Chimera: First sketches

Back to our regularly scheduled program, literally; the online show I have thought of doing for years is finally going to get done. I am in a position now to have the time, the workspace and mindset to work on it, and it’s gonna happen. I’ve always wanted it to be a sort of “Beast of the Week” sort of show, in which we learn about a slew of mythological creatures and I build puppets of them to perform in their various roles in folktales and legends.
Wanting to start off with a bang, I am beginning with an old favorite, the Chimera. Translating this creature into puppet form, and into a puppet form that’s a bit different from how I usually work—-I usually go large with impressive monsters; this time I want to keep things small, because of materials, performance and later, storage issues—has its problems, but they’re good problems and fun to sort out. Translating a three-headed monstrosity into petite puppet form will be an entertaining challenge.

But first, it means I have to get to know my subject. In its various forms, the Chimera has two heads, three heads, even four, counting the snake that is sometimes its tail.

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So after I scribble around with it a while I will start thinking about its transformation into fabric. Good times!

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Halloween Countdown 2017: ESCAPE Radio Show–“The Abominable Snowman”!

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As I’ve mentioned, I’m a big fan of old time radio shows. Another favorite program of mine is Escape. Although billed as “Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure”, the show could be outright terrifying at times. An episode I just finished listening to is called “The Abominable Snowman” and involves four men climbing Mt. Everest on their own. One by one, their small expedition faces the challenges of the mountain and a very, very angry and carnivorous guardian of the realm.

Click here to listen to this grueling episode.

Lefty Drawing: The Nack!

Tonight’s Lefty Drawing is a Nack, the Scandinavian counterpart of the Scottish Kelpie. Essentially these river horses come ashore as beautiful saddle horses and wait for a rider to climb onto their backs. Once a human climbs aboard, they race back to the water, and their hides become powerfully adhesive so that the rider cannot break loose. The water horse dives into the river and drowns and devours its victim.

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