File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 247

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 11:07:47 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] A sculpture Holliday Card for you all!

You have wowed me again! Your talent is incredible.....fitting to know that
as one great puppeteer like Mr. Latshaw crosses over, another is in line to
success. You also have given me the go to get that Photoshop for my
daughter for her IBook. When we get letters at this time from friends, it
is filled with the many sports that they do while keeping up high grades.
Well, Laura doesn't do the sports but she loves art, photography, and video
on the computer. That works too!

Happy Holidays to all!

Mary Horsley

"The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
-Walter Bagehot

"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the
choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape
ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make
are ultimately our own responsibility."-----Eleanor Roosevelt

"Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are
dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do
it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many

-Michael Landon

We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
--Oprah Winfrey

> [Original Message]
> From: Mathieu René <>
> To: <>; <>;
> Date: 12/21/2006 4:08:42 AM
> Subject: [Puptcrit] A sculpture Holliday Card for you all!
> Hi all you Artists!
> Click on the link if you want to see the card I just finished.
> I dedicate it to all creative people who dare to try!
> This is what kept me busy these last 4 days.
> It started with a need for a simple practical model to serve as visual
reference for the drawn card I was planning. But then it went so well, I
had to finish the character, then I was tempted to add a few objects, and
while I was at it, I went ahead and made him a stone house in the country!
> This is all built of oil-based clay, a bit crude because it wasn't pro
quality, and I had to modify the recipe by adding more mineral oil (I
heated and added Vaseline). Such an improvement, but it is not yet the
equivalent to Chavant. I then painted the haracter and some objects with
acylic gess, diluted with rubbing alcohol, to have various shades of gray.
This made it MUCH easier to photograph the small maquette, the light fell
better on it. And it also made it MUCH easier to color in Photoshop. I
wanted to make things simple since time was running out, (it was a last
minute contract) so I opted for a sepia tone, which I saturated more.
> Both character's eyes are painted in photoshop, it made it easier to fix
their gaze.
> When I added red to Rudolph's nose, I couldn't stop there, and colored a
few more things.
> The image and card was commissionned by my puppeteer's association (local
UNIMA center), and I decided to use it as my personal christmas card as
well. So if you work for your local association, wherever you are in the
world, you might get copy of the version I made for them (AQM).
> Enjoy!
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