Make a Balloon Animal
Visit my gallery page to find instructions
for all balloons previously posted.
A few years ago I became interested in sculpting not only the bodies,
but also the faces of balloon figures. My primary inspiration was the
work of Royal and Patty
Sorell, professional balloon artists in Massachusetts.
||Here's a sample of Sorells' work that will give you an idea of the
possibilities in balloon cartoons.|
This month's models show a few things I have picked up along the
way from a variety of sources.
||The pinch twist becomes the nose and the
loop twists become the chin and cheeks.|
Next, make two 3-4 inch bubbles and
lock twist them together. this forms the upper half of the face.
Eyes drawn on with a permanent marker will add a lot to the character of
your figure. This basic face is only the foundation for more elaborate
Ears should be made between the two bubbles that make the top of the face.
For cat ears, make two small pinch twists after the first 3-inch face
bubble. After the ears, make the second 3-inch bubble and do the lock twist.
For a rabbit, the ears could be two pairs of 6-inch bubbles locked
You may want to modify the nose by adding
a small 3-bubble roll-through
before creating the cheeks and chin. Of course, all these enhancements use
up more of the balloon, and you may need to start with a second balloon
at some point. If so, you can use a contrasting color to give even more
character to your figure.|
example of a multi-balloon face, see the tiger
that I posted about a year ago.
|In this example
the eyes and cheeks are made from a white balloon. The eyes need to be very
soft to hold their position under the forehead.|
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