My name is Len and I draw monsters, robots, zombies and so much more. My style has become synonymous with geek music and culture. I have illustrated several books including “There’s A Zombie In My Treehouse” by John “Widgett” Robinson and Ken Plume, “Silly Rhymes For Belligerent Children” written by MST3K/Cinematic Titanic’s Trace Beaulieu and “Look” by Robert Bowling. I have also worked on projects for Discovery Channel, MythBusters and Steve Jackson Games. I live in Cleveland, Ohio with my wife, Nora, seven children and a gassy Wheaten Terrier named Snoopy.
Len here! As the self-proclaimed fan of the show, I don’t get to play around in makeup, costuming and SFX as much as Frank does. So Halloween is the time of year that I get to stretch my creative muscles. In the past, I have tried building my own StarLord mask or cosplay as Short Round, all the varying results. This year, I decided to buy a costume off the rack and modify it slightly. And the costume I chose was DeadPool!
Check out the picture above to see what my costume looks like. I may try modifying it a little more and if I do, I will post some pics. In the meantime, feel free to post your own pics to show off your work.
In case you weren’t aware, The New Ghostbusters came out. I’m heading out to see it this weekend, along with a lot of other folks. But I’ll be watching extra close because last February, I was hired to do some concept sketches for the movie! I was among a dozen or so artists who was hired by former CreatureGeek guest and friend, Rick Lazzarini from the amazing FX house The Character Shop to flesh out some concepts for the creative team. Rick has been posting a lot of other concept art from that session and comparatively, my stuff looks really bush league. However I am proud to say that I believe I was the only artist in the group who provided some early concepts for the proton packs and traps. I always felt that the traps in the original movie, while iconic, needed to have windows to see if the trap was full or not. To me, the flashing light left too much open to failure. Actually seeing the entity in the trap so you knew not to release it was important.
I’m not sure they incorporated my idea into the final design. They did re-design the traps to look more canister-like. But at the very least, I brought something new and interesting to the table.
It was a real dream come true and I hope to do more of it in the future. I’ve been dying to share my work for more than a year now, so I’m super excited to have you all see it! If there are any big Hollywood types out there who would like to employ my artistic services on their next film, hit me up! I’m open, yo!
Last week at San Diego Comic Con, Frank unveiled his latest project for Tested.com: A full Rancor suit! Using reference from the LucasFilm archives and from the Rancor creator Phil Tippett himself, Frank worked round the clock for two weeks to create this amazing Rancor.
For those of us who weren’t able to visit SDCC (myself included) this video is a great substitute. Thanks to the folks at Tested for making it happen.
Frank and Norm (of tested.com fame) got a chance to see all the items up for auction from Rick Baker’s studio. Check out the video. My mouth is watering wishing I had enough cash to bid on and win some of the lots being offered.
Have you ever wanted a trading card of SFX makeup artist and CreatureGeek host, Frank Ippolito? Well, here’s your chance! Len has added Frank to his geek trading card project Geek A Week and he joins other illustrious geeks such as Neil Gaiman, Guillermo Del Toro, Wil Wheaton, Stan Lee and many others! Not only that, but you can play an actual card game called “Epic Vs. Awesome” designed by master game makers Mike Selinker and Kid Beyond! You can order the cards right now from Len’s online store.
Just a quick note that Frank and I will be back this Friday with a brand new season of CreatureGeek! We have new guests and a slew of new shows. So mark your calendars as we crank up Season 2 of CreatureGeek, the SFX/Makeup show for fans and pros!
I found this a while ago and I thought it would be cool to share it here. These are home movies of actor Roddy McDowell whole working on the Planet of The Apes. The makeup artist is Don Cash who worked on a ton of classic movies from the 50’s and 60’s. It’s a pretty cool watch and worth at least 15 minutes of your day today. Check it out!
While Frank is currently on assignment, he sent me a really cool link of some rare shots of guest and friend of CreatureGeek, Rick Lazzarini’s work on the 80s classic Mel Brooks film, Spaceballs. Presented here without comment, but the photos sort of speak for themselves.
So, as we posted Frank’s first foray into makeup, I felt it only right (plus we said we would on show 1) that I should post my first foray into makeup. This is around Halloween 1982. I used the Dick Smith TV/Movie Horror Makeup Kit that I got for Christmas a few years earlier. I remember trying to work the Flexi-Flesh material and by the time I was using this stuff, I ran out of the flesh colored blending stick, so I had to use this blue color that I found somewhere. Whatever I couldn’t color, I just covered up with fake blood. Anyhow, I have a few other photos, but those will have to saved for another time.