Meet Chip the Squirrel! Like most characters, Chip started out as an idea with loose references. When a client comes to me with an idea, but no actual design, I go to one of a few designer friends of mine for the project. This guy was designed by Clayton Roderer of C.W. Roderer art. https://www.instagram.com/theartofcwroederer/tagged/
Chip is a puppet meant to be performed on stage. More specifically, from behind a tree prop. So, keeping this design challenge in mind was crucial for the execution of the puppet. As you can see, Chip is a full-bodied character with fun little legs and a wonderfully fuzzy tail.
Chips teeth are made from precision cut L-200 closed cell foam, and his eyes were cast in resin and painted. Most of Chip’s body is covered in a plush teddybear-type fabric, but his cheeks, mouth, and belly are all a much longer fur that had to be meticulously trimmed and styled.
I always love getting to do something new, and Chip presented a lot of interesting challenges that had to be worked out along the way. And its always a bonus working from a great design!
Check out the pictures of Chip below, and as always, feel free to contact me: https://www.jameskemppuppets.com/contact/