stopmotion model making
As a modelmaker, I felt that to make really good props I needed to understand and experience the whole process of stopmotion production, so this project during lockdown in 2020 was to design & construct an entire work and then animate it.
As well as story and character design, making armatures and rendering them, I designed and constructed the set, props, and lighting, and am now studying animation techniques.
It was a very broad undertaking. From making 3D-printed texture rollers for the floor tiles, to armatures and textiles, via ceramic eyes in epoxy sockets, poseable hands, and countless kitchen props , the project involved a huge range of techniques.
Set and characters for "Dryw"
Here’s a tour of the set for “Dryw” , a story about a lonely old man.
This family of creatures was inspired by an online image by an unknown artist, and is part of a longer storyline in production.
“Dryw” , a proud but lonely old man, and his family
wire armatures, sculpting foam, textiles, acrylic
construction details - hands
One sub-project was to make tiny poseable hands, with nails and crease-lines.
These were sculpted in Chavant, cast in plaster, then wire armatures made and wrapped in cotton, finally moulded in silicone.
Props and set dressing
I ended up making a huge number of props for this set. Some of the books are bound and open for reading, with script inside. Spoons are carved from matchsticks.
construction details – props
Props were made from a wide variety of materials combined with found objects.
One interesting task was to use 3-D printing to produce small bowls and platters, all slightly different but with related designs.
These were designed by Melissa, 3-D modelled and printed in grey plastic by Ben, and then rendered by Melissa.
Another project was to develop and animate Kitty, who was made as a gift for a friend.
construction details – Kitty
Kitty was felted round a twisted wire and epoxy foam armature. Ceramic beads in foam sockets for moveable eyes.