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: When building a puppet do you ever get stuck, or have artist block? If so, how do you work through it?
JW: All the time! Sometimes you just have to step back, go get a cup of coffee, have a cigarette (or not, if you don't smoke) go for a walk, then come back to it, and look at it from a another angle. If you're working in a large group, talk to some of your colleagues. Often times I find a small alteration will make the answer jump right out at you.