This is a hanging mobile creature inspired by the work of Jonn Kenn, an artist and director who draws terrifyingly gorgeous monsters on post-it notes. I recently found his work and decided I need to make one of his creatures for real – or at least something like it. Read more… »
Finally they are complete! The three puppets I’ve been creating (with often-collaborator Roslyn Quin). Sadly, I can’t post pictures yet. But they’re done. Onto the next project!
You’re still reading? Ok then. Well, these puppets were created for a web series by the idiots at Birthday Loyalty Club. They’ve been making stupid videos and theater shows for years. Their new project is a web series called Trying My Best, which is about… well, watch the video to find out. Filming for the show begins in April 2016, so hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see it. Read more… »
Time to build some shit! (disclaimer – this is a shitpost, basically). Read more… »
Isn’t “pantaloons” a wonderful word? Even when not accurately used to describe your work?
Anyways, here is something you’ve probably seen done before, but this is my version: wearable demon/satyr/incubus pants.
Making latex covered creatures is an interesting process. Infuriating, messy, wasteful, but interesting. More than the look, the feel of a latex creature is awesome. When you pick up this little guy he’s kind of squishy, a bit slippery. In the end I think he’s pretty good, but he could have been better. I think I may have another go in the future, but I have another latex covered job to do which has a lot more surface area and more room to experiment with. Read more… »
Just a couple of custom masks, contoured to my face. Paper mache and paint. Move along now.
Uhmum is a creature created from foam, fur, latex and polymer clay. He’s no puppet – he just sits there looking cute. I wanted to experiment with creating a detailed, textured face using latex casting and latex painting (which is just cheap artist acrylics mixed with liquid latex), but have simple features that weren’t quite human and not quite beast. Read more… »
I’d had this wonderful dragon skin material lying around for ages (an impulse buy at Spotlight) and never really knew what to do with it. So little wings it is. Read more… »
It took almost a whole block of clay to sculpt these babies, but once cast I reckon they might be good for some large monster feet. I like the idea of a troll costume, wearable, with slip-on feet.
Or maybe some everyday slippers?
A common hardwood, eBay’d attachments, a lot of sawing, sanding and staining. Read more… »
Recently I became obsessed with the idea of making wearable, talking masks. I had watched videos, seen lots of so-called tutorials that don’t explain a damn thing, and was frustrated. I pondered and experimented, wanting to perfect the art of it. I’d made one semi-successful wearable head that functioned quite well, despite it being completely unfinished and more of an experiment in fur-crafting overall. But the “panda” was a spark of inspiration. Read more… »
Djinn di Sa’ri was an idea for a mask that became a puppet that became a mask, purely because he was too unwieldy for a puppet and works very well as a Halloween costume. His face is constructed as two pieces – upper face and lower jaw, with a hideous row of teeth in a terrible wide grin. Read more… »
This was a sculpted guy that had been hanging around forever. Instead of decorating him as originally planned, I wanted to give him a “natural” home. Read more… »
After a technological nightmare that included losing hundreds of computer files, phone camera files and dropbox files, which can only be described as my ultimate modern-era horror story, I was finally able to collect some (not all) of the images and text from this write-up. Back-ups, people, get on it.
Goaty was an interesting one – the first time I’ve tried to create a wearable animal-style head. I could (and probably should) have sculpted it in clay, cast it, and done a resin base. I could have done these things, but I decided since I was broke and already in possession of reams of foam and adhesives, the best thing to do was to just start gluing things together until they looked like what I wanted. In fact, this is what I tell people who ask me “how did you learn how to make this?” My response is always the same: “Just start gluing things together until they look like you want them to.” Read more… »