Monday, June 29, 2015

Monkey Mischief Managed

Well, that's one monkey off my back! Seriously, though, I had a blast making him.

Schlep was created for a community theater production of "Zink: The Myth, The Legend, the Zebra".

Glamour shot

You see, Schlep is a monkey who thinks he's a zebra.

(The costumer produced some amazing results!)

Elegant singing zebras. L-R: Zap, Ice Z, Zip
Here's his first time out of the box* - meeting the actresses.

The hands are leather gloves which were fastened to the arm fabric with pop-rivets. Extra fur was glued to the hands. When the puppeteer slips her hands into the gloves Schlep will be able to point, gesture - even handle things.

Of course she'll need a third hand to work the mouth.

The limbs and tail are simple sewn tubes fitted like sleeves over the body parts. All other furring was done piece-by-custom-piece and hot-glued into place. Thanks to my wife for teaching me how to use a sewing machine (I think!).

Schlep (on your left)
*Thanks to Out of the Box Community Theatre for permission to post their pictures.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bits and Pieces

Ooh, plastic tubes and pots and pans
Bits and pieces and ...

Weird Science

Heavy gauge wire (scavenged from political signs) used as attachment points for the arms and legs.

Monkey bones

The movable jaw is made of shop towels and bits of can.

Rolling my own:
Knee joints are PVC sections joined by rope. The tape will be covered with more paper mache.

Assembled legs plus a kneecap.

Here's Schlep's head after painting and installing eyeballs. Eyes are ping-pong balls with paper irises.

 I bought green fur* online with which to cover this beast. I'll skip the "furring" details except to say that sewing and lots of hot glue were involved. Also hair spray.

Hair Club for Primates. I'm also a client!
Completed monkey pictures to follow.

*No green-furred animals were harmed in the making of this project.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Evolution of Monkey

Continuing monkey business.

First step: a basic paper mache ball of the appropriate size, with cardboard attached for the facial area.

More refinement with paper and masking tape.

With temporal regions hollowed out.
I keep the circles I cut out and simply reverse and tape them back into place.

More paper mache and some paper-clay features - but he's too human-looking.
("Too human-looking" is a comment you never want to hear about your child.)

That's better - more monkey-like! Pictured with the eyeball assembly.

 Still needs a jaw; I'll be working on that next. I usually save that for last to avoid back-talk.