Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Yes, I learned how to paint at a gaming con...

Ha ha! You thought it would take longer didn't you? I gotta say...a glove puppet head is a lot easier to paint than a role-playing miniature...and it takes a lot more spit too! (Don't ask unless you really want to know)


Priming with works well on miniatures so...why not?


Gaming Con Painting 101: Skin first!


Something you don't do with miniatures...varnish (matte of course). Yes, I went back and forth on the horns--really though, it matches the face better this way.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Japanese Paper Clay

The Oni Looking to the Side (Step 7)

Ah the wonders of Japanese Paper Clay!

Paint is coming next! Wait for it!

Puppetry tip learned this weekend:

Don't thrust your finger too enthusiastically into your next puppet in the Punch can hurt yourself that way. You'll soon learn what a very important finger that is as the show goes on.

Friday, September 14, 2007

What is happening in my workshop?

Oni Step 2

It's a mystery...they almost look like cocoons...

Then they got kinda brown...

What is happening? Any ideas? (Cheating is allowed)

I think I know what's going on here.

Almost makes you kinda wanna ask "Why did she bother with the balloon?", doesn't it?

Well, can you see it yet?

Friday, September 7, 2007

The Last Laugh

Blog Post: The Last Laugh

This is a picture from my show at September Crown. While giving 2 shows and joining in on that event where everyone lives as if they were in the past, a crazy notion occurred to me.

A little set up first --My father is a merchant he's a little less interested in living the past than your average SCA member. You see, if he can keep the lights on longer, he can sell more--although my father really would rather teach you how to weave rather than sell you tons of equipment for it. You can't teach without lights either. Generators are noisy and smelly. Gas stuff presents a fire hazard. Top it of...he needs electricity to sleep with a filter machine forcing air at his face. So my father put a solar panel on the roof of his trailer (which he hides with fabulous painted backdrops) and attached it to 4 storage batteries. It occurred to me that it was quite a lot of work to stay functional like that--and probably expensive although I didn't ask. Everywhere I looked people there were struggling to live without electricity and still have fun or make money. All of a sudden I was glad my puppet show requires no electricity.

That's when my crazy notion hit see, I’m an environmental engineer. We’re all about where the world is going. We know why wars happen. We remember what the world is conveniently forgetting—the days of oil are coming to a close, my friends. We’re past peak oil now, and to maintain our lavish American lifestyle we must make wars to steal oil from others. There is a finite amount left and it is seriously going away fast…places that were quagmires that weren’t worth American lives ten years ago are now the only places standing in between us and the end of American life as we’ve known it. Electricity will soon become the single largest bill we pay…which means plunking your kids down in front of the brain-drain box will soon become way too expensive. So what will you do to save money?

That’s when us Puppeteers will rule.

In reality, we require no electricity at all to run—heck we’ve been working without out it for hundreds and hundreds of years! Oh sure, we like it now, but technically we don’t need it. How long will it be before handing your kid a bit of money and sending them to the rental office of your apartment complex for a show will be a matter of course? That’s when I’ll stop being an engineer and start putting my most sellable skill to work. People will be forced to realize how much better puppets are than TV. I don’t know about you…but I’m looking forward to it.