Author: davidshear

David Shear- Zine pieces

This picture was an original image of mine that i printed out to collage.

I collaged pieces of the original together from multiple printed copies.

This image i scanned back into photoshop after collaging and added a blur and other effects to it.

David Shear’s Gifs


This Gif is based on an Inuit Mythical Creature called the Qalupalik, which is said to lurk under the ice and prey on small children who wander out onto its territory at night.

This Gif is called “Granny Warhol” and gives me a headache to look at.

David Shear- Puppet-making

This is a puppet I made to look like my grandma! Here’s how i did it!

Materials Used:

  • Fabric Store Foam sheet with fusible web on both sides (about a centimeter thick)
  • Scissors
  • Rubber Cement
  • Acrylic paint (skin tone color)
  • Cardboard
  • Craft store colored foam sheets (red, black and pink)
  • Extra large black pom poms
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needle and thread
  • Funky patterned socks
  • 1 chopstick
  • Ink brushpen
  • White-out
  • Blue pen

Step by step 

I used this tutorial to help me through making most of the puppet. It’s pretty useful.

Steps:

1. Print out the pieces

The Tutorial provides a link to the pieces for people to print out. Unfortunately, when I created them at the original size, the head I made was much too small for my hand to fit inside. So I ended up making the pieces 125% larger in photoshop to fit my hand.

Click on both of these and right click so you can save them to your computer and print them out.

If you have big hands, I recommend doing what I did.

2. Cut out the pieces from the thick foam and start assembling the puppet.

First, using the two head pieces you cut out from the template, and apply rubber cement to the areas shown in the tutorial video and wait for the rubber cement to dry. Once dry, the areas with rubber cement will stick to each other and create a seal. Press together to make sure the seal stays. When you’re done you should have this:

Next, fuse the two bottom pieces together into a jaw for your puppet’s head.

3. Follow the video tutorial: add the nose and ears.

4. Paint the outside of the Puppet.

I used Acrylic paint which worked with the fusible web to make the puppet the right skin tone.

I put it on a bottle of honey to dry.

5. (Optional and possibly out of order) Make glasses

In order to make the glasses, I measured the head and estimated roughly how big I wanted the glasses to be on the face and I drew the shape onto hard cardstock paper and drew glasses on it with a sharpie. This took a lot of trial and error, but eventually i got glasses on it! I recommend using hot glue on the brim of the nose to make the glasses stay. (An alternative to this is to follow the video’s advice about making eyeballs or even to just draw eyes onto the puppet with a sharpie).

6. Make the Mouth

Follow the video tutorial around 5:53

and use cardboard and craft foam to create the mouth. I added the tongue in addition to the palate as an optional extra.

You should end up with something like this

7. Make the body

The tutorial originally said use socks, so i found some funky socks that kind of looked like a grandma sweater and i cut them off at the ankles so they were open at the bottom. I then cut them each down the side and connected them to each other by sewing them together so I had an extra large opening for my hand to get through.

I left a large hole on each side of the puppet towards the head while sewing for the arms to come through. To make the arms, I rolled the foot parts of the sock up and sewed them together rolled to create the tube-like arm shape.

***SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN WORKING WITH SOCKS:

If you cut the socks anywhere, be sure to glue the edge that you cut so that the sock doesn’t come apart at the seams. this will happen eventually, so depending on how long you plan to keep your puppet, you may want to do this.

After all the sewing was done i ended up with this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I kept the arms inside by gluing them to the inside of the holes.

8. Attach the head to the sweater and add hair

For both the hair and attaching the head to the sweater, I used a hot glue gun. The hair is made up of several extra large pom-poms and some smaller pom-poms put in for variety and to fill in some gaps.

 

9. Add the stick and iPhone

The final thing I did to my puppet was give her a way to move her arm by attaching a stick to it, kind of like what they did in the muppets. So i took the end of the arm and attached a wooden chopstick and a piece of cardboard that i cut and painted to look like an iPhone.

 

And now I have a puppet!

There are a lot of artists who use their homemade puppets effectively.

For example: Glove and Boots

Glove and Boots use Youtube as a platform for publishing their videos with their homemade puppets they also sell merchandise on their website in order to make a living off of not only their youtube ad revenue but they sell shirts and iphone cases, and the occassional puppet they’re never going to use again.

Mario and Fafa

Gorilla
meh

David Shear-Narrative Drawn video

This is a Narrative Drawn Video i created. Here’s How!

  • Materials used
  • Laptop
  • Digital Microphone
  • Tablet and Pen

 

  • Programs/Resources used
  • Garage band
  • Youtube Audio Library
  • iTunes
  • Photoshop
  • iMovie

 

  • Procedure:
  1. Write your story

Come up with a story to tell! You can base it on your experience or make it up completely, but make sure you write it down and if you type it, be sure to print it out.

2. Record your audio- 

-Using a Digital Microphone, record yourself telling your story. I used a Blue Snowball USB Microphone

which is a relatively cheap microphone, but really, any microphone can work. I also used Garageband as my audio recording program because i am familiar with it, but any basic audio recording and layering program works too (I’ve heard good things about Audacity) as long as you eliminate that annoying background noise*. It may take several audio checks, editing, and takes to get your audio to sound right. Take your time. This part is very important.

ALWAYS MAKE THE MUSIC LAYER A LOT QUIETER THAN THE SPEAKING LAYER.

-I also recommend having background music for your project. If you do decide to post it on Youtube, you will have to worry about copyright claims. Youtube has its own Audio Library that will tell you what the rules are behind using any type of background music you can imagine. Click here to check out the Youtube Audio Library’s Music Selection.

The music I used was Daily Beetle by Kevin Macleod

  • *How to eliminate annoying background noise- 

-There are many ways to do this: the cheapest, and easiest way that I did it was simply to put a thick sweatshirt over both my head and my microphone as I was recording. The sweatshirt blocked out a lot of unnecessary noise, but there are better ways to do it, and it’s worth looking up different methods to see what works best for you.

3. START DRAWING!

The next step is to draw images for the video. I used a Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet

and drew the pictures directly in Adobe Photoshop because i am comfortable with Photoshop and using a tablet. If you don’t have photoshop, any drawing program works. If you don’t have a tablet, you can still draw the images on pieces of paper and scan them into the computer. If you do end up using photoshop, be sure that every image you create is the same exact size: this will avoid a lot of jumpiness when creating the video itself (In regards to sizes in photoshop, I recommend working at 11 x 8.5 at 300 DPI so the image looks nice and crisp.). I also recommend having iTunes or some other audio playing application to play the audio and pause it every time the audio warrants a new image. Use your best judgement with how many images you want to make and how often you want to switch images. I had exactly 33 frames that i used for my 3 minute and 50 second video. I recommend saving every image you create in one folder and title them in sequence like this:

It makes things a lot easier if they’re numbered.

Because I used Photoshop, the file sizes were somewhat large, so I decided to break each file into four sections that were all exactly the same size. The easiest way to do this is with guides in photoshop and have a horizontal and vertical guide breaking the piece halfway both ways. (just be sure to uncheck “snapping” because that gets annoying with drawing)

I used a dark green color and a hard brush to draw, but I encourage you to create your own aesthetic style of drawing.

4. Put the Video together

I used iMovie, but literally any other video editing software will work just as well or better. Add every image and sync the audio to the pictures. There are plenty of tutorials online about how to do things in iMovie, and any problem you have you can google. Otherwise the program is pretty intuitive: you import your audio and images and you add your pictures in and drag them on the timeline to decide the duration of how long you want the picture to be on screen in relation to the audio, and splice and delete the excess stuff. Before too long, you should have a coherent video. ALWAYS -I cannot stress this enough- ALWAYS WATCH YOUR VIDEO BEFORE EXPORTING OR UPLOADING. Watch it MULTIPLE TIMES. The worst thing is when you have a mistake once it’s already on youtube and you have to either reupload or replace the file.

5. Upload the video to youtube and share!

 

Some other web artists who create videos like these are TheOdd1sOut and Domics