We had a great time at Monsterpalooza, with friends old and new. Here are some of the highlights from our time with this year’s community of creature creators.
We also got to visit with artists we've loved for a long time, and fantastic new acquaintances, like Miss Monster, soon to be based in Los Angeles.
We loved seeing our tutorial video, Sculpting the Female Figure in Cx5s, over at Stan Winston School of Character Arts, and I got a chance to do a demo for their live Monster Show on hot sculpting, detailing with the Beane Detailing Tip, hot sanding, and building up a form without an armature. Keep an eye out for the second half of the tutorial series, which they'll be releasing this summer.
There were some very impressive sculptures this year, including the new Court of the Dammed figures from Sideshow Collectibles, and Nick Marra's sculpture of Gunslinger from Westworld. The ever impressive Mike Hill had a new, particularly vicious sculpture on display; the Wolfman.
A personal favorite moment for me was getting to meet a young artist named Bella - you may have heard of her, since her story of reaching out to Rick Baker and getting his encouragement to follow her dreams in special effects and makeup went viral last year. I'm inspired not only by her enthusiasm and wonderful story, but also by her mom, Jesse Meriwether, who is helping her follow her dreams every step of the way. I remember being eight years old and fascinated by special effects, and that love has never gone away. Keep sculpting, Bella!
We had an amazing time this year, and loved getting to meet so many great people. You can check out our Monsterpalooza gallery for more photos, and we'll be back for Son of Monsterpalooza on September 18-20th. See you then!