Spookymufu wrote:I mean the way it's standing, the placement of the feet, the way the hands are positioned, looks like it could be a real person in costume. A lot of people dont give any thought to the way the figure should stand or basic anatomy, so they are bent in funny positions, hands are usually all stiff and un-natural looking and so on......
I know exactly what you mean, and it's the biggest problem I have with my props. I worry that I go too much for quantity and not enough for quality. I did a quick head count, and I have over twenty monsters, and they're not even all up yet.
When I build out of pvc or wood, I always measure arm lengths and joints and so forth against my own body. I try to keep things proportionate on most props, but I tend to exaggerate size (don't most guys?
). What I mean is, I'm 5'11", pretty much average height, but many of my props are built well over 6' to make them more imposing. I try to keep joints at natural angles, and to round off shoulders when they're made out of 2x4's, but I'm also working on a tight budget, so I don't have money to spend on rolls of padding, fancy hands. Most of my creatures' hands are monster gloves stuffed and stapled on to wooden arms, or screwed and taped onto pvc. They look great in the dark, but in daylight it's pretty clear they're just props.
Which of the props I posted pics of do y'all think look the most unrealistic? Which could use some work? Any tips or suggestions on how to improve them?
I think I mentioned it before somewhere on this forum, but it is pretty much impossible to offend me. It's a birth defect. Politics, religion, appearance, personality, prop-making skills or spelling abilities; no matter what you criticize, I won't take it personally and I can't be offended. So suggestions are greatly appreciated.