Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fred's head

Sorry about any self pity cry baby crap you might read..........I've been at this stuff a long time and it gets frustrating working a crap job by day and doing this on the side. I guess a lot of people are in the same spot as me. So besides spending the whole weekend at the job, heres what I did manage to do this weekend....... I did some work on Swamp Thing I developed a technique on how to sculpt Fred's hair. I just can't wait until these busts are done. Also I'm starting a Metaluna Mutant bust (from This Island Earth). Still waiting for the supplies to finish Pumpkinhead.

Below are rough pics of Fred Sanford still a work in progress.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pumpkin Project Update

Yesterday on my day off from the job I went Reelmagik's studio to make the mold for my Pumpkinhead mini bust. Jesse and David were working to fill orders and took the time to help me. Taking the silicone mold was new for me, in the past I made mostly masks or puppets, so taking a mold for a bust was new territory. From the looks of it, it looks like it captured a lot of the detail that I sculpted. Now I'm waiting for more supplies so I can make my first resin bust.

(All thats left of the Pumpkinhead sculpt after pulling it out of the mold. Kinda funny that his face is pretty much intact.)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Johnny vs Ultra-Detail

The other night I was talking to Mary about my Swamp Thing bust and how I have, in my opinion, a lot more to do. Mary asked me how that could be, she told me she thought it looked fine and couldn't imagine what else I had to do with it. For me detail has always been my obsession. When I used to draw I was never concerned with color, I wanted my drawings to be full of detail so they would look good in black and white. With sculpting it took a long time to learn how to adapt my drawing style to clay...........I think I have taken my first real steps in achieving just that. I am striving for ultra-detail with each piece I do. I want my sculptures to stand out either fully painted or in one color. Now that I have focus and I'm not bogged down with dreams and thoughts of filmmaker stuff like wanting to write, direct, edit, and do FX, my only focus is detailing my work. I want my artwork to look good up close and from a distance. Now that I'm working on only busts, each under 7 inches, it is extremely important that I take the time to learn how to ultra-detail each thing I do from this point on. I will not let myself find satisfaction in my work, I will look at each piece as a lesson on how to make the next one better. The following pics are still rough, but this is the path I'm taking with my work now. From Swamp Thing forward I will ultra-detail each piece in a way that best expresses the character in my mind and how I see it through my "artsy fartsy" filter.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Night Breed The Cabal Cut

I wasn't going to use this blog to do movie reviews, but today me and my girlfriend Mary were lucky enough to view a screening of Clive Barkers: Night Breed The Cabal Cut. Since I was a teenager Night Breed was one of those special films that changed my life and my view on horror and fantasy. It was a film overflowing with SPFX make up and monsters, it had adventure and a love story, but most of all it opened my mind and imagination to a world where monsters are heroes and humans are the real monsters. Clive did in two films (Hellraiser and Night Breed) what public school tried for years to do, Clive got me reading. I don't want to give any spoilers or ruin this blog with reviews that I'm not fit to write, but this film is very special to me. If you are a fan of the book Cabal or a fan of Night Breed in its current film version, please treat yourself to a viewing of the The Cabal Cut. Basically it flesh's out the characters we already love, changes the fate of some, and adds about an hour of never before seen footage. To read more about it go to:

(Below are some cool wallpapers I found on that site)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Coming soon....

My girlfriend Mary suggested that I let visitors to the blog know that I am working toward finishing up the mini busts and eventually putting them up for sale. Pumpkinhead is going to be molded very soon and then I will do a test paint on him. Swamp Thing is coming along nicely, and Fred Sanford will be my focus after Swamp Thing. As a starving artist that has a full time job (not in the art field, more like retail) I am working on these projects in my free time. I'll keep everyone up to date on my progress.

(I'm shocked that people are interested in purchasing some of my work, its very flattering to me.)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"The swamp's a very dangerous place at night...."

Im getting excited cause I only have one more double to work at the job and I can get back to sculpting Swamp Thing. I got my dvds out and I'm getting ready let my neurotic obsessing go to work. I'm liking what I'm doing with this bust and I can't wait to have it finished and on display on my dvd shelf.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Shoes For Johnny memories

Recently I ran into Kevin Regan and Joel Rickenbach at the Colonial Theater screening of Poltergeist. I haven't seen Kevin in a long time and he brought up something that I hadn't thought about in years. A long time ago me and Kevin started working out ideas for a project called Shoes For Johnny. It came about when I needed new shoes for an office job I got, Kevin gave me shoes cause I was broke. My version of the film was gonna be like Freaked, it had stop motion monsters and all kinds of whacky stuff. Kevin and Joel wrote a version of the script that was more set in this world, and it was a happy (sorta) love story. Kevin asked me to do clown make up in the film and I jumped at the chance. I wanted to do a greaser clown with plastic looking hair like the two greasers from the old MTV commercials. I think the two characters were in Dog Boy from Liquid Television. So as the story goes, I blew off a trip to Hawaii with my family to make this clown make up. For me that was normal (not Hawaii in general, just skipping family vacations.....even though my parents saved for years for that trip), I blew off a lot to do art stuff, I'd rather make fun stuff, who wants to go to hawaii anyway?

Working on Swamp Thing

Since Im working doubles for the next two days at my real job, yesterday I wanted to get a lot done. I spent most of the morning creating a wooden reusable frame for the silicone mold for Pumpkinhead. After lunch I wanted to get sculpting and work out the shape for the sides of my Swamp Thing bust and create an interesting look for his back. I can already tell I'm going to obsess over this bust. Swamp Thing is such an interesting character, he leaves a lot of room for creative freedom.

Monday, August 13, 2012


Watching Jaws 3 while detailing Swamp Thing. My girlfriend Mary has been so excited about the release of the Jaws bluray that it got me wanting to watch my favorite Jaws sequel.

Puppets and Props

Check out my Pages (side of blog) for Step by Step- Making puppets and props for Wasted Footage.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Get Ready for Freddy (step by step guide)

In the pages tab to side of my blog I'm making a step by step section showing you some of the projects I've done start to finish. I'm starting out with the Freddy Demon mask I made a couple years ago. This was a fun project for me because it was one of the first things I did after being outta practice for a while. It was a lot of fun to sculpt and gives you a little look at how I work from start to finish. I always liked when other artists did this and since I have a ton of pics I thought it would be fun to share them.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Look at the side tabs

I've been working on updating the side pages. Eventually I will have a caption under ever picture. Each thing I did was a stepping stone to where I am now. I'm very happy with how far I've come as a sculptor and ever other medium I used was a fun experiment in finding what I truly love.

Friday, August 10, 2012

2 mini busts I'm working on now

 I made a Swamp Thing mask in roughly 2002 (its in the Old Portfolio tab), I wasn't that happy with it and I knew I wanted to revisit Swamp Thing when I got a little better sculpting.
Redd Foxx is one the funniest people ever to walk the earth. Sanford and Son to me is the funniest show ever. So I had to have a Fred Bust (mostly cause I cant find too much Sanford and Son stuff, besides the T-shirts I bought). This is my first likeness ( coming from a cartoon backround I know this bust will not be dead on but filtered through my style ), so be nice I know its not perfect.

Both Swamp Thing and Fred are still far from being finished, I'll keep you up to date as I get further along.


Just finished scuplting this yesterday.

Pics will be to the right

In the side tabs I will be making pages of pics and video. Up now is my portfolio til age 25 (1998-2005). I will be adding descriptions to the pics.


This blog is under construction. If you wanna look at my old blog its at
This new blog will focus on my art work....make up, paintings, sculptures, drawings, video, ton of stuff. You can look at my art on Instagram, follow me at jtatarellijr.