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Hi all!  I'm finishing up my felt puppet, he just needs some replacement mouths!  Tutorials on fabrication coming in about a month.  I'm at the finish line for this stage and will soon be on to sets.  Let me know what you think!

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Gorgeous!  Simple and just right. I think the felting must encourage that simplicity, you can't get carried away with fine skin textures and details, you have to get down to the essence.  I like how the body is the one colour, then the yellow is used in both the eyes and horns. Can't wait for it to get mouthy!

Will the set design also go for a woolly look, or be in different materials but with simplified shapes?  With claymation I've seen films where everything looked like clay, but others where the sets were quite realistic (like Wallace and Gromit), so I guess everything is possible.

Thank you so much Nick!  Yeah, the finished product veered off of the initial character design a bit.  Your right that felting encourages simplicity.  There were going to be yellow toenails as well, but it was too finicky.  I love a good fully felted production!  In this one, he's the only felt object.  Everything else is in "realistic" form.  A friend of mine is making the models, and I'll be working on the sets next.  All this work for a 45 second film!  At least it's fun :)

He's a very appealing little guy, did you give him a name?

Ya!  His name is Mr. Fiction.

Anthony Scott said:

He's a very appealing little guy, did you give him a name?

Simple, and lovely!

Thank you!!

Simon Tytherleigh said:

Simple, and lovely!

Looks awesome, Emily!!

Mr. Fiction looks great! Saw your previous post showing the foam build up. Any particular reasons for using a foam base as opposed to building up the body shape purely out of wool? Is it to save on cost of wool, or are you more easily able to achieve the desired body shape with foam, or are you protecting the armature? I don't know a ton about needle felting but I'd imagine you could build up solid touch points with some dense felting.

Good question!  I think it's mostly out of habit that I did it this way.  I also wanted with the foam to be more flexible and a light layer of the stiffer felt.

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