I'm learning how to carve in foam and make basic armatures. The ones I made earlier weren't made from the right wire.
I like carving in foam- if i do cut too much away I can just glue more on. I haven't got as far as putting detail on.
I like the look of the tail because you can se the construction and it doesn't look 'normal'.
I made the tail by attaching polymorph discs to the twisted wire. I then stretched tights over the 'skeleton'.
|As i haven't done a scale drawing I have to compare|
the armature to the model.
|At first i was going to make the tail discs like this because they|
resembled the fish spine discs more but from the front view they looked
too big a blocky and I want something more delicate.
|Pelvis/Tail base and first disc.|
|Four holes holds them in place better.|
|The foam was glued onto the armature|
|Carving with nail scissors to get the basic form.|
|I wanted to cover the wire with something to make it look more|
like spine. The string didn't look that good,
it was to bulky and meant the wire couldn't
be bent as well.
|I used physiotherapy bandage soaked in latex and then|
added a bit of string to create a spiny look.
But then i removed the string as the bandage on
its own looked better and moved better.
|All wire covered.|
|Testing the tights over the tail armature.|
|I found some scraps of really nice, soft, thin foam|
which i soaked in latex and wrapped around the 'bones'
on the arms
|Attaching K and S for the head.|
I'm going to do some tests of the tail being animated tomorrow to see if its worth pursuing. I think for my assessment if i can get a good working prototype and some video tests that will be good- for my benefit I have definitely learnt something and its something i can continue with over the sumer and in 3rd year.
I would like to have a finished puppet but I don't think I will have time. I don't want to rush anything and stress my self out.
I really wish I'd been in a better head space earlier on, I could have done this a week or two ago and had the time to make a final puppet.
But I do have other little experiments that I like and also want to develop further. It just takes me so long to get into self motivated projects. Next year I can't work on my own.