I am working on the puppet for my new film. So far I just have the armature with the head and hands (which are both removable). The armature is cabled aluminum wire, with epoxy putty and square brass stock. The head and hands are latex buildup, the head has a movable jaw as well as movement in the brow with replacement eyelids. The beard is fake hair glued on and lightly colored with some paint. The face and the beard aren't quite finished yet, just some small adjustments to clean it up a bit better. As I make progress I will continue to post images, also if anyone has any thoughts or tips, that is welcome too.
I did a lot of tests with it, and I also may have gotten lucky. I soaked the foam with liquid balloon rubber and sort of sculpted into place and dabbed on more layers after that, trimming and filling any bumps or dents as i went along. The hands probably need a little more finessing, but I wanted them a little more rough than the face.
Great look to it.
The face looks very good for build up. I really like the texture of the beard and hair. What kind of hair did you use?
Nice looking puppet.
I like that you are getting into the latex puppet construction
I don't know if you've tried it yet, but there's something called "Model Magic" that works a treat for making build-up heads. It's a fluffy marshmallowy material and you can scupt it and it dries in the air to a foamy feel. It won't bend, but it's just great for creating forms and then either painting them in acrylics or dipping them in balloon rubber mixed 50/50 with acrylics.
This looks great, though, as is- especially knowing that you didn't use Model Magic!