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Raats Painting TOD by MarkRaats Raats Painting TOD by MarkRaats
The horse is out of the starting gate....

Any hints and tips from the real artists out there would be greatly appreciated....
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ReplicaPropman Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey Mark for a guy who does not call himself a Prop collector you got quite a few nice ones 

Mark not sure if thats you painting but mind if I ask where you scored the Green idol its a beauty . 

 Always liked the PSOL Idol before they sold it though I don't consider it "The HERO Idol"  anyhow it looks nice form that angle 
MarkRaats Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Cheers Kingpin, that's kind of you to say sir.

I do have a lot of props and mostly they were acquired for the work I do for Lucasfilm, Disney and other movie companies I service. That said, not all of them are used for reference because a few of them I have acquired just because I like them. I've seen many, many original props over the years and also have a few screen used originals given to me by friends in the industry. 

Generally I like my props to be different. For example, my Iron Man helmet is not painted/finished, its a fictional raw prototype that Tony would have made before he made his MK 3 suit. The Idol is similar because I've seen the originals at Skywalker Ranch and Lucasfilm often and EVERYONE has a gold one so I wanted something unique. A few years ago, PropStore showed off a heavily weathered Idol version that had lost its plating and the undercoat was green - which to me looked more like Jade - so I decided to make my Idol look like that one instead of the standard gold one. Its a Gobler idol that has been heavily customised..

Regarding the BR blaster, I know the collector who purchased the hero prop at the Profiles auction so it holds a special significance. When I made mine, I (again) wanted it to be different, so when I built it years ago, I opted to replicate the heavily weathered Worldcon version - something that at that time had not been done before, or not to any serious degree that is... 

Because I've worked in the movie industry for over 30 years, I can't say that props are anything more than props to me and I am not particularly interested in screen accurate given that there can be so many versions of each piece. That said, what I DO like about props is that they are time capsules from a specific piece of popular culture and I consider them to be more of a modern day piece of sculpture - even though it might LOOK like a Lightsaber or a Arc Cherub,

Thanks again for your interesting questions, it makes a refreshing change to the usual one's. If you're vaguely interested there's a tutorial page on my web site that might be of some (prop) interest:…

Happy collecting mate!
ReplicaPropman Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes the gobbler it was a nice piece . Though I heard the platting had issues on a few  . I went over to your page and yes low and behold I have been there once in my travels around the prop world . I actually have one of Marks Idols with the removable magnetic back that to me is the nicest I have ever come across . The plating is like Glass and the accuracy is as good as I think one could be. Your weathered Idol is a real beauty its uncanny how much it looks like an original .  What kit did you use for your Blaster it really looks great ? I agree with props they are pieces that bring you back to that time in your life and are indeed a type of art. I assume your friend who bought the blaster was from the movie business also? He must have really wanted lol. figured it was going to end up in a museum in Seattle or something . I still consider the Maltese Falcon the most important prop ever made far as films go . I still wonder who paid out the what four million to have the stuff dreams are made of :) 
MarkRaats Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
I got my Gobler before the recent re-run (and the subsequent plating problems) and it was a raw cast which allowed me to finish it in a way that suited me. 

Interesting that you've visited my page before and thanks very much for your kind comments regarding the idol - I was generally pleased with the outcome. Interestingly, many of my ILM mates (all the old guard from the original movies) have looked at those pages as well and said that they prefer the different take and the result - which is nice...

My blaster is a Sidkit. It was the last version Sid made before his death and its IMO the best (pre-Tomenosuke) version ever made. I've also owned a wonderful Coyle Worldcon but in fairness - and in spite of Rich always bitching about the fact that Sid "stole" his work - the finish and casting on the Sidkit is absolutely flawless - no pits, crappy spurs or bad grips. I respect Rich for how he opened the blaster to us the fans but having owned both blasters I can safely say that the Sidkit is far better - albeit not quite as accurate. Its also interesting how often my build is confused with the real one. If you really know what you're looking at then you would never make that mistake but more often than not, I'm contacted by people all excited because they think I own the hero.

No the guy who purchased the original is not a movie guy. He IS involved in some way but he's actual profession is not movies. He IS a very serious collector however and he owns the most astonishing collection of original props so, its not surprising that he was happy to spend nearly $300K on the hero blaster.

Interesting your comment on the Maltese Falcon.. I concur its a glorious piece and certainly would sit well in most people's collections..! :D
smjblessing Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I think that shadow from the blinds would drive me insane while working !
MarkRaats Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
LOL, they're not a problem Stephen because I can easily open them if they fall onto the easel.

There's a special blind in all the windows that diffuses light as well so its a pretty all round solution that works well when I need it to!
sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
I didn't realize you are a lefty! My husband is as well, and also a fantastic artist. :D I like your set up, some great natural light from the skylight :D 
MarkRaats Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Many thanks Kristine and send my regards to your lefty husband!

Thanks for your kind words..... :D
sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
You're welcome! :D I will pass them along!
bluedevilsinger Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
First tip: Beg to be tutored to Mark Raats. Or, just be Mark Raats. :P

BA HA HA HA HA. Okay, a good comfy chair helps too. I can't stand doing anything on an uncomfy chair....or the floor with nothing to support my back. That's just not fun!
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