James Wojtal is a talented puppet designer and builder. During his career he has worked on projects like Avenue Q, Bear in the Big Blue House, Crank Yankers, Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street (the American and various internationl versions), Mop-a-Top's Shop, Kermit's Swamp Years, Animal Jam, and more. In this interview I asked him to share his thoughts about puppet building.
SJ: How many revisions, if any, do your puppets go through during the building process?
JW: All depends on the client. I have done some puppets that I nailed on the first go around, and for other clients I have done as many as 10 to 15 mockups before they were satisfied - a lot of that having to do with poor concept art to begin with, which is why a good design is so important.