Mo Lo Go

Hey all, Happy 2009! Im starting off the year with a quickie project thats been stewing for a couple of years, a stop-mo version of my logo. It'll feature a real (super)potato hovering over a planet that rotates around to read "Ubatuber Productions". A tiny alien will pop his head out of a crater and get zapped by the tuber's laser beam, smoked, in the last second, a touch of humor. I'm trying to get the whole thing done this weekend and thought a right proper blog post was in order. Here's my progress so far:

I sawed a 10" styrofoam ball in half and schmeared the whole thing with clay, sculpting craters as I went. I textured the clay with a toothbrush and painted the craters black. I dug out one of the craters to fit my tiny alien.

The potatoes I have on hand are too light in color, I wanted a real earthy brown tater, so I gave it a few washes of a rusty brown acrylic...

I'm going with paper replacement eyes, each with an earring post glued to the back, for to poke into the tuber. I have since decided to go with a green glow instead of red and have reprinted the lot.

Here's the little alien that'll pop out of one of the craters and get zapped by superspud. He's made out of paper clay, air-hardening, and painted with acrylics.

I stuck some pre-fab wooden letters into the clay and added drops of superglue to hold them in place...and here's the whole shebang, for now....

I rigged a piece of red material with wire to make his little cape billow while the planet rotates beneath him. I still need to do some painting, I haven't decided whether to color the planet or leave it grey and moon-y. More coming soon...


Shelley Noble said...

omagod, this is too cute! I love it! I love it when you cut loose like this, Jeffery. You are so naturally humorous and it shines through when you make things for the delight of it.

UBATUBER FOREVEH! mo lo gogogogogo!

gl. said...

is it going to shoot lasers from its eyes, too? kapow!

mefull said...

HA, great idea, love the uber tuber with the cape.

Happy new year!!

go go Mo Lo Go

michael said...

- Holy Krautsalat, B-Man ! It's the zapping potatoe of deadly death-zaps !!!

- This isn't just a potaoe, my young sidekick, there is also Clay involved.

- But B-Man, how could this ever be possible

- Swamp gas ?!

Ubatuber, I would never be able to look at a potatoe the same way as before - which eliminates half of my regular diet. Can you please warn me before you go over to Kraut ?

UbaTuber said...

Thanks Shelley, you're still the rockinest :)

Gretchin, you know it! A single, quick and efficient zap-kapow!

Mark, thanks bro, Happy New Year!

And Michael.....swamp gas indeed :)

Thanks all....I still haven't animated the tuber yet but I've got my lighting all set and my camera ready to roll, hopefully later tonight!

jriggity said...


awesome dood!


Anonymous said...

WOW, a lot of progress has gone on since I was last here. Great logo! I also dig what you're doing with foam latex! I'll let you know if I ever get the guts to try it ;)

Sven Bonnichsen said...

OMG! Love it! Can't wait to see how it turns out. :D