Artworks by Avon Fox. Sculpture, Traditional Pencil, Digital Art and Installation Pieces.

 
 

C-3PO  - Life Size Bust

As a kid I always thought the scene in 'The Empire Strikes Back' where C-3PO gets discombobulated was great. With him chatting away but still mostly in bits it was easy for my five year old mind to believe he was a real robot. So thirty years on I decided to make one.

The outer body sections were pre-cast to be as film accurate as feasible and then undercoated. A wooden support frame was then built for the inside to attach the head to and provide strength to the rear wall mounting.

His spine and insides were chosen to hopefully not be instantly recognisable as coming from anything specific and a multi-point mounting frame was made for the shoulders and torso to attach all his 'bits' to.

He has a film accurate back but it has a steel plate three by five inches in the middle with a notch to attach it to the custom wall mount. Once painted and given the carbon scorched look he was hoisted onto the wall.

His eyes light up and he says a few phrases from the film including "Stormtroopers... oh my I've been shot!"

 
 C-3PO Life Size Bust Construction Cast Pieces  C-3PO Life Size Bust Funny  C-3PO Life Size Bust Referene Picture  C-3PO Life Size Bust Shoulder Bells C-3PO Life Size Bust Inner Frame and Wall Mount 
 C-3PO Life Size Bust Inner Support C-3PO Life Size Bust Exposed Spine  C-3PO Life Size Bust Construction Chest  C-3PO Life Size Bust Construction 8  C-3PO Life Size Bust Torso Wires 
   C-3PO Life Size Bust Complete C-3PO Life Size Bust Complete 2  C-3PO Life Size Bust Complete 3   
 
 

 
Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch
Doctor Who Davros Reference Image

Chief scientist on Skaro, creator of the Daleks and winner of the 'shriek like a broken Hitler doll' award Davros has always been one of my favourite baddies. He's the most threatening one handed, clinically blind, chair bound man I can think of! There had not been a remote controlled 'Genesis' Davros commercially available when I made him so I wanted to get in first. ; )

The shell for his base was taken from a damaged RC Dalek, the needed console pieces were cut from plastic and the LEDS added to those. The pieces were assembled, the joins filled and the console painted. The RC board was modified so that that the rear four lights flash only when he's moving and the console lights always stay on. His 'Dalek bumps' were repainted chrome as was the bottom skirt of the chair.

His body is a basic foam shape over a wire armature and his chair back is aluminium. His hand and head were made from Super Sculpy by my brother Ben and once done I made the support frame around the head.

That's about it! He trundles around fine and you can see him go in the clip below.

 

 Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch with Dalek  Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Finished 2  Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Lights Test Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Head Details  Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Finished 5 
Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Chair Pieces   Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Chair Construction  Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Construction 3  Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Chair LEDs Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Construction 5 
 Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Dalek Bumps  Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Modified Electronics  Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control 12 Inch Chair Lights  Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Foam Body Inner  Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Chair Back
 Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Head Sculpt Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Construction 12   Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Construction 13  Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Finished 6  
 
 Remote Control Genesis Davros
 
 


B
elmont - Garden SculptureBelmont Garden Robot Sculpture Design Sketch

Inspired by an edge of page doodle I decided to make a robot sculpture for the garden.

I  tried to design him along the lines of how a disused robot could look like today if the ideas that people in the early 70's had about what robots would look like came to pass.

I like the idea that he'd look as if he'd been in the back of a garage for many years, probably behind a disused ping pong table.

Belmont's lower half and hydraulics came from a 70's 'Belmont' dentist chair and the rest of him is made from old oil pumps, steel supports, scrap metal, projector bits and custom formed plastic.

His eyes have ultra-brights LEDs in them with a little battery which charges from solar cells throughout the day. They come on automatically at night when the natural light dims.

He can be turned 360 from his 'foot' and his arms have a full range of movement. He was going to get hands at one point and I started to make a number of fingers for him but I'm not sure he needs them now and we've gotten used to him as he is.

Note: South Australia had a massive drought and the Government pretty much banned us from watering our gardens; I took that as an opportunity to let the back yard temporarily go to to Hell!

 
Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 1 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 2 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 3 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 4 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 5
Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 6 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 7 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 8 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 9 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 10
Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 11 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 12 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 13 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 14 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 15
 
 

 

R5-D4 - Life-sized

R5-D4 Droid Life Size Star Wars Reference ImageWhat the Hell's an R5 and why am I building one??

R5-D4 is the name of one of the dustbin like Astromech droids in the Star Wars films.

You see him in Star Wars A New Hope (the original first/good one) when Luke and his Uncle Owen are buying C-3PO and R2-D2 from the Jawas. R5 is the one they pick first instead of R2 and trundles forward only to blow his motivator and get swapped out for R2.

So why all the effort for a droid that's only in the film for a few seconds? When I was a kid I had the toy of him and thought it was THE BEST!!! I was too young to remember seeing him in the film but the toy was the shiz! I just really liked his neck/head design over R2-D2's.

Fast forward to 2009 where I thought, 'screw it, I'll make a big one'!

Here we are, 2011 and this is where it's up to. Other projects have jumped in front of this one here and there but now I have all the bits for a nightmare jigsaw puzzle and six months worth of sanding, sculpting and more sanding. ... I hate sanding...

R5 will probably be a static model with only two legs. He's seen in both two and three legged modes in the film but as the old toy had only two legs I'm going to make him like that.

The last pic below is just some of the bigger pieces stacked together. His head needs to come down to rest on the neck collar, the eyes are just taped on, etc. There's a lot of holes to cut in the body for the vents and other details and a support frame inside the legs has to be built to hold all the weight. Where possible pieces that looked metal in the film have been made out of turned aluminium even though they were probably just spray painted silver for the actual prop.

 

 
R5-D4 Vintage Toy Figure R5-D4 Droid Life Size Head Casting 1 R5-D4 Droid Life Size Head Casting 2 R5-D4 Droid Life Size Head Casting 3 R5-D4 Droid Life Size Head All The Pieces
 
 


IG-88 - Life Size Animatronic Bust
IG-88 Assassin Droid Reference Image Empire Strikes Back

Okay, okay he was only on screen for a few seconds and barely moved but for me IG-88 is one of the coolest looking characters in the Star Wars story. I was able to get a cast of a Derwent Flame Tube (which IG-88's head was originally made from) to kick this off.

Key for me was that I wanted his head to turn slowly left and right so I dug out an old motor and made a mount for it and a base for IG-88 to sit on. It's pretty basic but once covered in black felt it came up okay. [pics 2, 3 & 4]

I made a very simple cam to attach the main head support shaft to the motor and then a cross bar to locate into the socket inside the top of the head. The movement is almost silent so I'm very happy with that. [pics 5, 6 & 7]

After a few trials I made a heap of light tubes out of PVC that hold four white ultra-bright LEDs, a wad of light diffusing poly-fill which were then capped with a red Perspex filter. Using the filter means that the eyes will still look light red even when the LEDs are turned off. The inside of the head is very uneven so I sunk circular recesses into it from the inside for the light tubes to go into. I wanted to avoid that 'lamp with a light bulb inside' for his head look that some fan made busts have. All of IG-88's eyes are the same brightness in the film so I wanted to replicate that as closely as possible and the single bulb approach wasn't going to do that. This way all of the eyes have exactly the same brightness as each other no matter which angle you view them from. Technically I think the actual prop probably had one or more very bright lights inside it which works fine under bright stage lights and inside a metal head but for the plastic version that much heat to give an evenly lit spread wasn't practical. [pics 8, 9 & 10]

Other details, neck, shoulders, inner neck were formed or cast from aluminium flashing, epoxy, PVC and car putty.

DISASTER! I knew something wasn't right but just couldn't nail it down. His chest section was too narrow [pic 4]. Thankfully it was just the centre section so it was removed and replaced with a shaped piece of Perspex [pic 15].

The head was painted with a number of glazes and peppered with mica dust to give it a weathered, textured shine. [pic 16] shows the build up one glaze before completion.

Lights in, head on and presto! The stuff of nightmares atop a bookcase!
I should add that the 'eye's are actually the proper red as they are in the film but the camera isn't picking it up properly. I'll update with some better pics when I can. I also left off his neck wire as it was pulling too much on the head when it turned; small sacrifice for a neat feature.

 
IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Head Derwent Flame Tube Cast ESB Fan Motor Mount for IG-88 Assassin Droid 1 Fan Motor Mount for IG-88 Assassin Droid 2 IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Bust Cast ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Inside Head 1 ESB
IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Inside Head 2 ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Head Motor Arm ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Inside Head Sensor Eye Holes ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Sensor Eye Lights ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Sensor Eye Lights ESB 2
IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Head Details ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Neck ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Shoulder End Casts ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Inside Neck Details IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Pre Paint and Final Changes
IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Head Texture Detail IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Animatronic Complete IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Animatronic Darker IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Nightmare Fuel IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Animatronic Funny
 
Motorised Head Turning Test Video
 
 


HAL 9000

2001 A Space Odyssey broke my mind when I was permitted to watch it waaay too young and HAL's miserable and drawnout demise certainly affected me more than it should have.

Many years on I decided to make my own HAL 9000 terminal so I can stare at it... and it can stare back. : )

I picked up a HAL cast online but it was so bad that I ended up recasting all bar the inner eye piece and slicing a section of Christmas decoration off for the eye dome. The painting could have gone better as the silver reacted with something in the plastic but ah well, it was a quick project to do while avoiding my other projects.

The 'eye'light is very red in person but the camera for some reason picks is up with a yellow tinge.  I was going to put a motion activated speech box in it with the sensor behind the grill but it couldn't detect enough movement and it seemed a shame to drill a hole anywhere else.

 
HAL 9000 Cast HAL 9000 Eye Dome Christmas Decoration HAL 9000 Prop Painting HAL 9000 Speaker Grill HAL 9000 Eye Light Wiring
HAL 9000 Assembly HAL 9000 Complete HAL 9000 Prop Replica HAL 9000 Prop Replica Dark HAL 9000 Prop Replica Side
 
 


Beeblebox

My partner started doodling these little box characters so I decided to surprise her with a statue of one.

I took a milk carton and using wire as well as off cut parts of the carton I made a mould which removed as much of the negative space as easily possible. I then filled the box up with some spare car repair putty and let it set.

Once out of the mould the next part was puttying and sanding to remove air bubbles and to round off the corners and edges at a slightly jaunty angle. I finished off with a couple of coats of acrylic paint from a roller to give him a nice sealed and textured finish.

 
Milk Carton Mould Milk Carton Mold Inside Car Putty Bog Casting Inside the Milk Carton Beeble Box Finished Cast  
 
 


2006 on - Traditional and Digital Illustration

Below are some examples of both my hand and computer created art; in some instances a bit of both.

       
Robidia Rat Traditional Pencil Sketch Robidia Rat Digital Art Horse Head Traditional Pencil Sketch

Created for a motorcycling enthusiast friend of mine.

Hippo head was done as a costume design and the horse chap was just a random sketch that ended up being auctioned with proceeds going to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

       
Hippo Hotel Digital Rendering Puff Snuff the Magic Dragon Parody Traditional Pencil Sketch
Arinaca Taxidermist Birthday Card with Text
Arinaca Taxidermy Birthday Card without Text

A guy trying to take his gal out to dinner and a dragon pic that probably should have stayed in my head!

Caricature birthday card done for a taxidermist friend; pencil sketch that was then computer inked and coloured.

     
Created as visual reference for a friend's RPG character. Pencil sketch to a requested design then computer inked and coloured. Mozz the Wingless Mosquito Traditional Pencil Sketch 1 Mozz the Wingless Mosquito Traditional Pencil Sketch 2

H.E.N.R.I. was created as visual reference for a friend's RPG character. Pencil sketch to a requested design then computer inked and coloured.

[RIGHT]: the first, rough sketch of Mozz the wingless mosquito.
[LEFT]: Lupin and I felt so sorry for him that the second, finished pic came out purely to cheer us up.

       
E-Type Jaguar Digital Rendering Bird Traditional Pencil Sketch Cat Bunny Thing Traditional Pencil Sketch Millitant Mamal Traditional Pencil Sketch
An early attempt at computer colouring. Three back of sketch book characters with no real stories other than that the middle cat one was originally going to be a rabbit and ended up with the knick name 'wormhole kitty' which had nothing to do with spatial anomalies; best not to ask.
 
 


Misc and Junk!

Projects that will probably never be finished or should never have been started in the first place.

My partner has collectively gathered some of these art pieces into the category, 'horrible things Avon's made' and these fine items fall well into that group.

Hall of Keys 1 Hall of Keys 2 Expanda Foam Balloon Disaster

Over the years I've somehow collected over three hundred keys and a while back I started hanging them from the corridor ceiling. There's about seventy up now and they all make great sounds when lightly struck.

I had some spare expanda-foam, a balloon and a wooden skewer. I call him Eggy.

 
Plastic Cup Candle Horror Condom Expanda Foam Kiwi

This candle holding treat was made from a plastic milkshake take-away cup; spray painted gold and bottle green with tasteful burn holes added for aesthetic value.

I made this little kiwi out of what was left of another batch of expanda-foam and a balloon. His 'beak' is the injection tube for the foam.

 

Board Dinosaur

If you've never been to Kalimdor it has no meaning but for everyone else; look, it's Chen's Keg!

Made from those friggin' pre-voting day posters they never take down and everyone gets so sick of looking at.