Dug Stanat is creating Epic Sculptural Tableaus of Bizarre Fantasy
52
patrons
$245
per month


Who are you!?!?!?

I am Dug Stanat, an independent sculptor of freaks, known for creating strange characters infused with a dark humor and distinctive style. I have been sculpting since the early 90s, and have created many hundreds of unique characters. If you scroll to the bottom of this page you will see many examples.

In the early 2000s I took a major detour to work at DreamWorks as a digital puppet maker for 12 years. But I quit that gig more than five years ago, and these days, all I do is sculpt. I enjoy working in both ceramic and mixed media. You can learn even more about me and my sculpting materials by visiting my website.

What are you doing?

I have a new obsession...I want to sculpt Epic Tableaus of Bizarre Fantasy. These projects will dwarf everything I've done in the past, and each of these grand endeavors will be an Odyssey, with unknown opportunities and challenges...an adventure and learning experience for all involved.

Why Patreon?

I do not know how long these grand projects will take. I do know that I will have to drop almost everything else that I normally do to make headway. So as I'm turning away from my bread and butter (and working on projects so large that I am doubtful they will ever sell), I'm hoping to take up some of the slack on Patreon. I am also looking forward to creating a little community here!


What's in it for me?

In exchange for helping me out, my number one goal is to share the adventure with you. But there will be other rewards as well. At the most basic level, you will be getting weekly progress reports. Higher levels of support will enjoy more frequent posts with lots of work-in-progress shots, candid commentary, sculpting and painting tips and tricks, and musings on art and creativity. You can also expect live streaming so you can watch and participate in real time. You'll have access to special opportunities, like my Secret Store, where I will occasionally be offering discounted sculptures! Lunatics and above will be part of a learning creative community. No matter what level you join at, you will be getting the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to bring some INSANE FREAKY SHIT into this world that, without you, would not exist. It is going to be amazing!


Whether you want to join my community of creatives and learn about my sculpting techniques and materials, are interested in my creative process, are a collector of my work, or you just appreciate what I do and want to support my endeavors, I hope you'll choose to join me on Patreon! Let's make some INSANE FREAKY SHIT!



Thank you so much for your support!

-Dug


Not familiar with my work? You watch 360 spin movies at my dugosaurus theater, visit my Instagram and Facebook pages, check out my time-lapse videos on youtube, or just keep scrolling down for more examples.

Have questions? Check out my FAQ below!

This is Justice, 2018, an example of my mixed media work and a Spectrum Awards nominee:

This is Call of the Turtle King, 2019, water based clay before being fired into ceramic.

and this is The Corruption of Father O'Malley, 2016, a ceramic installation featuring many ceramic busts, also a Spectrum Nominee:

You will find more examples below the FAQ!

FAQ:
  • Will you continue to post on other social media platforms? Yes, I will continue to post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but many of those posts will be recycled content, so you can still get your daily fix, but Patreon will be the only place to consistently get the inside scoop.
  • Will the Live streams be available as video afterwards?
    Yes!
  • What is the difference between the Live Broadcasts and the Lunatic Hangouts?
    The live streams are mostly about watching me work. My focus will be on my work and what I am doing. I will be talking and answering questions about just about anything, but I will also be getting stuff done. The Lunatic Hangouts are Discord voice and text chat, and are all about the Lunatics and the Lunatic Community. My focus will be on what you folks are working on. In addition to fielding general questions, I will be happy to look at your work, provide a bit of feedback, and try to help with any challenges you are facing in your work. If you want direct input on your work, and to see what other Lunatics are doing, this is the place for you. If you want serious one-on-one video time, then Psychos Apprentice is the way to go.
  • What materials do you sculpt with? 
    • My full figures are mixed media: wire, epoxy putty, glue, wood, fabric, paper, rocks, foil, sheet metal, and whatever else...finished with acrylic paints and mediums.
    •  My busts are ceramic: I use Venus White water based clay from Clay Planet. This is a low/fine grog cone 5/6 stoneware. After a cone 04 bisque, I finish with homemade oxide washes and commercial underglazes, and final fire to cone 5 (2170° F).
  • Do you sketch before you sculpt? Usually not. But for a Tableau, definitely! At least a little :
  • You worked at DreamWorks? What movies did you work on?
    In the late 90s I was struck with a desire to make my sculpture move. My focus shifted from physical sculpture to 3D computer animation and in 2002 I was hired as a character technical director (digital puppet maker) at PDI/DreamWorks. My movie credits include How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2, Rise of the Guardians, Shrek 2 & 3, Madagascar 1 & 2, and The Bee Movie. I quit my job at DreawWorks on Halloween, 2013, to return to physical sculpting. I spent almost all my time rigging faces...here are some of the characters I rigged faces for: Hicccup, Stoick, Gobber, Fishlegs, Tuffnut, Pitch, Bunny, Sandman, North, Marty, Melman, Mort, The Penguins, Monty, Pollen Jocks, Donkey, Dragon, Ogre Babies...and yes, I did work on Shrek's face, but I never rigged the whole thing from scratch :)
  • Why do you have a funny haircut? I've been wearing my hair in 6 silly little ponytails since 2002, simply because it makes the world a little more interesting. Before 2002, I wore my hair in countless other silly configurations.
  • Do you mold and cast your artwork? No, all of my work at this point is one-off originals, although castings may be available in the future.
  • Do you sell your artwork? Yes! You can buy my work in my Online Shop and at conventions, such as the Monsterpalooza shows in LA.
  • Do you do commission work? Generally, no. However, you are always welcome to ask, and if I sculpt something that is inspired by your request, I will give you first chance to purchase the piece. Obviously with my focus on massive tableaux, I am not expecting to do smaller scale pieces for the time being.
You can find even more information about me at Dugosaurus.com.

Here are some more examples of my work:





Tiers
Weirdo
$1 or more per month

You love seeing weird stuff! You will get weekly progress reports, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that your buck helps bring more weird stuff into the world. Thank you so much to all the One Dollar Weirdos!

Freakonaut
$3 or more per month

You're in it for the fun and adventure. You'll enjoy lots of behind the scenes photos and commentary. You'll have access to Text chat via Discord during my Live Video Streams. Finally, you'll have access to my Secret Store! Thank you so much and Welcome Aboard! 

Includes Discord rewards
Lunatic
$10 or more per month

This is for those who want to shove new idea things into their brain and be a part of a creative community! Tap into almost three decades of experience...learn about my sculpting techniques and materials, creativity boosting strategies, thoughts on style, the business of art, working for a large animation studio...the floor is open to all your questions. Every month on the full moon (or as close to it as practical) we will have our Lunatic Hangout on Discord, where you can ask questions and show and discuss your current projects via voice-chat. This is where the real community building and exchange of ideas will happen! You'll also receive all the benefits of the lower tiers. Thanks so much for being a part of the community!


Includes Discord rewards
Bone Collector
$55 or more per month

You want my work in your home...before you know it you could have gobs of it keeping you company while you brush your teeth. For every billed month you will accrue a $50 credit valid at my dugosaurus.com/shop or in person at conventions. Accrued credit is not valid in the Secret Store. Also includes all Lunatic rewards! Infinite thanks to you for bringing my work into your home!

Includes Discord rewards
The Psycho's Apprentice
$100 or more per month only 2 left

Supercharge your artistic growth! Every billed month I will spend 30 minutes (minimum) in video chat with you to review your artwork, creative process, materials, techniques, or anything you want to talk about to up your art game, increase your confidence, and get you creating more of the weird stuff you want to make. Also includes all Lunatic rewards!

Includes Discord rewards
Lord Humungus
$500 or more per month only 1 left

You are INSANE. There can only be one Lord Humungus, and your primary benefit is that you are INSANE. You also get every other benefit available to the lower tiers, as well as my undying appreciation of your lack of sanity. Plus you are INSANE.

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
52 of 60 patrons
At sixty patrons, we will celebrate with an offering in The Secret Store.
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Who are you!?!?!?

I am Dug Stanat, an independent sculptor of freaks, known for creating strange characters infused with a dark humor and distinctive style. I have been sculpting since the early 90s, and have created many hundreds of unique characters. If you scroll to the bottom of this page you will see many examples.

In the early 2000s I took a major detour to work at DreamWorks as a digital puppet maker for 12 years. But I quit that gig more than five years ago, and these days, all I do is sculpt. I enjoy working in both ceramic and mixed media. You can learn even more about me and my sculpting materials by visiting my website.

What are you doing?

I have a new obsession...I want to sculpt Epic Tableaus of Bizarre Fantasy. These projects will dwarf everything I've done in the past, and each of these grand endeavors will be an Odyssey, with unknown opportunities and challenges...an adventure and learning experience for all involved.

Why Patreon?

I do not know how long these grand projects will take. I do know that I will have to drop almost everything else that I normally do to make headway. So as I'm turning away from my bread and butter (and working on projects so large that I am doubtful they will ever sell), I'm hoping to take up some of the slack on Patreon. I am also looking forward to creating a little community here!


What's in it for me?

In exchange for helping me out, my number one goal is to share the adventure with you. But there will be other rewards as well. At the most basic level, you will be getting weekly progress reports. Higher levels of support will enjoy more frequent posts with lots of work-in-progress shots, candid commentary, sculpting and painting tips and tricks, and musings on art and creativity. You can also expect live streaming so you can watch and participate in real time. You'll have access to special opportunities, like my Secret Store, where I will occasionally be offering discounted sculptures! Lunatics and above will be part of a learning creative community. No matter what level you join at, you will be getting the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to bring some INSANE FREAKY SHIT into this world that, without you, would not exist. It is going to be amazing!


Whether you want to join my community of creatives and learn about my sculpting techniques and materials, are interested in my creative process, are a collector of my work, or you just appreciate what I do and want to support my endeavors, I hope you'll choose to join me on Patreon! Let's make some INSANE FREAKY SHIT!



Thank you so much for your support!

-Dug


Not familiar with my work? You watch 360 spin movies at my dugosaurus theater, visit my Instagram and Facebook pages, check out my time-lapse videos on youtube, or just keep scrolling down for more examples.

Have questions? Check out my FAQ below!

This is Justice, 2018, an example of my mixed media work and a Spectrum Awards nominee:

This is Call of the Turtle King, 2019, water based clay before being fired into ceramic.

and this is The Corruption of Father O'Malley, 2016, a ceramic installation featuring many ceramic busts, also a Spectrum Nominee:

You will find more examples below the FAQ!

FAQ:
  • Will you continue to post on other social media platforms? Yes, I will continue to post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but many of those posts will be recycled content, so you can still get your daily fix, but Patreon will be the only place to consistently get the inside scoop.
  • Will the Live streams be available as video afterwards?
    Yes!
  • What is the difference between the Live Broadcasts and the Lunatic Hangouts?
    The live streams are mostly about watching me work. My focus will be on my work and what I am doing. I will be talking and answering questions about just about anything, but I will also be getting stuff done. The Lunatic Hangouts are Discord voice and text chat, and are all about the Lunatics and the Lunatic Community. My focus will be on what you folks are working on. In addition to fielding general questions, I will be happy to look at your work, provide a bit of feedback, and try to help with any challenges you are facing in your work. If you want direct input on your work, and to see what other Lunatics are doing, this is the place for you. If you want serious one-on-one video time, then Psychos Apprentice is the way to go.
  • What materials do you sculpt with? 
    • My full figures are mixed media: wire, epoxy putty, glue, wood, fabric, paper, rocks, foil, sheet metal, and whatever else...finished with acrylic paints and mediums.
    •  My busts are ceramic: I use Venus White water based clay from Clay Planet. This is a low/fine grog cone 5/6 stoneware. After a cone 04 bisque, I finish with homemade oxide washes and commercial underglazes, and final fire to cone 5 (2170° F).
  • Do you sketch before you sculpt? Usually not. But for a Tableau, definitely! At least a little :
  • You worked at DreamWorks? What movies did you work on?
    In the late 90s I was struck with a desire to make my sculpture move. My focus shifted from physical sculpture to 3D computer animation and in 2002 I was hired as a character technical director (digital puppet maker) at PDI/DreamWorks. My movie credits include How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2, Rise of the Guardians, Shrek 2 & 3, Madagascar 1 & 2, and The Bee Movie. I quit my job at DreawWorks on Halloween, 2013, to return to physical sculpting. I spent almost all my time rigging faces...here are some of the characters I rigged faces for: Hicccup, Stoick, Gobber, Fishlegs, Tuffnut, Pitch, Bunny, Sandman, North, Marty, Melman, Mort, The Penguins, Monty, Pollen Jocks, Donkey, Dragon, Ogre Babies...and yes, I did work on Shrek's face, but I never rigged the whole thing from scratch :)
  • Why do you have a funny haircut? I've been wearing my hair in 6 silly little ponytails since 2002, simply because it makes the world a little more interesting. Before 2002, I wore my hair in countless other silly configurations.
  • Do you mold and cast your artwork? No, all of my work at this point is one-off originals, although castings may be available in the future.
  • Do you sell your artwork? Yes! You can buy my work in my Online Shop and at conventions, such as the Monsterpalooza shows in LA.
  • Do you do commission work? Generally, no. However, you are always welcome to ask, and if I sculpt something that is inspired by your request, I will give you first chance to purchase the piece. Obviously with my focus on massive tableaux, I am not expecting to do smaller scale pieces for the time being.
You can find even more information about me at Dugosaurus.com.

Here are some more examples of my work:





Recent posts by Dug Stanat

Tiers
Weirdo
$1 or more per month

You love seeing weird stuff! You will get weekly progress reports, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that your buck helps bring more weird stuff into the world. Thank you so much to all the One Dollar Weirdos!

Freakonaut
$3 or more per month

You're in it for the fun and adventure. You'll enjoy lots of behind the scenes photos and commentary. You'll have access to Text chat via Discord during my Live Video Streams. Finally, you'll have access to my Secret Store! Thank you so much and Welcome Aboard! 

Includes Discord rewards
Lunatic
$10 or more per month

This is for those who want to shove new idea things into their brain and be a part of a creative community! Tap into almost three decades of experience...learn about my sculpting techniques and materials, creativity boosting strategies, thoughts on style, the business of art, working for a large animation studio...the floor is open to all your questions. Every month on the full moon (or as close to it as practical) we will have our Lunatic Hangout on Discord, where you can ask questions and show and discuss your current projects via voice-chat. This is where the real community building and exchange of ideas will happen! You'll also receive all the benefits of the lower tiers. Thanks so much for being a part of the community!


Includes Discord rewards
Bone Collector
$55 or more per month

You want my work in your home...before you know it you could have gobs of it keeping you company while you brush your teeth. For every billed month you will accrue a $50 credit valid at my dugosaurus.com/shop or in person at conventions. Accrued credit is not valid in the Secret Store. Also includes all Lunatic rewards! Infinite thanks to you for bringing my work into your home!

Includes Discord rewards
The Psycho's Apprentice
$100 or more per month only 2 left

Supercharge your artistic growth! Every billed month I will spend 30 minutes (minimum) in video chat with you to review your artwork, creative process, materials, techniques, or anything you want to talk about to up your art game, increase your confidence, and get you creating more of the weird stuff you want to make. Also includes all Lunatic rewards!

Includes Discord rewards
Lord Humungus
$500 or more per month only 1 left

You are INSANE. There can only be one Lord Humungus, and your primary benefit is that you are INSANE. You also get every other benefit available to the lower tiers, as well as my undying appreciation of your lack of sanity. Plus you are INSANE.

Includes Discord rewards