Developing and Designing Balloon Animals

It was a quiet day at the restaurant where I perform by comedic balloon entertainment, so I used the slow evening to create this fire breathing Dragon.  A little girl was watching, and when I was done, guess who got it?

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Here is a side view of the Dragon.  It is never easy to take a picture of a balloon animal design, especially when you have a lot of detail in the balloon animal.  You can never get an angle that shows off the model.

The Dragon took about 10-15 minutes to create.  Mostly because I was playing around with the head design, typically it should only take 2-4 minutes to complete the whole dragon once developed.

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Well, it was one of those sleepless nights when my mind was working overtime, and the Dragon head developed a little farther.  Here is a picture of what I created in my head.  I chose purple thinking it would look cool but forgot that purple is very tricky when working with photos.  Many times it seems bluer the purple.

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Now, here’s the funny part.  After I built the head, it no longer looked like a Dragon to me, but more like a Werewolf. Yes, this is how balloon entertainers develop new balloon animal designs.  We start with a concept in our head, begin to build it and presto, we create something totally different from what we set out to accomplish.

So here is a closeup of the Werewolf head.

Werewolf_Head

To give the Werewolf a menacing look–make the balloon bubble between eyes wider at the top and tapers to the bottom.

Here is the complete design which started as a Dragon and wound up being a Werewolf.

Werewolf_Balloon_Animal

A picture can never really show the exact size of an object, so here is my 2.5-year old son Carter holding the Werewolf.

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Please leave me your thoughts.  So many people look at these pictures and don’t comment. Even a long-time professional balloon entertainer like me likes to hear words of encouragement.

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