Hello to all the good folks out there!
One crazy man and his dream. I would like to keep track all of my progress in one place and so will be adding to this blog as I go. Please scroll down and check it out:) Newest additions at the bottom. I have, over the last several years, been learning some of the magic and mystique of an art form that first inspired me as a kid watching Ray Harryhausen's skeleton warriors. I am doing this because I was injured on duty and need direction and a source of positive energy. Meditation comes in many forms and this is mine. Fighting darkness with The Force.
I use TEDCO Studios as a frame of mind, a form of initial focus point for the energy this adventure has been generating.
I want to thank every person who posts, shares, helps and encourages others. I would not be able to have accomplished what I have in the last months learning character creation and stop motion and lighting without your help. I am truly grateful.
Now that I have learned a few more etiquette guidelines for this site I will start posting the things I have been working on in a blog to try to keep things in order. Clearly visible in the picture of one of my workstations, you can see that I work my fingers to the bone in everything I do trying to learn as much as possible over the last few months from all you incredibly talented people out there. ;) Thank you all so much. Oh and the hand grenade on the desk is NOT promoting violence, nor is it my complaint department, it is my symbolic Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.
Thanks for checking it out. The farther down you scroll, the better it seems to feel. Have a great day:)
From wooden balls to wire eyebrows.
I would like to share my learning experience making latex puppet heads with images taken throughout the process as I learn step by step.
I used a combination of drill press and Dremel to clear out the eye sockets and a tiny piece of sand paper to smooth the edges. I notched the idea of teeth along the bottom edges with the edge of a file on a sharp angle.
Painted on colours using acrylic paints mixed with ProsAide. Another dusting of talcum powder to reduce the tackiness that the ProsAide adds to the mix. I drilled the pupils with a micro drill bit and dropped a touch of india ink to the bottom of the hole.
A combination of sepia, cyan process and crimson acrylic inks and Black India ink were used to wash some life into their faces. Here, the three heads, sit perched atop the ball joint armature pieces also from the good folks at www.Animationtoolkit.com
Here are the feet made from pieces of an Armacreature kit from www.Animationtoolkit.com.
Here is the latest snapshot of this guy on the set.
Here is a quick test shoot with one of the new characters.
Inside a bully
Here is an inside look at what lies beneath the clothes on this prototype character body. We sacrificed Al to the Muse and his head currently rests at the Studios of Shane Tweten of Standstallcreations who is sculpting in Monster Clay for casting in silicone.
Here Al's headless, sweaterless body provides a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Armacreature ball joint armature hiding inside from the good folks at www.Animationtoolkit.com. The latex is quite uneven on this guy because I played around with different techniques with varying results for torso, arms and skin. Thought it would be neat to show my solution to the body fat being so thick the skeleton was two inches from the skin. I added an extra double ball joint and threaded arm with ball for the rigging to grab. When he is fully clothed there is a tiny slit at the back of his sweater to pop the ball through for rig work.
VERY FIRST LATEX BUILD UP
Norm's hands in built up latex were my very first adventure in latex build up puppet making started at the very beginning of my adventure seven months ago and now I have inked some additional details. The first few making of pictures were shot with a little camera phone so apologies on the picture quality.
Here is the latest addition to Mr Muffin's mansion, a pull string for the window shade.It is in the center of the window shade but looks off due to the angle of the picture.
Here are some pictures taken while playing around on the set.
K&S brass tubing used to figure out character skeletons with easily exchangeable limbs and head for background characters with little motion needed.
Some aluminum armature wire, gauze, latex and eyeballs went together to create these fun creatures. The latex was tinted with acrylic paints for the base coat and then details were painted on using a mixture of acrylic paint and pros aide. My version of a one eyed, no horned flying purple people eater:)
Here are a few shots of some simple eyebrows made from aluminum wire and latex. Once bent into a T shape, the wire frames are sprayed with spray adhesive (I love 3m) and wrapped in athletic foam. Once the foam is trimmed away, the resulting wrapped frame now has a much better surface for the latex to adhere to.
A quick coat or two of latex tinted with acrylic paint and they are almost finished. I am a huge fan of dusting with talcum powder when using latex. I even dust between layers to help smooth out finishes. (Note to self - dust off powder before doing another coat of latex) Here are the eyebrow owners getting in on it. Never mind the bottles in the picture, it's latex and talcum powder:)
Lately researching armature skulls, sculpting, silicone casting and mould fabrication.
Pictured below is a prototype skull with magnets implanted.
I plan on creating a tutorial for his hands but for now a sneak peek will have to do.
Harry giving his best Heisenburg look.
Trimming silicone hands.
Live long and prosper or rock on, whatever floats your boat.
l still have work to do but will continue to compile this creation here. Any advice, comments or critiques are much appreciated. Thanks for checking it out.