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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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