StopMotionAnimation.com

taking one frame at a time since 1999

Hi,

I am making a beaver puppet for my online kids show demo. The character will combine real beaver with cartoon style. It is my first time trying to make an animal. The beaver's legs are big troubles for me at this time. How to sculpture them so it could be easier to plan the plaster mold for foam latex puppet? I guess it could be the same design as a dinosaur, just with fat and short legs, but still could not get the idea. 

Can anybody give me some suggestion or share some of some works' pictures so I will get more confidence to continue the work. Any point will be appreciated. 

Thanks! 

Views: 216

Attachments:

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Not sure what your problem is. The arms and legs are splayed out, so you can make a two part plaster mould in a straightforward way. 

What I worried about is when casting with foam latex, the legs cannot be bent at the joint of boy position or has a lot of wrinkles there. You know beaver normally poses like sitting on the ground. 

Then it might be better to cast the legs separately. Will there be some hair to help disguise the join/wrinkles?

Right now there is no hair. I never tried put hair on puppet. Maybe I can try this time. I am quite sure a beaver with fur will much better . 

Thank you Simon!

I sculpt 4 legged animals with the legs splayed out like a lizard.  Even mammals which have legs under the body, like a dog.   I do sculpt them in a normal position first, so I see how they will look, but then I splay the legs out to 45 degrees and make the mould. That way, they are not joined to the body too far down, and they can move from near the joint.  The plaster mould can get into the arm pits without being a really thin piece that might break.  Then I cast the puppet in foam latex, and bend the legs to a normal position.

I just looked at your photos.  Looks like your beaver walks on 2 legs.  So it is not very different from doing a human, or a 2 legged dinosaur.  I don't see a problem with making a mould of it.  

Thanks Nick!

You are right. The beaver will be like a human walking with 2 legs. I just don't have any experience to make an animal, even it looks like a human. 

Now I have enough confidence to keep working on it with your guys suggestions. 

Thanks!

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Website News & Tips

STOPMO JAM 3
This time, the theme is HALLOWEEN. All entries must be submitted by September 18, 2021. More info here.

NEW MEMBERS
If you are new to the site, please feel free to introduce yourself on 
this Message Board thread.

MY PAGE
Y
ou can now customize your personal page. Go to My Page/Customize My Page.

PRIVACY
To control who sees your posts and Profile Page, go to Settings/Privacy.

MESSAGE BOARD & BLOG POSTS
If you have a question for the community, it is best to post your question on the Message Board instead of a Blog. Blogs are best for featuring your stop motion projects.

VIDEO
When posting a video, if possible, use the Embed Code instead of the URL. Your video will be a larger, more viewable size.

MESSAGE BOARD CATEGORIES

If you have a question or are looking for answers, you'll find a wealth of information here on the Message Board.

BEGINNERS a good place to start
ANIMATOR TALK experienced animators
YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT what r u working on?
STORY script, storyboarding and storyreel
ANIMATION TOOLS
 what's a surface gage?
STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS Dragonframe and VFX
CAMERA & STAGE camera, lighting and moco rigs
SOUND lip-sync, sound effects and music 
ARMATURES ball & socket and wire 
MACHINE SHOP metalwork tool & talk 
SCULPTING sculpture information and advice 
HAIR & COSTUME materials and technique 
CASTING
 foam, silicone and resin 
CLAY clay puppet construction 
GENERAL PUPPET MAKING 
other puppet fab issues
STOP MOTION SETS set design and construction
MODEL DEPARTMENT
 miniature prop discussion

and even more...
MATTE PAINTINGS
GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS 
STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION 
FAVORITE STOP MOTION CHARACTERS
PRO ANIMATOR DISCUSSION
FILM FESTIVALS AND EVENTS 
ANIMATION SCHOOLS 
STOP MOTION BOOKS 
STOP MOTION ON VIDEO 
WORK OPPORTUNITIES

FOR SALE 
CHAT BOARD 

WEBSITE NEWS AND FEEDBACK

SMA.com on YouTube

© 2021   Created by Anthony Scott.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

.xg_widget_forum_index_index .xg_column.xg_span-7.xg_last {display:none;} .xg_widget_forum_topic_listForCategory .xg_column.xg_span-7.xg_last {display:none;} .xg_widget_forum_topic_show .xg_column.xg_span-7.xg_last {display:none;}