Charlotte Animation Model Making


I would like to share some of the rough (and I mean rough) making process for my model behind the animation. This is the most intricate model I have made as it has 4 faces which needed to be strong to withstand the slight movements and facial changes.

Charlotte Animation how to Step 1 | Neil Hughes Puppet Illustration

Step 1 – Forming the clay head which is used to make a negative mould from silicone rubber.

 

Step 2 – Creating the bodice from foam.

Charlotte Animation how to Step 2 | Neil Hughes Puppet Illustration

Charlotte Animation how to Step 3 | Neil Hughes Puppet Illustration

Step 3 – Stitch cotton fabric to smoothen foam bodice in preparation for clothing. Adding wire arms covered in a fabric piping.

 

Step 4 -Using the silicone rubber negative to pour liquid plastic casting forming 4 face moulds.

Charlotte Animation how to Step 4 | Neil Hughes Puppet Illustration

Charlotte Animation how to Step 5 | Neil Hughes Puppet Illustration

 

Step 5 – Dry and smooth casts.

Step 6 – Add facial expressions with clay and paint with acrylic the same skin tones.

Charlotte Animation how to Step 6 | Neil Hughes Puppet Illustration

Charlotte Animation how to Step 7 | Neil Hughes Puppet Illustration

Step 7 – Attach the head to the back skull using pins. Add feather hair and stitch dress over bodice.

Step 8 – Finishing touch; painting onto rounded pins for eyes.

Charlotte Animation how to Step 8 | Neil Hughes Puppet Illustration