Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hunches & Bunches of Oats- I mean "New Stuff"!

Over the past few weeks, a whole bunch of new stuff has happened. So instead of posting a bunch of individual posts, I'll include them all in one big post. It's kinda like Grindhouse, but without any sexy gun-legged chicks, zombies or explosions.


First off, I nearly finished my big poster for Hofstra. Like I said before, I hate coloring things (especially with paint), but I finished it whether I liked it or not. So here it is:
I later colored the mouths & the lines/dents in the HoverCan in Sharpie. Randy's colors are pretty close to how I envision him. I wish that I went over his chest feathers with airbrush instead of just globbing it on.

I decided not to do a background because of three reasons:

A) I didn't know what color to use

B) I was too lazy to paint all that area

& C) No time

Speaking of Hofstra posters, here are a few fantastic posters from years past:

Sometime this week, I'll post plenty of pics of great posters done by some absolutely talented kids from the last class.

I just added a few more WDCC's to my collection:

I finally completed my "Donald's Better Self" set. I bought "Regular Donald" & the title card at the Gifted Images & "Angel Donald" off eBay. It's a great set, but it takes up a lot of room. Next chance I get, I'll rearrange my cabinet.

The Tinkerbell piece is actually a Mother's Day gift for my mom. Although she's not fond of Peter Pan, she loves Tink. Once she laid eyes on it, I new that she wanted it, so I bought it for her. She really deserves it. Now all she needs is a cabinet to put it in.

Mickey on the right is from the cartoon "The Dognapper". I thought it looked pretty cool with the motorcycle & all. Besides the "Mickey/Donald Through the Years" pieces, I don't have any black & white sculptures in my collection. It stands out a lot.

Now here's a really awesome piece. It's a Fantasia Harmony Kingdom box. It has a plethora of characters on it, from little Hop Low the mushroom at the bottom to the colossal Chernabog on top. It's a limited piece, there's only 500 of 'em in existence. It's worth it, though.

I also got a Fantasia title card to go with my set.

Along with Tinkerbell, this piece was also a Mom gift. She, along with my aunt, loved those mice in Cinderella. In fact, my aunt named her Jack Russell Terrier "Gus" after him.

Here's a cute Minnie piece. I thought since I had Mickey, Donald, Goofy & Pluto, why not add Minnie to go with them. So I did.

Here's a cute little piece. I always thought trains were cool, especially old steam locomotives. I guess the love of trains runs in animation blood. I always thought about having my own little train like Casey Jr. here to ride around in around my backyard like Ward Kimball or Ollie Johnston, or at least a small scale one like Walt Disney had. It's a real shame that Ward's Grizzly Flats Railroad was dismantaled. I always wanted to check it out. He was really devoted to his trains.

Same with Ollie, but over the years he's just become to frail to handle his train. He's got palsy in his hands so severe he had to stop drawing years ago. My friend Mia got a Christmas card from him a year or so ago & she couldn't even recognize what he wrote. Could you imagine doing something you love for over 80+ years of your life & having to give that up because your too old & sick? It's a real shame. That & the fact he lost his best friend Frank & his beloved wife within months of eachother. He just had a huge garage sale last week, selling all of his classic train & Disney memorabilia, movie props, books, furniture & his animation drawings. He's moving to Oregon to live with his family, leaving his lovely ranch-style home that he's lived in for decades behind. God bless Ollie for being so strong through all of this.

This sculpture has a special place in my heart.

I always wanted to get this piece for my grandfather, who loved Donald Duck & was a dedicated firefighter for over 50 years. Unfortunately, I never could afford the piece by the time his birthday came around each year. When I finally could afford it for him as a Christmas gift, it was too late. He died this past October.

I finally bought it out of respect for him. I really don't consider it as my sculpture. It's really his in my heart.
-Like I said far above, I'll post more pics & posts this week. Including:
-"Freeport Auto Parts & Wrecking: My Second Home"
-"Hofstra Hayday: Pictures of Poster Painting Punks Pushing Pencils & Playing Pranks on Poor Old Me"
-For the Birds: "The Molting Part II"
-"Rockman, Shmockman"
Stay Tuned!


Anonymous said...

Really cool sculptures. How expansive is your collection? Have you ever sat down and counted it or is it just too numerous? Keep the good posts coming.

Your Fan,
David Spector

Michael J. Ruocco said...

Hey Dave! Thanks again!

As of now, I probably have around 70 to 75 sculptures in my collection. I don't even want to think about how much the whole collection costs. Probably worth more than I am.