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Help! Gonzo!

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by FunnyBear, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. FunnyBear

    FunnyBear Well-Known Member

    Hi there! I need help with Making a Gonzo! Like a pattern and a way to find clothing for him. The fur and supplies needed to make him too.
     
  2. Derek Thompson

    Derek Thompson Well-Known Member

    If it helps any I am on the same path. Search this forum and you will find some amazing replicas that other members have made for themselves. This should give you an Idea of where to start. I asked the same things as you did. There is no pattern per say but the patterns from Project puppet are always a good place to start. They would have to be highly modified to work for Gonzo. The main hurdle with Gonzo is finding and sculpting the reticulated foam to make his upper head piece with the nose and the lower jaw. Some have gotten really good results without having the Reticulated foam. It is really hard to find a source that is thick enough and affordable. One of the guys even cut out the mouth piece that connects the upper skull to the lower jaw to make it easier to create the hollow for your fingers. This is how I am doing mine. you will probably want to experiment on some cheap foam to learn how to carve the block down to the shape you want. The eyes are around 50 mm. Several people have said smaller might be better. The real trick here is to find a good front on and profile of Gonzo you like and blow it up on a copy machine until it looks like it would be proportioned to your hand and arm. You can then base all your measurements from that. I believe most have suggested Airbrushing the face and nose but I know some have done really well with floral paint.
    As far as clothes, I found a pretty close match to Gonzo's Argyle vest and I found the same black fruit tie that he is wearing in the current movie on Ebay. You can hunt for 18 month baby clothes if you dont want to make them but the shirt will have to be an amalgam of several shirts as Gonzo's arms are so long but if you get a shirt where the arms are long enough you might find the collar too big. So taloring will need to be done. I expect I will build his head and body first then alter his clothing after.
    Lastly, for his fur, many are using a navy sherpa faux fur. This looks good. i am also experimenting with getting regular dark blue fur and trimming it and then boiling it. There are some great tutorials about that as well.
    Hope this helps. the research is part of the game and for me part of the fun. If you want to have the eye lids move, that is a whole added bit of study. Best of luck. DT
     
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  3. FunnyBear

    FunnyBear Well-Known Member

    Thanks alot! This was very helpful! After I fund most of these things, I'll buy them. Err, where do I find fur?
     
  4. Muppetlab

    Muppetlab Well-Known Member

    I find ebay is a great source for furs and fabrics, especially if there no stores mear you. I ised navy sherpa fleece for my Gonzo but it was a little dark. I dont think there is an easy, ready made option for his fur, it will require some form of treatment to get the texture right :)

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  5. FunnyBear

    FunnyBear Well-Known Member

    Alright thanks!
     
  6. FunnyBear

    FunnyBear Well-Known Member

    Are Gonzo's eyes foam or plastic? If they're foam, help me pick out the right size in plastix. If there're plastic, help me pick the right size
     
  7. Muppetlab

    Muppetlab Well-Known Member

    I guess it depends how big your head will be when you scale up your regerence pics. Mine are 50mm plastic domes. They come clear and will need painting tho :)
     
  8. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Muppetlab, where do you get your eye domes?
     
  9. Muppetlab

    Muppetlab Well-Known Member

  10. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Ah, I get those ready-made eyes from a seller in the US. As for those domes, I see that Amazon has them too. Thanks!
     
  11. Muppetlab

    Muppetlab Well-Known Member

    No problem :)
    I usually spray paint the inside of them.. Kinda makes for a nicer finish
     
  12. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Wow, that is a nifty idea! I'll have to try that. Thanks for the tip.
     
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  13. FunnyBear

    FunnyBear Well-Known Member

    What color should I use for the nose? A friend said to use cheap foam and cover it with fleece.
     
  14. Derek Thompson

    Derek Thompson Well-Known Member

    Gonzo's nose and lower lip are sculpted reticulated foam that has then been airbrushed. The MR version has fabric over the nose but it looks a little off to me. what ever gets you the result that says "Gonzo" to you is going to be fine. people use all kinds of different foam and fabric and Gonzo himself has changed his look from picture to picture so the is definitely wiggle room.
     
  15. FunnyBear

    FunnyBear Well-Known Member

    Yeah. Since I don't have an airbrush, I might paint it. Have you seen anyone who's done that? Also, where did you find his clothes? Particularly, the sweater vest
     
  16. Muppetlab

    Muppetlab Well-Known Member

    Floral spray paint works well on foam. Try hyacinth as a base colour and touch it up with navy acrylic paint
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  17. FunnyBear

    FunnyBear Well-Known Member

    Alright! Thanks you all for your help!
     
  18. FunnyBear

    FunnyBear Well-Known Member

    Umm, MuppetLabs? What kind of foam is that?
     
  19. Muppetlab

    Muppetlab Well-Known Member

    Its a chunk of packaging foam. Its not great as its not very flexible but i used it to practise carving. Ive since gon a block or reticulated foamthat i plan to use to make him again
     
  20. Derek Thompson

    Derek Thompson Well-Known Member

    Do mind if I ask where you got your block of foam and what size they have. I am still trying to get a decent block of foam for his head sculpt.
     

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