Category: What’s on Franky’s Mind?

What’s in there…

Artfields…It’s Finally HERE !

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Well, the wait is finally over!  Artfields 2017 (#5) starts (unofficially TOMORROW for some lucky students in the Lake City area.) Colleges are also getting a first hand look at over 400 artworks.  Friday is the opening of Artfields, but you can get a free preview of all the art by going to their website and click on GALLERIES / ARTWORK GALLERY.  Once there, you can type in my name and you should find my listing (shown above)….or just CLICK HERE.

I’m humbled to be a part of this great event, and to be among so much talent…it’s inspiring!  I can’t wait to meet the other artists.

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Next:  If you are going to Lake City… go to Pre-Register for voting (that link is also at the top of the web page).  Once you get to Artfields, you go to the Welcome Center (right on the main street) and finalize your registration.  Remember my VOTING ID #: 240823 to vote for my artwork.

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Finally, I’ll be there in person this weekend at the Makers Market.  Stop by and take a look at my artwork.  I’ll have originals and prints for sale…as well as those 3D Glasses!  Hope to see you there!

Franky / ArtResin TEAM-UP

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Just like the ‘ol “Marvel TEAM-UP” comic issues, ARTRESIN and FRANKY 3D Resin Painting joined forces to bring you a new twist on my resin painting technique.  Rebecca Zak at Artresin.com is GREAT and easy to get a hold of for questions.  When she saw my 3D artwork, it didn’t take much to have her contact me and set up this “challenge”.  I used their “starter kit” of the hardener and resin to take my pre-painted 3D panels and encase them in clear resin.  Lets take a look at how I did this project….

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First, I have to start with my individual layers of painted images on 8″ x 10″ plexiglass (ok…several hours of digital sketching and painting up to reach this point)  I also have on opaque plexi of white (top left corner)

4_Mold_TapeNext, I created a cardboard mold and covered all the surfaces with clear packaging tape (so the resin will not stick to it.)  I make my larger ones of wood, due to larger pours.  Make sure that it’s sealed and not have and “leak areas” for the liquid resin to escape.  I would take a hot glue gun to make certain…no leaks!

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Here’s my workstation: keep the artwork separate from the mold and the tools on the right.

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Make sure you have all your “gear” together before starting:  Plastic paint tubs, gloves, respirator (I’d also recommend safety glasses too-not shown), Timer (not shown) and a Heat Gun (not a hair dryer).

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I have a “season” for pouring resin.  Usually starts in the spring.  Being from the South, I can start pouring in April until about October (then, I’d have to start cranking the heat). I prefer 78 degrees and higher to get the best curing of the resin.  Anything lower and the pour wont work (read those directions carefully!) I digress…. next you can see the bubbles forming in the Resin/Hardener mixture after stirring for 2-2:30 minutes.

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Heat gun use is a MUST to get those bubbles out.  It only take a few seconds to clear the layer…but if you WANT bubbles in there…don’t bother with that heat gun.

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Here’s adding that first “Back Layer” of the opaque plexiglass.

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After pouring in a bit more resin, I SLOWLY layered the “blue / teal” plexi layer down…then I pored more resin on top of that.  Don’t forget to use the heat gun.  (I had to be careful to not just “drop” the plexiglass right on the resin, or bubbles form UNDERNEATH. They need to be “pressed” or wiggled out…which was a pain.  Learned for the next couple of layers, though.)

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Added the black layer…Again: Resin, bubble removal and Heat Gun!

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Here’s the added “Red Layer”: Pre – Heat Gun.

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Final cover with remainder of the resin…note the bottom cardboard shoved under to “level” the mold.  ALWAYS pour on a level surface and check for level!  I could remove the completed casting within 4hrs, but you may want to wait a full 24hrs for a full cure of the resin.

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Here’s a side view after removal of the cardboard mold.  You can see the three individual plexiglass panels and the bottom opaque white panel.

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Final result looks spectacular and professional…just need to grab my 3D Chromadepth glasses!

Thanks, Rebecca!  Hope you enjoy the art and thanks for the RESIN!

You can get really BIG with your resin pours.  We’re talking GALLONS of resin…take a look at my LARGEST!

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This was for “TUSKEGEE“, which will be shown at ARTFIELDS in Lake City, South Carolina (April 21st – 29th).

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NC Comicon: Raleigh- GREAT WEEKEND!

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Thank you to everyone who stopped at my booth at the Raleigh Convention Center over the weekend.  You made this Con the BIGGEST one yet for Franky 3D Resin Painting.

I also need to thank my Minions..I mean kids: Lia and Grant, for helping me with handing out glasses and cards. Great PR experience for them.

Special “Thank you” to all those that purchased prints and glasses…and Alex for buying an original: “The Treasure Map”.  Hope you got it out to your car safely (it was pretty crowded on Saturday).  The next day, several guests told me they saw it leaving the building, so I know that at least it got to the street.

Remember: take a selfie of your newly purchased artwork on your wall, post it on Twitter / Instagram (or your other favorite social media platform) and then send me a copy.  I’ll place you here on my blog.

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Even DEADPOOL slows down to view the art!

 

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Stopped by fellow ComiXed GARNER ARTIST, William Parker (Great stuff, you’ve got there)!

Gary DeStefano (Pop Culture Images) created a wonderful update on MARS ATTACKS & TRUMP!  Love #17 Trading Card!  What’s #18 going to be?

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“Spock You Wear” artist, Jack Wenberg was nearby (love those shirts!)  Had some artistic conversations over a few hours…need to continue those discussions on “artistic inspirations”.  Thanks for telling me about artist: Jim Steranko.  His stuff is really cool and I’ll need to do more research on him.

I was also lucky enough to be placed next to the Ominous Press booth and talked at length with publisher Sean Hus Var and artist, Andy Smith. Thanks for the comics and the conversation!

Now that the Comicon is over…looking for some more input on my next paintings:  Spoke to 501st Legion: Carolina Garrison and asked them to find out what their fans are interested in seeing in a ROGUE ONE painting.  Spoke with BOXCAR Bar + Arcade rep about a possible “Street Fighter” themed painting…what ideas do you have?  Send me an e-mail and let me know!

Next event for me:  ARTFIELDS- MAKERS MARKET in Lake City, South Carolina.  I’ll have a booth April 22nd and 23rd, selling prints and originals.  April 28th @ 1pm, I’ll be at THE BEAN MARKET in Lake City, SC talking to the public about creating 3D artwork and the development of “TUSKEGEE”.

Looking forward to catching up with my many new comicon friends in the fall at Durham Comicon.

Artfields – 2017

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3D Resin Painting at Artfields 2017

 

I am pleased to announce my 3D resin painting “Tuskegee” is part of this year’s Artfields exhibition in Lake City, South Carolina.  The 6’ x 3’ piece (the largest I’ve created to date) is a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.  It is one of 400 artworks selected from the Southeast on display during the week event (April 22nd-April 29th).  Only artists from the following 12 states could enter: (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia). I’m joined by 5 other triangle area artists (you can see the other selected artists’ pieces starting in April.)  Click here to check out the list of accepted artists.

While most of the artwork is for sale, this community celebration has $100,000 in awards for the artists in different categories like: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media and installations.  Winners are determined by, public votes and a prestigious judging panel.  You can only vote in person, so you’ll need to register at the event in Lake City to have your ballot count.

I’ll be at the “Maker’s Market” during the opening weekend (April 22nd & 23rd); selling prints, 3D Glasses and displaying more of my unique 3D painting style.  I will also be part of the “Lunchtime Crunchtime” on Friday, April 28th at The Bean Market.    I’ll discuss my artistic method and the steps to creating “Tuskegee”. You can view the piece at the Ragsdale Old Building (R.O.B.) I hope to see you there, in April !

NC COMICON – OAK CITY

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Yeah!  Another Comicon around the corner.  (as it says…next month, I’ll be in the Raleigh Convention Center with a BRAND NEW ARTWORK & Prints for sale at the show.  It’s in process right now and I should have some “sneak peak” images for you shortly.  Also… MAJOR SHOW announcement coming soon!!!

It’s BIG, BIG, BIG ! Stay tuned…

Blue Jeans & Bling: Benefit for the Children

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I’m teaming up with Ann Carter, from the Chatham County Partnership for Children.  She’s having one of my signed prints up for auction this weekend. The Blue Jeans & Bling: Benefit for the Children is happening this Saturday night at “The Barn” in Bear Creek, NC.  They will be auctioning many different items including one of my prints from Fine Art America.  I framed, matted and signed this print especially for this fundraiser.  I’ve also included a couple of 3D Glasses.  It’s great to know that my art will help kids from North Carolina.

You can try to get tickets at the door, but Ann told me that the event usually is packed.  Try to get there early!

NC Comicon 2016 !

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Thank you to ALL the guests that came by my table.  Hope to see you at the next con…and at a gallery opening SOON!

 

I have to say, Durham DEFINITELY puts on a great Con!  It was standing room only for 3 days straight.  Met some friends from Oak City Comicon.  I have to thank Gary,  from Pop Culture Images for helping with the prints before the show.  I gather he was busy as well, since I saw him periodically checking in at my booth.

Deadpool and Jack Sparrow check out the 3D effects on the prints!

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Met up with Nick Winstead of Heroic Effort Crafts from Raleigh as well.  Looks like he’s been busy with his comic book wrapped crafts.

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I got the chance to make a few new friends as well.  Grant and Lia really enjoyed seeing Andy Sheppard’s artwork from CHROMA COMA (just in front of our booth).  Love the Star Wars stuff!  Also, check out his work with a “black light”… very cool!

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Michael Watkins (and his crew) from HIGHBURN STUDIOS were showing of his cover art.

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UNCANNY PRINTS had fabulous metal print artwork for sale…gotta catch up with them for a print!  (Grant’s in the back right side of the photo, where our table was.)

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Thanks to my direct neighbor, Chris McJunkin of JUNK DRAWER STUDIO.  He was gracious enough to lend me some more “Comicon Tips”.  Grant got a “Suicide Squad” artwork from him…Thanks, Chris!

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And finally, I was walking back to my booth when I caught a glimpse of Max Dowdle‘s artwork of Black Panther!  WOW…you should see it with the Chromadepth glasses on!  And you gotta love that bowler hat!!

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All in all…a GREAT TIME at NC Comicon 2016…we’ll see you soon!

@ NC COMICON- Next Week!

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Durham, North Carolina

(November 11th, 12th & 13th)

 

Alright!  Finally got into the NC Comicon in Durham!  The event runs three days and I’ll be there with my resin paintings in tow!  I’ll be giving away FREE 3D CHROMADEPTH GLASSES.  ALSO:  I have a limited number of PRINTS FOR SALE at the Comic Con!  Whenever they’re gone…you’ll need to get them from my SHOP page and head over to FINE ART AMERICA.  Definitely look for holdiay shoppers next week!

Always, the originals will be on sale too!

Hope to see you there!

Follow the “Treasure Map”

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The Treasure Map is now complete!  Took most of the summer to finish and it’s my most detailed work to date. There’s a LOT going on in this one, so you’ll have to take your time.  Search for: the maps, landmarks, Asian characters, reefs, “The Narrows”, fathom markings and the treasure chest itself (surrounded by those that did NOT make it back!). Imagine finding a real treasure map, having to fight off other treasure hunters, or some other sinister force keeping the booty out of anyone’s hands!  Part “Pirates of the Caribbean”, part “The Deep”…a total scuba dive ADVENTURE!

I really wanted to push the abstract qualities to hide the subject matter.  Using the 3D chromadepth glasses will help you along the way.  I think of this one as a “prequel” to my earlier work; “The Treasure Ship”.

Here’s the “before picture” of the work mid-process.  You can see the Red Layer is just forming on the bottom left and right side.  The lines you see in the middle of the work are folds in the resin from the plastic that I place down on the initial pour (which are later fixed when completing the piece.)

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Here’s the view from my artwork’s perspective:  Lots of time with that mask on…You like those “Throwback Glasses”?  NICE!

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“The Treasure Map” and “Tuskegee” will soon be available to purchase on FINE ART AMERICA…Loading them soon!