Hey all. This is my first attempt to create a stop mo character, and I am having some issue with his size. I want him to be a pretty bulky guy but right now his padding is preventing a lot of movement. I have some of the drawings I did as concepts to help clarify what I was thinking. Any ideas on how to make this work a bit better?
He is about 7 inches tall, wire armature with epoxy putty in the chest & hip, cotton batting for stuffing, and wrapped in some kind of cloth medical wrap/gauze. His head is sculpey3 (I was out of super sculpy).
My plan is to use him for a 20-30 second short sequence I have story boarded. His beard, mustache, and eyebrows will be clay, and for his fingers I was thinking more sculpey or possibly epoxy putty again. The whole body will be covered in felt or cloth eventually. The only exposed skin will be the head.
I'm open to any and all suggestions. If I need to start over from scratch it's all good. This is just for fun and exploration at this point, before I decide if I want to invest into ball and socket armatures or foam latex or anything like that.
Thanks in advance!
Also, sorry about the photo quality. I don't own a scanner.
I think you'd get much better movement with a synthetic polyfil rather than cotton batting - it has a lot more spring to it and expands more aggressively - you can crush it down and it just springs right back, whereas when you crush cotton down it kind of just compresses so far and doesn't want to spring back very well. Actually though I think cushion foam would be even better.
Thanks for the responses. My trouble areas are; bending at the waste, and I get a little rebounding of the legs at the hip. A coworker of mine suggested that I just remove some of the stuffing between the chest and hips and just let the clothing cover it. I haven't tried it yet but I'm worried about the looseness of the clothing at that point. Thanks again!