Tada! The resident artist of Puppatoons Playhouse, Pekoe Platypus, is here! Pekoe enjoys drawing and painting, and is always keen to observe beauty in the world around him. He also enjoys a good cup of tea.
The second half of the cast in “Mrs. Fiddlehead’s Fables” is made up of dragons; all bright colors, all of a teenage sort of age and attitude. They do not have the first-and-last-names like the Unicorns; instead, their names come from their colors in other languages.
Realgar–Orange female with short, back-curving purple horns. She is our “girl power” member of the group, capable and enthusiastic. A tribute to Figment, as she is his colors in reverse.
Noxa–Pink female with short, spiral green horns. She is very petite and soft spoken. a complement to her best friend Rora.
Piros (was Russi)–Red female with long purple spiked horns. True to her color, she is firey tempered but mainly in defense of others, or occasionally, her own opinions. Best friends with Realgar.
Oolo–Yellow male with forward-pointing orange horns. He loves cooking and baking. He is very open and non judgmental.
Verda–Green female with long backward- pointing blue horns. She is a bit of a southern belle and is always there with a kind word to make someone feel better. Can be a bit of a pushover… until she’s had enough, however.
Modok–Dark green male with long backward-pointing red horns. Sinister looking , he conceals a big heart and tends to do good works in secret.
Rora–Turquoise female with short backward- pointing purple horns. She is a prankster and troublemaker,but often her schemes turn out to benefit her friends.
Nilya–Dark blue female with orange devil-like horns. Levelheaded and sensible, she likes things neat and orderly. She and Verda tend to hang out together.
Gorrindol–Large purple male with blue horns that curve forward and up. He is the “big guy” but not the “stupid guy”. Keeps his opinions to himself unless asked, but when he does speak he often speaks with to-the-point clarity.
Ruz (was Meramuda)–Dark pink male with tall backward-curving orange horns. Type-A personality, the boy-next-door and best pal to Gorrindol.
Another project I’ve had on the burner a while is “Mrs.Fiddlehead’s Fables”, which features a grand dame sort of character, Mrs. Fiddlehead, a dragon. She is a drama/theatre teacher and her class includes ten unicorns and ten dragons. A bit of a large cast, yes, but I’m just dying to make them and try this out. The idea as that this is another ensemble to portray various fairy tales while having backstage interactions as well. All the while being a bunch of youngsters of about high school “age”.
The unicorns are colored in semi-realistic horse colors; I thought this would be a good way to color them as individuals yet also set them apart from their brightly hued dragon counterparts.
The unicorns are as follows:
Ginger Tarbutton–Pretty and proud of her spots;tends to be a bit of a diva. Has red leopard appaloosa coloration.
Parthenia Starflame–Bookish and studious; sometimes takes life too seriously. A dark bay.
Janus Stormbringer–A bit of a rebel rocker on the outside, creative and quite sensitive inside. Chestnut, with a close-cropped flaxen mane.
Fernsby Greenfield–Smooth intellectual, very sophisticated and with an extensive vocabulary. Grey.
Faunt Grandprancer–The peacekeeper,cheer team and clown all in one. A rich buckskin.
Mordecai Goldentrot–The Golden Boy,a most popular guy and a bit full of himself. He’s charismatic,but goodhearted. Palomino, of course.
Otho Silverbeard–Absent-minded genius. Another gray, with a snow white mane.
Electa Ironfoot–A big girl,taller than the others, but a bit shy. Does not like to do girly things. Grulla coat pattern.
Marguerite Mistywings–Avid reader and writer with a runaway imagination. Ten points of you catch the homage.:) Dark palomino pinto.
Lobelia Swiftflight–Athletic,confident, but with a keen sense of fun. Black and white pinto.
I have always wanted a small ensemble cast of puppets for the Puppatoons Playhouse to act as my stock performing troupe, hosts, etc.; a signature little bunch of characters. Although I know mouth puppets are more the “vogue” style of puppet nowadays because of the very wonderful Muppets, I still love, love, love, the simplicity and charm of “glove” puppets. Finally, here is the cast (chicken is still unnamed) after much paring and doodling and rearranging of personalities, species and colors.:) Once I sorted them all out I realized each character is a little facet of myself.(more on that later, haha)
About a year ago I was at my favorite vintage store and found a small basket full of little tiles made of chipboard. Each one had a descriptive word on it, such as “Prickly” or “Furry”, and the word and even coloring of the tile was decorated to try to enhance the description of the word. I thought they might have been from a child’s learning game of some sort. I bought a bunch(they were two for a dollar), choosing words that might describe funny little characters or creatures. I took the tiles out recently and drew a funny sketch for each word,imagining little puppets that each had a tile as their name tag at a party.
Notice I couldn’t think of anything for “Stinky”.