Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio is a magical puppeteer/illustrator. He created these for a self-promo book of illustrations and limericks that follow the trail of a red thread and won 2004 AltPick Awards Entries. I love the detail he includes in each one, typography and I wondering how long it must take to construct it all and get the shot. Read more about this fascinating artist here and here.
More weird and wonderful puppet characters at Whale Fish Studios and remembering the Alice in Wonderful softies series, 'Lewis Carrott' by Connie Smith.