• Project to create a child's chair based off of children's story that me and my partner created.  It also had to be based off of the animal that we pulled out of the hat, a prairie dog.  I started with rough cut wood and planed, and jointed it to usable pieces for a chair.
  • The jointed/planed pieces cut to size for the chair, drying.
  • The planed/jointed pieces about to be glued and clamped together for a strong hold.
  • Gluing process.
  • This is the seat of the chair, glued, sanded, and edged so that the minimal of sharp pointed edges occur.  It is for children and the sharper the edge the more likely they are to find it.
  • This is the top of the treasure chest that will be fit into the bottom of the chair, the hinge is part of the chest itself, the dowel will be slid through to create the actual hinge.
  • Up close of the top of treasure chest/toy chest hinge.
  • At this point I decided to start the handle that would be put onto the treasure chest.  I made the model out of urethane foam and painted with primer, before used a molding process.  So that we could get two identical handles.  This shows part of the process, the handle has been placed inside of the paper towel wrapped silicone mold. 
  • This is the molded plastic handle out of the mold.  Still needs to be dry and wet sanded and polished.  But general shape and color are good.
  • The glued together wood pieces have now all been sanded, and have been stained.  I wanted to put images from the story inside the treasure chest and the inside of the chair like cave paintings since prairie dogs mostly live underground and most of the story occurs underground.  This is a general sketch my partner did of one of the cave scenes, with images of real prairie dogs for me to have a general idea of what it should look like to be cohesive with the rest of the product line.
  • Sketch of character Hondo by partner Aaron Mendoza.  To get a better idea of how to paint him.
  • Children's book page in progress, showing Georgia on the Left, her father and mother in the middle and Hondo on the Right.  Again I used this to help me figure out the character gestures and look for the cave painting on the chair.  This is done by my partner Aaron Mendoza.
  • This is wall #1, of the cave painting I did for the inside of the treasure chest.  First I airbrushed a light brown over the whole panel, then darken certain areas, before mixing a yellow for the high lights of the closest stalactites and stalagmites to create a since of depth.  Once all of that dried I did the line work to out line the different depths of the cave and the characters.  With the following panels I tried to line up the line work of the caves so that it flowed nicely from one panel to the other.
  • Wood panel #2, this panel shows our two main characters Hondo saving Georgis from a run in with a fox.
  • Wood panel #3, the beginning of their adventure when Georgia is studying a map and doesn't know that Hondo is following her yet.  So he's taking a sneak peak over her shoulder with out her knowing.
  • Wood panel #4, Hondo is determined to be part of the adventure so follows Georgia through the underground forbidden caves.
  • Wood panel for chair #1.
  • Gluing the bottom of the chair together.  Here you can see one panel of cave painting.
  • Gluing bottom of chair, the view of the other painted panel.
  • The bottom of the chair standing up right.  The chair back sitting on top and one of the treasure chest handles sitting on top of it.
  • The treasure chest being put together.  Clamping the glued side panels together, and the hinge of the lid being glued into place.  I put the paper towels in between so that the excess glue doesn't get on to anything that it isn't supposed to be on.
  • Front view of chair with the back attached.
  • Side view of the chair put together.
  • Other side of the chair.
  • Back view of the chair.
  • Here I'm fitting the treasure chest into the interior of the chair to make sure the wood didn't swell and that I'd have enough room to add the faux lock to the front of the chest.  The holes for the handles have been drilled but the handles haven't been placed yet.
  • Back view of the treasure chest and chair together but still no handles.
  • Sketches of the treasure chest lock.
  • Finished treasure chest.  Handles have been dry and wet sanded, polished, and placed.  The fake lock is made of wood, and painted then glued. 
  • Side view of the treasure chest.
  • Back/side view of the treasure chest.
  • Back view of the finished project.
  • Side view of the finished project.
  • Front view of finished chair.