This website is a tribute to the works of Rick Waskul of Commerce Township who was born on February 13, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan to Nicholas and Rosalie (nee: James) Waskul, and died of complications from pneumonia on October 21, 2011. He was 55 years old.
Rick is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Cheryl; his son Christopher; his parents Nick and Rose Waskul; his siblings Pat (Steve) McDonnell, Nicholas W. Waskul, Pam (Dann) Holmes, Karen (Jeff) Pringle, J. Brian Waskul, and Cheryl (Drew) Schaefer; his mother in law Mary Lou (the late Raymond) Smith; his brothers and sisters in law Sandra (Michael) Brennan, Gerry (Dean) Gidlof, Joyce Smith, Karen (Tim) Runion, and Kevin Smith; 23 nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members and friends.
Rick was a 1974 graduate of Lee M. Thurston High School in Redford. From there he attended the Center for Creative Studies from 1976 to 1980 where he obtained a B.F.A. in Automotive Industrial Design. Rick worked several years as toy designer and later as an automotive clay modeler. His diverse skills as an artist were expressed through painting, illustrating, sculpting, woodworking, metalwork and jewelry.
He had a great sense of humor (if not somewhat mischievious) and was addicted to telling really bad puns. Rick was a dedicated family man who was always quick to share a hug and a laugh with those he loved.
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; F; Automotive industry
March 1999 – August 2008
(9 years 6 months)
Alias digital surface development on interiors and exteriors of full size
and scale model cars and trucks. Sketch modeling, finish, highlighting on surface to finish for presentation and production.
Presentation in Dinoc/Foil/Latex interiors and exteriors as glamor
clays cannot be distingushed from the real thing
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; GM; Automotive industry
March 1997 – July 1998
(1 year 5 months)
Automotive Clay modeler in Sketch and Finish modeling.
Wind tunnel Modeling, Scale and Full size Trucks
Full size Exterior Truck Highlighting
March 1983 – September 1997
(14 years 7 months)
Manager of Five Designers/ Concept/Graphics/Catalogs
Presentations to Upper Management
Designer of one hundred and fifty toys, design and modeling
Toys that increased revenue from 15 million to 60 million annually
August 1982 – December 1983
(1 year 5 months)
Modelkit Box Cover Illustrator/Airbrush and Gouache painting
Designer : Decals/Box layout/Copywriting/Keyline
Assembly sheet layout
November 1980 – December 1982
(2 years 2 months)
Designer of Land Yachts, Campers, Pop-ups, Trailers, 5th Wheels.
Interior/Exterior design and layout
Exterior Graphic design / Logo presentations
Modeler of interior/exterior front and rear vehicles
Presentations to upper Management