Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I Am 8-Bit 2008

Here's my pieces for this year's I Am 8-Bit art show this Thursday!

Wooden Mario:
(Acrylic on wood)

Yes, I did all the cutting, carving, sanding and screwing together all of these pieces. It was super time consuming, but totally worth it.

Wooden Luigi:
(Acrylic on wood)

Oh, and they are kinda big.

Luigi is almost 4' tall.

Wooden Link:
4" x 6"
(Acrylic on wood)

The fun part of Link was carving out the shield and sword.

All of this woodworking actually reminded me of making Pinewood Derby Cars for Cub Scouts with my Dad. We would spend weeks in the soggy basement with a radial saw, jigsaw, a scale and sandpaper. That was fun and almost won best of show too!

Next up: TRIBUTE TO GYGAX show

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Blogger Peggy said...

Wow, those are awesome! The combination of the low-tech medium (my grandfather used to make stuff like that, looong ago) and the modern digital content is way-cool.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Jorge R. Gutierrez said...

holy mole, these are fantastic Gabe!!!
How much are they going to be?

1:00 PM  
Blogger damon said...

wow those are super cool

i love how you can see the grain of the wood through the paint

adds a nice texture to it

rely nice cant wait to see them at the show

1:38 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Awesome Gabe! Those turned out really good! Isn't it great to work with wood! Grrr....hehee...See u at the show! ;)

1:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

So very cool and quite a creative idea. I look forward to seeing these

When I made my Pinewood Derby Car for cubbie scouts all I used was sandpaper and my car looked a lot like the original block of wood only it went slower down the track. Wish I'd had some help with it...

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!!! These are really cool, Gabe! What a great idea!!! All those Pine Wood Derby cars sure paid off!!!
Great job!!!!

7:12 PM  
Blogger Gregory Sesma said...

very cool, I really love the shapes and silhouettes.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Chris Battle said...

Bauza & Danner should star in the live action reboot!

12:01 AM  
Blogger Lamar The Revenger said...

very nice! next thing you know you'll be making those for trailer park yards all over the country.. I'd have one in front of our trailer! think of it a fight scene from Mario Bros. what Bowser would be 6 or 7 foot tall? you'd need a building permit for that!

1:27 AM  
Blogger ALBERT PARDO said...



12:28 PM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Dude, these are freakin awesome!!

4:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

such great pieces!! So good seeing you at the show tonight- your stuff looked amazing! : D I loved seeing all of them in person- i think the Link is my favorite (prob due to my affinity for the Zelda franchise), but the Mario and Luigi are so great too!!

3:01 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

DANG!!!! Great concept and execution Gabe.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Gabe Swarr said...

Thanks everyone! The show was a huge success. The place was so loud and stuffed with people that if I missed you I'm sorry! It was a-crazy...

Would you guys like to see other characters like this as well?

Maybe next year I'll do the same thing but bigger...

9:57 AM  
Blogger Brad said...

these are AWESOME!

9:52 PM  
Blogger Mitchel Kennedy said...

YEA brown-shirted Link! :D

4:51 PM  
Blogger scottc said...

the pictures of you and the mario bros is so tender.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Alex Deligiannis said...

So this is what pure awesome looks like in the physical form. Wow.

4:02 PM  
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7:59 PM  
Blogger Bob Camp said...

Great stuff Gabe!

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Funny videos said...

Adds a nice texture to it

rely nice cant wait to see them at the show

6:41 AM  
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7:56 PM  
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