Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dear friends. With a new year comes a new platform. I will be posting all my updates over at my new page. Thank you all for keeping up with me all these years. 
Love, Tony C

ENTER

Forest Fire Premiere

Come out this Saturday for the premiere of "Forest Fire", the music video I directed for Portland's Scrimshander The world premiere is Monday, Feb 25. Check back soon!

 

Monday, August 20, 2012

What a summer!

Hello friends,
What a summer it has been! My company Belly & Bones has been packed to the brim with projects and we are very excited to share one with you now.  We have been working with artist/director Matty Sidle on his new short film, The Power of Tensley. A crazy little film about a 10 year old girl in a post apocalyptic wonderland. She learns lessons of how to move through her world with the help of some fantastic creatures and genie like deities. One of those characters is Cryst-all-that! A floating crystal head who resides in an old beat up suitcase. Stef and I designed and fabricated Crystal in a couple months. Starting with cast blocks of soap, then carving them and making a mold from the individual soap crystal shards. After the molding process, we then cast the final crystals in Crystal Clear resin.
We had a blast working on this puppet and are getting geared up to create the next character in Tensley's adventure. Stay tuned!
Soap, what a wonderful medium to work with.

Mockup head sculpt out of foam.
Finished mockup foam head. 

The work bench.

Soap crystal shards ready for mold.

The head (without crystals) ready to create mold.
Mouth chart ready to go!

Look at that Crystal shine!




Tony C

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Happy Halloween from the family!

Monday, June 13, 2011



Back in the Shop!
Coming soon... Nosferatu mold making

Sunday, April 03, 2011



Hello! Its been a while and there is a lot to catch up on. But to cut to the chase, Belly and Bones is in Berlin Germany for this years Pictoplasma character design festival! Check out our BellyandBones Blog for constant news and updates. Danke!
Tony C

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy 2011 everyone!
The rumors are true, I have started a company called Belly & Bones.
I joined forces with artist Stef Choi and business manager extraordinaire Eden Sosa in 2010 after realizing we all shared the vision of creating a platform to showcase ourselves as artists in this generation.

Here is a picture of a prop making project that we finished right before ringing in the new year. And yes, we created about 140 realistic chickens for a display. Slideshow coming soon!
Best wishes in 2011 everyone!

Tony Candelaria


Tuesday, November 02, 2010


My Nosferatu tribute sculpt. 1/1 scale
Oct 2010, Happy Halloween!

Monday, August 23, 2010


Hello everyone! Its been so long since I have posted and you all have been so patient. Wonderful things are happening all around us and I am extremely excited to tell you about my new company called BELLY & BONES! This is one reason that I have been so absent from my blog.
More on that soon. For now, here is a slideshow of a project that I did for a company here in Portland called, The Great Society. They were hired to brand a theme for Brook's Athletic shoes called Brook's Cavalcade of curiosities!
I had the pleasure to work with talented seamstress Jessica Rogers on the fabrication of the project. Thanks Jessi!

Sunday, November 29, 2009



Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Here is a prototype for an upcoming project.
Thanks to Joe Schmidt and Josh Storey for the assistance in the chicken creation.

Tony Candelaria

Sunday, October 25, 2009



Happy Halloween everyone!
The Spook!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009



Pictured
1: Tsukiko-The Moon Goddess
2: Manami-The Ocean Goddess




Hello everyone out there! Stef and I have been busy working on 2 art pieces for an art showing back in Aug. The show was based off the street fashion of Japan.

Stef, inspired by the theme, came up with an idea to design these art pieces as Goddesses.

Stef Choi: "These women of Harajuku are so enriched in the landscape of Japan, they have become the landscape themselves."

Each piece was designed by Stef Choi and was then sent over to Joe Mansfield at EngraveYourTech to be laser cut. Check out the video he posted of the actual laser cut process.
From there, we assembled the pieces like a big puzzle. Sanding and shaping each piece to create unique shapes and textures on the design. We then painted the parts using experimental techniques and with the assistance of master painter, Aaron Jarret.
The final touch comes from metal smith Heidi Armour, who created the silver eyelash for Tsukiko-the moon Goddess. Amazing work Heidi!
Lastly we packaged the pieces up to be shipped to LA. Thank you Heidi Sowa for your invaluable help.
Also a special thanks to Kingman Gallagher for your thoughts and inspiration!

Below is a slide show of the whole process we went through to create these wonderful Goddesses.
Enjoy! Tony Candelaria


Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Long time no write...
A lot of amazing news here in Portland but for now I would like to end the chapter of Coraline with the release of the new DVD. In the behind the scenes of the DVD, my mug got featured working in the puppet fabrication dept. I am very grateful to have worked on the film and it is nice to have a memory like this as keepsake. Even though all my memories are in the heart.
Thanks Coraline!
Tony C

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Hello all,
Here is a little painting I did for a show a few months back. The piece is called Meditation.
Enjoy.

Tony C

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Here it is! Some behind the scene pictures of my life on Coraline. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009



Hello again. This is a new sculpture I did for a gallery show here in Portland.
The gallery is called Good gallery and the theme of the show is called Robot Love.
My piece is sculpted with super sculpey and some found lighting device. He will be in the gallery for a month and is going for 200$
I call this robot...
The Source of it all

Sunday, February 08, 2009


Hot damn! Coraline is finally out there.
Hope you all enjoy it. Behind the scene pics coming soon!!
Tony C.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

video

Hello everyone. Happy last days of 2008.
Stef and I designed and created this piece of animation for some friends who have a theater group in NYC. They are called The Debate society.
These are some of the most talented couple of actors and director that I have had the pleasure of working with.
Stef and I were very proud to be able to work with them on this project,
Cape Disappointment. Which just had a run in NYC, Nov 22-Dec 7.
The style was decided from the beginning that it was going to be in an old Betty Boop, Max Fleischer style cartoon. We got the music of the actors singing the song and Stef designed the characters and background.
I animated the scene.
This was a great time all around. If you get the chance to see this group perform, do not miss it!
Happy new year to all!

Tony C>out for 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008







Hi again!
I have just been part of an art show of Laika artists called "AFTER HOURS"
The amazing Stef Choi did the flyer for the show that got turned into an amazing window installation and I was in charge of the entertainment for the evening. It was a night to remember for sure!
I also contributed a sculpture for the show. I call it "THE IDEA"
It is made of a 2 part epoxie putty. This made the actual sculpting of the piece fast. Though the actual construction of the wire armature was quite the task. Re-designing the skull is not the easiest thing in the world. I am happy with what came out in such a busy week. I hope you all enjoy my,
"IDEA"!

Thursday, March 13, 2008






Welcome to another installment of the Tony and Stef project! Ha, well that is not the official name but we do want to present our newest creation. Called Tres Trumpets. It is our first wood piece. Stef and I did this piece for a current group art show called Flip the Bird at Lunar Boy gallery in Astoria Oregon. She did a little sketch of three birds playing trumpets and I wanted to do something out of wood. Throw in some insperation from 60's Danish furniture and Tres Trumpets was born! Enjoy.
Tony Candelaria

Saturday, January 26, 2008


Happy new year everybody! 2008 will be filled with greatness all over. I am happy to start this new years post with a little project that Stef and I came up with called The Christmas ornament party! The plan was to have people over for a Christmas party/ornament art show. We had a few friends bring over some art ornaments and display them in our home gallery. Stef and I designed and created a special Christmas elf riding a magical Whale! We found a great way to make these by hand in some what of a production line method. In about 4 nights we created 16 large scale Whales and 18 smaller Whales (with no elf on top). We had high hopes to sell these little guys and I am proud to say that over the weekend we sold out completely! With such great success and such amazing feedback from people, we have made the decision to keep the Whale alive with some new ideas involving it. So please look forward to seeing more of this lovely magical creature and its new home. Here are some pictures though sadly none of the actual party. It was very much a wonderful Christmas!
Happy 2008 to all!
Tony Candelaria

To see more pictures of the Whales click here!

Sunday, November 11, 2007




Hi everybody!
Just wanted to post about a new art piece that I just got finished with. This one is a first time collaborative piece that Stef Choi and I have done together. It was for a Day of the Dead themed show at gallery Lunar Boy, in Astoria Or.The piece is a working slot machine with light up eyes! In the slots are a variety of skulls that spin when the bone is pulled. Then to top it all off, if you get three beers in a row the machine rings a bell and spits out money. (video coming soon) Im very happy with how it turned out. Hope you enjoy the first Tony/Stef piece.
Look forward to more coming soon!

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Hello everybody! I know it has been ages since a post but here is a sneak peak at some behind the scenes of my short film that Im working on. I cant release the name for that is still in the works. It is a 7 minute short film I wrote a while back and have been poking at for the past 6 months. Well, now I amm finally getting the ball rolling! My friend Shae Bordou helped me make a mold of a creature that appears in the film. ( see two posts down)
I will be adding more behind the scenes pics and then an official launch of the movie, hopefully with web site some time before the new year. These are my hopes. So keep an eye out!
Hope all is well. Tony Candelaria

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Hello everyone out there. This is a sculpture I did for the art show I AM 8BIT
Premiering in LA tonight. The gallery is called Gallery 1988 and is showcasing a huge number of artists showing off their memories and representations of 1980's 8-bit video games. I decided to do mine on TRON. I always loved the way the arcade game would glow. The praying fat child is pretty much representing the zen you feel when playing these games as a kid. So here he is. Thanks for all the great input from friends on this one.




Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Hello everyone, once again.
This year so far has been insane though enlightening. I posted about a short film I am going to make during my time on Coraline at Laika. This is my insane attempt at doing a project while working a 50 hour week. Which for a lot may not seam that bad but imagine having to be at work at 8 am! Dear god its terrible. Then getting off at 7 pm, by the time I get home I am wrecked. Its terrible. So I came up with this short film idea that will help keep me grounded. It will be a live action film, about 7 minutes long and consists of one main character and a whole bunch of make-up/puppetry. Everything that I have planned out is in an amazing process right now. After getting all the production stuff written down and figured out, now I am getting the dirty work done. Sculpting what needs to be sculpted and creating all the SFX stuff, which will be mainly in camera stuff. So, to explain this picture, this is kind of a spoiler but its OK cause this has been part of my work therapy and should be shared. This is a Chameleon creature that the main character evolves into at the end of the film. When it is all done this will be a combination of puppet and cable control FX. I tried coming up with this design over and over again, then eventually went back to a design I have posted at the beginning of my blog! A one minute picture I did while being intoxicated some night a long time ago. So here is the sculpt that is almost done with the picture that inspired it. Enjoy! And I will keep everyone updated of the film progress. I hope all are well and creating this year.
Cheers! Tony Candelaria

Tuesday, January 09, 2007



So Hello and happy 2007 everyone!! Sorry about the lame posting. I swear a new years resolution of mine is to post more. I finally got my art space together and am very excited! (Look foward to pictures and of course new art that cometh forth!)
Today I am posting about something I posted a long time ago. The story goes, my brother Dave and I worked with David Lynch in 2000. Creating 3 rabbit costumes for an online project he was preparing. Well to make a long story short, or should I say short film long, the rabbits are being featured in David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE! His new film about god knows what. I did not know that they were in the film till I saw the preview. So this is a post letting you all know that you should go see it and hoot and shout when you see them bunnies.
Check out the trailer on the website and enjoy your new year everyone!
Peace!
Tony Candelaria