux glass look with a little bit more clarity in the casts and not adding any paint or rendering in the first series of 25 pieces. The bulk of the release will be the blue cats and it will be speckled with a couple of other colors as chase figures. Some of the chases will be duplicated and if you contact me via email for a specific color before I close out the series I just may make it, maybe. The Tuttz brand has been around since it's launch in 2010 and there's plenty more styles planned for this year. So if you are new to the fold or a long time collector I will do my best to keep the cat as interesting as possible and keep that smile on your face every time you see Tuttz!







I have a few more colors planned so stay tuned!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Toy Fair 2018 Wrap Up!

I had a nice fun Toy Fair this year seeing tons of new toys in the main halls along with running into old industry artisans and making some new friends. I debuted a few new sculpts that will see production in the coming weeks and teased a little bit of The 6th Prince Tuttz cat project I've been working on for a while now. Below are a few images of my set up for my live traditional sculpture demo at The Creative Factor booth and some long time artist friends I got to catch up with from the show.


 If you look closely at the above image you can see another new Tuttz prototype of the Sphinx cat. It will be cast in 3 parts and will be releasing after the new bigger Fairy Tuttz cats.

 The all new baby Tuttz prototype in the wax stage. This figure was done early last year and I was waiting for the right time to reveal it. What better place than a Toy Fair reveal?

 The new baby Tuttz scale pic next to some of the older sold out resin figurine lines.

 That's me working on The Mother Goddess sculpt probably whistling a tune in my head as I mush the clay around during my live sculpture demo. I didn't get too far on the sculpt as the booth had a lot of visitors with tons of questions and being next to the busy escalators you see almost everybody.

Can you name these artist escapees from the Art Asylum??? Wow, how long ago was that?

This year I brought my sculpture tools for the live sculpt demo in a Xmen locker toy I sculpted the prototype for ToyBiz/Marvel a bunch of years ago. How cool is that?



A little teaser video for The 6th Prince Tuttz cat project. Hmmm...what's that shiny object floating in space? More on this soon.



Friday, February 16, 2018

Toy Fair 2018!

I have been invited back to Toy Fair in New York City this year to do a live sculpt demo by The Creative Factor Feb. 17 - 20th (Sat - Tues). I will be at the Creative Factor booth at the bottom of the escalator well in the C1 section at the Jacob Javits Center. You don't need a badge to stop by the area I'm in for the live sculpt demo so if you are in town come on by and sculpt with me.

I'll have a few new prototypes that will be on display along with a few of my older sculpts and resin collectible projects.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year and Custom Color Fairies!

Happy New Year!
Thanks for sticking around my little artsy creative neck of the woods as I go into year ten this coming October with Argonaut Resins. The journey has not been a easy one always trying to keep things fun and interesting as I try and carve my own road in this often crazy art world. If you are new here take a moment to look the the archives on the lower right hand side for a detailed history of what I have done over the last ten years and when I did it, you may be surprised, just saying. Thanks for stopping by and may you all have a beautiful and prosperous New Year!

More Fairies!!!
I'm working on and will be releasing a very limited run of the hand painted micro 2 inch Tuttz cat Fairies in a few new colors. First new colors will be in pinks and blue translucent paints. If you miss out when they are released in the online STORE you can contact me (argonautresins(at)gmail.com) and pre-order some for a limited time and amount.

 All you need is LOVE Fairy set.
 The new custom colors with the unpainted Spirit style Fairy.



The orange and white Tuttz cat Fairies have sold out.



Friday, December 29, 2017

Surprise! Part 2 to The Last release Of The Year!

You know I can't close out the year without a surprise or two...so...I made a very limited amount of Fairy Pharaoh Hound 3dprinted resins to go with the Fairy Tuttz cats. These 2.75 inch tall and are matching counterparts to the recently released Tuttz cats in full on cleartint Spirit mode and are available NOW in the online STORE. These new dog fairies are very limited so good luck catching one and yes, only special people can see them!






Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Last Release of The Year - Fairies!


Only special people have the ability to see Fairies - can you see them?!


Releasing in the Argonaut Resins online STORE on Christmas Eve morning 9AM Est. time, Sunday December 24 will be the all new 2 inch tall Tuttz cat Fairies! This Tuttz series is very limited and will also come with a few chase colors and are the same size as the previous Micro 3D printed resins (right off my 3D home printer) from earlier releases this year.
Good luck trying to catch one of these rare spirits!
 


The main color way is the clearish spirit Tuttz cat and the Orange and white Fairies are the very limited run versions.




Wishing you all Happy Holidays and thank you for liking and supporting my works this year!

 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Kings Of Atlantis Updated!

Been a minute since I had a update on the Kings Of Atlantis resin castings and they are coming along nicely. Most of the casting on the figures are done and I'm finishing up their skull covered bases soon. The Tuttz cat 6th Prince project is still moving along and more will be revealed from it down the road as it continues to develop. Hopefully we'll see some of these guys fully painted up by years end or early next year depending on how crazy my schedule gets.

 This guy will probably be painted up as the Shadow King.

 This Purple one will be the Sea King after it's fully painted up.