Charon: The Puppet is Done!
Due to a screen printing workshop that I attended on Monday, I didn’t get much done on my beloved Studio Monday. So I caught up yesterday and today with making (and finishing!) the Charon puppet for my Orpheus film project:
From time to time I do these studio marathons. Today I worked for more than nine hours on the puppet. And since I’m too tired now to write a full report, I’ll just share today’s log and some pictures with you:
The mold has been prepared yesterday for casting the foam model, and I just poured the foam into the mold, and now I’m nervous and excited. – As always when I’m at this point of model making.
The foam has cured and the model came of the mold nearly perfectly. Hooray!
After I cut off all excess material, I started latex mâché-ing the puppet.
I dyed some more sheets of paper.
While paper is drying, I have a coffee break.
At the time I’m drinking coffee, I had some more ideas for the film title but still, no breakthrough.
I prepared Charon’s hair and the lower end of his tailcoat.
I’m still working on the latex mâché. Finished trousers. Lunch!
Interrupting of latex mâché-ing for another cup of coffee.
Just finished his jacket, made him smokey eyes and started painting his eyeballs (I hate painting eyeballs!).
All the single elements are done and ready to assemble. Finally I added a layer of liquid latex to the whole puppet.
Done. As in “puppet making equals 100%”! I Clean up the whole workspace. Cannot believe it.
I cleaned all studio tables from mold-making traces. Realized that I’m done with model making intellectually, but not emotionally.
Making Charon’s helm.
Taking pictures of the puppet in the boat.
Writing blog post.
Hit the publish! button and fall into my bed.
Finishing the puppet means, that I’m done with preproduction (except from a few minor things). It means that I am ready to animate. This is awesome and weird after all this time. My brain need to digest this fact first.
Still, this is a rather short report. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments.
All the best and good night!