Custom Clay Colours

Custom Clay Colours

One of the biggest challenges we’ve had so far is matching the painted head colours with the plastacine arms, bodies and legs. When trying to work this out I remembered one of my students from almost 10 years ago, who made all her own colours for characters.

So how do you do it? Well the key is to just think you’re mixing paint. With every character we create we now write down instructions on how to make up their skin tones and any other unique colours.

Believe it or not, mixing Plastacine like paint works. But it takes time. You have to keep working it and kneading it until the colours are really mixed together. I recommend starting small so you get an idea if you’re getting the colour you’re after quite quickly. Remember your mixing ratios.

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The leap from 2D to 3D

The leap from 2D to 3D

It took us along time to work out how to best make the jump from the 2D designs that Eren has made in his storyboards to the 3-Dimensional puppets we are now creating. In fact it is something that we spent over 6 months experimenting with.

This involved lots of trial and error. Not just with the look, but also with fabrication. Because of our limited budget we have to be very careful with the materials we use. Looking back at our early heads they all look completely wrong now. But at the time each of them helped us to find a way forward and solved or revealed many problems.

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