Hi,

I am making a beaver puppet for my online kids show demo. The character will combine real beaver with cartoon style. It is my first time trying to make an animal. The beaver's legs are big troubles for me at this time. How to sculpture them so it could be easier to plan the plaster mold for foam latex puppet? I guess it could be the same design as a dinosaur, just with fat and short legs, but still could not get the idea. 

Can anybody give me some suggestion or share some of some works' pictures so I will get more confidence to continue the work. Any point will be appreciated. 

Thanks! 

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Not sure what your problem is. The arms and legs are splayed out, so you can make a two part plaster mould in a straightforward way. 

What I worried about is when casting with foam latex, the legs cannot be bent at the joint of boy position or has a lot of wrinkles there. You know beaver normally poses like sitting on the ground. 

Then it might be better to cast the legs separately. Will there be some hair to help disguise the join/wrinkles?

Right now there is no hair. I never tried put hair on puppet. Maybe I can try this time. I am quite sure a beaver with fur will much better . 

Thank you Simon!

I sculpt 4 legged animals with the legs splayed out like a lizard.  Even mammals which have legs under the body, like a dog.   I do sculpt them in a normal position first, so I see how they will look, but then I splay the legs out to 45 degrees and make the mould. That way, they are not joined to the body too far down, and they can move from near the joint.  The plaster mould can get into the arm pits without being a really thin piece that might break.  Then I cast the puppet in foam latex, and bend the legs to a normal position.

I just looked at your photos.  Looks like your beaver walks on 2 legs.  So it is not very different from doing a human, or a 2 legged dinosaur.  I don't see a problem with making a mould of it.  

Thanks Nick!

You are right. The beaver will be like a human walking with 2 legs. I just don't have any experience to make an animal, even it looks like a human. 

Now I have enough confidence to keep working on it with your guys suggestions. 

Thanks!

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