Monday, December 15, 2008

THE MASON accepted in IWS 2009 Show...

The Mason 11x14 Gouache on Illustration Board

My painting, The Mason has been accepted into the 2009 Illinois Watercolor Society's 25th Annual Open Juried Exhibition that will be held at The Next Picture Show: A Fine Arts Center on 113 W. First Street in Dixon, Illinois 61021 (815.285.4924). The show will be up from January 16th through February 24th, 2009. The Artist's reception will be on January 16th from 6-8pm, and on January 17th, there will be a watercolor demo by Tom Francesconi from 11am-12pm.

Since my my painting Never Known, Never Forgotten won the Best of Show Award in last years Exhibition, it is displayed on the front of the 2009 Exhibition Announcement pictured above.

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Here are some pictures of last years event:

Below: The Executive Director of the Illinois Watercolor Society Tony Armendariz presenting me with the Best of Show award for my painting Never Known, Never Forgotten:
Below: Juror Robert Koch speaks with artists Lynn Miller, Ken Call, and I:
2009 Exhibition Announcement © Illinois Watercolor Society

Three images of Last Years Event courtesy of

The Mason © 2007 J. Anthony Kosar
Never Known, Never Forgotten © 2006 J. Anthony Kosar

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Updated Gargoyle Pics on Website...

I just wanted to let you all know that new and better pictures of my Gargoyle Mask have finally been posted to my portfolio on my website.

You can see them by clicking - here

Thursday, December 4, 2008

3 BUMP Maquettes for FANGORIA **AMENDED**

**All Amended parts of this article denoted by an **Asterisk**
(click image to view larger)

I was asked by my friend Scott Licina, the Executive Editor of ** The Scream Factory (formerly Fangoria Graphix),** to finish three 22" BUMP TREEHUGGER Maquettes that were sculpted and cast by Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps. To finish them, I had to clean and assemble the resin castings, carve "PAM" in the chest, paint the figures, apply the blood, and mount them onto the bases. I also sculpted, molded, cast, and painted the BUMP 3D logo plaque based off of the BUMP logo, and even created and stained the wooden floorboard bases. It was an extremely fun, yet challenging, project.

For more pictures and the making of the 3D Logo, visit my website - here

BUMP is a 4 issue comic series **and now a novel** created by artist and writer Mark Kidwell. It is "a supernatural tale of extreme horror, where even the confines of the grave aren’t able to contain the brutal spirit of serial killer Edgar Dill, and his legion of monstrous Treehuggers! In development to be a major motion picture starring Tobin Bell (Saw), Ashley Laurence (Hellraiser), and Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints)!"

**All Amended parts of this article denoted by an **Asterisk**
Above quote taken from BUMP page on - here

BUMP & All Related Characters TM & © 2008 Alder County Entertainment, LLC. A.R.R.


On Black Friday, (November 28, 2008), the Independent Horror Creature Feature Film SATANIC PANIC by Marc Selz Productions premiered on at The Westin Chicago North Shore. It was exciting seeing my creature come alive on the big screen, as well as the other props I created! The SATANIC PANIC Halloween mask I sculpted for Zagone Studios was also unveiled at the premiere (pictures of the mask will be posted soon).

I designed and created the full body silicone creature suit. Unfortunately, pictures of the complete Creature FX cannot be released at this time until after securing distribution, but soon I will be posting "The Making Of" (I just cannot show the entire suit on the actress Nikki Taylor Melton).

I also designed and created several Special FX Props, including the Sacrificed Animals and Satanic Ritual Dagger which can be seen on my website by clicking the above links.

(The cloaked "goat-headed" guy in the poster above is not the "Creature" - for those of you wondering - but that is the Dagger I created).

Here are some pictures from the premiere:

Above: Rich Kryczka (Illustration Professor and Chair at the American Academy of Art), his wife Jennifer Oldis Kryczka,
and I before the 8pm show.

Above: The talented Nikki Taylor Melton
(the girl beneath my creature) and I.

More premiere pictures coming soon!

For more information, please visit:

Poster ©2008 Marc Selz Productions, LLC.

Mini Art Show at the Devonshire...

On Friday, November 21, 2008, I displayed some of my art for the residents of the Devonshire which is a Brookdale Senior Living Community in Lisle, IL. I displayed 14 pieces, including 10 Paintings, 2 Icons, and 2 Halloween Masks. They really enjoyed seeing my art, and it was nice to meet many of them and hear some of their stories. I was everyone's "Grandson-for-a-Day!" My 14" x 17" gouache painting Out on a Limb seemed to be everyone's favorite! Click the painting title and see why...

Anyway, here are some pictures from my mini-exhibition:

All the ladies lined up for a date when I put on my Gargoyle mask:

Here is the display: (Click on the Image to view Larger)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Visiting the new LEGACY EFFECTS...

After the tragedy of Stan Winston's death, there has been some changes to his studio. No longer called Stan Winston Studio, the FX shop is continuing Stan Winston's legacy with the newly formed Legacy Effects run by the same team of FX artists. As I interned in summer 2007 at Stan Winston Studio before Stan passed away, on this visit to California on November 17th, I had the honor to visit and tour the new facility and see some of the familiar faces I had the privilege of working with during my internship. Unfortunately my new camera was on a weird setting, resulting in grainy pictures.

Here is the amazing suit from Iron Man,
created just months before my internship began:
Here I am with some friends from the studio after we went out for lunch.
(From Left: Darnell Isom, Chris Burke, Me, and Cory Czekaj):
That evening, I met with Joseph Pepe, an amazing concept artist whom I met during my internship:
I also had time to stop by Schell Sculpture Studio and see my friend Jordu Schell, an amazing creature designer in Hollywood. It was so nice to see everybody again. I really enjoyed having the opportunity of listening to all their experiences and advice.

Modeling for Quiksilver...

On Thursday, November November 13th, while helping my sister Melissa Kosar on one of her filming jobs for the Quiksilver Winter Fashion Show, I was asked to be one of the models to walk the runway in snowboard gear. Pictures from the show will be posted soon.

A Day in Disney...

While on my short trip to visit my sister Melissa Kosar in California, we spent a day at Disneyland. Really, there is no place like Disney; nowhere more magical! We had a great time, riding all the major rides.

Here we are that night in front of the Palace:

This was on the Thunder Mountain:

I got run over in Toon Town:

One of the coolest things is how they transform the Haunted Mansion into a Nightmare Before Christmas ride for Halloween and Christmas:

While we were there, it was pretty sad because the rest of California was burning. Here is the foreboding sky filled with the smoke of the wild fires:
Here is the sun through the thickness of the smoke. The picture really doesn't do it justice. It was a scary sight:
The rest of the trip, I hung out with my sister and her friends, I helped her on a couple filming projects she had, went to a cross town rival hockey game of the Anaheim Ducks against the LA Kings (and the Ducks won 2 nothing), had some relaxing creative time to think and draw, ate Pinkberry Yogurt everyday, and met up with some of the FX guys I worked with during my summer 2007 internship at Stan Winston Studio. All in all, my sister and I had a great couple of weeks!

FX Seminar at the Geneva Film Festival...

On November 8th, I gave a Make-up & Effects Seminar at the 2008 Geneva Film Festival. I showed many simple techniques using basic theatrical make-ups. I do not have any pictures of my demonstration.


Several accomplished artists I know, including Dave Dorman, Aron Gagliardo, and Mitch O'Connell all had paintings in the show Tura! Tura! Tura! at The Tattoo Factory Gallery that celebrated Tura Satana, the superstar from Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! The show was on Thursday, October 30th, 2008. There were many amazing works of art, all honoring Tura Satana. Here are some pictures from the show:

Above: Dave Dorman, Anthe Mitrakos, and I.
Photo by Charlie Athanas

Above: Aron Gagliardo and I.
Photo courtesy of Aron Gagliardo

Above: Aron Gagliardo and his Painting.
Photo courtesy of Aron Gagliardo

Above: Tura Herself.
Photo courtesy of Aron Gagliardo