Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Movie Time!

For Intermediate Video class this semester, we've been working on a series of "Call and Response" videos for RISD.tv, our online video site. The idea of the series is that we each upload a 30-second video, and then respond to one another's videos with another 30-second video and so forth. This one was my first submission, based on the classic metaphor "a man's home is his castle". Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I'm about to head off trick-or-treating with a large group of friends, so this will be brief. This is my Halloween costume this year: a Victorian-era vampire! I've been focusing a lot on my films and on the fetus project, so this was a quick one but I'm really pleased with how it came out!
Please be sure to view the full image to see all of the wonderful vein detail in the makeup! More pictures soon.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Look What I Did to Kate...

...she was a very cooperative model for my makeup test!

Also, I still have MANY FETUSES FOR SALE!!! E-mail me at fogel.andrew@gmail.com if interested!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fetus for Sale!

Wow, it's been quite some time now, hasn't it? Sorry to everyone for the long gap in my posts. I really have no excuse, but now I once again hope to get on top of posting at least somewhat regularly. I think the problem is that I hate posting incomplete work, and it often takes me quite a while to complete anything. Anywho, on to the matter at hand: fetuses.

Another view of the fetuses:

Yes, that's right. I've spent the past few weeks making a large group of six-legged mutant mammal fetuses in jars. I had created these curiosities with hopes to sell them at the Alumni and Student Art Sale here at the Rhode Island School of Design, last weekend. As the case may be, I produced sixteen of the little buggers but sold only one. Thank you Rob Hummel.

A less interesting but clearer-looking photograph of one specimen:

So, now I find myself with a handful of mutated fetuses in jars. If you are interested in purchasing one of said fetuses, please do not hesitate to contact me. They will cost $30 USD each, although if I get a lot of responses, I might be able to lower the price.
I can be contacted at fogel.andrew@gmail.com for anybody interested in owning one of these incredible oddities, if you are interested in commissioning a different sort of creature, or if you have questions about anything at all. They are a wonderful desktop conversation piece, perfect for any home, and they make an excellent gift!

Fetus, sans jar to show detail:

Friday, August 10, 2007

Oh, Nose!

Sorry for the horrible pun in the title... I couldn't think of anything else really.

Anyway, on to the business at hand - Kate's wonderful costume at the Labyrinth Masquerade, and the makeup job I did as part of it. As some of you might know, I've been interning at American Makeup and Effects this summer, so I've picked up a lot of skills in terms of creating special effects makeup. So, both as a favor to Kate and as a way to experience the process of designing and creating a makeup effect from start to finish, I did this for her:

For those of you who don't know how something like this is made, I'll explain the steps. First, we did a lifecast of Kate's nose, using alginate (kinda like the stuff they mold your teeth with when you go to the dentist). This gives us a negative mold of the nose.

Next I poured ultra-cal (a really fine cement-like compound) to make a stone positive of the nose.

On top of the positive, I sculpted a plasteline clay version of what I wanted the nose appliance to look like. Then, I made another ultra-cal mold from the sculpt before destroying the sculpt and removing all of the clay from the positive. This creates a negative space where the clay used to be, between the two parts.

I mixed a silicone compound called 3rd Degree and put it between the two parts of the mold, thus forming it into the appliance. I applied it with a silicone-based adhesive called Telesis and I airbrushed white Temptu Dura makeup onto Kate's body. The little bolts were made of a lightweight resin and the rust drips were with Mehron metallic and precious gem powders. Finally, there was a light misting of a Skin Illustrator platinum colored makeup to give the whole thing a kind of shiny look.

The finished outfit and makeup:

Sunday, July 22, 2007

A Fantastic Masquerade

My apologies to everybody who has been waiting to see the photos from the Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball on July 14th... There's really been not a moment to rest, as after the event I immediately swung into high gear to finish up my attire for Comic-Con International in San Diego this weekend.

Another piece of news is that I now have a domain name, http://www.baronvonfogel.net/ ! I'm still working on constructing the website so for now the URL forwards directly to this very blog. If you're visiting for the first time, I haven't got a portfolio or anything set up, so feel free to look through the archives of this blog. I tend to post most things I feel are worth sharing with the world. Enjoy!

Anyway, here are some photos from the ball:

First, here I am displaying my new bionic arm! (Detailed post to come)

...and flanked by some very fine Steampunk Gentlemen:

With the lovely Katherine, whose makeup I did for the event. This photo was taken by the wonderful Neil Girling, an tall and lanky eccentric with a bowler hat, goggles, and camera. His work can be viewed at www.theblight.net if you're interested in seeing more from the ball.
I will post some detailed photos of Kate's costume and makeup after I return from Comic Con International in San Diego!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Z-DAY 2007 Video

Here it is, ladies and gentleman... the Z-DAY 2007 video. Scroll down to see some more photos from the event. The video was edited by the wonderful Casey Hallen and shot by her, Bennett Springsteel, Sarah Tricker, and Peter "Awesome Peter" Lefferts. Hope you enjoy!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must return to my laboratory where I am completing construction on my bionic aether-powered arm attachment.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Sisyphus v2.0

Hey everybody! I do apologize for the lack of posts during the past month, but it's because I have been so busy with projects that I didn't have time to post them. So, in the next couple of weeks there will be a barrage of all sorts of fun and exciting things. To start, here's the video of my robot animation, done for my stop motion animation final project this past semester. Enjoy!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Robots in space!

Here is a shot of the puppets and set that I made for my final puppet animation project. It's a re-telling of the myth of Sisyphus, but on a moon. With robots.

View the full version of the picture to see the puppet detail... Both are made from wire, balsa, and epoxy putty. I'll get the video uploaded soon.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

I'm currently in the midst of a hellish week of finals, and it's been about 30 hours since I've slept at all, but I've got a moment to spare while I'm at work so I figured I'd post some recent work.

This is the video of the animation that I did for my Intro to Puppet Animation course with the Jabberwock puppet that I showed a few posts ago. The video was a collaboration with Jon Betz, who created and animated the spaceman character. Sorry about the poor video quality, but it's better than nothing. Enjoy!

Monday, May 07, 2007

How's that for a slice of fried gold?

Here they are, folks! More Z-DAY 2007 photos for your viewing pleasure. I'll have some albums with hundreds of photos in them pretty soon, but I'm waiting for my photographers to get me high resolution copies. Anyway, you got to see the group photo in the last post, so here are some nice shots that highlight individual zombies.

Yours truly as a wedding zombie. I digitally enhanced the eyes.

My beautiful zombie girlfriend Kate Walsh.

The lovely Claire Hummel as a Prom Queen Zombie ("Prombie" if you will).

The amazing and alliterative Alex Austin as a homeless apocalypse prophet zombie.

Matt Cavallaro as Dr. Zombie, M.D.
Photos by Andrew Fogel, Kelly Berg, Michelle Yoon, and Hiromi Ueyoshi.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

We're coming to get you, Barbara....

Last night was the second annual Z-DAY at RISD here in Providence. You might ask, "what, exactly, is Z-DAY?" Well, I think that this photo should pretty much answer that question:

That's right! I organized a massive army of the undead! Last year's group was great, with around 35 zombies, but this year we had a whopping 140 in attendance! We had an amazing time terrorizing the neighborhood and wreaking havoc on the campus of our neighboring college, Brown University. Anyway, this is just a sneak preview. I'll post more photos and videos as I get them!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves...

So, it's been quite a while since I posted on here, but here it is, an update!

This semester I'm taking an amazing Puppet Animation class, and for one of our projects I built this puppet. It's a Jabberwock, based on the Lewis Carroll poem, complete with jaws that bite and claws that catch!

The puppet is built from a wire armature around a bass wood core with brass tubing. The exterior is made of foam, with a layer of nylon stretched over it and a few coats of latex and acrylic paint. The head is sculpey.

Hopefully I'll upload the video of the animation I did with him sometime soon. Until then, you can check out these photos of the puppet!

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Creature Creations: Part 4 - Final Creature

After many weeks of hard work, it is my pleasure to present to you...


Behold, these amazing denizens of the deep!

Watch as Dakkar struggles with the fiendish Herbert!

Notice the bizarre breathing apparatus on Dakkar's back!

Dakkar's first public appearance in Providence, RI.

More photos will be posted soon.

Dakkar was created during a six week course called "Creature Creation Workshop" at the Rhode Island School of Design, in association with the Big Nazo Lab. He is constructed of various types of foam, covered in a mixture of liquid latex and acrylic paint. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or to e-mail Baron von Fogel.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Creature Creations: Part 3 - Preview Continued

My creature is almost complete! All I have left to do is a bit of painting and detail work, and a brown jumpsuit to go underneath the armor elements. Though I'm still going to withhold showing a head-to-toe shot until I am entirely done, here is one of my early concept sketches. The finished creature looks somewhat like this:The colors will be slightly different, but this gives you a general idea of what he's going to look like.

These are the creature's hands. The finished version will probably have a bit more in terms of striped markings on the backs of the hands. The webbing between the fingers will also be a little bit darker.

The color on the "metal" parts will probably have some greenish copper rust elements or maybe some dark green spots of lichen.

Anyway, the costume should be done sometime this week, so I'll post full-body shots soon.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Creature Creations: Part 2 - Sneak Preview

For the past few weeks I have been toiling away for hours and hours every day in the Big Nazo Lab here in Providence, as part of the Creature Creation Workshop course I am enrolled in. Here is a sneak preview of the what I have been making. To give just a hint of context, the creature puppet costume I'm making is a sort of steampunk fish-man who wears a metal suit to allow him to travel above the surface so he can explore dry land. Check it out:

Partially completed leg pieces, made out of 1/2 inch blue ester foam.

A leg piece a little while later: foam bolts attached, some areas covered with a layer of nylon, and the whole thing sprayed with a thin coat of spray glue, to seal it.

Last but not least, a shot of the creature's back at the same stage in the process (foam construction, nylon, and glue). The two holes you see are sockets for short lengths of tubing that will connect from the back to the chest, as a sort of breathing apparatus.

That's all I'm giving away at the moment, but keep checking for more updates. After a coat of latex and then a nice paint job, the creature should be complete shortly.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Creature Creations: Part 1

This semester I'm taking a course called "Creature Creation Workshop" in which we construct full-body foam rubber creature puppets. It's most definitely the coolest class ever. Our first assignment was to create a "blob" creature, so that we could get used to working with the foam. Mine came out to be a cyclops-like blob.

Here is what it looked like after the initial foam construction:

This is the blob after it was painted with a mixture of liquid latex and acrylic paint: