Body - technical drawing
- You must draw body from en face and profile perspective.
- The major difference between a marionette on a wire and marionette on strings is the connection of head and neck to the body.
- The body is the part of the puppet to which all other parts are connected.
- All holes for connecting other parts MUST be on central lines of body.
- Proportions of the body are differet from the human body. The body is shorter and thiner than the human body.
- To keep the weight of the puppet down iti s better to make the wooden body as thin as possible and, if necessary, add foam to make bigger bottom, stomach or breasts.
- The width of the shoulders is part of the body and arms.
- Draw the costume as a silhouette on the technical drawing.
- If the body is covered with a costume, it is not carved.
- If the puppet has trousers it is important to cut the lower part between the legs of the puppet so teh material does not inhibit puppets' walking .
- The shape of the body must be rounded off so there is nothing sharp under the costume.
- Parts of the costume can be made by carving and painting the body.
- There are many variations for the connection between the arm, hand and shoulder using textile, leather, metal or wood.
- There are two main methods of connecting the leg to the body. The joint can be carved into the body and the joint can be put on the side of the body using a wooden dowel.
- Teh proportion of the joints is necessary to adjust based on the size of the puppet. Large, heavy puppets need much stronger joints.
- If the puppet has trousers it is important to cut the lower part between the legs of the puppet so teh material does not inhibit puppets' walking.
Joints for hands and legs
The wire goes through the head and into the body. The hole in body can be about 2.5 cm wide + about 7 cm deep for a puppet that is 50 cm high. The wire extends down about 7 cm into the body and it hooks back up into the neck. Another wire coming into body of the puppet from the side will keep the wire attached to the head so it stays in place.
The leather goes through the neck and into the body in a hole that is 3 cm deap. The hole for the leather is right on the center line. A nail from the back of the body fixes the leather in place. A little bit of the neck is inside in the body, and we must carve wood out so that it can move freely to the front, to the left and right. The head hangs n strings a little bit in front of body.
The puppet on strings can have a body separated at the midriff in two parts. This can increase its ability to move. This can be useful for a dancing puppet.