File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 252

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 11:35:38 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] A sculpture Holliday Card for you all!

Overused exclamation, I know, but simply AWESOME.
It should be the basis for a "Claymation" style animation!

Michael John Moynihan
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, North America

On Dec 21, 2006, at 3:15 AM, Mathieu René wrote:

> Hi all you Artists!
> creaturiste.html
> 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).
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