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jrbryant

All new display for this year - coro cutouts!

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I decided to create another new display for this year. Been working on it since the first of September and finally got the last character animated yesterday.

The scene is of Santa and some of his elves in his toy shop at the North Pole. The backdrop is 4 panels of 4 x 8 coro painted to look like the interior of a room. You can see some of the backdrop in the background of my pictures.

Each elf is almost 4 feet tall and Santa us probably about 5 feet tall.

6 of the 7 characters are animated... I'm still trying to think of something to do with the elf holding the train... he may just stand there... I'm running out of time!!! :o

I've included pics and links to videos:

Santa -

Elf with a stack of presents about to fall -

Elf frantically warning him about his presents -

Elf that will be pointing at a December calendar on the wall -

Elf painting a doll (I've got to tweak his range of motion) -

Elf holding dollhouse furniture -

Still have a bit of work to finish up on the background... but I've still got a couple of weeks until Thanksgiving!!!:rolleyes:

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That is fantastic!!!

I love all the detail painting.The waving elf looks like Mr Magoo LOL

Can't wait to see it all together in action!

Good Luck on finishing the last piece.

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Those are wonderful, great job. Where did you find the real elf hiding behind some of the cut-outs in the videos? (Ha Ha)

You made all of those just since September, that's quick!

Very Nice!!!!

Joe

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Fantastic coro pieces John. Excellent painting, as always. I really like the movement that you added to each piece. I can't wait to see them put all together with the back drop.

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These are absolutely FANTASTIC - love all the detail and movement is just over the top.

...I see your secret elf (behind the cutouts) is the one actually making them move - LOL. It's gonna get a little cold for them once you move the display outside. Just provide plenty of hot chocolate and they should be happy - LOL!!!!

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Wow! Those turned out great! You did a great job and they all have so much detail in them. That is something to be proud of!

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I am so impressed with all you have done and I can't believe you did it all since Sept. Eveything is just great and look forward to seeing the video after it is all finished.

Edited by Carrie Sansing

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Thanks for all the kind comments. The backdrop is coming along nicely. I'll post pics and vids after I get the whole thing set up!

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MUST HAVE! Do you mind sharing what kind of paint you used on the coro? Where do you get your moving mechanisms? With a wide driveway, I'm trying to figure out how to "close the gap" in my show, so it's a smoother transition from where I have lights on both sides of the lawn. I thought about putting a coro wall on my garage doors that looks like a Santa's workshop. I could definately incorporate a couple moving arms to make it come to life!

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This could open a whole new avenue for me next year. Completely love the whole line up! Look forward to some video of the whole thing in action!

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They look AWESOME do you come up with them or are they from something?

Thank you! I came up with the idea for Santa and the elves in the toy shop and then looked around online until I found some art work that I liked. Actually ended up finding the elves in a kid's story book. Santa came from a couple of different pics I found online and them some Photoshop work. The backdrop was just a little bit of work in Photoshop. I print out transparencies and then project the image onto my Coro... trace the images and then paint.

FYI... Christmas books are EXCEEDINGLY hard to find in August!!! If you're interested in finding good pics in kids Christmas coloring books... purchase them now!!!!

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MUST HAVE! Do you mind sharing what kind of paint you used on the coro? Where do you get your moving mechanisms? With a wide driveway, I'm trying to figure out how to "close the gap" in my show, so it's a smoother transition from where I have lights on both sides of the lawn. I thought about putting a coro wall on my garage doors that looks like a Santa's workshop. I could definately incorporate a couple moving arms to make it come to life!

I bought my paint at the local Town and Ranch paint store. It is an exterior grade FLAT latex paint. The pick of colors is pretty much endless and the paint has lasted for years and years.

The motors I use are windshield wiper motors and I buy them at www.monsterguts.com .

I'd love to see what you come up with for the garage! Please keep me posted... I might have to borrow your ideas because it sounds very interesting!!!

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