Here is another very nice an easy model for beginners.
But guess what? There are absoluteley no new technique to learn in order to be able to make this new figure.
This is therefore really only another practice exercise and a new figure to add to your 'repertoire'.
Video in French, with English subtitles
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Hello, and welcome to Môssieur Ballon's website!
A promise made is a promise kept!
Today, I'll teach you how to make a little tiger!
As usual, we'll start by, simply, inflating a balloon while leaving, maybe this time, for a start... a little more than a hand's width.
So, here... is our basic balloon.
We're going to start by making... one bubble... two bubbles... three bubbles... four bubbles... and five bubbles!
Which we'll attach... at their base, like we did with the frog, which started out with four bubbles.
Next, once these five bubbles are done (and attached), we'll continue with a sixth bubble, at the base of the first five bubbles, immediately followed by a very small sausage.
Ok, let's say, a sausage that's about two bubbles wide.
Once you've finished the little bubble and the sausage, I'm passing two fingers through my loop of bubbles, and forcing them past the sausage like this.
Take the time to watch.
Next we have to make that "bean" we talked about.
You can see... to make things clearer... you can see... here is our tiger's muzzle, and its two little eyes!
So we're going to pull its ears into a "bean" shape.
As usual, we hook our fingers underneath... pull... and there!
Well now it's quite simple, we're going to make our tiger two front legs... two hind legs...
Like the little dog, there won't be any difference, you can see the basic parts are the same, it's just the head that changes, and the drawing, of course.
We musn't forget the tiger's stripes!
One little bubble for the neck, two big sausages for the front legs, a little sausage for the stomach, two big sausages, of the same length as the front legs, for the hind legs, which leaves us with the tail...
As usual, we'll give it a little shape, and we will now go on to drawing the tiger's features.
So the tiger never goes anywhere without its stripy pyjamas,
All we need to do is stripes... and its whiskers...
I am now going to carry out the tiger at my usual speed, try and practice going as fast as me, if not faster!
So, details, always think of the details.
If you can, if you have a good quality felt-tip pen, when you draw on the balloon, try to shape your stripes like long triangles,
with the pen stroke thicker at the start than at the finish, which will give us a more interesting design than just streaks and lines.
And there... here's the little tiger!
So, that's all for this video!
Practise well... and see you soon, for a new lesson with Môssieur Ballon!
Step-By-Step Photo Guide
Basic balloon twisting techniques used in this tutorial:
- How to tie a balloon knot
- How to make a string of balloon bubbles without them getting undone
- How to give a curved shape to a segment of modeling balloon
- How to make pinch-twists
- How to manage air pressure in a balloon sculpture
Reminder: It is essential that you master these basic skills! Please practise these techniques until you do.