Spider-Man Paper Toy

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

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

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…

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

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

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.

Online Paper: Dances with Tatanka – Amazing Cast Paper Sculptures

February 4th, 2011

Two points to anyone who can figure out what “Tatanka” means and what movie I got that from.  WAIT!  No cheating just yet – lay off the google browser first. LOL

I’m not sure if any of you have seen these but I just stumbled upon it recently and I am in a sharing mood, so there.  Besides, this benefits those who haven’t seen it yet, and this kind of stuff has to be shared.

I’ll let the images speak for themselves…

Behold!
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WIP: Spiderman!

February 2nd, 2011

I think I mentioned in an earlier post that the next toy release was going to be Shank.  I was wrong.  It seems I’m going to finish the webslinger’s template sooner.  Not to  worry, Shank’s will be ready soon enough.

I’m actually excited to get this ( Spidey ) paper toy out.  I’ve been itching to get started on an Ultimates / Avengers series of toys.  The webslinger, correct me if I’m wrong, has been in and out of the team roster at one time or another – just like Wolverine I gather.  For all the X-Men fans out there, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.  I’m working on something for you guys too.

I’m adding a new feature to the contender template.  First it was the different arm poses, now it’s an additional slot, angled differently.  It gives you new slots to slide the arms into – should provide creative pose alternatives.  It’s hard to explain so just check out the  “diagrams”  below.  Visual aids are always cool, don’t you agree?

See that? 2 arm positions, 1 type of arm.

I’m also including a couple of “props” just to make this toy a bit more interesting.  So, what do you think I mean when I say “props”?

Ahem in an old British voice:  What’s that?… Props you say? Why that’s “props” – posterous! LOLROF

Yeah, I know, that was just bad.

Illusion or not? Is Spidey's eyes whiter than the color of his mask?

Check back in a few days for everyone’s friendly neighborhood paper toy.

Cheers!

Caption Tuesdays! 2011 – 05

February 1st, 2011

Pop quiz hotshot!  ( I’ve always wanted to say that LOL )  What do you get if a snake and a fox meet up?

And now for this week’s caption challenge!  This time starring none other than Mr. Solid Snake himself and his ulta-cool, ninja friend… the very deadly Gray Fox.

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

Caption away!

Check out the previous “Caption Tuesdays!” posts here.

Pimpin’ Paper: Paper Toy Monsters Book by Brian Castleforte Available at the Paper Toy Amazon Store

January 31st, 2011

Hello there.  In case you don’t know yet, Brian Castleforte came out with a fabulous paper toy book.  It looks to have plenty of different toy templates to assemble.  No doubt, very creative stuff, and very talented individual.

Click the image to buy yours now!

I can’t provide you with firsthand impressions just yet as I am still waiting for my copy from Amazon.  I thought I’d just share the news in case anyone of you would be interested in getting a copy.  The book should be available in your local bookstores.  If not you can always buy it online.  For quick links, I’ve included it in the Paper Toy Amazon Store.  Just click on the link or images to get your copy.

Definitely plenty of fun stuff inside the book!

Support the paper toy community – go get yourself ( and your family, friends, BFF’s, etc,…) a dozen copies,… EACH!

Cheers!

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