CANVASS 44: Toy Designer & Sculptor Eric Nocella Diaz Supports President Obama

Tuttz meets the Renegade

“The Renegade Obama bust is a really good platform. A good game plan to try to enhance the bust as a custom will be difficult. Thing is, even unpainted it doesn’t need anything and to add something… the trick is to not diminish it.”

~ Eric Nocella Diaz

Eric Nocella Diaz was one of the first artists to commit to participating in CANVASS 44. We have a long history with Mr. Nocella Diaz. Through his toy production company, he has been instrumental in helping us bring multiple collectible sculpts and toys to market, including the Renegade Obama bust.

When we shared the concept of CANVASS 44 with Eric in early 2011, he was very supportive of our efforts to contribute art that documented the accomplishments of the 44th President, beyond his election. This was during a time when President Obama’s popularity had predictably dropped after his historic election…and after fighting for healthcare reform.

So it was a natural fit to invite him to embellish the Renegade Obama bust as part of CANVASS 44. We invited artists to interpret the President’s statement:

“This is what change looks like.”

~ President Barack Obama

The “canvas” is a specially prepared Renegade Obama bust pictured above next to one of Eric’s collectibles, the Tuttz. The 1/6th scale bust is approximately 11 inches high and was sculpted by Grey Williamson & Kilroy III.

As Eric finalizes his designs, we will share additional images of his custom Renegade Obama bust.

Please share your Obama-inspired art with us @CANVASS44.

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

#sayitLOUD #registertovote #spreadLOVE

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Eric Nocella Diaz has been sculpting toy prototypes, maquettes and statues professionally for over 15 years. He has worked on high-profile projects with major toy companies such as ToyBiz, Marvel, Mcfarlane Toys, ToysRus, Hasbro, Kidrobot, DC Direct, Art Asylum and Ka-Ching Brands. Some of the licensed projects he has worked on for those companies range from the award-winning Beatles Yellow Submarine toy line, E.T., Preschool Spiderman, Lord Of The Rings, Classic Avengers, Japanese Anime FLCL, Batman Begins to the Video Game Award crowned monkey trophy for Spike TV. He is also a co-publisher, art director and editor of independent comic books through Xmoor Studios as well as a producer of popular high-end designer resin toys through his toy companies GoldMane EntertainmentArgonaut Resins.

TRU SOUL MOVEMENT: Crashing, Believing and Thinking Forward by Derrick Trotman

Obama Crashes the RNC
Dimensions: 8.5×11
Medium: Pencil, Prisma Marker, Charcoal, Photoshop

“I have been keeping up with all the policies and political theatre going on in the country since Obama has been president and have been frustrated with all the coded jabs. Republicans that fear the natural change in this country’s ethnic and moral changes and see President Obama as a threat to their illusion of power. Mitt Romney’s healthcare bill is the same blue print as the Affordable Care Act but because a democratic President passed a law they once pushed for is now seen as a sin.

The theme of the illustration show cases how Obama likes to pop up and make an entrance.

What better way to show your contender that you mean business than to show up on the one night where the opponent is suppose to shine not the incumbent.”

~ Tru Soul

Obama I BELIEVE IN YOU
Dimensions: 8.5×11
Medium: Prisma Marker, Sharpe Ball Point Marker

“Back in 2010 i could see early on that the problems and issues President Obama was trying to fix would not happen; due in large part to Republicans dividing the nation on social and cultural issues. President Obama believes so much in the america dream because he is a true living example having a mother who was white and a father who was black.

President Obama believes the power is still with the people and he means to put it in their hands with a strong education and a growing economy.

The over lapping colors of red and blue showcase how tightly woven the differences and opinions of the country really are. President Obama knows that the issues he faces are not easy ones which is reflected in his tight looking face.

Over all the message of the piece is that only by working together to solve our common problems will we truly strive as a United States.”

~ Tru Soul

Thinking Forward
Dimensions: 11 x 14
Medium: Pencil, Prisma Markers, Charcoal

“This piece is meant to showcase the mental toughness and strain that President Obama faces every day. For killing Osama Bin Laden, to Bailing out GM and adverting a depression; to providing quality health care for all, ending DADT and equal pay for women. The President has been under the most pressure, and dealt the worst hand and still maintains his cool and connection to the american people. Republicans have called into question his qualification to lead based on the color of his skin and the name he is known by.

Thinking Forward is a piece that says despite the hardships we have faced in the past and are presently dealing with, the future is still bright and we must move forward. It showcases the seriousness at which the President has for those in his administration to the hard-working middle class and poor.”

~ Tru Soul

A portion of proceeds from these three pieces of art will be donated to the re-election efforts for President Obama. All pieces can be purchased at Mr. Trotman’s website www.TruSoul.org. Be a part of the movement by following Tru Soul on twitter @TruSoulmovement

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

#sayitLOUD #registertovote #neverforget #spreadLOVE

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Derrick Trotman’s Tru Soul movement is about authentic art that raises awareness and promotes originality. He is an illustrator, designer, poet and thinker who enjoys working in multiple mediums including pencils, prisma marker, deco paint, charcoal, bamboo wood ink, water-color and digital painting. His primary influences have been his mother, Stan Lee, Cezanne, Matisse, Jim Lee, The Itialian Renissance, Debroah Haverty,  Justin Bua, African art and fractals. Learn more about Mr. Trotman by visiting www.trusoul.org