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How to pattern a body charecter  (Read 6090 times)
Shawn Sorrell
« on: June 21, 2015, 06:48:18 am »

I know this has been discussed before but someone posted the link over on FB and I wanted to share it here. There are some great tips in general on building. He shows how to pattern, transfer to foam, cut and then glue.  

« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2015, 08:11:15 am »

Thank you!  Working on some mascots and while fursuit tutorials are nice, I am looking for more cartoony looks.  For example, this baby dragon that will still be in its shell.

Goal is to work towards moving eyes and mouths, but going slowly for now. 

Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2015, 07:08:33 am »

Nice start. Looking good!
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2015, 01:37:11 pm »

Yeah , good vid. I liked the projector bit.. although they are getting hard to find these days. I suppose one would just have to use grids to resize if you did not have a projector? I like the styrofoam  wrapped in  foil before the tape bit too. I usually use plasticene. I might give that a try.
Tygermin, keep at it. It's looking like it will turn out really well.
Chris Arveson
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2015, 06:13:37 am »

I liked the video. One suggestion, whenever using spray glue, wear a long sleeved shirt. That stuff is really annoying when it gets into the hair on your arm.

I used to use an overhead projector like he showed, and then for a while had more  advanced technology available, in the form of a digital projector. In his case I would have scanned the pattrn shapes, (lots of printers have built in scanners) and then used the computer and digital projector to do the enlarging. (in my case I used the projector to transfer drawings onto 3' x 6' canvas for my backdrops)
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2015, 07:10:57 am »

Thanks for the tip on using a digital projector.  I would bet that for many it would be easier to get your hands on one of those rather then an over head.

I would also like to mention that you can find projectors often in craft or art stores intended for use in enlarging photos for tracing. One brand name is "Artograph Tracer".
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2015, 07:26:16 am »

ahhh, yes Chris and Shawn...hadn't really thought of that one, as I don't have ready access to a digital projector.. but now there's another reason to borrow one!.. Come to think of it ... I DO have a friend who has one. Smiley We also used to use overhead projectors to good effect for doing scenery backdrops in high school. Get  your concept art, trace it onto acetates and project it onto the set to get things in the right place. Nice to hear Shawn that they are still selling the overhead projectors. I think it is a technology that would have enough application to not entirely die out. My Dad made my brother a photo enlarger once, out of a tin can and a couple lenses from somewhere... I wonder if it would be possible to scale it up with a brighter light....
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2015, 03:01:54 pm »

My Dad made my brother a photo enlarger once, out of a tin can and a couple lenses from somewhere...
Ha, inventing is in your genes! I was just thinking I bet he is going to make a tutorial on how to build your own overhead. 
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