Archive for October, 2010

Generator Rex Paper Toy – Part 2

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Now for a quick update on the GenRex paper toy. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m releasing his bits (bits – what I decided to call his “enhancements”) later this week. I’ve included his B.F.sword, Slam Cannon, Boogie Pack (that flying jet pack thingy of his), and his signature Hammer Fists.

Plenty of toys to play with...

As you can see, plenty of toys to play with...

I’ve been doing a lot of experiments on the bits to make sure that they fit right when connected to the main toy body, so it’s taking a while, especially the boogie pack, but I am making progress. Speaking of which, for those of you who actually downloaded the template, please download it again when I release the bits. I added a minor modification to it – added slits on his back so you can slap his Boogie Pack on him – but if you’re confident about your cutting and estimation skills, you can just add the slits yourself even without a cutting guide.

Rex ready to go mano e mano...

Rex ready to go mano e mano...

...or just kick A$$ from afar!

...or just kick A$$ from afar!

More images to follow on part 3 of this series. The Boogie pack looks great!  For me, it’s worth all the hassle and the wait. Check back in a day or two. Cheers!

In case you’re interested:
Go to Part 1 of this series here!

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Making Paper Toy Game Art for a Sniper Game Part 1

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Hello, it’s time I revisited this other category in this blog. I mentioned in a post months ago that I added 2 new categories – the first is the Print ‘N Play section (content for it is coming, just you wait) the other is the Online Games section.

Paper Toy Adventures (PTA) is currently at work on a number of Flash game projects, all in various stages of completion. We should be able to finish them in the next few weeks (hopefully not months). The Online Games section will act as a development journal for the games, which means you’ll get to see how each game progresses (to some extent). You’ll get to see mostly art, animation, prototypes, and some thoughts on game concepts and mechanics.

Why are we posting non-paper toy related posts in a paper toy blog you ask? Well, for starters, you should know that the games will have a paper toy theme. Which translates to downloadable paper toys of the selected game characters featured in each of the games.Watch out for more updates, plenty more things coming your way soon enough.

For now, I leave you with some WIP art for the sniper game.

This is Adam, the first sprite for the game, poor him.

This is Adam, the first sprite for the game, poor him.

And here are some of his friends, poor them.

And here are some of his friends, poor them.

As you can see, the art style is very paper toy friendly.

And of course, the scenery... can't NOT have that in a sniper game.

And of course, the scenery... can't NOT have that in a sniper game.

That’s all I can share with you for now. We should be able to release a prototype in the next post, if not send you a link to the released game. Cheers!

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Generator Rex Paper Toy – Part 1

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Generator Rex: loading - 95% complete...

Generator Rex: loading - 95% complete...

Generator Rex a cartoon series by Man of Action, the same guys who created Ben10 (I think). I’ve only seen a couple of episodes but it seems like a fun series so far. Go check it out on Cartoon Network.

For me, he’s like a cool version of Inspector Gadget (or maybe Cyborg from the Teen Titans?).  Who do you think would win in a fight? I especially like his hammer fists and the “gyrocopter” that make him fly (what do you call them anyway?). For me I think the sword needs some work though – it doesn’t “look” right that his entire hand “turns into” a a huge sword, it feels heavy and unwieldly. I think it would’ve worked better if it was his entire forearm – Still, badass big swords are always cool!

And here's Ben trying out them hammer fists!

And here's Ben trying out them hammer fists!

Speaking of hammer fists, gyrocopters, and a huge sword – I’ll call them Hero Bits for now. The free download only includes Rex two sets of arms to choose from. The Hero Bits should be ready next week, I’m still experimenting with them.  Check back then to get the full GenRex experience. I’m already done with the fists, I’ll most likely include his cannon thingy, my version of his sword (forearms), and maybe those gyros. His big legs and cycle bit, I’ll leave to your imagination. 😉

GenRex's nono-tech goodies coming soon...

GenRex's nono-tech goodies coming soon...

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That’s it for now.

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Browser-based pixel and vector-based drawing tools, for freeeeeeeeee…

Monday, October 18th, 2010

So I saw a couple of online graphic editing tools the other day. Yes, tools that you can use directly on the browser.

What’s cool about them is that they work.  They run on the browser, and they’re free. You cant go wrong with free, working software, right? I just want to share these finds in case any of you are looking for graphic software alternatives.

http://www.sumopaint.com/home/

http://aviary.com/tools/raven#

http://www.pixlr.com/editor/

http://muro.deviantart.com/

This may be old news for some of you, but for me, well, not that much. I only experimented with them for a bit, haven’t tried them all completely just yet. I’ll leave it to you guys to experiment with them, and hopefully you share with us what you think 😉 Also, in case I missed any other online software out there, do let me know, I’ll add them to the list.

Cheers!

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Ben 10 Paper Toy

Friday, October 15th, 2010
It's Hero Time!

It's Hero Time!

Here he is, Ben Tennyson in his default, “all grown up” form. I actually wanted to make a Ben10 paper toy that you can transform into 10 different aliens, each with it’s own unique shape and size, but I just decided to go simple this time around LOL. Maybe next time.

This is actually the second version of Ben that I’ve done. The first one I did months ago, I wasn’t happy with it so I decided not to release it. Curious as to how version 1 looks? Go check out this link.

ben02

Here's Ben posing...

Here's Ben posing some more...

Here he is posing some more...

I like this current template that I’ve been working with this past few months. I thought it proper to make a toy for one of the coolest cartoon characters out there.

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Quick question, who do you think would win if you pit Beast Boy, Mystique, and Ben to battle it out against each other? Tell me what you think, post your musings below.

That’s it for now. Check back in a few days for a new character. Who’s next? I’ll give you a clue, check out the image below.

What's wrong with this picture?

What's wrong with this picture?

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Pimpin’ Paper: One NaniBird in under 5 minutes!

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

This post will be all about the NaniBird by mckibillo.

You can download your own NaniBird for free from his site. Go check it out if you like and see what I’m talking about, just come back after for the rest of this post.

Aside from the cool free templates you can download, mckibillo is also selling printed, precut, perforated, and GLUELESS versions. I got myself one as soon as he released it, and I must say I’m very happy with the purchase.

The template was delivered to me on time with no delays. The package came in very good condition. Compliments to the courier for not messing up the package – two thumbs up!

Fresh from the pack

Fresh from the pack

The template inside is a beauty, it was printed on good quality card stock, I’d say matte finish (not too glossy) on the outside, and no gloss on the inside. The colors are vibrant – my friend Life (yep, that’s her name – cool photographer too) helped me take good clear shots of the bird in progress.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

Prepping the toy for assembly was very easy. Putting it together was even EASIER! I’d say, just 5 minutes tops and you’ve got yourself your very own NaniBird, 3 if you’re rushing. I think writing this post took me longer than  putting a NaniBird together.

I’d like to highlight the locking mechanism used to GLUELESSLY assemble the paper toy. It was very simple yet very effective. Check out the images below.

NaniSteps

NaniSteps

And now the finished product. Not bad eh!

Voila!

Voila!

Anyway,just doing my part – pimping out quality paper toys out there.
The Nani Bird comes in a variety of flavors.
Go get your own now!

Check back in a few days, next up is Ben10!

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WIP – Men of Action! Coming soon…

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
WIP Men of Action

WIP Men of Action

It’s guessing time again.  Just wanted to show you what to expect in the very near future. Can you name all 6 of them – seriously, can you?

That’s right – Plenty of developments happening in the background – brand new characters, upgrades, a couple of new templates, original characters, and a very useful experiment. That’s all for now, see you in a few days.

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Pimpin’ Paper: Robot Wars by Matt Hawkins

Monday, October 4th, 2010
Robot Wars - published by Matt Hawkins

Robot Wars - published by Matt Hawkins

Just promoting this fantastic-looking product from Matt Hawkins, a truly amazing paper engineer! Go get yourself a copy here.

You can find more of Matt’s creations here.

Enjoy!

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The Brute! A brand new template Part 1

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I’ve always wanted to design a brutish, top heavy paper toy.

Recently, I’ve come across a bunch of art based on different properties – Spawn (the toy) series 32, Team Fortress (ultra cool art style! Haven’t had the chance to play the game though), and Torchlight (I saw some dude playing it the other day).

Brutish Inspirations

Brutish Inspirations

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