It seems like ages ago when Clive Hicks-Jenkins sent out a puppet challenge (HERE)to the folks who follow him. My natural inclination to jump right in has been thwarted by my keen phobia of the third dimension. I am a painter and I have had very little luck with fashioning objects in the round. I allowed myself some slack in that puppets can be crude and terribly effective, but still…
I had been ruminating about how I wanted the figures to present themselves, oil sketches, watercolor drawings, on and on, just not putting idea to armature. I ended that this week and the following is the unfinished results. Once again I am working with archetypes from the Popol Vuh, the Hero Twins, their slain father,the Maize God and the Axis Mundi (the World Tree)plays a supporting role.
starting off with an idea for the Hero Twins (detail from one of my watercolor paintings),
a quick sketch to figure out logistics
the armature-I love this image
working out the figures in ever reliable Sculpey
thus far, I ran out of aforementioned Sculpey, off to supply shop…
I used fine steel wool , applied to uncured medium, it bake right in perfectly.
Before the heroic fellows there was fittingly the World Tree. I had dreamt of this Axis Mundi , putting dreamscape to panel.
it was just a matter of applying wire and tin foil to an old can ; kindergarten craft class at its most lively.
I enjoyed playing with a form, gnarly trees with anthropomorphic features that I frequently employ in other disciplines; all with the aid of ubiquitous Sculpey.
now, off to supply store, yoga and then puppetry.