Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mini Tuttz and a Argo Company Update!

The last wave of Tuttz Mini's are going up in the online STORE in the next few days. The theme is a outer space one with sparkly fun Nebula styles, mints and cleartints.
I've also been busy working on a big project with indie publisher Xmoor Studios where I plan to tell the Tuttz cat story in comic book form so stay tuned for some major updates on that. I was also going to end this blog and set up a new one with the new project but a lot of collectors and followers asked for me to keep everything in one place, so I'll keep posting here for a while longer. I've also acquired a 3D printer and have been making some sculptures in a new 3D program I learned over the last month to raise my collectibles concept bar to another level. The 3d printer prints in resin so I guess Argonaut Resins will hang around a weee bit longer - but, change is definitely coming and if you see some of my other pages lately a lot teasers have popped up showing some of it.
Apologies on the late post, but, you will see why when I start revealing more of what's been keeping me so busy behind the scenes.

Hang around, I'm sure you'll be happy you did.








Monday, April 4, 2016

Mariposa Blank DIYs!

Now available in the online STORE are the blank white DIY Mariposa butterfly resins in a very limited run releasing for a limited time only. The two part chubby winged bug figurine will be shipped with a 4 piece sticker pack of matching die-cut vinyl butterflies and will go for $40 mailed in the US, (all overseas orders will be emailed direct for proper costs). There will also be some colorful gem eyes of the buyers choice included with each order. The bug body is 2 inches in height and the tip of the wingspan is 4.5 inches in height.







Friday, March 18, 2016

Piragua Fuego Is Live!

The Piragua Fuego 5 inch tall resin cast custom series is painted by artist/sculptor/creator Eric Nocella Diaz and they will be limited to 3 pieces worldwide and are now available in the online STORE.
The painted top section is cast in cleartint resin and the bottom is cast in a solid resin painted in metallic pearlized paint. Each Piragua will come signed and numbered on their bottoms and with a custom die-cut vinyl 5 piece colorful Piragua sticker pack.





Friday, March 4, 2016

Yin Yang Pharaoh Hound Minis Are A Go!

Pre-orders for the five inch tall resin cast Yin Yang custom painted Mini Pharaoh Hound are now open starting today, March 4th. 
The series will be limited to only ten sets worldwide, and will be signed and numbered on their bottoms by creator/artist/sculptor Eric Nocella Diaz.  These black and white hounds match the sold out 3.5 inch Tuttz mini cat Yin Yang series that were released last year.

The two piece black and white Hound sets will go for $85 shipped in the US and all overseas orders will be emailed directly for proper shipping costs. This new series can be purchased in the online store - http://argonautresins.bigcartel.com/






Saturday, February 20, 2016

Toy Fair 2016 Recap

The annual traditional style live sculpt demo in The Creative Factor booth for the TIA at Toy Fair NYC was big fun and a blast this year. Many attendees were able to see me working on a twelve inch action figure sculpture live based off of my Tuttz cat and Pharaoh Hound characters for all four days in section C1. It was nice to meet a lot of new people, catch up with old toy friends and talk toy shop during the four day event at the Javitts Center. I was able to take a few breaks from live sculpting and run around inside the show and take some pictures of all the awesome new toys coming out from all the major companies. This years demo project required some before hand prep work on a large toy concept that included digging up some of my old resin cast articulation parts and combining them with a few prototype CG modeled pieces (see previous post below) for a complex under frame for me sculpt over. I also fabricated some weapon accessories in styrene plastic for the action figure to hold to make the live sculpt presentation more dynamic for the viewers who were passing by during the event. This was my twelfth year doing the live demo and probably the best one so far since it's inception early on by The Creative Factor.







Big huge thanks to The Creative Factor head honcho Brett Klisch who invites me every year to Toy Fair to do the traditional sculpt demos, much appreciated! Below are the results of the four days of traditional sculpting on a twelve inch action figure prototype with a Super Sculpey mix of regular soft beige and firm gray polymer clay. I used the Sculpey clay this time because it was fast to work in and it doesn't dry out so I had time to sculpt and talk with all visitors who stopped by and asked questions about the project and traditional toy sculpting.

 Check out some of the super awesome toys coming out later this year from the show floor.



 Stephen from Plastikitty fame came by and sculpted with me at the live demo this year with Benny of Tenacious Toys fame taking photos. These guys are super awesome!






I hope all the folks who came by or passed by enjoyed the live sculpt demo at the toy show - see you all next year!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Toy Fair 2016! **2nd UPDATE!**

I will be at Toy Fair this year on Feb. 13th - 16 (Sat. - Tues.) doing my annual live sculpt demo with The Creative Factor.
Come sculpt with me if you're visiting the show or in the Javitts Center area as you won't need a show badge to access the area I will be set up at by the downstairs escalators (same popular spot as the last 2 years). This years live sculpt demo project will be a action figure made from scratch as I return to my old school toy sculpting roots. So come on by and sling some clay with me, talk shop and if you bring some snacks, coffee and treats that will be a big huge plus! What character will this all new action figure be? Watch below and check this blogsite regularly all the way to Toy Fair as I will update it and show all of the prep work buildup images of the under frame for the sculpt. I will sculpt the outer shell over the articulations all four days at Toy Fair so come on down and help me out!
Can you guess who this character will be? Here are some WIP shots to get you guessing...

**SECOND UPDATE!**
Surprise!!!
The plan is to also make a warrior Pharaoh Hound action figure as a counterpart to the Tuttz cat toy prototype. Although I ran out of my oldschool articulation parts some of the pieces I do have ready can be swapped onto both character bodies. I'll explain all this mix and match stuff at the live demo sculpt this weekend at Toy Fair. The Pharaoh Hound toy accessories will be a long spear and a shorter blade weapon fabricated in the styrene plastic.




 *UPDATED!* 
Here is the streamlined WIP underframe looking more skeletal and ready to be sculpted over as a Tuttz cat warrior action figure! Also shown are the custom accessories fabricated in styrene sheets that will be a battle sword and hook action tail. The control art I drew up for the outer shell design that will sculpted during my live demo at Toy Fair will be posted up soon.
Guess what's coming up next too? A surprise...you know I always have a ace up my sleeve in the form of a surprise. Watch for it!





WIPs 1 through 5 show the control art I drew up to layout the articulated under frame, some of the articulations that will be used and how it will all be glued and puttied together. Items used so far are aluminum armature wire, Magic Sculpt air dry putty, glue, steel dowel rods and articulations.