Been a while since I posted here but, it’s not like things haven’t been happening.
The plans for the Puppet track at FC 2015 are moving along- hoping to have at least 5 panels devoted to puppetry from beginning building to voice acting and puppet manipulation. Best of all, our guests of honor are set and ready to go- we’re going to have Warrick Brownlow-Pike and Andy J. Heath of Mongrels fame along with Lex Rudd- awesome puppet builder and former contestant on Henson’s Creature Shop.
I’m also working on some new puppets- a coyote puppet for video work and some hand puppets.
Great video puppet workshop by Lee Armstrong & Camela Portuges of Images In Motion and the SFBA puppet guild this weekend. Learned a lot! Thanks Lee & Cam!
One thing I learned was that the white burnout I’ve been having trouble with on my puppets with white fur is because the white needs to be toned down. So, I’ll be airbrushing in some black over the white fur to make it more gray. Also, I’m going to be working on some DIY dimmers so I can control the lighting a little better.
I’ll post a video at some point to show the difference between the untreated and air brushed fur.
I wanted to construct a puppet based on a simpler design that would be 1) quicker and 2) smaller. This is ‘Shing Dragon’ who is based on a glorified sock puppet pattern from Project Puppet. I increased the pattern size by 110 percent and made the eyes, teeth, horns, nose and claws from Premo polymer clay. I added some airbrushing to the belly and fur fringes to give the features some depth. Not sure of this ones personality yet- have to work on that.
I was able to speak to some of the Furcon staff over the weekend and right now a puppet track for next year is a possibility I’m not exactly sure what we’ll have but, at very least we’ll have more panels (construction and performance) and possibly a variety show/puppet slam.
Just back from Furcon 2014 and had an awesome time! Greetings to everyone who stopped by to talk to our puppets, Looney Lynx, Funky Fox and Moonshine Raccoon. We had a nice little puppet meet and greet panel on Sunday and talked about our puppets and some possible events for Furcon 2015.
This is ‘Moonshine Raccoon’ finished Sept 2013. Moonshine is configured as a stage puppet (no legs, operated from below). He is about 25 inches tall and has removable carbon fiber arm rods. This is the first of a series of stage puppets I have planned. While the big walk-around puppets are great fun, they really are not usable for stage/video work. Also, as expected, they take a while to build. My plan right now is to build up a cast so I can do some videos and also start putting together a show I can take to cons and possibly puppet slams. Somewhere I find the time for all this…