This is the baby dragon hatching puppet I designed and built for Paul Holman Associates, to use in their Christmas 2019 pantomime in Leeds. This is the baby version of a giant adult dragon puppet that appears later in the show, which I also designed and built. It is the pet of Maleficent, played by drag star Myra Dubois, in the pantomime Sleeping Beauty.
The baby dragon hatches out of a large egg and had to be somewhat reminiscent of the Hatchimals toys. The dragon is made from soft lyrca sacks filled with beads, so its very squashy. the head is reticulated foam and fabrics. The egg is plastizote and coated with fabrics and filler for texture then painted. The puppet is a simple hand puppet accessed through the back of the egg.
I am a professional puppet maker and creature creator. Also I design, illustrate, sculpt and fabricate. I have a performance background as both an actor and puppeteer. So when I develop characters and build puppets I always approach the project from the point of view of the performer. Due to this I strive to build characters that are engaging and believable, whilst making them a joy to perform. Allowing the puppeteer to get the maximum and most versatile performance out of them. I have worked in puppets and creature FX for a number of years; spanning TV, Film, theatre and online mediums. Please do take a look through my galleries: puppets, Illustration, sculpture, Design or you can look over my experience to see some of the clients and projects I have worked on over the years. if your interested in any of my work please don’t hesitate to contact me.