Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Great Innovators: Part 2

Here are two more videos that I worked on for the Storybots series, "The Great Innovators".

First up is Guglielmo Marconi...




...And here are the Wright Brothers!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Great Innovators: Part 1

I recently created the puppets for the new Storybots series, "Great Innovators".  We went for a style reminesent of the old hand puppets that were on Mr Rogers back in the day.   Here are the first two videos of the series.  First, is a short about Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press...





 Next up, is the great George Washington Carver!

 


Stay tuned, as there are more Innovators coming soon!


Monday, May 5, 2014

Woody

Heres a quick puppet I made of Woody Allen while watching the awesome American Masters on him.  Besides, I just figured he'd make a pretty funny looking puppet!



Saturday, March 22, 2014

More Storybots...

Here's some more Storybot stuff Ive made recently.  First, I created puppets of the five main bots...

























Then, on the animation side of things, I helped animate a Christmas Storybots video.  I forgot to post this when it was released for the holidays, but better late than never!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It's A MADHOUSE!!!

Ive been on a Planet of the Apes kick as of late, so here is a quick hand puppet I made last weekend of Caesar from the film, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.  Long live King Caesar!!!







Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Blog That Wouldn't Die!!!

Okay, okay...I know I was supposed to post more to this thing in 2013, but its been a busy year.  Ive made tons of puppets and some stop motion stuff for work, (to be posted once they are released to the public), and oh yeah...I got married!  Speaking of which, instead of buying some goofy centerpieces for the reception tables...my wonderful new wife, Angie, encouraged me to make some goofy ones of my own!  There were three tables, so for each one I sculpted a famous couple that were near and dear to our hearts.  Superman & Lois Lane, Rocky & Adrian, and finally, John Lennon & Yoko Ono.   Starting out, I picked a super simple style so I could get them done quick.  Then, after using some good ole' Sculpey,  I baked them and painted them up using acryllics.

Here are some pics of them in progress...





























...And here they are displayed on the big day!



















So, the way Ive approached this blog in the past is to only post work that I found "blog worthy".  Unfortunately, that approach has led me to barely post anything I've actually made.  So, from here on out, Im gonna post it all!  From any silly little puppet or cartoon that I make...to works in progress of the big projects.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Pet Grockle


Recently at work, I got to apply my love of puppetry and animation towards one awesome character...The Pet Grockle!   He was created by super designer, Nate Wragg.   First, I animated on the book, "My Pet Grockle".  You can preview the book and some of the animation by clicking below...


Then, I was given the assignment of creating a puppet of the little guy. I actually didn't have much experience working with fur, so it presented a few challenges, but it eventually came together.  Here are a few photos of the puppet in progress...