February 10th, 2017 by Ben Howard
So I get back from MAGFest, like I do, and I say “Hey! How about instead of kicking back for a little bit after that marathon of sculpting and painting, we start up a whole ‘nother custom chess board?” So I do that. The DAY after MAG. The board is for someone who loves chess and poker so we noodle out that a chess board with the classic Hoyle Royalty oughta look pretty fresh!
I’m just about to the end of it now and it looks pretty cool- and I’ve got about three days in the middle of the week before I start to dig into these cake topper orders! Being busy is awesome, but y’all better watch out if I get a weekend to myself because your boy is going on a SPREE. And I’m talking all the ice cream flavors, and you’re invited but buy me a scoop and you’re driving.
Card Chess Cards!
Maple n Cherry SO SWEET
March 4th, 2015 by Ben Howard
Let’s get serious, anyway. If I could guarantee a MAGFest- sized show where I knew I could sell as much as I sell there, I’d have a good solid job rolling. But it’s tough to count on any other shows being as successful as that one, so until then I’ll keep hustling on the off season and show up in January with a bad-ass table ready to do battle.
This MAGFest was by faaaaaaar the best one I’ve done, and I think most of the other vendors would agree that there was a healthy group of “Spendersons” there (the term I use to differentiate between people who spend money vs those who’re just walking around with their money lodged well up into their butts) so we all enjoyed a slice of the fat money pie.
Let’s talk and talk about it, but I know what you’re thinking: where’s the pics and shots, Ben?? I’m here to disappoint, and can confidently say that the one thing I didn’t do was take pictures of all the new stuff I did for the show. Suffice to say, it was all really good! Lucky though that it was all stuff I have molded, so I’ll soon have shots of everything. I did manage to get shots of Shovel Knight, so here’s some of that for you:
I have good shots of these Shovelers because it was actually something I got done AFTER MAGFest. I had the option to pre-order the figure at the show and a few people took the deal, so these were the first thing I did when I got back. I gave the option of armor color and phrase on the base. They were a lot of fun to do! I’m almost done with the big commissions from MAG, and can get back into sculpting new stuff. In the meantime, I’m hustling in the next few months to pay the huge tax bill I got saddled with, so if video game figures are your thing, check out my new etsy shop. There’s a whole bunch of stuff not sold from the show, so there’s something there for you, I’d bet!
January 17th, 2012 by Ben Howard
I woke up and felt a strange sensation that I was forgetting something today. I went downstairs and into the kitchen and forgot why I went in there, so I went out and went back in but couldn’t get a handle on it. Then I went back up the stairs, but miscalculated the number of steps so I did that thing where you feel like you know you can fly but have forgotten how to. THEN I REMEMBERED: I need to build a new stair-step.
THEN I REMEMBERED: That wasn’t what I forgot to do. ScrewAttack reminded me though, that I said on camera that if you go to my site there would be a Flash Man sculpture ready for viewing. Well, I rushed back downstairs to where my computer used to be, but I forgot that I sold it for a novelty corncob cellphone. So now I’m at the library and feverishly posting this so that I’m not made out to be a liar! So, check it out, ScrewAttackers!
Or are ScrewAttack patrons ScrewVictims?
January 11th, 2012 by Ben Howard
‘Nother MAGFest done and dusted, and my shelf’s looking like it’s gotta get filled with funny sculptures again. Already I’ll be hitting the sculpting table with commissions for round ten of my life as a full-time artist. Now that the big milestone’s over, I have to start thinking: is this a job, or an activity that is merely staving off the moment until I have to GET a job? Oddly enough, that sentiment makes me want to sculpt RIGHT NOW
One of the things I want to do more is write more this year. That last sentence could be rewritten, “I would like to write more more”. This is a good reason for me to be in the practice of writing! I’ll be talking more about what I’m doing in the life of me as well as the obvious art stuff that just bogs this site down, really.
Also you may notice that the pictures have been retaken for Mega Man Chess. This is because Rachel Peterson came and took far better pictures than I ever could with her space camera from the future. I’ll be putting new sculptures up daily from all the pieces that were unveiled at MAGFest– there’s quite a few, so keep up!
Posted in Chess Sets, MAGFest
January 4th, 2012 by Ben Howard
A few months and constant punishment to my back and fingers has yielded a trove of new sculptures for my favorite gathering of video-game folks! This is the first year I ever dabbled in silicone molds so I was able to crank out some of the lesser characters and do a SHY GUY RAINBOW. Seriously, they look like candy.
I’m gonna participate in the MAGHunt, a sort of Alternate Reality game they’re trying to put together. I’d like to be a person people have to go to for a puzzle, but I’m not sure if I cleared that with the coordinator. I do know that one of the Shy Guys’ll be put up as a prize, so look out for the fabled Black Shy Guy on the MAGHunt prize table. Legend has, it carries a terrible curse. Only seek to win it if your life is otherwise uninteresting and you could do well with some cursey stuff happening to you.
Stay tuned after the show, I always wait to unveil a lot of new sculptures at the convention so they’re a complete surprise! Besides Mega Man chess, there are a BUNCH of new pieces that I’m real excited about.
December 30th, 2011 by Ben Howard
The time has come to drop the biggest project I’ve been working on for MAGFest 10: Mega Man Chess!
I said I’d announce this by Friday night, so I gotta dash this off in the next couple minutes or I’m OUT OF BOUNDS. This new set is gonna be shown off for the first time at MAGFest 10, so make sure you get yourself to National Harbor next weekend! I promise this set is the best Mega Man Chess set that you can find. On Google images. Thus far. Here are some more shots:
More shots of individual pieces to come. Also, I’ll eventually get a more dazzling board but for now we’re on the vinyl placemat. LOOK AT THOSE PIECES!!!! (not the board!)
December 29th, 2011 by Ben Howard
OH BOY… MAGFest is a mere 7 days away and I’m feverishly finishing up as many projects as possible. Sorry to those who tried to get in some last-minute Christmas gifts from me, I want to make sure I’ve got enough of a table to WOW the gawkers and lookers-on this year at my table!
I did, however, get a call from Tim Ekkebus of X-Strike Studios who wanted a Candy Cat from the Dragon Quest Series. Since I can’t say no to Tim (because I’m very, very scared of him) I got down to business on his project straight away! Don’t let the date of this post fool you, though– I did it like three weeks ago but didn’t say anything about it until now because he wanted it to be a Christmas secret. Now I’m pretty sure Christmas is over, but these days you never can tell the way televesion never shuts up about it. Is it over?
I keep saying I’ll unveil the big project before MAG on the site, so I will. Tomorrow night I’ll put up the gallery of my latest invention! Be there!
And go to Candy Cat Land!
March 14th, 2008 by Ben Howard
Let me apologize for everything. Everything bad that has ever happened to you, let me just go ahead and say, I’m sorry. Didn’t know. Thought it’d help. My fault, entirely. There you go!
More specifically, sorry to everyone who I coaxed into visiting my site from MAGFest only to find a wholly derelict outfit, with the most recent update from almost a year ago! I assure you I still think I run a business, and business is as good as you want it to be. With this in mind, the sculpture page has been packed to brimming with new sculptures; thanks greatly to the talented and uncommonly charitable Lady Kitana for helping me out with this update. (more…)