Archive for February, 2011

StuffaGami: Takuo Toda’s Record-breaking Paper Airplane

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I posted a while back about Ken Blackburn’s record-breaking paper airplane.  It was aloft for 27.6 seconds.

This post is about Takuo Toda’s winning paper airplane design, aptly named ” Sky King “.  His, stayed in the air 0.3 seconds more than Ken’s.  Talk about close!

Illustrations From The Great Solid Paper Airplanes

Go ahead and try it out.  Use the folding pattern and the how-to-fold video found here.  In case you want to learn how to throw a paper plane the record-breaking way, go here.

Cheers!

Tips ‘n Tricks: How I Cut, Fold, and Glue

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I’m sure everyone else has their own paper toy assembly process.  I just wanted to share how I do it – specifically, the three main activities one needs to go through when assembling a paper toy ( unless the template you’re doing is glueless LOL ).  Hopefully by sharing this, others will do the same and we all get to discover different ways of doing the same thing.

So share if you can – the comments section is wide open.  You can also PM me and I’ll post your stuff on the blog, just so others get to see them too.  You can also post links to your blogs and process already online in the comments section too.

You can use this post in conjunction with an earlier ” Top 10 Paper Toy Assembly Tools and How Best to Use Them “.  Go check it out after reading this one.

Okay, let’s get started …

How I Cut
Pretty simple I think, you’ll need the usual cutting mat, steel ruler, and cutter.  I hold the cutter like I hold a pen though.  A friend commented about this once, surprised to see how I held the blade.  I’m curious to know if this is a common thing or absurd.  Let me know.

In ping pong parlance: handshake...

... penhold - absurd, no?

How I Fold
Here, I use a ruler and a flat piece of sturdy cardboard or something similar.  I place the template on a flat surface and then the ruler on top.  I position the ruler along the fold line then place the cardboard under the template.  Then I use the cardboard to fold the template.  This I think results in a neater and more exact fold than doing it ” manually ” by hand.  It’s also quick and easy to do, try it out if you haven’t already.  Tell me what you think.

Step 1: Line up the ruler based on the fold line

Step 2: Place the cardboard under the template ( btw, you can switch steps 1 & 2)

Step 3: Use the cardboard to fold and the ruler as a folding guide

How I Glue
I use scrap cardboard here.  Usually the ones that are left after cutting a template.  I put a dab of glue on scrap cardboard and use another piece as a ” paintbrush ” to apply the adhesive on the area to be glued.  This allows the adhesive to dry faster, plus you avoid ” squeezing out ” any excess glue from the applied area.

"Dab"

"Dip"

"Apply"

After I apply the adhesive on the area, I just hold the pieces together for a few seconds to dry.  Sometimes, especially for tight spots, I use tweezers.

Hold them together

Use tweezers

Well, there you have it.  How about you?  C’mon, go ahead and SHARE!  You know you want to.

Cheers all!

Caption Tuesdays! 2011 – 08

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

It’s Tuesdays once again – time to get creative!

This week we finish the Metal Gear-inspired run of caption images.

Caption Away!

Check out the cool captions for this pic in the comments section below.

View the previous “Caption Tuesdays!” post here.

WIP: Assassin’s Creed Paper Toy

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Altair – I’ve been wanting to work on this dude for a while now.  I’ve always wanted to work on a template with a hood, plus those nifty blades of his look awesome too.

Note that I have yet to play the game/s  ( I did try the freebie iPhone version – but only for a little while ), so I’m not that familiar with the storyline or the characters.  Which brings me to asking for some info from the “audience” – while I was researching on the net about the character, I came across 2 different costume designs.

Separated at birth or one and the same?

Quick question, Is the guy on the left the same guy as the one on the right – Same guy different costume?  While we’re at it, do any of you have any preferences on which costume to use on the paper toy?  Lastly, is his name Altair or do the more recent versions of the series have a different protagonist?  Let me know.

In the meantime, check out the prototype for the hood and retractable blades.

So, what other character has a hood?

The hood is still a work in progress, but it’s getting there.  I just need to complete some minor modifications, then I’ll start working on the graphics 😉

Snikt!

That’s it for now.  Cheers!

Spider-Man Paper Toy

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Pfffsst…

Pffft…

Thwip…

I give up.

How does Spider-Man’s web slingers sound when they shoot out webs anyway?  Help me out here, my inquiring mind wants to know.

Through this project,  I found out that I “dislike” ( because “hate” is such a strong word ) drawing webs, specifically the ones in Spidey’s costume.  I mean, you’re going to need loads and loads of patience.  To all comic artists who have had the privilege to draw Spidey, I respectfully salute you.

Half the time, I was tempted to just release the Spider-Man template without the web details.  Or just release the black costume. Or even better, just release a venom template… Hmmm, something to consider eh?

Anyway, that’s done, I survived.  The Spider-Man paper toy template is now available for your web slinging pleasure.  As mentioned in an earlier posts.  I added some simple goodies for you to play with.

Find the hidden "Mickey"

Web stuff in action

Admittedly, the props are nothing spectacular ( pun intended ), but hey, bonus stuff is always good.  Also mentioned in a different post is the inclusion of an additional slot to slide the arms of the toy into – in case you’re in the mood to play around with different poses.

Pffft!...

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That’s about it for now.  Check back soon to find out which character is coming next.  I’ll give you a hint – it’s going to be inCREEDable!  Any guesses from the audience?

Excelsior!

Caption Tuesdays! 2011 – 07

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

This week, it’s Snake and his many playthings – a veritable cornucopia of mayhem.

Caption Away!

Check out the cool captions for this pic in the comments section below.

View the previous “Caption Tuesdays!” post here.

Online Paper: Fabulous Paper Sculpture for the Love Month

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Sigh…

February, plenty of memories right there.  LOL

I found this wonderful piece of paper craft online.

Sweet!

A fitting paper sculpture for the love month.

You can find more of the artist’s work here.  Unfortunately, it’s written in a language that I can’t understand so you’ll have to be resourceful if you want to understand the words written on the site.

The paper art however, speak for themselves.

Just wanted to share.
Cheers!

Quick Questions…

Friday, February 11th, 2011
  1. Are any of you guys going to the GDC this February/March?
  2. What’s your preference – Post Apocalyptic or Steam Punk?  I’m doing a poll ( for something I’m cooking up for the blog ) so I’d really appreciate your comments.  Come’on!  you know you want to.  😉
  3. Second preference question – Do you like more paper toys based on characters from comics, movies, cartoons, games or all of the above?
  4. Any writers out there interested for a collab?…
  5. … any board game developers?…
  6. … card game developers?…
  7. … vector artists? ( yes, 4 to 7 are for collaborations )
  8. Are any of you in the book publishing industry

Please do comment, PM, carrier pigeon, smoke signal me or whatever.  Thanks in advance guys.  Have a great weekend.

Cheers!

Tips ‘n Tricks: Top 10 Paper Toy Assembly Tools and How Best to Use Them

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

If you’re a pro at assembling paper toys, this post is not for you…

… then again, you can always check it out anyway – you might find something useful and new.

I thought of writing this post to share the tools I use and how I use them.  Hopefully some of you find it useful.  Feel free to add your ” stuff ” in the comments section below – why keep your ultra-cool assembly tips a secret right?

Please note that the order of the items on the list are not arranged in any particular order.  I just wrote down what came to mind while I was preparing the post.  Besides, I find them all equally useful.

Tools of the trade... ( figure sold separately )

  1. Craft Knife / Cutter: Ummm… to cut with 😉  One thing to add though is that the blade should be very sharp.  Using a fresh blade means your cuts are always “full and clean”.  By that I mean that if you use a dull edge, your cuts sometimes don’t go through the paper completely in one stroke.  Which means you’ll either have to do a number of strokes or, if you’re lazy like me, just tear it off ( ugh ).  Which of course destroys the neatness and edge quality of your paper toy.
  2. Scissors: I wasn’t a big fan of this until recently.  I used to NOT use scissors at all.  Normally, I’d cut up a paper toy using just a knife.  Why?  Because scissors can be very inaccurate – I’d say it’s nearly impossible to cut a 100% straight line – just because your hands have the tendency of moving around in different angles while you snip away.  Needless to say, this is entirely my view, no worries if you disagree LOL.  As mentioned, recently I’ve learned the benefits of using a nice pair of scissors.  I say this now – Scissors are great for non-linear cuts while Knives are best for straight ones.
  3. Adhesive: For gluing ( Duh )- since I haven’t gone glueless yet.  😉  I prefer to use the white kind and apply it in a different way – meaning I don’t apply it directly from the bottle.  I normally put a small amount on a piece of scratch paper and then get another piece of scrap to – like a paintbrush – ” paint ” the glue on the area that I want to apply the adhesive to.  For those of you who are curious and don’t understand what I just wrote, I’m actually preparing a ” How I Cut, Fold, and Glue ” post that shows how I do this exactly, so check that out.  I’ll include visual aids, promise!
  4. Tweezers: I have lots of tweezers in different shapes and sizes.  Used best for those hard to reach places.  Very useful, I kid you not.  It’s also a great tool to help glue two pieces of card stock together.
  5. Self Healing Mat: To protect your desk with, but only if you care about your desk 😉  Other people use a sheet of glass.  Haven’t tried that before, but I cringe with the thought – In my mind, I hear nails scratching a blackboard.
  6. Steel Ruler: I used to refer to this as ” hard edge “, dunno why.  Best for cutting straight lines.  The plastic and wooden ones just wont do – you tend to nick the rulers and end up ” dulling ” the edge.  Oh, and rulers are great for measuring too.
  7. Old Credit Card / Protractor / Extra Ruler / Business Card / any flat, stiff board: This I use for folding straight edges.  Used in tandem with a ruler.   It’s hard for me explain so I’ve included it in the ” How I Cut, Fold, and Glue ” post I mentioned earlier – coming soon.
  8. Pencil / Pen: For applying quick and easy guidelines.  Especially useful when prototyping – because I occasionally forget to include a fold or cut line on a test template here and there.  Use a mechanical pencil if you want to be accurate and clean ( you can erase the lead markings later ) and use any other type of pen if accuracy isn’t important.  Ball point pens are messy, felt tipped pens are better – but you’ll have to wait for the ink to dry else you run the risk of having ink smudges all over the place.
  9. Paper Stock: 120 gsm ( 32 lb ) stock.  Because I don’t like assembling flimsy paper toys.  I mean, you spend your precious time to assemble the toy, right?  It would be best for it to last longer.
  10. Printer: It’s all about color accuracy – the colors that you see on the screen, ideally, should be what comes out on paper.  You’ll need to have your screen and printer calibrated if you really want to be that exact.  Definitely something to talk about in a future post.  Me? well, as long as the colors of the printout are close enough to what I see on the screen.  I’m cool with that.

That’s it for now.  Pro paper toy guru or not, I do hope you find this post useful.  Do share your own tips in the comments section below.

Cheers!

Caption Tuesdays! 2011 – 06

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

This week’s caption image stars Metal Gear’s Gray Fox ( again ).  This one should be fun to caption.  Come on people, showoff your creative ninja powers!

Caption Away!

Check out the cool captions for this pic in the comments section below.

View the previous “Caption Tuesdays!” post here.

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