Monday, October 14, 2013

Auntie Claus Stop Motion Teaser

With less then 72 hours left, we are really hoping we make our kickstarter goal. Be sure to check out the 10th update, or if that update sent you here, welcome. It was really great working with Athena Studios, and creating Sophie and I would really love to see this feature take off!

Our Kickstarter Again is here:

Also here is a cool making of photo so you can see the puppet in progress!

Now into toys, ApeCon was a success, and we have the Santa Rosa Maker Faire this weekend! More photos to follow! We are also revamping our elephant toy and he will be available for purchase very soon!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Auntie Claus, Ape Con...

I have spent the past summer working hard making puppets, and toys.

First lets talk about the puppet! Her name is Sophie and she is a young girl living in New York, who discovers a magic elevator. She is based off the character from best selling book "Auntie Claus." Athena studios purchased the rights to "Auntie Claus" and we are now working to turn it into a feature film. We put together a pitch package, and you can for the next 6 days only! Donate money to our Kickstarter, and help fund the next big christmas movie in stop motion!! You can view our kickstarter here:

Give Monies to Auntie Claus here!

Why give Athena Studios, and Auntie Claus your money?

When funding our kickstarter you are in the short funding our pitch package, but in the long paying all the artist who put their efforts, heart and soul into this project, and also funding a new start up stop motion studio. While we want to have Auntie Claus made into a feature, we also want to grow Athena Studios into a 200 person strong studio, that can do all kinds of stop motion work, and other commercial work. I believe in Athena, and this project, and want desperately a studio to call home.
What's great about Athena, is I have never worked with such a passionate group of people who really want to produce good quality and entertaining art. You can get a better look inside Athena Studios, at our make video below (P.S. make it to the end for a glimpse of me and my work station!):

Make Magazine Article on Auntie Claus

In other news:

Ape Con! We will be at Ape Con this weekend,
for more info click here:
Ape Con Website

ApeCon marks the one year anniversary of Rawrztoys starting the convention circuit! We have had a pretty good year, and I would like to thank all of our fans, for their continued support as we grow!
Check back after the weekend for some updated photos!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

It's been awhile.. I have been busy!!

Hello! So sorry I haven't blogged in a long time! I have been so busy! What have I been doing?

Firstly.. i have been working for AthenaStudios, fabricating a puppet for a pitch package. This includes, making the molds, casting the silicone, seaming the puppet, managing the face process, sanding the faces, painting the silicone and finally creating the costume! It has been a lot of work, and I am very excited about the results and cannot wait to share it with you! In the meantime you can track our progress and my bio, on Athena's website,

Secondly.. RawrzToys have been going strong! Ann and I have had 3 shows since May, I will post some photos from these shows to this blog entry. Most importantly we have our toys in a great store called, "A little known shop". This space was started by 3 young woman like Ann and I, hoping to share art with the world. They host amazing events, and are a great addition to the community, as they provide music, crafts, food and artwork to adults and kids alike. We have been in their store since June, and will be there a few more months.

Thirdly.. I have finally updated the website, it can be found at

Lastly.. The puppets I made for are animated and posted! I mixed silicone colors, cast and seamed the robust lady in the logo, and cast, seamed and painted henrietta, they have a kickstarter ending in 8 hours, as seen here Henrietta Kickstarter

I can't wait to share more soon!

We premiered our giraffe toys!!

We also premiered our elephant toys!

Some Rawrz fans at the La Zoo's comic jungle!

Friday, May 3, 2013

What I'm doing..

I'm working on a couple "Mad God" puppets. I've also begun pre work for "Auntie Claus", a children's book which will hopefully become a stop motion feature! I'm making the puppet's silicone body, costume, hands, and helping the project in a few other ways! I cast, seamed and painted a couple puppets and wired, cast and painted hands for Lift Animation. Still working on Leonardo, it's moving along and I can't wait to dive in and start making molds! I also have two commissioned paintings I'm hoping to finish this week.

Robot Chicken and Stoopid Buddy Studio had a panel this past weekend at the Walt Disney Museum to close out their stop motion gallery. It was amazing! They were so great with the audience. Seth Green became the owner of a new Rawrztoy and was nice enough to take photos with us! So in closing here is some more Rawrz! I posted a toy process album on facebook if you want to see more about how Rawrztoys are made!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Wonder Con and Tippett Studios

It has been a long while since a proper update, the reason for this is I have been busy at work making puppets (Tippett's Mad God, and for a studio called Lift Animation) as well as making 400! toys for Wonder Con with Ann Sidenblad, and Kyle Most. Up next I'm working on another "Mad God" puppet, as well as working on puppets for Jim Capobianco's film "Leonardo"

For a closer look at what I did on Mad God, I made the "Beaky Guy" Puppet, as seen below 

For this guy, I made the mold, air brushed the gradient layers of silicone into the mold before casting, clip foamed the interior, mixed all the dragon skin colors, cast, and seamed him!

For more about Mad God click here

Wonder Con was intense, we handed out about 3,000 cards, and gained a lot of toy exposure! I also added a photo album of the making of our toys on facebook 

View it here!

I will leave you with some WonderCon photos, and check back soon as I will be updating more throughout April!

 Our Table!
 Our newest rawrz sharks!!
Captain's log, stardate 2013, we came and 
conquered wondercon!

Kyle Most, Miles, and I, making toys