Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Progress!

Henry has an arm! Still needs to be trimmed, and now that I'm more confident with painting inside the mold I might write this one off as a test. But I love this stuff! It's got this great feel to it and can do a complete fold at the elbow without any problem or distortion at all. I ran out of time with the armature so I'm chalking the wooden experiments up to experience, and am going with wire wrapped in thread.

It's been a whole month since I last posted which is a bit scary! In the time during I lost a week to some sort of cold/flu, but have been making progress... The main newness is a new scroll saw! New to me - bought it from someone who bought it used 40 years ago. So it's got a history of lasting! This is Henry's giant art unit - the two side pieces will hinge open revealing all the shelves stuffed with paper and tubes of paint.Some more scroll-saw fun - a mail-desk (still needs full length legs) and a little dresser, awaiting knobs.
This was made for me - Henry's bedframe! Instead of a mattress he'll have a quilt tied to the posts like a hammock. The quilt pieces are painted up and ready to sew.
Henry's skull - he has a removable armature wire lower jaw. The holes were originally for small wires to manipulate the mouth but it's so small I'll probably keep it very simple and push it a bit further in TVPaint afterwards.

Some paint bottles for that big unit - I made some out of Sculpey, cast them in DragonSkin, and have been making plaster copies - 50 so far. After casting in Silicone I can't think of anything else I prefer! It's amazing stuff for making molds.

9 comments:

jriggity said...

Great arm!!

and glad to hear how much you like working with Dragon skin.

jriggity

tonychauzer said...

Those props are way awesome... glad you're back for an update :)

Aravind.J said...

Great shelves and desk, Nice detailing of the arm! Keep updating :)

Mike Letendre said...

Top notch work here.
I'm excited and inspired. Keep going! (although I need to catch up!)

Shelley Noble said...

Your work is so fine, Emmy! What a joy to enjoy your progress! Love the style.

Darkstrider said...

Hey...! I think Henry flipped me off!!!

JK.... everything looks awesome!!! A Scroll saw is a great piece of equipment for a stopmo workshop to have.

emmyymme said...

Thanks for the support! I need to stay on here more often - it's great motivation to get things done. Really appreciate the encouragement!

Dan Metalmadcat said...

m_)Did you craft yourself that bed?
An electric wooden machine to make the cuts? Just wondering.

m_)Anyway great stuff!

emmyymme said...

Hey Dan,
my partner actually made the bed - he's an animator as well, and in the scripting stage of his project so he's helping out with props. The foot & headboard are mdf cut on a scroll saw, and the posts are dremmeled oak.
The scroll saw has definitely been my favourite investment of this project - so many things become possible!