For this write up, I would like to discuss the Puppet Show/Silent Auction that was held in the Bret Llewellyn Gallery from March 26-April 16.
In this gallery, the freshmen of the 3D Design and Color class, including myself, showcased wooden puppets. It was interesting to see the direction most people went with for their puppets. Whether it be a half manatee-half man crossbreed, a self-control wooden hand or an extremely detailed fish. It was inspiring to see how creative people got with their puppet because it really did emphasize our progress and talent overall.
One puppet that really stood out to me was named Beatrice. Beatrice symbolizes a sort of demon. Although she appears to be somewhat frightening, she’s still a crowd pleaser. This puppet has a certain presence that one can’t simply ignore. What I like about it is the way it was carved. The arms are nicely shaped and smooth and the cheeks are beautifully rounded. The craftsmanship was nicely done, especially for two people who are just freshmen and are new to the world of puppetry.
This gallery correlates with this specific class, for character design did play a huge role in designing the puppets. Just like in Maya, designing these puppets revolved around the combination of regular and irregular shapes. It was basically sort of a hands on Maya. It allowed us to create a character outside of our laptops and sketchbooks, allowing us to expand our use of mediums for character design.