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Giving a fleece-covered puppet a 5 o'clock shadow?  (Read 14930 times)
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« on: May 08, 2017, 10:50:20 am »

Hi all!

I'm working on a puppet version of this character:

I've constructed him out of foam, and the shapes are all coming out pretty well - it's my first time making a complex humanoid puppet!

I've never covered a puppet in skin before, but so far it's going well! I'm using blizzard fleece because I couldn't get anything else in a good color Sad But I wanted to ask: any suggestions on how to put a good-looking 5 o'clock shadow on this guy? I know I could just buy some gray fleece and make the area around the mouth a different fabric... but if there are any other good-looking methods I'd be willing to try them.

Obviously this is not a realistic puppet, so there's lots of choices.


Thanks in advance!
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2017, 11:05:37 am »

Haven't done it, but maybe get a scrap of faux fur and shave it down close to the backing? 
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2017, 06:00:18 am »

Or you could use what i do when i paint, use a sponge and stipple black of grey paint on it...

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2017, 06:04:44 am »

I think for this one since he is a cartoon character that the option to use a second fabric would look the best.
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2017, 09:29:56 pm »

Whatever you try do it on scraps first.  Blush works on fabric I wonder if there is black blush for goths.
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2019, 09:27:56 am »

iv seen pastels used for detailing and shading
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2019, 04:24:51 pm »

Hey it's been a long time and I finished the puppet in question (and some other ones)

Here's a photo for anyone interested. I went with the two different shades of fabric option.

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