Jeeze. I need to make some money. Ugh.
Damon and I’s collaboration on display at BIG Irv’s Gallery. Preview projection of the animation and the animation set on display.
I’ve been experimenting with how to make my most recent stop motion puppet. I’ll post my progress thus far.
First I molded the head (a sort of otter humanoid creature) using chavant clay and bead for eye place-holders.
Then I made a box for containing plaster to create a two part mold.
Poured the plaster for the mold for each side and then here’s the completed mold:
Then, for my first attempt I layered it up with tinted latex.
I filled the rest with foam and more latex and then got this:
The problem with the latex puppet was that the mouth wouldn’t move because I didn’t anchor down the armature wire. So, I never did clean up on the seam lines because I realized it wouldn’t work.
Anyway, I’m asthmatic and the latex was killing my lungs, so I decided to try out silicone “dragon skin”. I anchored down the jaw wires this time,
Then placed the wires and head wood into the mold and poured silicone rubber. Here’s the completed head,
It’s hard to photograph because the silicone is translucent and I didn’t tint it at all for the test. However, it actually worked out really well and the jaw moves properly. The wire of the jaw is a little close to the edge of the mouth so for my next version I’m making shorter jaws to place inside the mold. I’m going to work on tinting the silicone and taking a little more time with layering it.
|—||from Fathers and Sons by Ivan S. Turgenev|
|—||from Fathers and Son by Ivan S. Turgenev|
"You must excuse it," he added, turning to Arkady, and scraping with his foot; "you understand a woman’s weakness; and well, a mother’s heart…"
His lips and eyebrows, too, were twitching, and his beard was quivering…but he was obviously trying to control himself and appear almost indifferent.
-from Fathers and Sons by Ivan S. Turgenev