Saturday, October 24, 2015

Rick Baker Tribute Show!







8" x 16"
"Full Moon Fever"
(Inspired by American Werewolf in London.)
Acrylics on Board

 Tonight is Hero Complex Gallery's tribute to FX legend Rick Baker. Until I put a name to the monster faces I grew up with as a kid, I never realized how many movies and how influential Rick Baker was to me. It wasn't until my high school art class where I made the connection. My art teacher, Mrs. Peters, was great at introducing us to all kinds of art. One day she brought in the Michael Jackson Thriller video which showed the behind the scenes clips of Rick working on the monster make-up. This not only put a name to the face, and the face of the monsters I grew up with, but it also made me realize that this was a REAL job that was attainable. Even though I didn't get into that field, seeing someone that draws images from their mind and makes a living at it, was HUGE. (This was also pre internet so any window into how things were made and who the artists were had an amazing impact.)

Anyway, I can talk about Rick Baker all day. Go look up his resume and educate yourself on them horror flicks. Good stuff. The show is tonight and the deets are here

For the show I chose the werewolf from American Werewolf in London. Probably because before this film, all there was, was the Lon Chaney, Jr. wolf man, as far as I remember. The werewolf and creature designs in AWIL made a big impression on me. I finally got to see the wolf himself, AND Rick Baker when I was invited to a Halloween show at his studio back in '07. You can check out the old blog entry here. There was a tour of some of Rick's monsters that night, but no photos were allowed. I found this clip recently which is basically the tour we got at the time.

It was great to meet some of the artists from the show that night too. Miles Teves, Greg Manchess, William Stout, and Jordu Schell, to name a few. Stout was a fountain of art knowledge and dropped some art tid bits about mural work. Taking the studio tour with Jordu was the best because he kept correcting the tour guide who got the artists' names wrong on some of the Men in Black creatures. You can't argue with someone who actually worked on the film.  Also, meeting Miles in person was great as he grew up one town over from me. Meeting anyone that grew up near your small town that made it out of "Shawshank", as it were, is very inspiring. YOU CAN DO EEET!

Ok. Enough blabber. If you're in town for the show, check it out. If not, brush up on your Rick Baker movies. It's Halloween month for Christ's sakes






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