SO, while job searching, been spending some time making leather journals, been experimenting with pressing old letterpress blocks into the covers. Finding those items on ebay and etsy. Made six of these so far. 2 different images used on 4 different notebooks. The other two were a test for dyeing and punching shapes. Here is the overall process on the book builds. I know long, but shows process. Inspired by the Jimmy Diresta Leather journal build.
Saw some abandoned furniture on the road and it sparked this idea….
Ok, so I know I have not been posting for awhile, most has been on social media. Anyway here is what happens when trump and Kim meet again…a new TV show. Mad About You.
I had an idea for a video, here ya go. full version and a side by side.
I walked this weekend at Wizard World in Philadelphia and it was a blast. Considering I have been working on this idea and design for almost 5 months, I was happy it worked out and was enjoyed by people at the show. I even got stopped by some 501st guys, which also made me happy. What follows is some background and photos from the build process. Enjoy!
So for the past few months I have been building a character that came to mind for a costume. I was thinking about who actually maintained things on the Death Star. If you remember the first movie the Death Star blows up after Luke shoots into the Thermal Exhaust Port. So I started thinking, wouldn’t a Maintenance Trooper be an interesting idea. So, I started drawing and thinking. I sketched out this idea of a trooper in overalls and a construction helmet and came up with the below.
I decided on a Thermal Exhaust Port Maintenance trooper, now I’m a big guy so I was worried about any Stormtrooper Armor fitting me. I did some research and ended up buying a suit of armor from Shepperton Design Studios (SDS) in England. They made the original costumes for the movie back in 1977. I knew I would have to expand the biceps and forearms to fit properly. I ended up expanding them with white plastic signs I bought at Home Depot. I bought an extra helmet from Hasbro and used that as the bucket I attached my construction helmet to. This way I didn’t need to ruin the original SDS helmet. I crafted a few items to fit the character and used a tool belt from dickies with a spare trooper belt I bought, again not to ruin the SDS costume, because maybe one day I will do a full Stormtrooper outfit.
I ended up adding a shoulder pauldron that I modified from a safety vest. Also aged the helmet and added some stickers to tell the story of the character. I added a Thermos instead of a thermal detonator, also had to mount a fan inside to keep me cool, and an old pair of lenses from some glasses, so I could see, since I couldn’t actually wear my glasses. It was a fun build and kept the brain active.
Took quick flight other night to check out the new sign on the Trenton Makes Bridge. Letters still look good and are now green. (Although it may still be green for the Eagles Super Bowl win) Nothing special here, was just a fly and go to see new lights.
Spoke with a few of the Ladies at New York Comic Con, here’s what they had to say!