T just because

Got stuck with Boxhead so decided to make T and Eris still a WIP, Eris has her wires cut and bound but I need to epoxy and dress her, she is currently only a head – T needs finishing.

T armature WIP 4

The idea was to make them look as similar to my comic doodles as poss, pen colour and fine liner edge like borderlands cosplay cell shading.  I covered all the fabric for his outfit in latex and once dried just coloured him in, loving the Spectrum Noir pens they draw on tons of tings.

T armature WIP 2T armature WIP 1

I even made him a backpack with his own T + Eris print using the MOO stickers I order with the comic doodles on.  I know him, so I just made the outfit up on the fly and it was a happy unplanned process, I guess his like the doodles.  His an armature doodled 🙂

T armature WIP 3

T just because

BOXHEAD update

Boxhead became a girl when I decided to not cut the eyelashes down, I need to add the wire to her collar to cover the neck, finish her shoes and fix fingers, she may become a he again.  I’m putting her on pause and hoping once I finish making Eris I will have a clearer end goal.  I’m still considering using her for the ABC book but there might be a better fit.  Also decided not to write till NANOWRIMO and armature more.  I’m thinking of making everyone in Alterity from my never finished novel, as being able to see them outside my head is a little bit of magic 🙂

boxhead her s5

It’s like she is oddly cute face on but catch her at an angle and she is oddly terrifying. I like the mix but she may not be ABC book ready.  Boxhead is not a very clean make but intended to photograph and digitally edit images for picture book in post.

boxhead her s2boxhead her s1boxhead her s3

Been listening to some Joseph Campbell interviews, he makes my heart happy and my brain tingle, also Ozark is a bit special, Jason Bateman did good, enjoyed the rewatch even more, really like everyones character alignments.  So Summer break spent making tings because… “What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Herein lies the key to your earthly pursuits” ― Carl Jung

BOXHEAD update

Note to Self – Picture Book

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.




Note to Self – Picture Book

Twenty Sixteen


I haven’t posted for a while but I have been beavering away. Puppet armatures made – check. Set built – check. Set props made and set dressed – check. Animation scheduled, sectioned and blocked – check. Dedicated animation PC desktop bought – Check. Dragonframe installed – check. Camera settings sorted – check. Lights pressie for Christmas set-up – check. Now it’s just 30 hrs. of animation to completion 🙂 DEADLINE March 10th – See you on the flip side

Twenty Sixteen


Day 1 – Black Bear armature
Quicker build than NiCA, I reckon I could poss make a puppet in a weekend, one day to build the armature and one day to fabricate.

The wire is thicker than NiCA but his bigger and bulker, decided to try and make him so he can walk on both two feet and all fours but that remains to be seen, he has tie downs in both his arms, leg and bum so it’s possible.

I did a quick sculpt for his jaw and had a plan for making a epoxy skull,hinge wired with a latex skin on top. I have taken to using polystyrene balls for the heads as light weight and a good shape, I sure that is a reason they aren’t a good option, that I have yet to discover (I have considered the neck to head joint might now be problematic but make make her head no removable to fix this.)  Mold for top jaw, pads for feet and bottom jaw sculpt.

He/she (to be decided) is a messy armature but I reasoned black bear is covered in fur so a little rough around the edges hopefully won’t be a problem. Looking really ugly at this point and I ended the day feel a little dejected. The last thing I did was sculpt the head, make the plaster mold and pour into latex.

Day 2 – Fabricating Black Bear
I always forget to photograph this process, should have taken more photos as I built the jaw and furred the body but you get the jest.

All Above – Body wrapped in foam build-up, poly ball head with eyes, face skin in latex, top and bottom jaw in epoxy, feet and hand pads to cover the tie-down holes and the crow look feet at the top are the claws, wire dipped in letx, covered in flocking, dipped in latex and then dipped in black satin finish wood paint.  The bottom jaw is attached to the neck an the top jaw, poly ball and eyes are all hinged above (super glued and epoxy held) with 5 1mm armature wire. Focus is off but you get the idea.

Body covered in fur.  Black bear just waiting on his head/ears – A happy day spent..