Thursday, July 19, 2007

LOLA

shel here....i want you to meet LOLA....


she's the first puppet i've made by myself all the way through, from design to finish, so i've got a special fondness for her. (though i feel like she had more to do with the "design" than i did.....i just followed the clay and then the paint.)


she's foam latex with a wire armature and i even put wires in her hairs, so that might be fun to play with. i made her dreads short enough though that hopefully i won't have to animate them if i don't want too [i have enough issues just keeping track of 4 limbs, 8 fingers, a spine, a head, eyebrows, eyeballs, etc!].

her hair was tricky to figure out how to mold (cuz i didn't want to worry about deep tubes in my mold to have to dig the clay out of or to figure out how to get the foam into) so i just pushed her dreads all straight up and molded them together and then after they were foamed, cut them apart and pushed wires through them (with the pliers) and down through her head so they would stay put when i pulled them back down.....risky......i really had no idea if it would work or not......but it did!!! that's one of my favorite things about this whole stop mo obsession, is getting to come up with hairbrained (in this case literally!) solutions for strange problems.

LOLA feels a bit spunky to me.....i'm curious to see what happens when i start pushing her around (and to see why she's wearing a bright green super suit with silver boots!).

12 comments:

Sven Bonnichsen said...

Congrats! Lola looks great! Good solution with the hair... And I like the boots! :-)

shel said...

thanks sven!

justin and i were just talking about you.....yur ears feeling warm?

we'd love to arrange a way to meet up if your in la (and i have some armature ??s for ya, but i'll figure out a better place to ask them!).

Tennessee Reid said...

Stopmotionists are the BEST problem solvers!

Love her!

Looking forward to her 'life'

Sven Bonnichsen said...

I am krazee-psyched for comin' down to visit!

Can't make plans til "Let Sleeping Gods Lie" is done... And Oct-Dec tend to be the studio's most hectic months. Realistically, somewhere in the Jan-Mar range is most likely.

While I'm there, gotta see Ms. Halfland (again) and Mr. Red Hatchet too... "Stopmo Jamboree" anyone?

Shelley Noble said...

JAM-BO-REEEEeeeeeee! Yeah! Great ideeee! Count me in.

Shel, Lola is da bomb! And I love the way you are letting her lead the creation the character and the animation! This is gonna be GREAT!

I think I heard her say... Bungee?

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Sven Bonnichsen said...

Oh! Oh! Wait for it....

Merit badges.

Shelley Noble said...

Merit Badges?

Sven Bonnichsen said...

Feh.

...Y'know, like boy scouts have jamborees [dunno if girl scouts do too]... And boy/girl scouts get merit badges for learning skills... And stopmo folk like trading tips, tricks, & mad skillz...

Sorry. My sense of humor famously leaps one frog too far.

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Melenie said...

Hi Shel, it's Melenie from StopMoShorts. Your puppet is looking real good and the run is ace!! Your moves are very inspiring.