After all too many years of planning, the very first in a series of cryptozoological wonders has been completed and is now available as an 8 piece, all resin model kit. I bring you: The Loch Ness Monster, Scotland’s most famous mystery animal and perhaps the most well known of all cryptids.
This is the first in a series that I call “Crypto Legends” which will grow to a proposed line of twelve different sculptures spotlighting some of the most elusive and unusual creatures that have been witnessed around the globe.
Each animal in this series has been researched by me for decades utilizing all means of printed, audio and film reference including dozens of books, magazines, newspaper articles, video documentaries, radio reports and interviews and in some cases personal interviews with actual eyewitnesses. I have in all cases attempted to weigh the information from every source and extract only the most reputable accounts and descriptions in order to conceptualize my final designs for the beasts. What remains vague still after piecing trustworthy details together, I have attempted to fill in with my imagination. In any event the majority of what I am presenting is not a splash of pure whimsy but rather a sincere attempt to present an accurate portrayal of creatures often encountered but not yet accepted as real by the scientific community.
The kits are presented in a “desk top” size so that they are not overpowering and yet not insignificant for display. Not all the creatures will have a continuity of scale thru out the line as very small or large beasts I feel would force some depictions to extreme dimensions and price ranges. I am rather offering a line that will feel consistent in overall mass and price them accordingly.
This series will not find completion overnight but my intent is to work on one creature at a time and release it as a model kit when it is ready. These creations are not intended to be churned out at break neck speed but perhaps one every few months with as much attention to detail and design as the subject demands.
As with the Loch Ness Monster, each new creature will be presented in a location specific environment with base terrain and scattered elements to establish a sense of the animal’s true scale.
Additionally the sub-base beneath the terrain will act as the introduction of not only the most common name given the beast, but also it’s nickname and several other less common, local or traditional names.
Welcome to the world of the “Crypto Legends”!
Its happening again and looks to be even bigger and more exciting than last time.
On the weekend of March 22, 23 & 24, 2013 Resintopia 2 returns to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fairfield, New Jersey.
I’ll be there and will be premiering a few brand new model kits, one of which is: The Loch Ness Monster. This is the first in a series of mystery animals I am releasing under the banner “Crypto Legends”.
At this moment I am franticly casting up a batch of these shy Scottish lake denizens along with a couple other surprises which I’ll unveil at the show.
If you plan on attending, please stop by the Moondevil Studio table and say hello.
Only a few weeks back I was a guest again at yet another summer GK show in the great state of New Jersey. JerseyFest.
This time it was presented by Dave Tomarchio who is no stranger to putting on a hobby event. For a good six years Dave had held Jerseyfest in his home with a faithful following of fans attending each year till the attendance grew bigger than his house could hold.
This year brought a move to the Rider University Campus where there was plenty of room for everything.
There were vendors galore, sculptors aplenty, seminars and displays and an incredible model contest and art show highlighted by the majestic paintings of my old friend Daniel Horne who is without a doubt an amazing artist who’s work needs to be seen in person to truly appreciate it.
I put on a sculpting seminar/ Q & A session which went quite well with a darn good attendance of modelers intent on picking up as many tips as could be thrown out into the room. Here I showed works in progress along with displaying some older prototypes from the 80’s & 90’s to give folks a chance to see and actually handle original sculptures from the early GK days.
One particular modeler upon seeing my original “Tremors” sculpture told me it was his grail kit and so I handed him the actual piece to hold and scrutinize. He seemed happy to handle the original sculpture and his enjoyment really made my day. That’s just one of the great things about being at a show, meeting the dedicated fans who have purchased, built, painted or only admired artwork I was responsible for doing.
I always enjoy having dialog with anyone wanting to ask a question or share a story involving the hobby and Jerseyfest was definitely terrific gathering spot for making the community strong.
I look forward to attending the next Jerseyfest in September 2013.