So on Friday at Dragon Con I delivered the puppets to our dwarf actors guests.
I am usually prepared for reactions that range from “Oh, another fan thing ” to “OMG, LOOKIT THIS”.I got a pretty good reaction from Stephen Hunter and Dean O’ Gorman, but I get the feeling they get a LOT of fan art so it probably wasn’t a big deal.
I’ve been working hard on the little dwarf puppets for our Hobbit movie guests at Dragoncon. They need a bit of hairdressing and extra trim on their outfits, but they are essentially done.
Getting ready for Dragoncon for me these days usually means….making gifts for celebrities. I dont know what it is, I just totally got hooked on making little hand puppets to give to my favorite celebrities I want to meet. Usually the puppet is a caricature of the the character that the celebrity/actor plays,but this time I went a different route. My husband Steve and I are big fans of the show Fringe, and John Noble, who played Walter Bishop (and also Denethor in The Lord of the RIngs!) will be at Dragoncon this year. Instead of making a Mini Walter Bishop, I decided to make a wee puppet of Gene the Cow from the show.
MiniGene is made of fleece painted with fabric paint, in order to get as close to her markings as I could.
Gene was played by two different cows, so I went with the one that appears more in images and shows.
The real Gene with Jasika Nicole (Astrid Farnsworth) and John Noble (Walter Bishop).
Working on putting the dwarf puppets’ hair on. I haven’t gotten to showing their little braids yet.
Adding beards and hair to Gloin and Bombur. Everything is just “placed” at the moment and not fastened down;I’m just trying to get an idea of where to sort things out.
Still going on the little dwarf puppets–the major construction is done.
Now they just look like ghosts.:)
Features are appearing. L-R: Fili, Bombur and Gloin.
Sorry folks. I was plain old suffering from burnout.
But now I am back, with new ideas and a little revamping of the site, the shows I offer, and what I am building. Right now I am working on three gift puppets for the Hobbit dwarf actors who will be at Dragon Con. Want to see the progress? Keep checking back this week!
And here they are, ready for features and costumes, ready to be transformed into Bombur, Fili and Gloin.