Puppet Making with Corina Duyn: Body and Cross

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Puppet making with Corina Duyn – Making Hands and Feet © 2019 www.corinaduyn.com Dear puppet-maker-in-the-making, As noted in the Introduction, a few general points… •

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. Included in this section are: o A short introduction about the body and cross o List of accompanying videos (links supplied to registered students in the introduction email) o Body design is supplied via email if you have only bought this section, and in the Welcome email if you bought the full course o The videos and written instructions are interchangeable. I suggest you watch, and read both at each step of the sculpting process. The (2.04) indicate length of the videos. Please make sure to watch the Youtube videos in HD

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 puppet body and cross I imagine that your puppet head, hands and feet have been sculpted at this stage, maybe even painted. Or maybe you are working ahead and already starting on the creation of the puppet body. Whatever stage you have reached, well done so far. Over the past four decades I have used a very simple, but effective wooden puppet body. A slightly updated version created during one of my studio classes, will be discussed in the accompanying material. But… there are many, many ways to make a puppet body. Due to more physical challenges imposed on me by illness, I have explored and designed new types of puppet bodies and ways to animate my puppet. Who knows, I might share these designs some day too… I’d suggest that you have a look online too at alternative ways to make the body, and perhaps make your own design, using my instructions as a starting point. The cross design was given to me about 30 years ago by one of Ireland’s leading puppeteers at that time. Eugene Lambert, now sadly passed away. I met him at a puppet show in Dungarvan, and he invited me to his theatre in Dublin. Eugene kindly gave me the animation cross he used for his puppets. When I was still working full time as a Doll Artist during the ‘90’s I also had a range of very simple wooden puppets. Each with a different painted face, unique clothing, and funky hair. In response to one of my distant learning puppet making students, I created a short instruction on how to adapt this cross for her puppet. Through Skype tutorial I realized that she would have difficulties with the advanced cross. There is always a way! Please use my instructions as starting point, or follow as directed. Up to you. Stringing up ----- after having fully finished your puppet ---- can be rather tedious. So take your time! There is also a short video on how to animate your puppet, to show you which strings corresponds to which puppet body part. Watch your puppet come to life! Enjoy! Corina Duyn Videos for puppet Body: • Assembling the wooden body https://youtu.be/ALjK0WxLnIM (8.14) Cross and strings • Assembling puppet and cross, adding strings, and stringing up https://youtu.be/vOV235Tu4q8 (15.31) • Animating your puppet https://youtu.be/cby6fJ9N6es (5.50)


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