genesis of a beast: a photo-album

Jean Marais in La Belle et la Bête, 1946.

My design for a puppet inspired by the film.

The Making

Understructure of looped cardboard

Building the head in a laminate of gum-strip

Roughly marking-in with a felt-tip

Further building and re-marking

Gessoed and painted

Adding a mane of twisted hemp

Building a hand from a wine-cork, wire and gum-strip

Adding the torso and arms

Painting canvas to make the costume

La Bête


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