My new book “Arquitetura capa- a arte de criar espaços” is out. It was published in Brazil by Saraiva Editora. Amazingly, i didn’t see it yet, or rather, I saw it through skype. Ha! Well, if you are in Brazil, you can check it out and let me know if you like it. I was really into writing and illustrating this one. Did tons of research, and learned so many things. Being concise is the most difficult aspect of writing this kind of book. The subject matter is so extense, but i had only 80 pages to play with. Had to find my way through it, kind of like a photographer does when pointing a camera to a tiny part of this big universe. If you want one now, here’s where you get it: buy book

Read more.. Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

This is What i Said

This is a clip from my short talk at the opening of my shadow boxes exhibition. Maybe you were not there, and so, this is what i said:

Raquel’s Talk at Art Opening from David Curtis on Vimeo.

Read more.. Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Puppet in Progress 01

Puppet in Progress is a journal documenting the making of my “Meta Puppet”.


It all started with a skeleton made of sculpture wire:

It all started with a simple skeleton made of sculpture wire

It all started with a simple skeleton made of sculpture wire

Then i made a skeleton for the hands, using a picture frame hanger and sculpture wire:

Skeleton of the hand, in progress

Skeleton of the hand

This is the finished skeleton for the hands:

Finished hand skeleton

Finished hand skeleton

Then i modeled the head using DAS pronto clay. I bought glass eyes at the Paxton Gate store in San Francisco, e glued them in wooden balls. I’m planning to attach the eyes to the head later. Right now they are loose, i just placed them in the eyes socket to show you what type of look i’m going for.

Head in progress, no hair

Head in progress, no hair

I modeled the hands using “Bake and Bend” sculpey. It’s the first time i’m using this clay, and i am hopping it wil work. It bends all right, but i want to see how long it will last…



For the wig, i used a mesh and some wool. This wool looks awesome, and is hand dyed. It cost me a fortune! But hey, it’s for a noble use!

Wig Materials

Wig Materials

Here you can see how i thread the wool into the mesh. Easy process, cool looking results!

Wool threaded on mesh

Wool threaded on mesh

…and here is how the head of the puppet is looking so far…

Head in Progress

Head in Progress

More coming soon…

Read more.. Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

“Palo Alto Weekly” article

I was happy about this article about the Shadow Boxes exhibit – it came out in the “Palo Alto Weekly”. The article captured the atmosphere of the opening night, which was truly amazing. If you were not able to be there, you may like reading this. The full article can be read in this link here (page 22) .

Read more.. Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Opening night

Last night was the opening of my shadow box show, at the Mohr Gallery. Very nice event! The work was looking beautiful and the event was really elegant. There was a good vibe all over the place, and everybody had a great time. I talked a bit about the creative process, puppets, theater, books etc, and the guests had very good questions, which made for a nice dialogue about the pieces.

Read more.. Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Do you already know How to Make a Baby?


Good news: our short film, How to Make a Baby, is heading for the silver screen! It will be in the competitive shorts program at the wonderfully named Disposable Film Festival. The big event is Thursday, March 4th at 8pm at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater. Sure, you’ve seen it on the internet. But the Roxie’s screen is, like, a million feet wide! How big is your screen? You can buy tickets in advance if you like, and there’s a party next door after the screening. Come hang out with us and all the other disposables!

Read more.. Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Shadow Box Show

I have an exhibition of my shadow boxes coming up soon at the Morh Gallery. The opening is Friday, February 12th at 6pm. Looking forward to it!



Read more.. Thursday, February 4th, 2010

IN Brazil!!!

i am in Brazil right now, in Florianopolis, a beautiful island in the south. Not doing much illustration, or puppets, or books or animation in the moment: only nature and a real, much needed vacation! I won´t be posting much from here, but i will be back with some news at the end of this month! Happy 2010!

Read more.. Friday, January 8th, 2010