what to do for Father’s Day when you’re sort of an artist and also you’re out of your mind

FredFred is not all better yet. Edwin Jackson knows how to perform up to the occasion. Alex Avila makes a nifty block at the plate. Magglio Ordonez’s oblique is probably feeling better.

OK, now that we’ve dispensed with the Saturday night game, let us instead discuss Father’s Day!

Because I have problems with this. I know my dad enjoys Tigers-related things, but how shall I present him with such a thing? I can always give people nice prints of photos, but people who are directly related to me end up with, erm, rather a lot of photos after a while. I can always do drawings, or even a painting, but that stuff also starts to pile up after, you know. More than a decade.

A stuffed critter? Well, I could make one of those, but… eh. If I wanted to give someone a stuffed Paws, I could just BUY one, and where’s the fun in that? So I decided to make something that I thought he might get a kick out of, something that cannot (to the best of my knowledge) be purchased in a store but is still within the reach of my (definitely meager) abilities.



His shirt is striped! He clutches a scouting report! His hair is… you know… whatever! HE BOBBLES! (Seriously, the fact that he bobbles just like a real bobblehead is the bit that makes me happiest. I had no idea what I was doing and was afraid his head would, like, stick there awkwardly or something, but it doesn’t, it has great bobbling movement.)


Seeing him from all sides really gives you the sense of how I tried to maintain the Terrible Cartoon proportions. And yes, he is lumpy. Do you have any idea how long it had been since I last sculpted something? We’re talking years here, kids and kittens.

I don’t really know where this post is going anymore, but here are a couple in-progress shots, if anyone cares.

Nothing complicated. The main stuff is all SuperSculpey, the base is MDF from a bit of discarded cheap shelving that was just lying around (sawing this down was by far the worst part of the Dave Dombrowski Bobblehead Construction Process). There’s a dowel and a little spring to make the bobble happen, and the important bits are stuck together with epoxy. Throw in some acrylic paint, and there he is.

My dad will be getting this dubious marvel for Father’s Day. It is far (faaaaar) from perfect, but it’s the spirit of psychotic Tigers fandom that lets us enjoy a bobblehead of the team President/CEO/GM that counts. That’s something you truly cannot buy in stores, you know?

Yes, you all know. You are reading this blog.

20 responses to “what to do for Father’s Day when you’re sort of an artist and also you’re out of your mind

  1. ivantopumpyouup

    Is that the Spazzosaurus I see lurking?

    I love it!

  2. Oh… my… God.

    I can’t find the words. This is beyond. I am in awe.

  3. Incredible job! It actually looks like Dave; unlike a lot of bobbleheads given away at the park.

  4. Remarkable.

    If your dad doesn’t want it, I’ll be happy to take it off his hands.

  5. This a truly inspired, if deranged, accomplishment. What a great Father’s Day gift!

  6. This is so awesome! I would love to have a daughter that creative! You are way too humble, I agree with MonkeyWrench that it is a better likeness than many given away. It’s probably even better that it is a (very good) caricature

  7. Hi Samara:

    Cool bobblehead. But why not make a likeness of your father while you’re at it?

  8. That. Is. Awesome. Seriously.

  9. Two notes: one, your headline was redundant :)

    B) that is FRICKEN AWESOME!!! You got major talent.

  10. I wish I was your dad!

    um, wierd.

    But that is awesome.

  11. best. daughter. eva.
    fred fred! i’m so sad. and worried. will he be okay? can toledo work their magic on him?
    avila is so hunky. he made a great play. he’s great.

  12. That is great. I too made my father something for Dad’s day. It wasn’t at awesome as that it was just a Kaline jersey iPod skin and I put the autograph I got my dad for his birthday on it. I can’t sculpt but I can photoshop.

  13. librarymonkey27

    You should make a video of the bobble head to see it in action. That is genius —

    I am glad I have a Spazzosaurus, from my Brandon Inge on a paper airplane.

    So your dad is a Tigers fan?

  14. Hee, thanks guys!

    ivan, it is indeed the Spazzosaurus. SWORN ENEMIES.

    MonkeyWrench, I think it only looks like him because I’ve got all you guys used to Terrible Cartoon Dave Dombrowski already. You’re primed to see him that way. ;) Also his hair is a handy visual symbol…

    kevin, ha ha, um… well, I could… that might be a little creepy, though? I don’t know that he would want to display that in his office. Rather, I think HE would probably get a kick out of it, but his clients might be a wee bit disturbed. ;)

    Kurt, ooooooo. But yes, it is redundant.

    allthewine, ha ha, wow. I know what you mean, though?

    gilbekat, see, I CAN’T do something like that for my dad… he doesn’t even own an iPod…

    librarymonkey, I wish I could make a video of it bobbling, but I can’t work out an easy way to do it. And yes, my dad is a big Tigers fan. :)

  15. Artistry at the highest level, I say! More proof of your awesomeness!

  16. I like how in that first in-progress shot, the base appears to be crushing that guy in the Red Sox shirt. Arrrrrrgh!

  17. David O. (13194013)

    Amazing work. I am especially fond of the Scouting Report.

  18. Nice bobblehead. I see Mr. Dombrowski’s world famous striped polo is worn with pride.

  19. ROFLMAO!!!

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