Friday, May 8, 2009

The Little Guys

Here are a few of my favorites crayons in the US Cellular commercial. Some made it on screen and some didn't.
He's the one you see in the end.

This guy made it on screen... He's the happy looking one with the mustache.

Curly Haired Girl
You see her towards the end.

Me :)
I made a little self portrait... but I don't think she made the cut! :P

Love this gal! I don't think she made it in though...

I don't think the following ones made it into the commercial but I really love them. I think you might see some in the background? The creative crew asked me to do something new... they wanted a few crayons with their hands over their heads. I wasn't sure if I could do it, but they turned out VERY WELL!
Girl Waving
Guy Waving

Behind the Scenes

Here are some fun shots of production of the US Cellular commercial in Santa Monica. Wish I had more time to spend in the city, I'll have to comeback.

Cleaning up the molds
I'm cleaning the seam-lines of the molded crayons and getting them ready for their closeup/melting doom!
photo by Kevin Berve

Setting The Stage
Kevin Berve and his assistants putting all of the crayons in place. They were set with glue from glue sticks. I was surprise they held up, not a permanent application, but it did very well.

These were the drones. Made from silicone molds taken from the originals I did. There were hundreds! I kept a few and a few went to the crew, the rest were destroyed (no Ebay for these guys). :P Here are some of the other crayons:

The entire platform with hundreds of crayons was lifted and carried into place. Some careful & precarious maneuvering involved.

Here it is!
My originals were in front and the background crayons were the copies.

How it looked
I love seeing this set up... so complex. My first time on set, I definitely have a greater appreciation for stage/film production. These folks work very hard. The day started for most at 7am, some earlier and doesn't end until 6 or 7pm... sometimes later depending on what had to get done. So basically you go until the job is done. I do that when I have a crunch time as well, but I can't imagine having this schedule as a daily job. On the other hand the food was AMAZING!!! We were very well fed. :)

Another view of the set-up.

Melted Close-ups
The aftermath. Photo by Kevin Berve

Before and Aftermath

Food For Thought: May

Silk organza, thread & porcelain rice bowl
4 3/4" diameter X 2 1/4" high
Food For Thought: Duty
This is the second piece I'm offering for "Food for Thought". The project had a hiccup last month due to my work schedule, so I've amended it to once every 2 months. The basics is: I sell a piece of artwork and donate 100% of the sale to Northwest Harvest, a regional food bank organization.
March's crayon piece is also available. To purchase please contact me at:

Duty detail