Faunus is Upon Us

September 15, 2012 by  
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A few years ago I began posting what was the beginning of a new performance project for street and corporate functions.  I decided some how, for some reason at some point to become a good mythological faun.  None of this cheese, fairy, sparkles, ivy stuff, but a Narnia-esque warrior princess, straight from another world.  Silent, strong, and straight from the wardrobe into your venue – walking around and experiencing humanity for the first time, as if they were the strange, other-worldly creature.

It’s a few years later and progress was slow for a while.  Faunus went through different incarnations and prototype legs, but is finally piecing together into a full and rounded character.

Let me show you my progress…

This was my first attempt at reverse stilt legs.  I could prop myself up into them, but taking a step was impossible.  It looked cool, but was a horrible, horrible, horrible design.  But it was a start.

Second attempt.
At the height I wanted my legs to be, I had to keep lengthening and widening the base until I was a giant, cartoon-hooved monster.  It was still a little unstable and I was bound to break something if I ever mis-stepped.  …OH, and built out of wood, each leg ended up weighing in at 20 pounds.  It was completely un-maintainable.  On the upside, this prototype gave me something to begin costuming.

Finally.  Good engineering.  I’ve invested in Digilegs (http://www.digilegs.com/)

I had to sacrifice the height I so desperately wanted (I wanted to be well above any given crowd), but I knew that I was making too many sacrifices to the design and illusion if I were to insist on that extra foot of height.  So, instead of being 7 feet tall, I decided 6’3″ or so would do just fine.  With horns, hair and a headdress I’d still be noticeable.
Digilegs are surprisingly easy to  adapt to.  It’s just a matter of becoming natural at it — rediscovering where your toes end.  (PS: I think my fly is open in that last photo. How embarrassing.)

Horns and a headdress.
I made a feather mohawk for my extra height and royal warrior princess persona.  Knowing some of my costume would be hooking together in the back, I created extra hair and decoration to mingle in with my own hair and cover most of my back.
I discovered by accident how to made dreadlocks out of fake hair, while I was gathering loose bits to clump up in matted balls and throw in the garbage.  Ta da!  Dreads.  Braided through some brown yarn and matted up some more – it matches my real hair pretty closely.

I created a top out of a second hand leather coat and purses.  Purses have the best buckles.  I traded a frankentoy to an Etsy craftsman for one of his metal bras and then passed it onto animation co-worker, Jason hall who had begun making me genuine, hand crafted armour…

ARMOUR!!!

And right now I’m working on re-costuming the digilegs and building new hooves that can clip back with spring power, when I lift my legs.

So. these are the pieces.  Theyr’e slowly coming together, but I haven’t been able to put them all together at once yet.  I hope by December I’ll be able to show off and advertise Faunus as a fully developed character and be able to focus on WHO she is.  Then look out for a warrior faun at festivals and events near you.