Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Fresh off the press and on newsstands right now is the historical 500th edition of MAD magazine! It's packed with hilarious stuff from so many legendary writers and artists. I am honored to be a part of it!

My assignment was to sculpt Octo-Mom (aka Nadya Suleman) and I wondered if I'd make it through the job without being sick. I thought I'd finally have some use for these little plastic babies I've had lying around for years but they weren't needed in the end. Instead, I sculpted little hands and feet out of Super Sculpey, then baked them and pressed them into the giant belly made from a ball of tinfoil covered with Sculpey. I layered thin sheets of Sculpey over the hands and feet to give the 'about to burst' look. I baked her and painted her with oils.

Thank you to the beautiful minds at MAD for another sick assignment!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sir Allen Stanford

At last I can show you my sculpture of Sir Allen Stanford... yet another figure behind a dirty ponzi scheme! This piece was commissioned by Texas Monthly and is out now on news stands.

They were kind enough to include me in the contributor's section too!

Below are a couple shots of the pieces whilst it was being made.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Paul Weller

tonight we would have been going to see my favourite musician of all time, the legendary Paul Weller, play a gig at the Nokia Theater in Times Square.

Sadly his father and former manager, John Weller, was in ill health so the gig was canceled. John has since passed away. You can read many lovely tributes here:

We join the millions of Weller fans in sending our thoughts and love.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Jersey City University Workshop

It's been two days and I think I'm only just starting to recover from the amazing workshop at NJCU! It was an honor to be invited to such a wonderful University to share my process and help guide students through making a sculpted piece. These guys were the greatest group to work with! So enthusiastic and talented. Hopefully they will continue the work we started in the workshop and when they send me pictures of their finished sculptures, I will post them up here... so watch this space!
Thanks again to NJCU for having me and a special thanks to Dennis Dittrich and Kelly Cuenca for making it happen.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

busty babes!

I just finished a really juicy job that I can't wait to share with you (but I have to wait until it appears in print first). For now I can show you these little ladies that are small details from the piece.

Oh how I wish it were summer!

Friday, April 3, 2009

your questions answered

Israel C. Evans asked some great questions last week which I’ve been looking forward to answering (sorry for the delay Israel! I’ve been on deadline)

Could you tell us a bit about the paints you use and your painting technique?
I always paint faces with oil paints and usually paint bodies and clothing with acrylic.

Do you thin your paints much, and if so, with what?
Yes, I thin the oil paint with Gamsol mineral spirits and do use quite a lot of it. I like how forgiving oils are- if I make a mistake I can wipe it right off!

Do you find your paints dry quickly enough for you, or do they remain tacky for some time?
Even though most of the pieces are painted with oil, the speed with which they dry is never an issue because I am only photographing them. If it’s a private commission or a cake topper then I make sure I’ve allowed the necessary drying time before handing over the sculpture.

Do you cook your sculpey before you paint?
Yes! But I don’t follow the directions on the box. Ovens vary so much that it’s trial and error to find the right temperature and time to bake Sculpey. I set my oven to 250F and the time will depend on the thickness of the piece. I usually will bake it in stages... it’s easier to bake it some more if it’s not fully cured, but once you’ve burned it you can’t go back!

Do you keep your creations around after you've photographed and photoshopped them? If so, do you have a giant warehouse in the works?
I used to keep them around until they started to take over (they were everywhere!) When I moved from my old apartment I wanted to start fresh with no sculptures around so I put them in storage. After about a year or so of that I took them out and got rid of most of them. I don’t feel a need to hang onto them so if they are not purchased right after they are made then they sit around for a while. Maybe twice a year I’ll go through them and decide what to give away and what to smash with a hammer.

Thanks so much for your questions! I hope these answers will help you.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

T-Shirt Auction Fundraiser update

The fundraiser for Sheffield Hallam University's Contemporary Fine Art students is tomorrow, 6:30pm at the Furnival Building, Furnival Street, Sheffield.

You CAN bid on a t-shirt even if you can't make it to the auction! Just email your highest bid to and make sure you have a Paypal account.

For a sneak peak at some of the other t-shirts and a list of the artists involved please click here.