Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Deadless #0 available for sale

Another comic I colored is available online now. This one is being sold as a digital download from comiXology. Deadless #0 is the setup for an epic story about demons, witches, ghosts, a possible anti-christ, and maybe even the end of the world! Matt O'Keefe is the writer behind this opus. He hopes to continue the stories that were started here with several series of books about the individual characters.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Precious Few

A comic I colored a while back was recently posted on the site FanBros. They have been posting a series of creator owned comics. The story "The Precious Few" was written and illustrated by Derek Fridolfs and Kenneth Elliot Jones. You can check it out here.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Way to go Will!

I am very proud of my big brother Will Turnbull tonight. He was featured on WGAL News in Lancaster County this evening for his efforts to raise money for restoring Speedwell Lake. Will has been selling chocolate covered pretzels he makes to raise $500 for the lake that was damaged during a flood two years ago. Speedwell is one of Will's favorite places to go, even since the lake has been drained due to a damaged dam. The Save Speedwell Organization thanked Will by planting a tree in his honor this morning. You can see the video on WGAL's website here.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


We lost a great yesterday with the passing of Ray Harryhausen. Ray's stop motion work influenced a whole generation of filmmakers and his onscreen magic is still very potent today. Here are a couple videos. The first is a collection of his scenes from classic science fiction and fantasy films.

The next is an interview with effects guru Phil Tippett talking with Harry Knowles about Harryhausen's influence on his work.  

If you are interested in Ray, The Art of Ray Harryhausen book is a great companion piece to his film work. It shows off his preproduction artwork as well as his beautiful models.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Working with distractions

I usually have music or podcasts going while I am working. Today as I was painting I watched this Simpson's writer's reunion on Conan's long form interview web show, Jibber-Jabber.
He has had some really interesting guests on in the past. I really enjoyed the Jack White interview.

I also listened to a Marc Maron WTF podcast replay interview with Johnathan Winters. Winters passed away recently; this was a great tribute to his storytelling and comedic talents.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Puppet for M'aidez

I'm starting to work on a new section of the movie. It is going to have a different look (obviously). Hopefully everything will mesh together alright in the end.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Write up about M'aidez

Down With Film wrote a really flattering post about M'aidez back in February. I missed it initially, but here are the kind words:

"Not many short films can be described as an experience but Jesse Turnbull's incredible ‘M’aidez’ definitely falls into that catagory. Its one of the most expertly crafted 3 minutes of indepent film your likely to see, we can’t recommend it highly enough."

Thanks guys!

I have been hard at work on an expanded version of the short, and hope to get it done in the next month or two.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Photo from Dave

Here's a picture my friend Dave took of me while we were visiting MICA's campus. We were enjoying our annual Shamrock Shakes we get on St. Patrick's Day.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Space Knife

Here is a little prop I made combining an old discarded clipper blade, a dummy credit card (I love getting those in the mail for just this purpose), and some reclaimed electronics screws. There is a piece of card on either side of the blade, so it does collapse into itself like a pocket knife. I will do a bit more detailing to it, but the basic shape is there.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Making messes

Deanna puts up with me sprawling all over the floor very well. It's hard to work at my desk when it's full of junk.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

8*Bit Devo Shirt

Here's a shirt I designed for the 8 Bit Devo tribute album. It is available for purchase over at the 8 Bit Operators site, look under merchandise.

I came across this mini doc about a Portland circuit bender on Make Magazine's blog. Noystoise (Craig Mederios) makes the most beautiful cobbled-together instruments I've ever seen. He also has a great blog showing some of his process and the final instruments in action.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Back in the trenches

I got to jump back into my stop motion short today. I haven't spent time with it since early December. I think its going to take a day or two to readjust. I started off slow today with some pattern making.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I'm still here...

I've been working on a couple private commissions lately that I can't really share images of, thus the lack of posts. I need to wrap up a couple more things this week, but hopefully I'll be back to working on M'aidez again soon. My wife and I are expecting our first child this summer, so I have a bit of a deadline now to try to get the short wrapped up. We plan on taking a couple months off after the little guy is born to get use to the new family experience ahead of us .

Here is something amazing to look at.

 I came across this book Automaton by Paolo Ventura over the summer when we were in Paris. I was floored by its beauty. Paolo immerses you into his world. The details kept me staring at the same image for long stretches of time. The story is simple, but very striking. Here is a video of him reading the text along with all of the images in the book.
I am still not sure exactly what his process is. I know he constructs his background, but I'm not sure if the dolls and clothing he uses are scratch built or modified from existing models. In any case the photos are beautiful.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Gizmos and Gadgets Show

Deanna and I drove up to Brooklyn yesterday for the opening night of Bottleneck Gallery's Gizmos and Gadgets show. I made it to the show with my sculpture about five minutes before the doors opened. We had traffic and got turned around on the way up, so it was a race against the clock. Everyone at the gallery was super understanding and extremely helpful. We got the piece put up just in time. The show looked great and the gallery was jam packed the entire time we were there. Big thanks to Josh, Bob, and Chris for coming out and supporting me. It made the night a lot of fun. Prints and my original piece from the show are now available on Bottlneck's website. There is a lot of fun stuff to check out.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

More Data photos

Here are a couple more angles of the final sculpture. It measures about 10.5 inches tall by 6 long and 6 wide minus the Pinchers of Peril. I'm looking forward to the opening tomorrow night at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn.
Click photos to enlarge

Friday, January 11, 2013

Oh Data...

I finally completed my sculpture of Data from The Goonies. The piece was created for the upcoming Bottleneck Gallery show Gizmos and Gadgets. The piece will be on display and for sale at the gallery.

Gizmos and Gadgets

Bottleneck Gallery
60 Broadway, Box 8
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Friday, January 18th - Thursday, February 3rd

Opening Reception: Friday January 18th from 7pm to 10pm 

Online Sales Begin Saturday January 19th ~ 12 noon est.

I will also be selling 11x17 inch prints of this image: 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Data gadgets

I've been working on a sculpture of Data from Goonies for the past month or so. It's just about wrapped up. Here are a couple details of some of the gadgets that will be strapped to him.