Wednesday, 4 June 2014
In order to make his classic Amish outfit I did a bit of research and found out that their shirts never have buttons all the way down (if any, some communities prefer simpler fastenings), it's to remove temptation to open them in hot weather apparently. There was something about their hats never having a brim wider than 6 inches to keep themselves humble, and they never wear patterns on their clothing to avoid expressing their individuality, which is forbidden. So if you ever see an Amish man with a massive hat brim and a stripy open shirt just remember that even his fellow Amish think he looks like a twat.
Ezekiel will also appear in a short shot with the sloth, I like to imagine them as drinking buddies...
This scruffy gentleman is one half of the duo that will be racing scalextric cars, he was originally supposed to be a tramp but then I came up with the scalextric idea and decided to make the other puppet...
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
This is his resplendent aristocratic wife, we'll call her... Jennifer shall we? And yes it is a pig in a decadent french wig, what of it?
This is the original puppet, he was intended to be a hipster sound man who would have appeared in Bane's animation and accidentally drop a boom mic on his head, leading to Bane promptly eviscerating him for being a careless numpty. But after I scrapped this idea I couldn't think of anything else to do with him, so I transformed him into Klaus.
Bane, Batman's nemesis, (or one of them at least) his mask was quite hard to get right, this is the second version, with the weird tube things made out of Milliput and painted gun metal grey. I am going to animate him baking a cake because there wasn't enough of that in the Dark Knight Rises. More cake making Bane, less shitty endings please Mr Nolan.
Been doing some sculpting at trade shows in London for A+C, it mostly involved making pretty things as quick as possible to attract people to the stall over the course of a few days, making quick, speedy sculpts in a fairly hectic environment was surprisingly relaxing, I have no idea why. These puppets have no armatures, and are mostly held together with cocktail sticks, so I didn't have time to refine them, it was basically make one, done, move on, make another, done, move on, not my usual method of working, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.