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Custom Puppet - Spike Lee

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by bezalel, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    Hey guys,

    Just thought I'd share the latest custom job to come out of the workshop. I normally have very little time for custom work (to keep creating patterns for Project Puppet), but I couldn't pass this one up.

    It's a caricature puppet of Spike Lee...young...in the old Nike commercials with Michael Jordan. (Hopefully he's recognizable as I've been staring at him for so long now, I don't know what anybody looks like :)) The ad campaign concept was that Michael Jordan was the best basketball player on Earth...Spike Lee was the best on Mars. ;)

    Anyway, here's a couple of pics and a video of the eye mech in action...

    Picture 1
    Picture 2
    The Video
  2. Klarkkent

    Klarkkent Member

    An exact likeness! Amazing work.
  3. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Well-Known Member

    Your work always is fantastic! Nice job!
  4. mrhogg

    mrhogg Well-Known Member

    Stunning work, Pasha.
  5. Toasty

    Toasty Well-Known Member

    Bravo, on all levels! Your level of detail and craftsmanship is fantastic.
  6. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Well-Known Member

    What were the glasses made from?
  7. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Great work! The control for the mech looks especially impressive.
  8. CrUnChO76

    CrUnChO76 Member

    Awesome work!
  9. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys!

    I posted some "behind the scenes" pics over on PuppetHub.

    TheCreatureWork, the glasses are carved from wood (balsa), sanded, and almost endlessly sprayed with black Plasti-Dip to give a more plastic look. The puppet was meant to be mainly for display, otherwise I probably would have had to make them from a more durable material. But balsa served the purpose this time, was very lightweight, and the glasses fit Spike perfectly.
  10. mrhogg

    mrhogg Well-Known Member

    That's genius!
  11. Klarkkent

    Klarkkent Member

    What did you use to make the eye mech plate? Is that Cintra? Styrene?
  12. Jester

    Jester Member

    Right on the Money!

    Awesome work! Gives me a lot of ideas for the eyeglasses on my character... You're definately building some extremely high quality puppets.
  13. RockerRob

    RockerRob Well-Known Member

    Fantastic! He's a dead ringer. I definitely remember those commercials.
  14. muppetguy

    muppetguy Well-Known Member

    Absolutely beautiful. He looks awesome. Great stuff!
  15. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    The skull and the eyelids are vacuum-formed styrene. First, the inside of the foam head was cast in plastic. Then that cast was used as a positive mold for the vacuum forming. This made it possible to create a plastic skull that fit perfectly inside the foam puppet head.

    Here are some pics of the "insides", Muppet Pro.
  16. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    Oh and thanks again guys for all the positive comments. :)
  17. CrazyHarryFan

    CrazyHarryFan Active Member

    That was a great custom puppet! Brings back those old Michael Jordan and Spike Lee Nike commercials. Wow, great work!
  18. Klarkkent

    Klarkkent Member

    Thanks for the info. If you don't mind me asking, what plastic did you use to cast the inside of the foam head?
  19. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    That one you'll have to figure out on your own. :) But I can tell you that it's really not too difficult to find.
  20. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Well-Known Member

    wow! i'm not sure how I missed seeing this earlier.

    I have the utmost respect for your patience and skill!

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