Archive for ‘Shows’

March 6, 2013

Molly Cottontail Puppet

Despite my long-lived passion for puppetry and toy theater, I haven’t made many of my own puppets, and none of them were very sophisticated. Recently, however, all that changed when I ran into Andy Furgeson of Red Yarn Puppetry, a local one-man wunderkind whose folk music/puppetry/education performances are growing steadily in popularity in the Portland area.  He needed a new character for his pantheon and no time to make it, so I stepped in to create Molly Cottontail, the female counterpart to his main character Bob Rabbit.  I’m completely stoked that I managed to whip her out in just three days, considering that I’d never made a moving-mouth puppet before, and I hadn’t even busted out my sewing machine in a couple years.  My dog loves her, too.

photo 1

I started with measurements from the pre-existing Bob Rabbit and sort of winged the rest.  Andy and I decided that she should be a lighter color than Bob and have rounder ears, but he left the rest up to me.  To make her, I used faux fur, reclaimed upholstery velvet swatches, felt, deerskin, floral wire, found plastic sheeting, and corduroy. She’s stuffed with polyfill and rice, to make her feet heavy.

molly cottontail


I had a blast making her, and now that I’ve learned how to make moving-mouth puppets, the sky’s the limit!

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February 21, 2013

Background Color Studies

Good:a Gallery in North Portland’s historic Mississippi District recently asked me to do the flyer art for their Star Wars-themed group show in May. I think it turned out pretty good, considering the six-day deadline.  I’ve been trying to think of a piece to do for the show itself and I’m really into ewoks right now.  Even though I’m still not sure what I want to do with them specifically, I tried out some color studies and backgrounds on my ArtStudio iPad app with a new stylus I picked up at Walgreens for fifteen bucks. Damn things work great!

ewok pencils

ewok bakcgrounds

November 27, 2012

Send in the Clowns

This is a quick piece I did for Scott Foster’s Good gallery’s most recent group show. There were some really amazing pieces this time! I knew Scott was going to dress up in full clown regalia, so I stopped by the party store before the opening and bought a dozen red foam clown noses. We put them in a bowl next to the wine and they were a huge hit. My pug clown’s nose was a real pompom that I glued onto him.

February 20, 2012


One of the funnest projects I’ve worked on at Bent Image Lab was this skit for the IFC hit “Portlandia.”  Our team in the art department was small and extraordinarily talented and we had a blast making these four puppets.  I got to try out a ton of new stuff like sculpting (I made all the tails), costume design (the trucker caps and gold bling), and I helped out the armature makers a lot on the mouse.  We even used real rabbit fur to flock the rats’ bodies.  This sort of thing makes me thank my lucky stars that I can go to work every day and play with art.

Portlandia Zero-Packaging Grocery Store

July 19, 2011


Wow, I’ve been horrible at updating this blawg since summer started.  I’m waiting for my Mac to come back from the shop to post my sketch dump, but in the meantime, here are some work-in-progress photos of a piece I did for a group show at work with the theme of “Ghosts.”

April 27, 2011

Watercolor Flashback!

I found out recently that my first art teacher, the incredible Satoko Motouji, completed the permanent installation of six watercolor paintings at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, one of which was mine (the green one in the middle).  The pieces were intended to celebrate the diversity of the student body at LCC and were completed during her spring 2007 Intermediate Watercolor class.  The models were fellow students.  Satoko saw this project through for three and a half years after we’d left the school, and I’m really grateful to her for her determination.  Thanks, Satoko!  They look awesome.

January 25, 2011

Robot Love Finals

Here they are!  The show starts on the 4th (I think) at the Good gallery on NE Skidmore & Mississippi, here in Portland.  It’s curated by a roarin’ great sculptor named Scott Foster that I met during my internship at the local animation studio Bent Image Lab.  Good has a couple of really promising group show themes coming up, so check them out.


“I Got You a Present!” Watercolor, 6×4″


“If You Want Something Done Right…” Watercolor, 8.5×11″


Watercolor, 9×12″


I couldn’t think of a non-corny title for that last one.  Any ideas?