September 30, 2017

About a week ago, myself and 16 other artists signed up for a 3-day Molding & Casting workshop, offered by Festival Stop Motion Montréal.

The workshop was held at Sial in Laval, QC, where they ever-so generously supplied us with the space and materials we needed in order to experiment. If you're a stop-motion nerd like me, it was a serious candy store.

I jumped on this opportunity to improve my puppet m...

March 27, 2017

Breathe in... Spring is here. I guess it's been here for a week already?

Time for rain and sunshine to wash up that polluted wintertide, for it sure was a tough one.

The darkness, the bitter cold and my want for hibernation really took over this year.

I am thankful for my amazing partner, supportive friends and this wonderful project which kept me entertained during what seemed to be a dark time. Does it get easier?...

December 31, 2016

Is everyone feeling like they're dying too?

What a year it was! Full of dramatic entrances and exits, shocking tales and testing times. It's important to reflect on the year we've had though. It may have been a really bad one- but there have been worse ones, and the best ones? They're up next.

 

I love this comic by Drew Dernavich. He's a featured cartoonist in The New Yorker's December issue of Best Cartoons of 2016, which has n...

June 30, 2016

Ahhh Summer! Nothin' but BBQs, everyday.

Naturally, for June, I made a hot dog puppet.

Being in the 6th month, I'm finding it pretty easy to be inspired or think of a concept that can fit within "30 days". Of course, I'm terrible with deadlines (why I set up this project in the first place) but I am dealing with it.

I pile up quite a few things up until the very last minute. Then, the deadline becomes pressurized and I just...

February 15, 2016

Maybe it's because I wish I was laying in the desert sun?

Or maybe it's because we've been really into nature documentaries on Netflix?

Reptiles are just so, so fascinating.

I mean, look at this guy. The details!

For February's animation, I knew I wanted to sculpt a chameleon.

I also knew I wanted to animate it's eyes to a disco song. 

I started by using a small block of wood, some foil and some armature wire.

I layered on some...

October 27, 2015

When it comes to puppet making, I have an obsession with hands... TINY HANDS! 

 

Prague really had it down to a science.

 

I distinctly remember our visit to Jaroslav Bezdek's studio.

 

Our class had crammed into his quirky bachelor apartment to learn about latex hands.

 

He was a very skilled man, with a "secret" recipe. We witnessed two hands come to life and got to make a pair of our own, but never have I been able to achieve...

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