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(David Rich)
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Lady Tia and I at the Leather, Feather, and Lace Ball (8-04)


Here are a few of my favorite art pieces that I had created back in High School.  Since there tends to be so little money in paintings and such, the reality of life and paying the bills did not allow me to continue this as an occupation.  My current art is to publish these hundreds of web pages for your entertainment and education.  And near the bottom you will find my current copper sheet metal art that I sell to clients all over the country from my business web site: copper-by-design.com


Early Drawings The Making of Darth Vader Our Art Collection Pages

Skateboard Designs

Copper Sheet Metal Art Our Philosophies

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My Early Drawings
Cheral LaddFarah Fawcett

I would take a photo out of a magazine that I liked and blow it up on an opaque projector onto a piece of paper that I would tape on the wall.  I would use this just to trace the outline of the basic shapes of the subject.  This would help me get everything in proportion. It would be frustrating to try to fight the dimensions of the image, so I avoided this the time and difficulty of doing it the old fashion way, making it a more enjoyable experience for me as an art student.  It was not a technique that my teachers recommended, but I felt that it was a good advantage of our modern world we could and should take advantage of.

Princess LeaA model

I then would spend many hours studying the photo and shading in all the areas of the picture to give the image life.  One early art teacher explained to the class that the is no lines in nature.  This was a big help to me in how I see the world.  It takes shading to make an image look real.  These were done in pencil, and got plenty smudged over the years before I scanned them in to display on the web.  I was not able to work with pen as the pressure I applied to the pencil was a good way to regulate the darkness of the shading, and of course I could erase what I needed to fix and do over.  The eyes were the most difficult to get the way I wanted.  I would often erase that area of the paper so much that it damaged the paper and made it even more difficult to work on.

just a womananother woman





Skateboard Designs

These are some skate board decks I made or designed.  That is my daughter Hope below with the latest skate board I have still.  It has large rubber wheels on it that are usable on gravel roads.  It is nice in that it rides very quietly over the road and does not vibrate so much, and best of all, rocks on the road are not such an obstacle.  I had many more different skate boards than shown here, but they were not photographed, so I am unable to share them with you. 

My middle Daughter Hope with my skate board

I cut this shape out of a blank skate board deck. It was already formed into the concave shape, but was just a rough rectangular shape.  I also cut the hole in the center.  I decorated it with stickers and found a clear grip tape to cover them with.  It has a soft plastic bottom layer to take the scratching that many skate boarders do to their decks.

My current skate board

I was into skateboards before the introduction of polyurethane wheels.  At first I could not afford even $15 a real skate board.  The kind that K-mart sold (I forget the brand name), with a thick molded soft black plastic deck that was only about a 4.5" wide 18" long in a simple stretched football shape, with narrow trucks and small plastic wheels.

I instead took an old pair of steel wheel roller-skates to use for the wheels. The type of skates that would strap onto the bottom of your shoes.  The foot size adjustment bolt was so rusted that I ended up having to smack it with a hammer back and forth, until the center steel frame rail finally broke in two.  I then used several 16 penny stud nails driven into a short 2x4. I bent the nails over the skate halves to hold it to the board. Of course alignment was never achieved, so it would veer off to one side or the other. I rode it so much that I ground down those steel wheels (which were incredibly noisy) down to the bearings, no joke.

Later I got a paper route job and saved money to get one of those real skate boards at K-mart. <LOL>  One time my Mother was disciplining me and took my skate board away as the punishment.  I was furious!  I said "You can take away something that you paid for, like even my bed, but your are wrong to take my skate board that I worked and paid for".

After moving to Oregon in 1977 My first quality skate board (not pictured) was by Logan Earthski.  It had a solid wood deck (with pretty much no flex to it) with a wedge of wood glued on the tail, instead of bending the deck to form the kick-tail (as they called it back then).  It had Tracker Trucks and light green 70mm Kryptonic brand wheels.

It was a funny story of how I got it.  I was in my Sophomore year in High School.  I had just received my first pay check from my job at a burger place called Herfy's (later bought out by Arctic Circle).  My paycheck was for only $50.  Not enough to buy a good skate board.  A close friend in art class said he could double my money in a week by buying and selling pot there at school.  He was very insistent, so I finally agreed.  I gave him even better terms than he suggested.  I told him that I would give him 2 weeks, and he only had to pay me a $25 return on my investment.  But for these good terms, I would need to have his new skate board he just paid $80 for as collateral.  Needless to say, I never had to return that skate board. <LOL>

When I bought the blank deck to customize (shown above), Cal Skate was still running that indoor skate park near the Hawthorne Bridge, and I could not get any wheels larger than 55mm.  What was up with that trend?  I understand they were good inside that skate park, where there is no rocks or debris to worry about, but on the streets they are crap!  It is nice to see some sizable wheels being made again.  I was amazed to see that 101mm wheels with orange plastic rims are the rage for long boards.  Wow!

I failed to get some clear photos of the coolest skate board wheels I bought back in the early 1980.  They had a center aluminum rim  with 5 oval holes that held the bearing races and was about 60mm in diameter.  It literally looked like an old fashion mag rims on a car.  The hard clear red urethane was only about a 5mm band molded around that rim. It was so hard that it did not hardly wear at all. They were also very wide compared to most wheels.  I would say they were about 60mm wide.

This skate board was one I made in wood shop.   It was a goofy experiment on form. It was usable, but it was not flexible and was much heavier than other decks.

My next skate board was from Kryptonics (not pictured) who started out as a skate board wheel manufacturer.  It was a new concept in decks.  It had a light weight green foam core that was about 3/4" thick and was sandwiched in between two fiberglass sheets.  It was a good strong skate board deck, but I got my car broke into just visiting my old High School and lost it.  I thought those decks were great, but they never caught on, as it was a little too revolutionary.

A Kryptonic deck that I decorated.

The deck shown above was later made by Kryptonics as well, It has a cool dragon image on the bottom.  I did the grip tape design on the top.  I thought that was pretty creative.  I guess because of sales being slow, this company reverted to building wood decks like this one, but they had a thin fiberglass paper layer on the top and bottom of the deck to resist abrasion.  It never caught on for some reason either.

Later a different company began to laminate a soft plastic layer on the bottom of decks for this purpose, but that did not sell well enough either, as it seems that a scratched-up, chipped, and even broken deck are considered a trophy of radical stunting.  It shows that you really used your skate board hard.  What a funny world? I am sure those who sell skate board deck are not complaining.




The Making of Darth Vader for The Center Theater, for the promotion of Empire Strikes Back
(original release)

Read below about the construction of this Darth Vader mannequin, back when I was only 17 for the promotions of the first sequel to Star Wars in Salt Lake City Utah.  The pictures are not so clear,  since my Mother only had a cheap 110 camera at the time.  I am lucky to have these pictures to share with you.

Darth Vader's helmet uncoveredAs a young child, my favorite toys were things like a rubber bat or a human skull model.  I seemed to be drawn to some images of horror.  Art was always a fascination for me.  Sci-Fi/Fantasy movies tend to allow artist a great deal more freedom to create what ever their imagination has to offer.  You can imagine how amazed I was when first seeing Star Wars as a young teen.

I just loved the design of Darth Vader.  This character was a conglomeration of many notorious villains in literature and history, being part (a) cloaked vampire (b) sword fighting pirate (c) the helmet was like that of a Nazi storm-trooper (d) leather clad motorcycle renegade (e) humanoid robot gone bad (f) giant part insect  (g) evil wizard (h) menacing demon (i) strong giant (j) scary alien (k) evil genius bent on world domination, etc..   These pieces all wrapped onto one super villain.  He made the perfect monster for the 70's, 80's, and even into the 90's.

Darth Vader's helmetWhen I was 17, I landed a job at the theater that was going to get Empire Strikes Back exclusively there in Salt Lake City.  I talked the manager into paying me to build a life size Darth Vader for the promotions of Empire Strikes Back. It was not much, only $300.

Since they don't make a 7 foot mannequin, I had to build one from scratch in my High School Woodshop class.  The other guys in woodshop class were making projects like a rifle gun cabinet (which I also did also) and such.  They must have thought I was nuts to make this large human frame.

Darth Vader - Step 1I took my own wimpy proportions of my body and multiplied them by 1.5, from pretty much every angle.  Even the circumference of my muscles in gradients down my leg.  I made these discs cut out from a sheet of 3/8" particle board in the shape of each cross section for each limb and torso.  I attached them to the 2x4 bone structure and tacked cardboard strips over the edges of these discs for the skin.

I designed him to be in a dramatic lunging stance pose.  I still managed to have him balanced his weight on just his two feet without any other support.  My Mother helped me sew the fabric for his costume.  He had both capes, the mat black one that went under his belt, as well as the glossier outer cape.  I used a thick aluminum wire in the bottom seam, bent into a soft zig-zag, to hold the cape out at the bottom like he was in motion.

Darth Vader - Step 2 His belt was equipped with the electric boxes with working LEDs.  The chest plate was layers of cardboard cut to shape and glued together, covered with glossy tape and spray painted black to look like the armor he wore.  I also made a detailed light saber out of a thick aluminum tube.  I used some the backing from the silk screening film to roll it up and make the light portion of the light saber.  I even mounted a small light bulb in the handle to illuminate that clear plastic film.  Before delivering this to the theater, I used the costume in the High School Talent Show.  I made and wore some 1.5 foot high stilts to be more the right height.  That was a kick! 

Darth Vader - Step 3If you were to look at the poster they sold of Darth Vader and my recreation,  you would see that I had not missed a single detail.  My Metal Shop Teacher drove it the 20 miles down to the Downtown Salt Lake City theater.  We had it standing up in the back of his truck, with me back there to hold him.  You can only imagine the looks we got from the people in the other cars on the freeway.

The theater Manager said they got over $3,000 worth of free publicity from this life size model I had made for them.  By today's standards that would be more like $10,000 to $12,000 worth of publicity.  I guess I should have charged more for it, but at the time I first proposed this idea, I was lucky he placed enough faith in my abilities to make this at all.  I am sure he realized that they got a lot more for their dollar than they had imagined.

Darth Vader - Step 4Mom & Darth Vader


Copper Sheet Metal Art

Most of my art creation in the last decade has been on computers or aluminum and copper sheet metal.  Tia and I have published over 300 web pages just for ourselves (see my site map).  We have also designed web sites for other artist and assisted more to make their own web site.

Here is me in a 20oz copper pyramid cap I made for my Brother Damion.  It was designed with equal lateral triangles for each side, and is made from a single sheet of copper with only one seam.

Here is a copper mask I made for the main ritual of a Pagan Festival called Summer Star that we attended in the summer of 2003.

Here is a baseball bat resistant copper clad plywood security mail box I made for us in the Fall of 2003.  The top slot is 12" wide for mail insertion.  The slot below that is for outgoing mail, and there is an 8" tall hinged locking door for mail retrieval.

Here is a simple copper mail box I made for our Landlords in the Spring of 2004.

Here is a playhouse for charity we volunteered to do the copper roof work, flashing, and gutter work on, along with the transportation and set-up.

We attended their ritzy black-tie Gala they held, where they auctioned off the decorated trees and this Victorian-style playhouse.  The playhouse, decorated tree, and the gift certificates went for $7,500.

Here is a pair of 3 foot tall copper caps I made early 2004 for a client in Arlington Virginia.  The top two sections are also done in a single sheet of 20oz copper with only one seam to seal.  The bottom section for each cap was too large to make in a single sheet.  I did manage to make 6 of the sides in one single piece.  I also made the wood ring to step out the bottom section from the roof 1.5".


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