Returning to University has been extremely fun! being able to catch up with everyone, become challenged artistically and even learning a thing or two is always motivational!
So jumping straight to it, my first project back was to basically create a sculpt of myself! this was a project that was to get me back into the rumba rhythm that is known as my model making brief.
At the same time others on my course were learning After Effects or Flash for their projects, so being the ambitious numpty that I am I wanted to learn After Effects as well!
I would post up my tests however they are fairly boring, simple things like masking, flames, lightsabers etc BUT I did do a simple tutorial were I ran like the flash, that was pretty epic I must say. I will post that at the end :)
However back to my actual Brief! I started by looking at research of sculptures that I admire because of their style and appearance do appeal to me and of how I invision my own sculpts.
To add to my Collaboration I did some more props for another student to go with her animation showreel- Laura Jones :3
All i needed to do was make a table and boxes with records for her characters to interact with.
To make the boxes i used normal cardboard a glue gun then used acrylic paint to paint them.
I made the table out of balsa wood which i measured and cut, the main thing she wanted was to have something coverings the front of the table so you carnt see the lower half of the puppets. Using PVA wood glue to put it all together, once dried i painted it with acrylic paint.
For the records in the boxes i used a mix of cardboard and mount board cut all the same.
Adding to my Collaboration I made a puppet for the lovely Hannah Griffiths and her film "Biddy And Bunny Adventures"
The puppet I was making was of the polar bear "Peter" :)
I started by making the base which was of MDF with a armature coming from the base, because he was technically only a head and arm they were detachable with K&S fixtures from the main skeleton. Using balsa wood i carved and sanded the main shape of the two pieces.
I then made a pattern for the fabric so i could cut, stitch and glue it all together myself. I also put wire through the claws so that they could be animated.
Here is a Screenshot of the finished puppet on set :)
It was really nice to work on another persons work other than my own, because i was luckily enough to get the reassurance of it being what it should be :)
Simple as it goes i had to make a ONSIE!!!! :D so i started by making a pattern by taking clingfilm and wrapping it around the padding of the puppet, then using masking tape i wrapped that on top. Taking a pen i then marked out the seams.
The material i used was polar fleece, ITS REALLY NICE!!! and its good because it tends to hide the seams so thats a +, also i used the hair thin invisible thread. :D
I actually made 3 Onsies until i final got the right one :)
Heres the last picture i took of the making of the onsie, i don't have a photo with the cuffs and colar on except the final. BUT it does have a zip!!
So it has been a very long time since I've blogged!!!! mostly due to me hitting SERIOUS MODE and eat, sleep and breath model making. So from here on out all my posts will be blogged recent, however they have been on going since my last update of the collaboration :D
As Mario Says "HERE WE GGGOOOOOO!!!!"
I found the build of the head very challenging, mainly due to the process which i felt would be best to give me a great finish for the replacement mouths.
I really want to say a big THANKS!! as I am really grateful for the huge help given to me from the 3rd year stop mo students!
Especially with this process, i also really had a lot of help from looking at amazing work on blogs such as Nathan Flynn, Joshua Flynn there work encouraged me to do this process!
BUT THE EVEN BIGGER THANKS is to Sean Gregory! (check out his work it is AWESOME) he helped massively with many of my mess ups, ESPECIALLY SILICON! and it was really good to talk to someone about tackling various processes in different ways :)
Once I made the Armature I started making the core for the head. I first made the eye sockets out of super sculpey firm then built up the head in light weight material-balsa wood.