Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hag's Hovel

The Hag's Hovel. Made the same way as the other two sets, with help from my dad. The front of the Hag's house comes off the tree because in a later scene we get a peek inside her house.

Thesis: Dragon Cave

Wordpress is really not made for multiple image posts...
Also, as I post these I realize I should have gotten some closeups of the dragon, because I had not shared him yet, but as you can see, I was far too busy looking pretty and holding flowers to be bothered to take pictures. All the pictures you see here are courtesy of my Dad and my friend Kit, and all these photos are WAY better than the ones I shot before the show.

Anyway, fun fact about this set: although the set itself will be used in the fairytale illustration, the scene taking place here does not occur in the story. The reason for this is that I have 3 sets and 6 puppets. Mom and Dad are in the cottage, the Hag has to be in her house (with the little girl who is unattached) and that leaves the Prince and the Princess too... chill with the Dragon.

The dragon is a cut paper puppet made with water color paper and wire. He has 32 pieces total and took about 2 days to make. In the straight on shots he looks like he is the right size, though the forced perspective gets wonky when looked at from the side. Oh well.

This set was made the same way as the other one, except for with this set I had help from my Dad <3

Monday, April 22, 2013

Thesis: Cottage

FINALLY the long awaited photos of the sets. Of course, lighting is not so much, but they are in a gallery right now being lit with gallery lighting. When I take the final photos, my lovely mentor Laura Burkhart will show me how to get lovely theatrical lighting and then we will be rollin' in posies!

This is the cottage where little Anya grew up. You can see Mom and Dad being very much in love, cos they are cuties. Notice their irises! I scraped the dried paint off my plastic pallete and cut it in to circles! It's so janky but it worked!

And notice the sets! The trees and ground are foam, the house is balsa wood.
The bushes are... little grass clumps painted with primer then coated with plaster then covered with fabric then covered with lumpy fabric. I wasn't too happy with any of those renditions and I'm still not overly thrilled with them but they work.
The path is made of little wooden circles that I coated with plaster than hot glued down. I do love me some long, tedious process...
The leaves are flat poster board with fabric laid down kind of like paper mache.
Those little sprigs of grass are party streamer pom-pom things, cut down and painted green, which was Laura's idea and I LOVE it.

Anyway, quite happy. This is probably my favorite scene, although that might only be because I do love big people in little houses. So much do I love it.