Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Toby Froud Articulated Puppet Workshop Was Awesome!

We got to take the
Articulated Puppet Workshop
in Portland, Oregon
Ignatz was there to make sure
Toby stayed on task.
It was held in the home of artist
Bryonie Arnold
Holly and Shannon were paying close attention

Toby is a patient and gracious teacher
(must get that from his Mum!)

Bryonie lives in a great old three story house.
She had lots of her artwork around
her home to admire!
We enjoyed her immensely and hope
to get the chance to become
better friends with her....
(Hey Bryonie....I forgot my dishes at your house.
I guess now we have a reason to visit again, heehe!)

Dixie and Deanna hard at work
Stephanie Lostimolo stopped in
briefly....Wish she had been able to
join us for dinner!

Karen Prell stopped in to see
what we were up to. She can
list the "Worm" in the "Labyrinth" movie,
& the Fragle Rock character "Red"
among her many past experiences.
She sat by us at dinner and was
just such a nice gal!

We all hit a local brew pub to celebrate
Holly's 17th birthday on Sat.

We sang "Happy Birthday" to Holly.
See how red her cheeks are?

This is the character Toby was working on.
He was showing us how to paint the eyes.
This shows the "human" style eye.
This side shows more of a
creature style eye.

I wish I had a shot of Bryonie's almost
finished character.
It was a really cool bird guy!

Bryonie's dog, Baxter. He was such a sweetie!

The gang at work!

Time to finish up the painting and
move on to assembling and
Go, Holly, Go!
My Girl is 17 now, sniff sniff......

The home stretch!

Dixie and Deanna left a little
early so they would not be on the road
so long in the dark.
It was a pleasure to be in class with them!
Bryonie working on the body

Holly thinking about what type of
costume to put on her guy.
One happy Chickie!!

Toby's finished guy looks like he has
spent too many days at the pub!
I love his hat...Toby showed us how to do
a typical "Froud" hat.
I am planning on making one for my current project.
Sorry for the next few blurry pics....
(I need a new camera!)
Class is over, DARN!!
We had a great time and learned tons!
Toby's armature/mechanism really gives
the characters life.
Me, Holly, Toby, Bryonie & Shannon
(Oh, and Baxter too!)

Me and Sherri Morgan.
Sherri coordinated the workshop and our fun dinner out.
She is Mom to Toby's new wife, Sarah.
(Thank you, Sherri for a wonderful weekend!)
This is Holly's finished character
Isn't he cool?
This is a sculpt she is working on now.

This is one I have been working on.
He is a sphinx....Half man - half cat!
I get the sculpting part done
but then loose my enthusiasm when
it is time to do the full armature
and costuming. I am not
very good at it, so I procrastinate.
I guess to get better at something, you need
to practice. I know.....I will get on it!!


Laurie said...

How creative and wonderful. It looks like you all did a fabulous job

Lori said...

how fun!!! it looks like everyone did an amazing job on their dolls!!!

Larissa said...

Eveything looks amazing! What a wonderfull workshop to take I'm quite envious! Can't wait to see the finished 'cat-man'!

Coleen said...

OMG!!!!! fantastic!!! I wish i had known about this..let me know if there is another one, ok?

Heart Hugs,

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Wow, looks like you guys had a fabulous time! Great sculpts! (I still have to paint and costume mine .. one of these days. LOL) Have a great weekend! Cheers!

Natasha Burns said...

Wow what an amazing workshop, how lucky you are!
Happy belated birthday to Holly :)
Merry Christmas!

Nina Lahtinen said...

Oh my..I wish I would have been there! <3 Great work!