They're in a vague order of newest to oldest images...
This was the very first 'finished-ish' Ratty. He's made with an old placard for a university protest, his ears and tail are recycled material scraps.
This was the first experiments with glueing the threads of the pivots (to keep tension on the layers & therefore make them able to hold their own weight) and it works really well! Left in position for even a few days they hold position very well.
...and this is the professional photograph of one of 'em for our degree brochure. He's made with old laminate floor-boards, saved from landfill. He measures about 80cm, nose to tail and is fairly heavy as he was cut before I had the revelation about removing all the internal weight.
Unfortunately the photograph had to be portrait to fit the layout of the brochure...and I already had an image of a Rat standing up on the opposite page... but I do quite like how it looks like he's been caught in the spotlight of something...from doing something bad :D
This is an early cardboard prototype with contours, jaw mechanism (which you can't see, it's oh-so-clever) ;P and ear-fixing problems ironed out with the addition of a few more outer layers on the head.
The two above are previous cardboard prototypes. It was after playing with these that I had the idea of contouring the outer layers to make them more realistic and pleasing as they were pretty bulky. I do really like the idea of having few 'Rats with Wings' in my show, it's a bit tongue in cheek, but will have to see if I have the time to fully develop a wing I'm happy with!
Started looking at how the legs were going to make a working joint that didn't over-extend.
These were very early versions, I hadn't looked at real rats deliberately so I'd be drawing from imagined stereotypes. I wanted them skinny & scrawny and nasty looking...but I eventually fell out of love with them because they just weren't Ratty enough and I don't think people would ever really like them... so the design was scrapped and I started again from fresh and ended up with the shape you see above :)