Isambard Kingdom Brunel

I've just finished building a puppet version of the famous engineer Brunel. I started by sketching from some pictures of Brunel on the web: And then built him in a very similar way to the John Cabot Puppet I made recently. Under his clothes his body looks like this: The head was a lot of …

Muppets Die Hard

Before Christmas I had the pleasure of making some characters from the Muppets for a stage version of the film 'Die Hard' that was being put on at the Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol. They were done in two batches. Gonzo, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzy and Bruce Willis were made by Cori Bona and myself in …

Zeus Completed.(no sandals yet)

The arm sections were joined together by cutting slits into the polystyrene sections and using pieces of fleece fabric as the hinges, glued in place with PVA mixed with sawdust (very strong adhesive qualities). Once dried the puppet was ready to be clothed. The sleeves were sewed and attached separately to the rest of the …

Zeus’ Right Hand

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post and Zeus is now fully functional and is being used in performance. There are a number of stages in the production of the puppet to document so I will have to do it in a few goes. This post will explain how I finished off …

The Progress of Zeus

Okay, so following on from the Carving Zeus' Head posts here is a quick explaination of the stages involved in getting Zeus to the stage in the picture above. Once the paper mache had dried it was painted with acrylic paint. The inside of the mouth parts were lined with felt and then the bottom jaw was hinged …

Head Production Line

All these heads are for our Greek Myths productions. They started life in my sketch book and when I was happy with what they would look like I carved them all from recycled polystyrene. This decision making on paper made production into a fairly no-nonsense procedure which was important because there are 16 heads in total. I worked …

Zeus’s head No 2 and his right hand.

Yesterday I applied paper mache the two parts of Zeus's head I had carved previously from polystyrene (Check out earlier post 'Carving Zeus' Head to see this stage). My God! it took a surprisingly long time to do a few layers neatly. Worth it though to make it nice and strong as it will hopefully save …