Bronze beauty - We use a variety of processes to achieve the look of metal. This recreation of the Dewey monument sculpture in San Francisco’s Union Square was sprayed with a metallic automotive paint.
We have another process that we can use which involves adding real metallic powder to a resin which is then applied to the surface to be buffed and can have a patina applied. We evaluate each project to determine which finish is appropriate based on how and where the element will be used.
Mini mountain - This scale model was created to be used as a guide for a full scale replica we created at Woodland Park Zoo’s Zoomazium. We also create models so that clients can visualize what’s in our heads.
We can paint almost anything, almost any size; and with the same attention to detail.
Birch tree imposters - We can sculpt dimensional knots onto lengths of PVC pipe and trick you into believing they are birch tree trunks with nothing more than a coat of paint.
We are often called upon to recreate nature and we truly enjoy the challenge. Over the years we’ve had plenty of times where folks just couldn’t tell the difference between the real surface and the one we created.
Planet polisher - These fiberglass elements were fabricated for Skypark children’s play area at Metro Town Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
We create atmosphere
Durability is a priority to us and our clients. A pretty paint finish isn’t pretty if it doesn’t last. That’s why we dig into our years of experience and research to choose the appropriate primer and finish coat.
Paint in the round - These balloon models had to be inflated in order to paint them so they would be accurate. This involved spraying a liquid stencil or frisket material on the fabric and cutting out the areas that were to receive paint.
How they cut the frisket without cutting through the fabric is one of those mysteries. If we tried to explain the whole process here, there wouldn’t be enough room for the description. Besides, like a good magician we can’t tell all of our tricks.
Batter, batter, batter . . .
These dimensional baseball bats were vacuum formed using impact resistant plastic and then painted in the Cartoon Network’s Johnny Bravo style.
Once on site, these oversized sluggers became supports for the large flat screens the dads watch in order to keep up on the game - while the kids are letting off steam.
Earl Scheib we ain’t - This scale replica of James Bond’s Aston Martin from Die Another Day was created for a tradeshow exhibit for MGM.
Half scale spy car
Our huge spray booth comes in handy when we paint half scale automobiles. As a matter of fact we’ve even used it to paint a full scale, real dragster.
You can’t buy these on Amazon.com - The covers of these books were painted and gold leaf applied to look like old Russian folk tale books. In reality they are big book kiosks for a mall in Moscow, Russia.
Or fit them in your mailbox
It’s our job to figure out how to paint your project to look like what you’ve envisioned. Even if you don’t have a vision, it’s our job to help you figure out what it is. See?
Patina Turner - Bronze portholes are a cinch to finish if you know what you're doing. If you don't know what you're doing, then you shouldn't be doing it. Really. Don't. We'll do it for you.
Is it finished yet?
The spontaneous surface corrosion of copper and its alloys creates a spectrum of colors and hues over centuries. We can do it in a couple of hours.
Rawhide - Our clients wanted the informational signage for their learning center to look like authentic tanned leather hides. As this is an outdoor venue, they also wanted the signs to be able to withstand the elements.
Although they look like the real thing, these sign panels were made with fiberglass and painted with a faux leather finish.
Peeled paint - Normally it’s not a good thing to have paint peel. But when you have to paint an epoxy coated length of PVC to look like a peeled pole log, it’s exactly what you want.
We can recreate just about any surface utilizing a variety of techniques. Actually, painting is about a lot more than paints and brushes; it’s about binders, pigments and all sorts of tools to apply it with.
Orange Tabby latex finish - We custom mix our own paint, and most of the time that’s a good thing especially when we try to describe how the paint would be used.
Hairballs that look like oranges
Could you imagine going into the paint store and ordering paint for a 12-foot tall orange tabby cat? So that’s just one of the reasons we mix our own colors.
Clothes that are painted on - For their 125th anniversary, Marshall Field’s commissioned us to recreate a famous Norman Rockwell painting in full 3D to hang in front of their celebrated outdoor clock in Chicago.
He was created using a custom mannequin dressed in real clothes then coated with fiberglass resin. The head and hands were sculpted in clay, and cast in fiberglass using silicone molds. Then, the entire sculpture was painted to match the original Rockwell painting.
Depth in character - Carved in foam with a fiberglass skin, we brought Billy to life for a Cartoon Network mechanized ball toss game in an activity venue for kids at Turner Field in Atlanta.
OK, the story goes - Happy-go-lucky Billy and cynical Mandy become best friends with the Grim Reaper after winning an otherworldly limbo contest against the messenger of Death. Honest. Kids love this stuff.
Rocketman - We work with latex paint to automotive finishes, and everything in-between. Most of this visual deception is done in our 40-foot spray booth. Since everything we build has to ship somewhere, our spray booth is the size of a semi trailer.
These two fiberglass and steel components are just half of the fuselage of a 35-foot tall rocket entry icon we build for the Starliner Diner restaurant at Hong Kong Disneyland. They look big because they are.
Would you like some? - For the newly expanded Red Wind Casino, we fabricated dozens of column capitals for the interior of the casino. Each capital consisted of four rectangular panels that were vacuum-formed in plastic, and painted to look like wood.
I bet you wood.
In addition to the capitals, we provided other decorative elements throughout the casino, including faux metal salmon sculptures along the pedestrian bridge; and translucent faux glass panels for the nightclub.
How to paint a cow - Always approach the cow slowly. Don't make any sudden movements. And if the cow is cranky, it can be downright dangerous; so before you try your hand at painting a cow; here are a couple of hints. Speak in a low voice and gently pat her side so that she knows where you are.
Sit or squat in a position that will allow you to move away quickly if the cow becomes uncooperative. Sitting cross-legged on the ground, for example, is not safe. Some cows lift their back leg and will try to kick over the paint bucket.
Beary Creative! - Based on the book "Paddington Bear and the Christmas Surprise", Dillon Works designed and fabricated six 3D scenes for Marshall Field’s department store in Chicago.
Painting makes us jolly!
Each sculpture is coated with a rigid urethane, and painted to match the illustration style in the book. Our happy elves (painters) replicated the book to perfection!
The last step: a nice coat of paint - The paint department is usually the last stop in the fabrication process. In fact, almost everything we create gets covered with a coat of paint of some kind. As far as color goes, we can match a specific hue, or create something totally unique - including effects that simulate reality or create fantasy.
Our efforts are more than skin deep.
A finish doesn’t always want to stick to the surface. We start by building a sound foundation for every finish to ensure it stays put. This kind of preparation involves ongoing research with various products and materials.
луковичная глава - We are always trying to be smart about our time. The different layers of this Russian cityscape were painted separately and then assembled together.
That’s how you say Onion Dome in Russian
By doing it this way, we save time and money by not having to mask off the different layers; resulting in a better quality product.
Green (painted) thumb - These stylized leaf canopies are outdoor fabric stretched over a powder coated steel frame. We applied paint to recreate the style of leaves in the graphic mural artwork surrounding the area.
Made in the shade
We apply paint finishes to all sorts of surfaces so our painters have to be knowledgeable about surfaces and finishes. They are; and it shows.
Mammal masterpiece - This fiberglass dolphin sculpture was one of three we created for a children’s play area in a mall in Korea.
They call him Flipper
Don’t know the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise? Neither did we, so we had to look it up. Dolphins are usually the ones with a “beak”. Now you know.
Painted ladies - Even though these days digital murals are becoming more and more common, we often will paint them to heighten the effect.
The ultimate make-up artist
We can create this effect by good old fashioned mural painting, or digitally print on canvas which we can than apply paint to for added realism.