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!
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!
As we kick off the New Year, I’ve been organizing the workshop to make room for some new projects. As a result I’ve decided to sell a few puppets that have been hanging around for a while. They are all a part of Thistledown’s history and I’d love to see them go to good homes where they will be appreciated. If you are interested in any of them, send me a Contact Form and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice for them. If you are interested in the entire set, you can purchase them all for $1700 total.
First up is the Red Panda from the Building the Red Panda video series. He was originally built for a local auction, but he was a little out of place there and never received a bid.
Next is Little Red Riding Hood. She was part of one of our early live shows.
The next puppet was one of the top ten finalists in the Once Upon a Puppet Contest held in 2007 at Project Puppet. It’s Mr. Toad of Toad Hall, inspired by the Kenneth Grahame classic The Wind in the Willows.
And finally we have a little female sheep that was used for a few years as Mrs. Cratchit in our production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that featured a motley group of Thistledown’s puppets.
If you haven’t been able to afford one of our custom creations, this is a great way to get one of our puppets to add to your collection or puppet show cast!
From our family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We’re looking forward to working with lots of wonderful people in 2012!
This past summer, I created a couple of puppets for Websense. They were two I.T. guys named Frank and Jim and were used in one of Websense’s marketing campaigns. You can see Frank and Jim on their Websense page here. And you can watch all three episodes featuring them on their YouTube channel. Below are some images of Frank and Jim before they left the workshop:
I’m glad to announce that the Christmas Critters have all been shipped. So if you ordered one, then you can expect it in the mail really soon. And if you didn’t order one…that’s okay. We plan to make the Critters a Christmas tradition here at Thistledown Puppets. Expect a brand new one next season!
Now it’s back to work for a bit until Christmas, then we’ll be taking a mini vacation the last week of December to rest and relax…