After a long absence, I finally started building puppets again. I have a little bit better ways of working and scheduling myself now which has made things tons easier.
I was getting very burned out on my art therapy with seniors after dealing with many, many deaths. I think that is all I want to say about that.
My first new commission was for my dear old friend Brett Roberts, who I have made several little puppets for before. He wanted a miniature, puppet version of the character Honk seen in the old 1970s show Far Out Space Nuts.
Honk was a full body suit character played by Patty Maloney, and I really like the character, so I was happy to do this one.
Here is the original character,
And my puppet version! Beep beep!
Well,I don’t know if I lived up to this or not, but it was pretty cool being chosen for this. This is me and my buddy Alex in the Senior Edition of our high school (Tucker High, Class of ’89)newspaper (we were actually part of its staff), chosen as “Most Talented” and “Most Creative”, but I’ve never really known who was who.:)
I’m holding one of my old puppets, Benmont, who is a cockatoo with a smart little bow tie.
I’m working on a commission for an old friend from high school. He wants the firebird logo from a Trans Am, but with a twist; he wants it zombiefied. I think I’m going to like this!
I’m working on a commission for The Sexy Armpit, a blog about pop culture in New Jersey. It’s a great site and I’m proud to be a part of bringing its slimy green mascot character, Sludgey, to life.
Bit by bit, he is taking shape. Next come layers of green fleece “slime”.
Friend and fan of Puppatoons Jill Baguchinsky did something incredible and special–she WON the Young Adult Fiction contest for Amazon!!! She won, she won, she won and now she’s gonna be PUBLISHED! I am so proud of my dear friend.
Her winning entry novel, Spookygirl, is available for pre-order at Amazon!
Here’s the scoop: Violet Addison can chat with the dead, but what really frightens her is starting her sophomore year at a new school. Still reeling from the loss of her mother, Violet is about find herself in the company of ghosts . . . both playful and deadly evil. Standing at the threshold to an unseen world with newfound friends at her side, only Violet can uncover the truth behind her mother’s death and save the family business–paranormal investigation.
Trust me folks; if you like a ghost story with dashes of humor and wit and a good helping of mystery, this is the tale for you. I know I’ll be ordering it.
Back in March, I had the privilege of building and performing the puppet for the “Mad Drummer” station ID’s for the TV channel Adult Swim. Basically, a drummer is superimposed over various scene elements such as a black hole, a spinning galaxy, and an exploding fireball. His drumming intensifies according to the scene. I built the puppet in less than a week, and it was a huge head, made to sit atop a real drummer’s head.
He was lovingly dubbed “Dudebro” by the cast and crew. 🙂
This past weekend I participated in a hilariously muddy, filthy, wet n’ rugged race called Warrior Dash. And of course, I always have to bring Puppatoons into the event, so, I put a small creature on top of my helmet I wore:
Skoop Daloop, my lucky running mate, and:
My Warrior Mo shirt I painted for the occasion.
Actual race pics after the jump. I figured somebody out there might want to see one or two.