I built Nica and Black Bear to animate but predictable I didn’t have the patience so the project turned into a picture book, same narrative and same words, just a different format. Greg Kitten did the honours and photographed the frames, just waiting for it to come back from print, some sample pages below.
I had this idea ages ago for an E4STING so I built the armature for the character, I went off the idea of doing a Sting so he has evolved into an idea for a possible ident, going to finish him off and have a play with stills and a little animation perhaps.
His fingers have beads in so enable them to have long and skinny joints, I do like his hands. The head and jaw are a polystyrene ball base, plumbers epoxy and Fimo for the teeth, finished in latex, foam and rough flocking.
I painted him, added fake fur and a hat, cuff and collar. He has since been defurred a little, the cuff and collar are gone and I’m gonna hand lay some felting fibre instead.
Joe can over from France, to stay at the start of the 6 weeks and he like to make things too. So he made a tiny spider and I made a giant one.
He isn’t finished and now he lives in the loft but I will bring him down next year and paint him for the party, good head start on Halloween.
Old skool style – Just me and Mrs Maraj and a whole heap of plushies.
MUA & Model – Kate Maraj,
Art direction, Styling and foam fabricated headdress – Karen Penman
Photographer – Greg Kitten
This really didn’t go to plan but on reflection I like the photos and I really enjoyed the fabrication.