File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 505

Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 23:53:12 +0100
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Mr. Punch head - 'work in progress'

Hi Rolande, Ed, Mary and Conrad,

Thanks so much for your comments. I am not a puppeteer, but I am inspired by
this list and the people on it so much; to meet your approval is very
important to me.
Also Rolande, your assymetry idea is great! I have a friend who has queried
me on the eyebrows, so I think I might alter one to try and make him appear
slightly more mischievious on one side, whilst the other is more
'happy-go-lucky'. Although responding to Conrad's post, I do kind of think
that the Punch character is iconic enough to appear almost as a symbol
figure. It's only just occured to me how similar his face is to the
traditional 'comedy' theatre mask (as in comedy and tradegy).
Anyway, I'm looking forwards to working on him again this weekend!

Thanks again,


On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 3:38 AM, The Independent Eye <
> wrote:

> >The assymetrical faces idea...
>        For me, symmetrical faces work only if the character is very
> iconic or archetypal, i.e. representing some kind of "ideal" prince,
> princess, etc., as if it's a representation drawn from some ancient
> traditional art.  That works fine for some kinds of shows.  Real
> human faces are quite asymmetrical - I used to fret enormously as a
> teenager looking in the mirror and seeing how radically "misshapen"
> my mug was.  Amazing that someone actually married me.  You can get a
> lot of asymmetry into even very beautiful faces without its verging
> into the grotesque.
> -Conrad B.
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