Last year, I worked with Rob Whent, President and CEO of Think-2-Learn to develop a cast of puppet characters for an upcoming project titled “Leo and Friends”. I had built the Leo alien puppet a few years back and he now has a bunch of fleecy friends to hang out with. Head over to Leo’s Facebook page where you’ll see photos of the cast on the set of “Leo and Friends”, plus you’ll get to see their video audition for Amazing Race Canada. Have a closer look at the puppets below.
Leo on set
Exciting news! There is a new workshop coming to North Texas this summer–Beyond the Sock: Puppetry for Television and Film. Are you interested in learning what it takes to design, build and perform with puppets like those used in some of America’s most beloved productions like Sesame Street or The Muppet Show? Want to learn puppetry techniques from the professionals behind the characters? The opportunity is yours!
The worshop features puppet building tips from our good friend, Project Puppet’s Pasha Romanowski. You’ll also learn to puppeteer with acclaimed Muppeteers Noel MacNeal and Peter Linz. Registration is now open through May 15th. Space is extremely limited for this rare event, so sign up today!
Walter and Weatherby. These are two rabbit magicians that I built last summer for Kids on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fun characters.
I was pleased to work again with Kids on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma to bring two new characters to life. These vultures are loosely patterned after the Thenardiers from Les Miserables. I’m looking forward to seeing these two in action.
I recently built a modified version of the Mushu character for a staging of Mulan by the Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School‘s drama department. The puppet is built to be worn by the performer and attaches to the waist. The performer’s hand enters the back of the head and the legs attach to the thighs to give the illusion of walking.
I was pleased to work again with Ramon Ramirez of Smarty Cartoons (I previously built Ms. Carrie Oki for him). It’s always great to work with Ramon. His cartoons translate so easily into engaging puppets.
And speaking of puppets, this guy is Rosendo. He’s a reporter…and a bit of a ladies man. I got to do some things on this project that I hadn’t done before such as hand making shoes and a microphone. The puppet’s hand is connected to the mic, and the mic is controlled with a rod.
Times are busy in the Thistledown workshop. I’ve been so happy to be a part of some really fun projects. My hope is to be able to share some of the work here over the course of the next few weeks.
This little guy was commissioned by Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. They have a television station for the hospital and he will be used in some of their programming. It was fun bringing him to life.
Ramon Ramirez, creator of Teacher Toons, sent me this image from a recent interview he did with his new Thistledown puppet. We’re looking forward to seeing more from Ms. Carrie Oki!
I recently worked with illustrator Ramon Ramirez of Smarty Cartoons to bring one of his Teacher Toons creations to life.
One of the things I love about working with illustrators and cartoonists is that their work is usually quite stylized and that almost always translates into great looking puppets.
She was a blast to bring to life. I can’t wait to see her in action.
This is a time of transition for us here at Thistledown Puppets. After recovering from a website problem (which is now fixed) there is some work to do on the blog. There’s lots of work going on in the workshop right now, so please be patient with us as we revamp the blog over the coming weeks.
We’re also in the process of moving in to a larger studio space. This is really exciting. We’ll post pics of the new digs once we’re all settled in. AND–we can’t wait to show off some of the latest puppet creations, so stay tuned!