File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 310

Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 10:39:25 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Can Horrendous be Appealing and Efficient?

On Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 7:24 AM, Mathieu René <> wrote:
>  Still, I'd love to get a real human skull to use as a model to study
>  anatomy.

I used a real dog skull to build a dead dog for a show. The skull was
one of the most beautifully engineered things I've held in my hands.
If I were building a naturalistic human, I'd be tempted to do the same
thing but I'd go with a resin skull rather than bone for two practical
reasons: durability and cost.

It also avoids the taboo issue that people have and unless provoking a
reaction is the goal of using the skull, I think respecting the
audience's cultural mores is important.

I'll also say that the body that I built for the dog was a simplified
version of an anatomically correct skeleton.  I used thin sheets of
foam cut into the shape of the major muscles to cover the skull and
the skeleton and was stunned by how beautifully the dog moved.  I
didn't have any of the bunching problems with the foam that one often
gets in a flat-patterned figure.  I'm really looking forward to trying
it again.


On Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 7:24 AM, Mathieu René <> wrote:
>  Still, I'd love to get a real human skull to use as a model to study
>  anatomy. I wouldn't turn it into a puppet at first, but maybe eventually.  A
>  local collegue (a maskmaker) of mine has a real one. It's really cool, and
>  not gross at all.
>  It dates back from before the laws were passed to prevent regular folk to
>  have human skulls.
>  He told mne it was originally owned by a doctor of some sort.  To make sure
>  visitors to his studio would not immediately think it was a real skull, he
>  painted it even more realistically (oil paint washes) to look like it had
>  been underground for ages. It looks so real that people think it's a fake.
>  Just touching it reveals it could not be plastic, it is definitely real
>  bone.
>  There is a practical consideration that makes the law strong about this:
>  some people will abuse the privilege, and perhaps go to more extremes to
>  procure the materials, such as making them dead in the first place...
>  In Art Schools in Canada, it is forbidden to use blood, even a small drop of
>  your own, to make art. That law came from some extreme student stunts "for
>  Art sake".
>  Because there are some MORONS out there, the rest of us have to be deprived
>  of yet another opportunity for creative expression.
>  I am genuinely sad that religious and official laws forbid people nowadays
>  (at least here in Canada) to be buried in a field or a forest and become
>  fertiliser. It's only the natural order of things, and humans have perverted
>  it in the name of Religion, or pure queezyness.
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