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Bane Paper Toy – The Brute! A brand new template Part 4 of 4

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The Brute, at long last!  I do like how this paper toy turned out.

Before I go on, this is just version 1, I discovered this shape while working towards a more “muscular” look.  This means that I’m still at work on a less-brutish and more muscular paper toy form – much closer to what I originally set out to do.

CHEESE!

Stand up and fight! You puny Iron Man reject!

So without further ado, I give you Bane!  Ready to duke it out with my earlier Batman Beyond paper toy (as you can see above).  And before anyone else asks, since we do have a Wolverine paper toy ready and waiting, it’s only fitting that I release a Hulk paper toy using this template.  I just can’t decide what color to go with LOL.  Suggestions anyone – Green, Grey, or Red?

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Alright, who's next !?!

Want to see the earlier parts of this series? Go to Part 1, part 2, and Part 3.

Cheers!

The Brute! A brand new template Part 3

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

After a very, very, very busy 3 days at the office, I was finally able to squeeze some paper toy work in.  First up for your viewing pleasure is an update on the Brute.  The first character to “wear” the template is?

Take a good look at these beauties...

The graphics are done and adjustments have been made.  All I need to do now is test the prototype and this bruiser will be ready for download.  Note, I will still release toys using the contender template (Heihachi, GenRex, Snake, etc,.. ), I just needed to work on something different for a change.

Why the two heads?  Well, I just thought I’d give options on which one to use.  The one on the left is based on the animated series, the other in the comics (sorta).  Just use what you prefer the most OR mix them up depending on your mood. 😉

One more thing, I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I’ll be releasing another “brutish” template, something more muscular and less, well “brutish”.  Watch out for that one.

Don’t know what I’m babbling about?  Check out the first 2 parts of this series. Click here to read Part 1, and here to read Part 2.

One quick question, which Ben10 alien character would work well with the Brute template?  That’s all for now, the paper toy should be ready for release later this week.  Cheers!

The Brute! A brand new template Part 2

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I posted a while back that I was working on a new template – a few actually, but I only blogged about the “Brute” that time.  For a quick trip down memory lane, go HERE

For those of you who missed it and were too lazy to check (shame on you)!  As a quick review, the “Brute” is a template with top-heavy proportions.  I find those type of characters, cool, fun, interesting to draw and even more interesting, in my opinion, as a paper toy.  So I tried designing a template and in the process, experimented with a couple of options:

brute01

First-Hmmm....

Second - Do you think I should make  his legs a bit longer? His head a bit smaller? His arms a bit thicker?

Second - Do you think I should make the legs a bit longer, the head a bit smaller, and the arms a bit thicker?

The first one worked out fine, but it felt like “blah” to me.  The second one however, I found more exciting, but somehow feels a bit off.  Probably due to the proportions or something, I’m not quite sure yet.  I’ll probably play around with the shape a bit more.  I cant say I’m satisfied with it just yet to merit an official release.

How about something like this?

How about something like this? Going headless?

Do you agree that the shape is a bit off or does it look fine to you?  As of the moment, I’m leaning on the “no heads” version, the proportions kinda fit.  What do you think?  I’ll do a couple more experiments and let you know how it goes.   In the meantime, how about some audience participation – any suggestions for characters to use this template on?  Let me know – I make no promises, but still, it’s great to hear from you.

I’ll list down some ideas, just to get the ball rolling:

– HULK?
– KRATOS?
– JOHNNY BRAVO?
– COLE BLAQUESMITH?

– …

Plus points to anyone who knows from which C.B.-pencilled COMIC Cole is from. 😉

That’s all for now.
Check back soon.  Tell your friends.
And dont forget to comment (you know you want to) – I want to know what you’re thinking.

Cheers!

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Props Part 3 – Ranged Weapons: Guns and Rifles

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Oh yeah! We can now do rifles...

Oh yeah! We can now do rifles...

Alright, part 3 of this ongoing series of props and accessories. Last time was about melee weapons, this time this post is all about getting to use cool-looking “thunder-sticks”.

Figuring out how to make the toy grip one-handed pistols was easy.  It essentially has the same mechanic as the melee weapons.  Just insert into the slot in the hand and you’re good to go.

Dual pistols! Always cool in my book!

Dual pistols! Always cool in my book!

The two-handed rifle was a bit trickier – I had to figure out how to make both hands of the existing template grip the same gun.  I eventually ended up with one of the hands gripping the gun handle while the other one was wedged in a notch that I made in the gun.  The result looked fine to me, plus it works well with the current series of templates – Win!

This of course means I can now release toys that use these types of accessories (Yay me!).  Watch out in the next few weeks to see what I come up with.

blahIf In case you’ve been following along the past few weeks, any guesses on which character is going to be next?

That’s all for now.  Cheers!

Go check out:
Go to Part 1 of this series!
Go to Part 2 of this series!

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Paper Toy Improv Kit

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

I posted just the other day about a paper toy improvisation activity.  I enjoyed it so much that I put together a special kit.

My improv kit (with Pike - the smallest paper toy from PTA)

My Improv Kit (with Pike - the smallest paper toy from PTA - yet to be officially introduced)

Voila! The tools of the trade...

Voila! The tools of the trade...

There you go.  From left to right  – a small steel ruler, scissors, an old plastic card (partially hidden under the scissors for bending paper – tell you more about it next time), a bunch of tweezers, a cutter, and a clutch pencil.  Just wanted to share. Cheers!

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Paper Toy Improv #1- Spacecraft

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Vinsart, a very talented artist and paper toy enthusiast came up with a very brilliant idea!  Go check out his blog post at Nice Paper toys to read about it!

Paper Toy Improv! Design a paper toy from any piece of paper. You can create whatever form you like but you can only use the following tools:

  • Paper /card stock / whatever is lying around
  • Scissor
  • Craft Knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

That’s right, no glue or software to help you.

So I decided to try it out.  I have a whole bunch of unused business cards lying around so I experimented with a couple.  Below is what I came up with!

Paper Toy Improv 001 Ship 1

Paper Toy Improv 001 Ship 1

I think the ship took me about 10 minutes to complete – drawing a quick “template” on the card, cutting, folding, and a whole lot of “scissoring”.  Not bad I think.  I might release an official non-improv paper toy based on this “piece”.

Needless to say, I had a lot of fun.  I found it sort of liberating.  I suggest you try it out.  Cheers!

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Props Part 1 – Melee Weapons

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Paper toy heroes have got to have weapons. So let’s make some.

This blog entry kicks off a new series of posts that document some experiments that I’ve been working on. This series will particularly focus on weapons, equipment, props, and all those nice toys that heroes (and villains) love to use, specifically designed to be used in tandem with the toys that have been released and will be released on this blog. In addition, I hope this series is useful for the other paper toy artists out there.

Naturally, I’ll be releasing toys of characters that make use of what I’ve learned from each of the experiments. So check back from time to time to see which characters turn up.

The first part is all about weapons intended for melee combat. What I’d like to accomplish here is to figure out the best way (in my opinion) to allow paper toys to hold weapons without having to glue them. This way, the paper toy enthusiast (you and me) will have the option to remove the “handhelds” whenever necessary for posing or play.

It’s all about the grip, and I tried 3 options in this experiment. Check out the image below.

Grip Diagram, options 1,2, & 3

Grip Diagram, options 1,2, & 3

As you can see, we have 3 columns, one for each option that I experimented with. The first row of each column shows how each is laid out on paper. the 2nd shows how the grip mechanic is supposed to be folded – options 2 and 3 have an “overlap/slip mechanic” while the first one has an insertion point. The 3rd row shows how the grip is supposed to function when the toy is already gripping something (I am refering to the gray bars in the diagram of course). Note that the last row of option 1 should have clenched fingers, but I opted not to present it that way to illustrate how the “insertion point mechanic” works.

That’s how things are in theory. Find out next week what works best among the three. Cheers 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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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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Locking Methods Part 1 – Kickoff

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Recently, I came across an old book of mine. Its a packaging book that I purchased when I used to do a lot of graphic design. In that book, I found a bunch of templates for all sorts of boxes and containers.  Included in the book are a number of locking methods for boxes. Very useful I think for paper toy designers, specially for those who like to go glueless.

Various Locking Methods

Various Locking Methods

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