New puppet pattern offer!

I am making available the foam head pattern and fleece covering pattern used to make this cute guy for my upcoming short film!


This pattern is great for making any sort of basically shaped character!  It can be enlarged to accommodate any head size you desire.  Have fun with this pattern for $25 for the foam head shape, and $10 for the fleece covering pattern.  Email me at to purchase.  I accept PayPal payment to


Toyota of Bowling Green

Great work from the Sublime Media Group production team and to David Hosay for puppeteering this spot with Ted, the puppet I built for Sublime.  I was on set to assist and advise.

And remember, if you’re looking to have advertisement work done for you or a custom puppet built, please contact me at


New Guarantee Pest spot

Check out the latest spot for Guarantee Pest from Sublime Media group!  This was a lot of fun, as always.  I play the spider and the smaller bug on the right.  David Hosay performs the other bug!

And remember, if you’re looking to have advertisement work done for you or a custom puppet built, please contact me at


Puppet short film!

As the title implies, I am in the middle of producing a short film featuring an original puppet.  I don’t want to go into too much plot detail yet, but it is about a middle aged man who’s life goes to hell.  In a fit of drunken sadness, he has a vision of his childhood friend coming to life.

I started by designing the character to be friendly and simple.


After sculpting and patterning the head, I have my shape.  I found some fur that matched what I had in mind and went to work.  I did change the facial features up slightly in position.



After building the main parts, I moved on to the spindly limbs.  Since, for the sake of the film, the character is at one point a doll, I made his plush arms removable and interchangeable with a pair with rodded hands for control and gesturing.



He’s all done, actors are in place, and we shoot in a week.  Very stressful times.

The Days of my Life

Life has been a blur as of late.  I graduate from WKU in May with my degree in Television and Film production.  I have been avidly trying to finish up school and have had to push puppet projects to the side.  All of that is changing this summer.  Building puppets will be a much bigger part of my life, and I have several great things coming soon.  Thank you all for continued support and viewership!


James Kemp


Back in 2012, I attempted an original character I called Ralphie.  I loved the design I had in my head but it just didn’t seem to translate into the puppet.  It was big, bulky, and awkward.



A few months back, I decided to rebuild the puppet as I had wanted it the first time.  I put a lot of work into each stage of this build.  Many prototype puppet heads and bodies were made and sacrificed for this project.  I even put in entrance rings in the base of the foam skull and the base of the body with a mesh sleeve inside for comfort.

The first thing I wanted was a distinguished fur look.  So, I boiled and textured the original type of fur to give it a more matted look.





As always, I can be contacted through email at    I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a bit of my process.


Finishing the blue guy.

I’m so excited for this guy to find his hime in Denmark.  I loved working on him.  It has taken a while because I sent him out for costuming but I love the overall effect.  Below are a few pictures of the finished product.  In the last of these pictures, you see a more broad view of the puppet as well as how it operates.  The costuming was made custom so as to fit the “live hand” style of puppetry.

As always, if you are interested in custom puppet work, contact me with your idea at