Scale Figures

I really wanted to improve on my figure making from last term as I felt my last ones were a bit bulky. I still used the same technique of wire and milliput, however I used very, very little milliput in order for it to be slightly more delicate.

I then copied a miniature version of my chosen costume design onto paper, and stuck it onto the painted figures.


I began my speculative design by researching into different ideas, concepts and the work of other designers in order to really grasp a coherent concept that would relate to the themes of the opera. I wanted something fun, and unusual to represent the magic of the production, and eventually settled on Surrealism.


My process began by looking at the themes of Lulu and how I could translate that into the 3D manekin. I percieved the protagonist, Lulu, to be a victim of her surroundings and so wanted to portray her as trapped and controlled by others. I also wanted to leave it slightly ambiguous and I did so by attaching the hands of the manekin to thread leading to other smaller manekins. Is she controlling them, or are they controlling her?

Special Effects…

One of my favourite artists that we worked with, was a professional special effects specialist. He brought in a head,  a severed hand, numerous fingers, and also showed us on his laptop different work he had done for film and TV.

The residents of the PIPE were really excited about this and we all got the chance to paint our own severed finger.

I also volunteered to have a ‘zombie bite’ on my arm and enjoyed watching him apply it, and paint it to look realistic.