Mar 13, 2009

Robert the Marine, 1991

It's a picture of me on a hilltop in Korea, when I was an active duty Marine.  That's the DMZ behind me, and The Evil Kingdom Of North Korea in the hills beyond.  You can't tell, but I was ironically smoking a cigar in the style of George Peppard.  Because it seemed like the right thing to do.  I still have the boots, but lost the boot knife in a move a long time ago.

We didn't get ammo for our weapons, and in the event of war, we had no plan except "meet up with the Marines from 1st Radio Battalion in Pusan" -- which was hundreds of miles away.  Our unofficial plan was to steal the Navy van and trade it for a boat, then make way for Japan.

This was all during the ground war for the first Gulf War, and if ever there was an opportune time for them to "come south" that was it.  A lot of our guys were in the gulf, the North still had some resources with which to attack (gas, oil, etc.) and it was winter.  So there was a lot of paranoia on our side of the border -- mostly generated by folks who didn't get to go to the actual "current" war and hoping for some fun in our part of the world. :)

Mar 12, 2009

Mar 11, 2009

Paper, Paper, Paper

Apparently I'm known for doing fun stuff with paper -- I was asked to show up at Studio Bricolage for their Paper night and maybe show some stuff, say some stuff, hang out and be a paper nerd.  Sounds great to me!  So I'm gathering together some of my works to show and/or bring.  I've built literally hundreds of models, so it's tough to pick just a few.

All of the objects on these pages are composed of paper and glue.  No nails, no wood, no tape.  Paper and glue.  (Except the camera, I used real fabric for the bellows..)

Here are a select few:

A nice optical illusion.  Was really tough to glue the parts that defy physics..

A chinese dragon automata, always loved the wood look on this one:
The sandcrawler from Star Wars:
R2-D2, upsized from a model that originally stood about two inches tall.
Doctor Johnson's house, from the post-war Micromodels series from the 50's.
A "Hako" version of the Discovery, from 2001
P-51 lightning.
Actual working bellows camera.  35mm with a pinhole "lens" it actually took some decent pictures for what it was.  If only I could find those.. :)

Mar 8, 2009

Alley Cat

For the Kingfield art show, my very first "official" art submission!

Show gallery can be found here.

Valentine's Scissors Fob

Made this for Jill this year.  Quick and easy but not so simple to make on the sly!