Sunday, May 18, 2008

What else I've been up to

I've been carrying this scarf around as my distraction knitting, though it's starting to become a tad obsessive. I just want to sit and work on it to the detriment to everything else. Guess I'd better just get it finished so I can focus elsewhere huh?!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hi Honey, I'm Home...

Coolio. I'm home after days and days of fun builds and lots of hard work, not to mention a bit of sushi. Apparently ol' Lappy enjoys fresh northern air as well cuz I convinced her to download some pictures for our viewing pleasure.

I teased you a bit with the horror wonder whom is Fat Boy. This is completely Matt's magic at work, I just get to play at the edges of it some days!

To give you an idea of the process, this is Fat Boy's bust, no colour at this point.

On from that, the next shot is him assembled. He has a foam body over a plastic core, wrapped in fabric and then painted and sculped in latex. Notice the swav new clothes he's sporting at this point. It has to look good, to look bad later.

Then, after Matt waves a magic wand over him and I work for a while on his clothing, he looks like this.

Is that cool or what?!? A close up for those of you not squeamish. Keep in mind that this is a 1/4 scale puppet.

This is the only completely finished puppet after my 10 days at the studio. Lots of starts happened on a LOT of puppets though. I'll keep everyone up to date.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Oops, a test maggot got in there....

Yep, it was zombie day. It's really too bad I can't post pics right now cuz... fat boy is the coolest. I did lots of clothes tailoring and distressing.

Be good, have fun, there will be pictures soon!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Technical Issues

Oops.. I seem to be having technical issues. Lappy may have to visit the tech support lab.

In the mean time, the trees are pretty close to finished. They have been tucked away in the grove for a bit to mature while other things step to the top of the to do list.

Today I
-built a old lady puppet body (which got reworked but was way fun to do)
-tailored her the ugliest dress ever (pic to follow)
-tailored a gown for a skelton
-made various little things like dyed shirt, bow ties and opera scarves\

Over all it was fun build day. Pictures to follow when I get onto my own computer.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Is This Battle Fatigue?

Seriously, how can I possibly be this tired?! I don't feel I did that much today but I'm just wiped.

We did beat the weather, it was forcast clear for the morning and I used every last dry minute to finish things up. I think that is what is so tiring, finishing. This isn't the sexy part of building something. No big impact, more quality control. Make sure the edges are all solid, build finishing bits, glue seams. This all takes so much time but when you stand back, very little has changed visually but this work is what makes sure these trees will survive a very busy touring schedule.

Hopefully tomorrow things will be dry and there will be a grande finale shot of the tree(s). Then, clean up, a bit of down time and on to the next build - two birds to interact with Mr. Tree. Maybe look at a bit of zombie tailoring for fun while mechs are being built.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

What a Difference a Day Makes

It really is amazing. What progress today! It was beautiful and warm and we worked in the garden all day. The trees are SO... close to being finished. The canopy is essentially done for one and not much left on the second one, there will be finishing work on the bases and a little bit of tweaking and then on to the birds.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Day II

I'm all for a snazzy title aren't I? It was a long day. The pics are a bit off, I started working before the first one, and I had to take the last one before it was completely dark, so there was more after that. Also, the bases are pretty much covered as well, sorry, no pic there.

Ummm.. so yeah, lots of work done equals a boring blog post I guess. I'm going to drag my tired self to watch some tv and have a glass of wine (whine?)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

On to New Things

I finished up my day job on Friday. Things ended up kind of garbled in the end as to my status, between jobs, union arguments and near miss on a strike it was kind of crazy. So - I took two weeks off to make some puppets in Ottawa with my friend Matt. I'm going to try and post everyday to show the process and our progress making these guys.

The basic premise is a giant talking tree. He has to be puppeteered by the performer,on stage quite simply. There will also be a bird, with giant wings that unfurl. The trees need to be able to come apart for transport. Everything is being made in duplicate so one set can be performing while the other is stuck and moved. So.. this is what was ready to go when I got here today.

I'm including a picture of the mech for those of you who are interested (Hi Paul!).

By the end of the day, after my glue, foam and a small mech rebuild we have this.

I'm pretty pleased. There is also a small amount of foam work done on the bases but frankly I was so cold and miserable after working outside this afternoon I just wanted to get it packed up and done for the day.

More tomorrow......