Friday, July 29, 2016

Guest Artist Customs Jam / NY Comic Con!

So - it looks like the guest artist custom series is back again for the upcoming New York Comic Con in October this year. This is the first teaser for the guest list I'm building up and I'm planning to maybe expand the group list very soon. There are a few slots left and who knows what other super awesome artist will show up on it.
I had a lot of new resin releases last year for comic con that kept me busy to the last minute and I could not do the usual custom blank resin throw down. So this year we'll be at it again with some amazing returning artists from years past and some new ones and hopefully a few surprises as we go.
You can Google past comic cons or hit up the backlog on this blog site to see all the other customs that were done before and everyone ever involved have ALWAYS brought their A game and I expect no less this time around.
There is no constricting theme for this years customs jam so all the guest artists can do whatever they want and have fun with the project. All customs will be at the Argonaut Resins booth in The Block this year.

The blank resins being offered up to customize this year are the 8 inch Tuttz cats, Mini Tuttz 3.5 inch, the 5 inch Pharaoh Hound Mini's, Sucio mice and the Mariposa butterfly. There is also a few special one of a kinds thrown into the mix like a wingless Mariposa and a horned Dragonfly to make things fun. Stay tuned for a upcoming updated guest artist list and a nice surprise!


Sunday, July 17, 2016

The First New Project From TuttzWorld!

For the rest of this year I will be mainly focusing on the updated Tuttz cat brand - TuttzWorld - and it will feature a bunch of new projects with the infamous cat that put Argonaut Resins on the map. First up is a all new miro 2 inch size for the cat which I had been planing for a while now with a different approach in production. This time not only will the cat be a 3D model but it will also be printed direct on a 3D printer with no casting and molding for the first few waves.

Below are images of the process from 3D images of the .stl file of the original Tuttz Mini model (modeled by the amazingly talented Steve Talkowski) scaled down from 3.5 inches to 2 inches to the UV resin cured print with the build sprues right out the machine to the final finished tooled up micro cat. Yup, it's tiny! Maybe I'll test print a one inch Tuttz too? Want some Tuttz cat earrings? Let me know!
I wonder what it will look like with some clear sealant spray on it?
Or maybe some colorful transparent acrylic paint airbrushed on top?  Hmmm...

Up next...BUGS!!!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

3D modeling and printing?

I've always loved 3D modeling and 3D printing, in fact I used to do it almost 16 years ago before there any table top printers that are all now the rage this day and age. I taught myself how to use the Rhino modeling program back then with my old mainstream toy prototyping company and we had a old Actua 2000 3D wax printer which had decent resolution and made great physical models. So now after so many years doing everything by hand I figured it was time to dig back into the virtual world and and see if it can add to what I've doing and maybe enhance my projects. I have acquired a table top 3D printer called the Moonray that can make some high resolution models and will posting some of the projects i make with it here on this blog. The new printer prints in resin so I guess Argonaut Resins will be a round for a bit longer than I expected, but do expect the product lines to change a lot. I will still always do hand sculptures and physical fabrications but will be adding this virtual tool to my arsenal of product creation. So stay tuned and you will see some new endeavors with 3D magic.

First up is a new collectible magnet design prototype for my Tuttz cat in 3D. I tested a few sizes and thicknesses and tweaked the features on the last print. I always wanted to make the Tuttz cat packaging logo in 3D and make various things with it since it has become well known brand. Below is my 3D model of my Tuttz cat logo and some of the test prints off the Moonray printer.