It starts with a character design (this is the prince in the story. He's a poop.)
The next step is lining up those characters to get them all to scale.
The wire is laid over the scaled drawings to make the basic frame. This is the Hag's armature, she's got a hump.
The poly foam adds meat to the body while remaining posable.
The arms and legs are sculpted with paper clay, leaving the elbows and knees bare wire, which will be covered by the costumes.
Here's a peek at my progress for my thesis puppets so far. Pictures of costumes coming soon!