I had so much fun working on this picture—getting in the zone with my headphones on, blasting out the movie soundtrack—that by the time I was finished I was pretty much convinced a man really could fly.

I was originally inspired to create this picture by a photographer friend of mine from Norway, Glenn Meling, who was creating some truly incredible images with model action figures, such as the Joker from Batman and, one of my favorites, Popeye.

The first action figure I purchased (I mean, invested in) was the Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator Genisys: Guardian figure that’s in chapter 9. Rather than create an action ...

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