I wanted to ask this sooner than later, before I've expended too much energy into something I'm not too sure about.I've only very recently started building my first stop motion puppets. I battled…Continue
"I've been thinking about this too, although I'm not sure if my advice will be the best since I haven't tried it myself yet.
My idea to making a small flashlight would just be to make a cover over a tiny battery powered led.…"
"Hey, I know you guys might not see this but I wanted to thank everyone for the advice!
I think I've just about finished a functional design that's been working well for me. I decided on a hybrid of ball jointed legs with a wire and…"
"I agree with the comments above, unless your attempting the Madam Tutli-Putli look, I would just make physical eyes. And even if you were attempting that approach, expect a lot of trouble. I read an interview with the arttist and he…"
"I agree with Anna. If this is your first time with building, focus on Latex. It's certainly cheaper and easier to start with.
If you're worried about the decay, my sugesstion is to try pouring a mold rather than a build up, at…"
"Your puppets look wonderful! I see what you mean about your animation itself. You seem to have movement down well to fit the personality of the character, but it's the frame rate that needs work.
I'm kind of on your side…"
"if theres one thing ive learned from scarycat studios in the uk is that they always say experiment, they have had many puppets where they thought B&S would work, but they end up using wire because it preforms better, or that they thought wire…"
"Hybrid actually is possibly more useful for people (bipeds, really) because bipeds have only 2 legs, and quite often must rely on only one leg for all the support. I've worked with Ron Cole on 3 armatures like that (2 for Sinbad, 1 for…"
"I've lived in VA all my life, actually. Although I was a little more towards the south. I grew up near Prince George out in the middle of nowhere pretty much, but I recently moved up to Chesterfield. It's nice to be near…"
"I was really happy to get your input on this, Nick. To be honest, I was having trouble in the beginning finding proper guides on building armatures, but your videos have proved to be the most helpful.
You're right about the time…"
"I can't find a link to your own armatures, only Castlegardener's tutorial. But some thoughts, anyway -
I don't like double joints at elbows or knees, but you can use the plates you already have and convert them to single joints.…"
"That's one thing I've noticed about myself, I tend to exert an insane amount of effort in the beginning, until I've burnt myself out. These ball joint armatures took me days to get done (when including daily distractions) but I…"
"Thanks for the help! I think for now, since I'm only making background puppets anyway, I'll shift my efforts to wire armatures and use your tips to try to improve the older armatures later, maybe after I've saved up a bit of money to…"
"Hi, Lea! As far as the armature goes, there a kind of crude ball joint model I've been testing out, although they need a lot of work. As for the face, they're pretty much just small latex masks stretched over a facial armature…"
"Only now seeing the photos of your armature. Actually that is good beginning efforts. Like others have said .... thicker plates & a screw for each ball joint. You only have one screw in the middle of a long plate. Plenty of photo examples here…"