Friday, December 4, 2009
William and I in the spirit of working with our new Japanese partners have become addicted to Ramen as of the last couple of days , but not just any Ramen, but Miso Chashu Ramen....!!!!!
This is a great place were usually Norm Meyers, Paul Komoda, and us meet, but lately we have been so busy we only get take out... this is the best food in the San fernando Valley!!! look it up... Nippon Ramen on Reseda blvd.
So good and spicy, it always makes us feel happy!
If you have never had Ramen, I suggest you try Misso Chashu..... extra pork, extra noodle, and you will be enlightened !
Here's a new creature I am working on, life is not without a sense of irony and this time Jordu Schell film creature designer by trade, gets turned into a creature by yours truly.... Jordu is always making faces while teaching his classes, and there was this one particular one that would always creep me out... so I decided to sculpt that, and turn it into a monster....Please understand I am doing this in my free time which means bathroom breaks these days hahaha! I will finish this little guy soon!
Here's the face this sculpt is loosely based on!
It's that time again, needed to update, I am not going to lie, if I were able to talk about all the cool stuff William Valenzuela, Jorge Martinez and I have been working on you'd not believe it.... this is the best time in our careers so far, pure bliss!
We have started working officially for one of my favorite Japanese companies ... KOTOBUKIYA!
We have been asked to form a new creative group called "Kreative 3"
Please see the link below:
In the next few days Koto will officially unveil a lot of these products that we have been able to create for them..... here's a link to our new Red Hulk statue...
Very soon I will be able to update on the new "Jade Giant" and a certain Doctor.... I will say no more...
Thank you for reading!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Gears of War 2 Lancer Assault Rifle Replica
Press Release PROVIDED BY GAMES PRESS
(September 23, 2009 New York, NY) - TriForce Sales, LLC announced today that it has finalized work on its 1:1 scale Gears of War 2 Lancer Assault Rifle Replica. The piece was sculpted, engineered and painted by an extremely talented and well-known group of the best and brightest names in the industry. Artists include sculptor Erick Sosa, William Valenzuela, Jorge Martinez, Toi Ogunyoku and painter, Paul Komoda. The replica is 40 inches in length, weighs approximately 15 pounds, and features working LED effects. The estimated available ship date is February 2010. View us on the web at www.projecttriforce.com.
“When working on something as iconic as the Lancer Assault Rifle you have to get every detail right, in order to pay it the respect it deserves. Working closely with the incredible team at Epic Games we are confident we have created the most painstakingly accurate representation of this intricately designed weapon,” said Drew Seldin, a spokesman for TriForce. “You can only make great pieces if you work with the best and our design team is clearly the best. All you need to do is look at what they created and you will undoubtedly agree.”
"The guys at TriForce have outdone themselves with this fantastic rendition of the Lancer, and the attention to detail is amazing," said Chris Perna, art director of Epic Games. "They went through great pains and spared no expense to bring to market the absolute finest quality reproduction of the Lancer to date. Working with these detail-oriented professionals has been a pleasure."
Gears of War 2 tells the story of humanity's last stand against the nightmarish, underground Locust Horde, and is the follow-up to one of the most popular Xbox 360 games in history. Gears of War 2 blends best-in-class third-person shooter action with unsurpassed high-definition visuals, all layered on top of an engaging story of survival, loss and retribution. Epic recently shipped Gears of War 2: Game of the Year Edition, which includes the award-winning original game, 19 extra multiplayer maps, plus the “Road to Ruin” campaign chapter, all for just $39.99. For more information, visit http://gearsofwar.com.
TriForce Sales, LLC based in New York, NY is a high-end creator of officially licensed 1:1 scale replica from some of the most recognizable video games, feature films, animation, television and comics. TriForce uses state-of-the-art process, equipment, materials and techniques to create the most realistic products available on the market today. To view and purchase products or learn more about TriForce visit us on the web at www.projecttriforce.com
About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its “Unreal” series, including “Unreal Tournament 3” for PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360®. Epic’s “Gears of War” won over 30 Game of the Year awards, and the sales of "Gears of War" and “Gears of War 2” have eclipsed 11 million units. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the three-time consecutive winner of Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award and is this year's Hall of Fame inductee. Unreal Engine 3 has also been recognized as the number one game engine by Develop magazine. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games Web site at www.epicgames.com.
Epic, Epic Games, Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Unreal, Unreal Engine, and Unreal Tournament are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Monday, September 14, 2009
I have just been allowed to show this.
Let me just say this project means a lot to me, as it opened an opportunity for me to work for one of my favorite Japanese companies.
Also this project was a special one, I was asked to get it sculpted, molded/casted, and painted within 2 and a half weeks, which was insane, since the character has so much gear ,3 pairs of arms,and details, my baby daughter Erika was due any day within those two weeks of grueling work, with another big Gears of war 2 project on top of us ( see post before this one ) and sure enough 4 days before the deadline she was born, making things a bit harder for me and everyone involved, we were told it would not be possible to get this done, but still they trusted us, and we delivered.
My baby daughter Erika was born with some health/digestive issues, so much so that she had to be rushed to UCLA medical to get microsurgery, needless to say your ( Clubhouse members/family and friends) support/posts/e-mails helped me through this.
Anyway this project was a blessing in disguise, it has literally changed my life and my career, taking me to a direction I always wanted but that otherwise would have been just a dream, and now it is a reality, I can finally get to come up with ideas, and actually bring them to life the way I see fit, no more restrictions! Thanks Koto and Triforce!
I just want to publicly thank the following people:
Frank Supiot and Koto for believing in me and giving me such an opportunity....
My buddy Rob the "wizard"
William Valenzuela for always being there to save the day, Paul Komoda, Jordu Schell, Jorge Martinez and Norm for always being such a positive support.
Erick Sosa: Character Sculptor/gear/weapons
WIlliam Valenzuela: Base Sculptor/painter
Jorge Martinez Caster extraordinaire!
Jordu Schell: Portrait painter
Paul Komoda:Painter body/gear/weapons Paul came through so fast with this..thanks man!
Amazon link for actual product:
This is one of two projects I just finished for Triforce,
been working on it for the past 5 months, We got this done between William Valenzuela and I, with help of Toi OgunYoku putting some parts together and stencil work , painted by Paul Komoda , castings by our very own Jorge Martinez a.k.a. Fenix and Dan Adams.
This riffle is a HUGE 40 inches long! And many a times it made us cry like little girls... it was a lot of work.
This is the biggest project I have ever worked on, bar none, after working on this ....Armored stuff ( which I used to fear) seems like a walk in the park..because this was sooo hard... honestly I rather get mauled by the whole Locust horde hahaha just kidding, we learned a lot and we couldn't be any happier!
Here's a link to this monster:
http://www.projecttriforce.com/index.ph ... 4&parent=3
Monday, August 24, 2009
I have been extremely busy finishing some HUGE projects, and there's still this other GIANT project I am finishing for the good guys at Triforce.
I have managed to do some portrait work in between such ginormous projects just to keep my sanity.
Hope you like them!
First off it's Wikus Van Der Merwe from District 9, real cool film!
Then it's Up Up and away! with my humble homage to Christopher Reeve,
I am still trying to finesse these, I am aware of lot of problems, like Wikus's nose, it is a bit too wide, etc.
Thanks for looking,
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I just want to thank everyone for their prayers, and thoughtful e-mails, and support.
As you can see it has been hard for me to update the blog, with so many things going on, I am a bit behind with some stuff but I have been pulling a lot of all nighters to get things done, and finally catch up.
As soon as I am done with some HUGE , and by that I mean ginormous projects, I will get back to finishing some personal projects and hopefully I will be able to update the blog on a more regular basis.
Erika is doing great, she's home, and here's some images that attest to her happy nature :)
My eldest daughter Keira has been real busy for the last few weeks sculpting anything that comes to mind, I think she's going to make me a lot of money and I can retire in the next few years.... no seriously I am amazed at how good she is at conveying stuff with her little fingers..... she is holding an unicorn in her hand by the way, later on I taught her how to make rabbits, and I promise she came up with this little guy, she even punched the eyes in, I only did the smile and the lashes on the right eye, I promise she did everything else on her own after I showed her how to go about it.... here's hoping for a brighter future :) Thanks for reading.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
It's been a while, a lot of things have happened in the past 3 weeks.
April 25th 11pm changed my whole life for ever,
0ur third daughter, Erika Lizbeth Sosa is here, she was born with some health issues, she has gone through laser surgery, she's had needles pocked into her to the point where now they are all in her forehead, she fed for two weeks on IV only, she's a little warrior! She's still fighting at our local NICU (Neonatal intensive care unit), I know people say this all the time but I experience a very peaceful feeling everytime I go see her, it's like all the cares in the world wash away, she's a very special child.
I must say I am counting my blessings, as I have become aware of other parents going through the same issues, if not even worse problems than us, and I wonder how they cope, if they have firends there for them, if they will be strong enough.....I cannot help but pray for these people, so they can have the strenght to beat the odds, to stay firm.
As I write this I am so beat, physically, more so than anything, the emotional part... well I think we got through it pretty fast, it is not every day that you hear that your baby will probably not lead a very normal life, but whatever the outcome we will be there for her until the end.
My wife is doing great, she's a great support for me, she keeps going even though she is aware she just had a baby and needs to rest.
I am amazed as to how how people have come together to help us, there hasn't been a day that we haven't received help in some way or another, be it babysitting our other two daughters, cooking for us, calling to offer words of support, or to help me with some work related projects.
I want to give a shout out to Norm Meyers, Paul Komoda, William Valenzuela, Jorge Martinez, Jordu Schell, and all the kind people ( too many to mention) helping us through this.
God bless you all,
Saturday, April 11, 2009
This is my second sculpt ever! my first one was a T-rex, but it exploded in the kiln, my teacher forgot to punch a hole in the Dinosaur's tummy.... so what was I to do? sculpt a great white off course ! I was around almost four or so. This piece reminds me, that I must keep improving my skills!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Yes, Christian Bale's nose is crooked.... anyway....here's a new update.... well sorta, more like showing you new images of Ahnuld and his old buddies, And yes Ahnuld will be naked...more updates in the future....
these are sculpts that I have had in my studio since before 2007 some of them anyway, Jack Sparrow (you can see he's all cracked up) was a project for Master Replicas, a nightmare.... had to sculpt 4 1/6th scale scene replicas in one week each, literally 7 days each.... 4 of them and one of me.....one of the characters was Davy Jones, the movie was still in theaters....no reference....no sleep... very scary.....I've never made so much cash in 4 weeks though ....but I would never do it again for a million bucks.... honest.
Monday, April 6, 2009
This is a graveyard sculpt, it used to be Bruce Wayne.... I just gave him a hair cut I hope it will see the light of day soon :P still not done by any means... tons of issues to address, my current schedule doesn't really allow me to do much, but hopefully I will be done with my current official projects very soon :)
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Here's new images for Kamebushi .... he is done, and already shipping!, been busy working for Triforce, also working with a very well established Japanese company... yep you all know it! Been working on a couple of portraits, and yep... Superman! Here's some images of my work area , enjoy!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Here's a new update to my newest creation.... Kamebushi!!!
Kamebushi will go on pre-sale by the end of February.
Also couple of images of Jason Bourne, originally sculpted in sculpey by my friend Ed Espinoza, tweaked it in wax by yours truly, available though longbowstudios.com
Pics of an Ahnuld I did as a private commission for a famous comic book artist... and a picture of my Daughter Wendy's B-day party, she turned one the 28th of last month.
Also, some images of a certain Kryptonian, and an old Indy.
Some pics of a Hammer head mutant, and a couple of MORMONS...yep you know, the guys riding the bikes, wearing white shirts and ties, always trying to help old ladies cross the street :)