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Here’s an enlargement for George Rivera at Additive Workshop.  The artist’s maquette was scanned and digital artists touched up the resulting digital file, and carved in foam on by a flat-bed CAD and a seven-axis robotic arm.  Sculptors assembled the foam blocks and hand carved the surface before brushing on a layer of oil clay.  Every square inch of the clay surface was gone over by hand; adding texture  and sharpening details.  The piece was then molded, and cast in bronze.

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I’ve been told it can take about 5 years to get professional roots in a new city. After 5 years of working on 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios (currently the 5th google search result for “555”), I moved to Portland from Detroit. I’ve been in Portland for nearly 5 years and landed my 5th gig as a production artist just 5 months ago.

Incidentally, The Hebrew contraction הַנֶּ֨שֶׁר adds up to 555. הַנֶּ֨שֶׁר is translated as “an eagle.” One of the larger projects that have come through the shop was a series of Eagles which were milled from a 3D scan of the artist’s maquette, which were then painted with clay, and detailed on their way to bronze monuments.

You might take a minute to check out the work we do at Additive Workshop, there’s a video touching on different processes we regularly handle.

Here’s a look at some the painting and sculpture projects that I’ve had the pleasure of working on for Portland’s own ACME Scenic & Display.

The Ice Age Exhibit at The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, Oregon features this life-size mammoth, easily one of the largest pieces I’ve been a part of.  Scott Foster, the immensely talented local artist and proprietor of good: a gallery, sculpted the maquette for this piece.

The Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose, California had a massive scenic and signage redesign including these happy critters who now live in the children’s play area and gift shop.

This Nike retail display was my first professional interface with the brand giant; a resume requirement regardless of industry for any Portlander.  Shown on the right installed at Jack’s Surf in Huntington Beach, California.