So...while I am waiting for responses, I have been playing with making my own puppets. Here is what I have so far....
Ok...off to find foam build up instructions. I have some old cushions I am tearing apart for this. I also have some flat foam sheets that came inside other stuff I bought.....a long time ago. Again, I am not a craft hoarder. :P
EDIT: That....went horribly, horribly wrong. Mainly because I have NO idea what I am doing. The foam refused to stick, and then it refused to sculpt, which did not help my already piss-poor sculpting skills. So now I have a boned armature with a half sculpted cork head attached to my desk lamp by magnets in it's very very very undersized feet.
I suppose I could have made another post about this, but frankly I just want to hide under the bed. I need to whine, and I don't want to be obvious. So there is the evidence of my fail. Well, partial. I removed the fail foam. I am currently thinking of alternatives. It may be that I will never be able to create my own characters. Or maybe I need to find a design and/or medium that I can work with. I don't think I will ever find a person who will just teach me. I have no money, and there are no Stop Motion schools. In fact, very few schools teach stop motion at all, and that is usually in the context of drawn animation. SOB