Monday, January 29, 2007

Creature Creations: Part 2 - Sneak Preview

For the past few weeks I have been toiling away for hours and hours every day in the Big Nazo Lab here in Providence, as part of the Creature Creation Workshop course I am enrolled in. Here is a sneak preview of the what I have been making. To give just a hint of context, the creature puppet costume I'm making is a sort of steampunk fish-man who wears a metal suit to allow him to travel above the surface so he can explore dry land. Check it out:

Partially completed leg pieces, made out of 1/2 inch blue ester foam.

A leg piece a little while later: foam bolts attached, some areas covered with a layer of nylon, and the whole thing sprayed with a thin coat of spray glue, to seal it.

Last but not least, a shot of the creature's back at the same stage in the process (foam construction, nylon, and glue). The two holes you see are sockets for short lengths of tubing that will connect from the back to the chest, as a sort of breathing apparatus.

That's all I'm giving away at the moment, but keep checking for more updates. After a coat of latex and then a nice paint job, the creature should be complete shortly.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Creature Creations: Part 1

This semester I'm taking a course called "Creature Creation Workshop" in which we construct full-body foam rubber creature puppets. It's most definitely the coolest class ever. Our first assignment was to create a "blob" creature, so that we could get used to working with the foam. Mine came out to be a cyclops-like blob.

Here is what it looked like after the initial foam construction:

This is the blob after it was painted with a mixture of liquid latex and acrylic paint: