Design puppets


Design and construct puppets and movement control mechanism, based on sketches and/or scripts, for artistic and entertainment purposes.

Alternative labels

designing puppets
create puppets
design of puppets
construct puppet mechanism

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Relationships with occupations

Essential skill

Design puppets is an essential skill of the following occupations:

Puppet designer: Puppet designers design and create puppets and manipulable objects for performers. Their work is based on research and artistic vision. Their design is influenced by and influences other designs and must be conform with these designs and the overall artistic vision. Therefore, the designers work closely with artistic directors, operators and the artistic team. Puppet designers make puppets and manipulable objects out of a variety of materials, and may build robotic elements into them. Puppet designers sometimes also work as autonomous artists, creating outside a performance context.

Optional skill

Design puppets is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this skill may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Puppeteer: Puppeteers perform shows by manipulating puppets such as hand puppets or marionettes. Their performance is based on a script and the movements of the puppets have to be synchronised with the speech and music. Puppeteers may write their own scripts and design and create their own puppets.
Stop-motion animator: Stop-motion animators create animations by using puppets or clay models.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022