The puppet challenge, 1.

This particular blog has come about because I am taking part in Clive Hicks-Jenkins’ Online Puppet Challenge exhibition in June 2014. Somebody signed me up for it, (was it you Clive?).

I guess it may be because I took part in the other 2 online exhibitions: Maquettes, and Alphabet Soup. (See http://clivehicksjenkins.wordpress.com )  Anyway I did not want to clog up Clive’s Artlog with pictures of work in progress, so here I am writing my own blog!

THE PUPPET CHALLENGE.

I have chosen the legend of the Loubérou or Lébérou, known in various rural areas of France. Constructing a puppet that operates properly is truly a challenge, although I have sculpted and made props in art college and the theatre, that was a long time ago. So, I am dipping into this project with great trepidation. Firstly, I felt I had to get to know the character , hence the storyboard format. I am still a long way from the actual fabrication of the puppet.

1. The house of EhBeh, in the Place of Goats, (la Crabouille)

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2. EhBeh asleep in bed

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3. He dreams of bells and goats.

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4.The moonlight,shining through the window, bathes his sleeping face in white light.Image

5. He wakes with a start, he sees the curtains beckoning him to leave his home, but what for?….Image

6. He rushes from the house, with the strongest compulsion to see the fountain in the enchanted forest.

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7. He reaches the fountain.

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8. Where he throws himself into the chilly swirling waters.Image

9. He strips off his nightshirt.Image

10. Whirling it around his head.Image

to be continued………..I  think I will try to work him with rods from the back. I hope it will make the running element easier, as I can roll his legs in a circular motion, giving the effect of running. (I need to draw that one) Also I now plan to make him a redhead., then he can be EhBehRoux , (EhBeh being a play on the slang Eh Beh, meaning ‘so what?’, then L’ébérou, am I getting too complicated perhaps? )

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4 thoughts on “The puppet challenge, 1.

  1. I’m staggered… STAGGERED! This isn’t just a puppet, it’s a PRODUCTION!!!

    Wonderful Liz, just wonderful. The storyboard alone is enthralling! I love the way you’re immersing yourself in this. Well done.

    • Clive, thanks so much for your encouragement, you have always been an inspiration, your reaction will certainly keep me going. As you say it has become a production, and I must knuckle down, finish the story THEN think about how I construct the wretched thing!!

    • Thanks Phil, that’s good of you to say. I think I’ve put off the evil moment of actually making the puppet for long enough now! But until I had a story and a character, no images would come to mind. Locally, any version of the story was disjointed and without substance.

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