Moving On

I have an image in mind and am starting to make some new wire puppets. I am not good at doing things the “right” way – which is to draw the character design first. This process sometimes stunts my exploration and I seem to do better by playing with stuff, instead of Pencil & Paper. But at some point – I do have to draw something out so that I can measure the wire, plan construction, etc. *PS. for those who don’t know me, I am – strictly an amateur. Do not follow my process as “The Proper Way” or you’ll end up in trouble 🙂

Puppets: Horse Part 2

The horse is coming along though not quite finished. The hooves are a problem – how to make them.

I have struggled between making a horse that is unbearably cute and one which looks like a zombie. The result is probably a cute zombie.

puppet riding a horse

Cissie doesn’t seem to mind. She has fallen in love she tells me.

Puppets: The Horse

stop motion puppets: doll and wire horse

A Western gal needs a hoss.

It is taking ages. First there is the wire frame.

Next I build up the body shape with foam.

And smooth it over with wadding.

What kind of animal is emerging? There is much head clutching at this point. Do not take this as a masterclass in puppet building. It is more a desperate stab in the dark.

Boiled Rabbit

two plasticine heads and plasticine cat

How you getting on with that rabbit cartoon? And that boiling line business?

two plasticine heads and plasticine cat

“I think I overcooked it. You can definitely over-boil your line. That must be the art. How much to boil. But I found another video tutorial about line boil by an animator called Micah Buzan. It’s very useful. Only now I think I overcoloured the cartoon. Making cartoons is definitely complicated.”

It does sound like cooking, dear. Seems your rabbit stew is tough and over-seasoned. Whoops!