The first step in making the new puppet is to determine its height and create a pattern for the wire armature. I’ve decided to make mine 12 inches high. Since this puppet should be as perfect a match to the live action character as possible, my next step is to make measurements and apply them to the pattern. So, if my character is 64 inches high and my puppet is 12 inches high, one inch on the pattern equals 5.33 inches in real life. If you need a math refresher, here is the equation to use in this case: 64″ divided by 12 = 5.33. Say the measurement from my shoulder to fingertip is 28.5″, divide 28.5 by 5.33 to find that the puppet’s arm should be 5.35″.
While I am sticking to natural proportions for this puppet, many animated characters have much larger heads in comparison to the rest of their bodies than is found in real life. Adult humans are usually about 7.5 to 8 heads high, counting the head.
Here is a good diagram I found on Wikipedia. You can see that cartoon characters usually resemble infants or young children in proportions.
My next step is to build the wire armature. I’ve just started it. Here is a photo of it on top of the pattern.