Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Robot Rumpus

On one occasion during my childhood, I attempted to construct a tin can robot. Radio Shack supplied me with all the electrical components I needed: two small white light bulbs for robot eyes, a red bulb for the nose, electrical wire, and a switcher to turn the bulbs on/off. After poking holes in the tin can head and affixing the light bulbs, I managed to get everything to light up before quitting the project altogether when I realized that was the extent of my mechanical know-how. Sadly, my little tin can robot never gained sentience.

Back in present times, my friend and musician Brett Algera commissioned me to make him a robot (this one in felt) with the intention of having our other friend and photographer Luke Eshleman photograph it for the cover of Brett's newest album. I leapt with leopard like grace into the task at hand!



Designing the robot was easy. From the episode of Gumby where he gets robots to do his chores for him to banking with Robie the coin eating robot - I spent my whole life preparing for this task.

Actually sewing the robot together piece by piece proved just as time consuming as I anticipated. It took a week to finish. A week filled with countless hours of sewing while watching what was possibly the most random assortment of movies anyone ever watched via Netflix streaming. (How random you didn't ask? At one point, I watched "Survival of the Dead" followed by "The Proposal.")

Below you'll find pictures of some of the pieces before everything was sewn together. You'll have to wait until the album cover image is taken before seeing the finished plush. It will be worth the wait!





Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Q Pop is now selling 'Hey, soupface!' plush

My friend, Chris Mitchell, recently opened an awesome store in Little Tokyo called Q Pop. If you like cool things like Thai T-shirts screen printed by hand or Japanese vinyl toys you should go to this place where you'll find those and more. The address is as follows:

128 Astronaut E S Onizuka St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Chris asked me to make some plush for the store so I made variations of old characters as well as brand new Q Pop exclusives! Here are pictures of the bulk of them.

gray-ish sassquid

bearded slug

Franklin

Straps

Trumpet

Floyd

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monsters hiding in plain sight

I think the reason nobody ever really sees Sasquatch or Nessie anymore is because they wised up and started wearing disguises.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A dead vegetable that found its second wind

Zombie zucchini adhere to the same basic rules as people zombies. Aim for the head (it's behind their face). Don't miss.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Potato Piracy on the rise once more

Question I asked myself: "How can I add spice to a spudly buccaneer who already possesses roughly a spice rack full of spiciness?"

Answer I gave myself: "Put a tiny skull on his eyepatch, dingus."

As a fan of all things tiny I implemented this solution forthwith. Behold!

Potato Pirate w/skull eyepatch modification

Monday, October 4, 2010

My kitchen table is a mess and I think you know why

Currently engaged in a massive plush making campaign. I've made about 10 pieces thus far. Some old friends. Some new ones. But I'm not going for speed here, folks. I'm trying to make things when the inspiration strikes me in the face.

My work space of the moment is the kitchen table. (Take that, Better Homes and Gardens!)

I've decided to put all of the finished plush within my old Indiana Jones satchel. Young Doug received this one Christmas by asking his parents for "a bag like the one Indiana Jones has." Sadly, this bag and the boy that I once was never set off on any adventures to rival that of the young Henry Jones, Jr. I did, however, engage in some fiery stick fights in my backyard. Many a digit was scrunched betwixt yonder poles of birch! (Translation: somebody's fingers would invariably wind up getting squashed by a stick.)

Witness the doodles in all their glory! Paper doodles! Felt doodles! Macaroni doodles! I like to think I doodle...every which way but loose.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Zombie Murder Magic mightier than thou!

My preferred method of doodling these days? In Photoshop using my FAVORITE tool: the pencil tool. I love the blocky, lines of pixels that in no way resemble drawing with a pencil. There's a gentle ugliness to every picture produced in this fashion. Though I suppose it helps when you're drawing things like monsters, blue zombies, and deformed power men...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tres Power Men

They will put a hurt on you.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Push!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Punch!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Smash!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Indianapolis James and the Temple of Monkeys

In true Indiana Jones fashion, I've excavated some old storyboards drawn for a project I planned as a kid. It was to be an extreme homage to the man with a hat.





Always one to bite off more than I could chew, I only shot the first four panels of page 1. Those scans above and the fight scene linked below are all that remain of what would've amounted to the greatest love letter to my boyhood/manhood hero ever conceived.

Adventure Monkey

Friday, July 2, 2010

Straw Berry Belly Time

My latest stop motion video is finally online. Check it out!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Cthulhuchador

An ancient one has awoken from his slumber! And he needs a cup of coffee that's black as a moonless night or he's gonna start scissor kicking some people's faces!

Made by request for a luchador loving friend.




Wednesday, April 7, 2010

a Ghost


Holy mackerel! A Ghost! Your internet is haunted!

I made and posted this spirit to Etsy the other day. It has since been sold. I'll need to make another.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Quilt Squares

Here are the squares I entered into the GR2 show. Plus 2 bonus squares I gave people as gifts!

Sassquid Love

Bluebeard

Boxtopus Attack

Nose Eating Monster

Blue Hand Man

The next two are the bonus squares that I didn't enter into the show. I gave this one to Katie. It's based on a character she drew which she told me she really liked. I liked it too.

Bone Creature designed by Katie Larkin

And this last square was given to my sister for her birthday. She makes sweet "crazy" quilts herself. So I gave her a crazy man quilt square.

Your Dad Is Scary

Patchwork Show Opening Night

doug

The group show I'm in at GR2 opened this past Saturday. It was awesome seeing my stuff displayed in a gallery I frequent. My friend, Tim, was on hand to take photos.

Here's a link to his Flickr page with photos from the event:

Patchwork Showcase

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Straw Berry Belly

That is the title of my latest stop motion video which I made as the first in a little series of videos. I finished shooting it in November, but sound related issues have kept me from finishing it. (Those issues being my intense dislike for recording/editing sound.) However, I have set myself to finishing this so I can forge ahead with the series!

Here are two of the characters involved:

grey fellow

bluebeard

Friday, February 26, 2010

Giant Robot 2 group show in LA


I haven't had much to post in the past couple of weeks, but with good reason! I'm part of a group show at GR2 and I've been working tirelessly night and day on my pieces.

Above is the postcard Giant Robot printed to advertise the show. Happily, my name is on there (Douglas Gauthier).

Below I've linked to their Flickr page which includes the press release they put out about Patchwork. If you're in LA on March 13th come to the opening!

Patchwork art exhibition

Friday, February 19, 2010

Beachcomber

This is a creepy beachcomber person I sold on Etsy recently.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sleepy Monster

I'm keen on this monster's expression. He seems a little out of it.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Purple Person

This is a purple person. He is waiting for somebody to find him on Etsy.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Study/Blue/Smiles

custom green Study Bunny

Blue Vermin

Roger Smiles