Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Just wanted to share this cool pic with everyone from the centre page of "The Art of the Muppets" Book. It was a gift from the Jim Henson Legacy after seeing the Muppet Theatre Model I created. Makes a GREAT desktop wallpaper!! There are so many amazing behind the scenes pictures in the book, I suggest everyone try to get a copy! Thanks:)

Little Shop of Horrors - Set Design

Hey everyone, here are a few pics from a Set Design I did for the musical, "Little Shop of Horrors" for the Callingwood Private school in West Vancouver, BC.  It was a big show that we did not have anyone help us with. The build was done by me, my partner Jeff and our friend Jay. This was one of those examples of how much hard work has to be done when you are just starting out. We built it all in the school garage and with VERY LITTLE funds. We bought mistinted paint, and asked any friends to help who could. It is also one of the best memories I have of building a set because I spent a lot of time with my friends and the result was amazing!!! Please enjoy the pics and commentary:)

These structures are supported by rented scaffolding. We attached building walls to the sides.

The bricks are stamped on with paint and look quite realistic in the right lighting.

Props and set decoration were very important for the "skid row" atmosphere

This unit rotated on wheels and allowed for set changes and transitions.

All these treatments are painted on effects. The clock wall opens to allow the Giant Plant to appear.

Doors and windows were built from scratch by Jeff Cox

The window is bug screen, which allowed me to paint words on it but have no glare.

All this furniture is made from scratch!! The props are from my living room!!

As usual it all starts with a model. This one was just pen and ink with watercolor paint.
Top View of Model

The views helped the director understand my vision, and allowed for changes.

The front stage area (Thrust) was custom built as well.

The street Lamp was never rented...budget didn't allow.

Push Pin Pivot!!!

The perches on each side was a great place for the back up girls to sing...

Thank you again for the visit!! I hope you come by again!!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Jim Henson's LABYRINTH Sculptures

Hey everyone! I just came back from Easter break visiting my mom in Desmairis, Alberta and I was reminded that she had all of my "Labyrinth" sculptures in a display cabinet. Jim Henson's Labyrinth is one of my all time FAVORITE movies (along with Dark Crystal and Nightmare Before Christmas) and I though I would share them with you all. These were the FIRST sculpts I ever did! I think it was 1997 or 1998. Although I know I could do a better job now, I love reflecting on previous work and appreciating the moment for where I was creatively at the time. I still think they have the magic and charm intended by Jim Henson and the Henson Studios. Incidentally, I have an amazing storybook which I based all of the sculpts on, I'm including the pictures for reference. Thanks again guys, and please enjoy the pics and commentary:) Lance


I purchased this little fairy trinket, it was the perfect scale

Close up on the Snoopy Weeds!! 

I wish I could re do the shirt so it was more detailed, but I still love it
There was an interesting face detail on the back of the vest
Utility belt of collectibles...I think I should have one too...
Hat detail

These charms are removable...

Vest Detail

Face Detail

Funky Forest Mushroom characters


LUDO 13"

Such a CUTE and adorable Character..loved sculpting it

Tried to capture the stance of the actual puppet

Itty Bitty Tail

Face is very detailed



Illustration by Bruce McNally

This was fun to do! Sir Didymus can be removed from the dog!

CHAAAARGE!!! (this is a movie quote)

Back side:)

I tried to copy the original designs...

Face close up

Trusty Dog!!


Illustration by Bruce McNally

These guys were blast in the film!!! I still need to add two more floating heads to the hands

I am loving the arched back and spine details

Rear View 

Face looks great up close...notice the finger print on the nose...cant deny I did it!

Hand detail

The WHOLE GANG!!! Illustration by Bruce McNally

Thanks again everyone! I hope you enjoyed these characters, and if you havent seen this movie...go out and rent it right now!!!