Puppet making Course with Corina Duyn- sculpting the head

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Puppet making with Corina Duyn – Making the Head © 2019 www.corinaduyn.com Dear puppet-maker-in-the-making, As noted in the Introduction, a few notes ….

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As part of this self-directed course, I will forward each paid section (head; hands/feet; body & cross; painting/clothing) via WeTranfer and/or supply links to Youtube videos and ISSUU book via email. To accompany your course, you can ask for Email and/or Skype support. This can be purchased via http://www.corinaduyn.com/site/puppet-making-course/ 20 minute Skype sessions need to be booked and agreed upon at least a day in advance. The sculpting tool used in the videos can be purchased on the webpage too. Plastic eyes available €5 - contact me. littlewings@corinaduyn.com

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Included in this section are: o o o o o o o

A short introduction about sculpting the head Starting the Base of Head Building up the face Nose, lips (and eyebrows for puppet with glass eyes) Adding Ears Finishing the head and Neck Alternative option to add head to a bust as small sculpture

o See below for List of accompanying videos (Copy and paste the links in the ISSUU course material, or clink on link in PDF/word document o Please make sure to watch the Youtube videos in HD

o The videos and PDF’s are interchangeable between using glass eyes and creating sculpted eyes. I suggest you watch, and read both at each step of the sculpting process. The (2.04) indicate length of the videos

This course material was created by Corina Duyn and draws on four decades of experience. It is for your personal use only. Please do not share this course content with people who have not paid for it. If you intent to follow this course in a group, please get in touch as I can offer discounted rates. Licenses are available for institutions, colleges, etc. Please note that having followed this course does not mean you can teach this course using my material. Thank you for your understanding. Please contact me if you have questions regarding these conditions. Corina Duyn © 2019 www.corinaduyn.com


Introduction to sculpting the head. This part of the course is definitely the most exciting for the maker, and for me as a teacher. At each step in the making you can see a character evolve. And it is rarely what you imagine it would be. As I said before, the puppet decides who or what is it going to be. We of course have some control over how big a nose, what shape the chin, etc., but for some reason one’s thoughts translate through the clay into the head. I have seen students redo the shaping of the face many times, as they didn't like the emerging character. She gave up at trial number six… the puppet looked the same every time. I always advise my student to really engage with the process. Don't just make a puppet… Communicate with it. What is it telling you? Ask it questions. Sounds weird, but it works.

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During the course I facitiated with the people with disabilities, one participant was going to make a young man on a skateboard. It turned into a monk wearing an orange robe. Another participant had a young woman in mind. She made an old lady, full of attitude, in designer clothes and a dog in her handbag. Stunning work. All telling a story. One young participant said that the many physical challenges he faced by working on the puppet dictated how it eventually turned out. (A biker wearing a leather jacket). All so true. Go with it. Glass eyes, or sculpted eyes…

With the sculpting of the head I have given two options: one using glass eyes- which can be bought online, or from me. (Send me an email €5 per set of eyes, incl. postage). The other option is to sculpt the eyes. This is a little more tricky to sculpt but… the benefit from this is that eyes can be sculpted in any size or shape. It can add to the character you are creating. (Image: head being sculpted by Jackie O’Flynn)

The PDF’s and videos are interchangeable between the sculpted and glass eyes. Please read and watch all the videos (appropriate sections) to see what the options are. I would recommend to experiment. You can Always start again! If you don't like it at first, cut and sand the additional features off and start again. (Although you have been warned that the same might appear again…)

In the videos and written instructions I often refer to at how students make the nose, mouth, ears etc. too big. Sometimes your character needs that… Mostly they don't. Look around you, look in the mirror; look at your family and friends. Cut out images from a magazine. Collect images from the Internet. Explore. It is amazing that we really have very little knowledge on how our face (and hands/feet etc) is constructed. In this course I hope you can see the world around you in a new way! Take your time with each step. Really take your time. And enjoy the process. Corina September 2019


Accompanying video links for sculpting the head

(highlight and copy the links and add to search box in your browser if viewed in ISSUU book)

Video: Base of Head https://youtu.be/YUlf1zsD6X0 (10.08)

Video: Building the face- (glass eyes) https://youtu.be/EvZbDlTKzHA (8.04)

Video: Building the face- (sculpted eyes) https://youtu.be/R6FltP40F8w (7.26)

Video: Nose, lips (and eyebrows for puppet with glass eyes) https://youtu.be/b782Lj-t9TI (13.57) Video: Sculpted eyes, and adding cheeks: https://youtu.be/zJ8-EYmFJek (11.05)

Video: Adding features & ears https://youtu.be/5WlXQAozgzE (15.57)

Video: Finishing the head: https://youtu.be/CYGp2X4jdKU (3.10)

Alternative option of adding head to a bust, is not supported by a video

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Póilin (Corina)

Heads from Life Outside the Box project

Head by Pascale De Coninck

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If you like making the head, but are not interested to make a puppet, here are instructions on how to add the head to a base - a bust. You can also add the head to a large stone or piece of wood. The DAS clay will stick to any surface as long as it porous. Make sure to wet the base well with water before adding the dry head/neck.

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Have fun.


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