This will be my most ambitious project in my spare time: Custmm Grumm!
What is Custmm Grumm?
When I created Grumm, I had no plans with the moody fellow. But after I got invited to participate in a book about papertoys I started to think about the future of papertoys (and Grumm).
Two of those thoughts about the future is the base of this project: you should be able to modify/create a papermodel without expensive software or specialized knowledge.
Papertoys are, more then vinyl toys, difficult to customize. You need knowledge of image or vector programs link Photoshop or Illustrator. Besides the knowledge of these programs, you also need the program them selfs, which is not cheap. Another bump in customizing is the flat version of the model: the simple papertoys are not that difficult to understand, but the more complex models with more parts, it’s difficult to know which part goes where and how it will look.
It would be nice that you could create a custom skin and modify the model yourself.
Creating a custom skin for a model is done before: papercritters but modifying the model to isn’t.
I will try to make Custmm Grumm in Flash (AS3) so that it’s possible to create a custom skin and modify the model (with some restrictions of course)…
I had a discussion about this project on Nice Paper Toys if you want to know some more about the rocky start of this project.
You can now download the custom hedKase on the site of NiceBunny!
And with a little help from yours truly it’s now possible to link directly to a specific model: so to view my custom HedKase: Grim Grinning Grunt download the model and enjoy!
This is a first for me: I finished a custom design!
I have a very bad habit of starting something, but never finishing it… I think I have about 6 custom toy designs (from different designers) laying around that need just a little attention and then they’re done.
Without knowing it, NiceBunny made me realize that when someone does me a favor (i.e. create a custom Grumm) I will return that favor…
In this case I created a custom HedKase created by NiceBunny.
And what fun I had doing that:
and I call him/it Grim Grinning Grunt
It’s possible that you don’t recognize the original HedKase….
I modified it a little 🙂
This is my way of saying: thx NiceBunny for a great Grumm Custom and I hope you enjoy Grim Grinning Grunt
Some time ago Nice Bunny started a social network about papercraft.
There are a lot of very talented people who are already part of this network and you don’t need an invitation. The only thing you need, is the “love” for paperToys… 😉
And the nice thing about people who are all doing the same thing, you get really informative discussions!
I specially like the discussion about “Sharing Designs – How to Protect your Brainchild” which can be read here, with input from Sjors Trimbach, Nice Bunny (who had some ‘trouble’ with his first papertoys), Marshall Alexander (who started creating papertoys with a custom design of Readymech) and Matt Hawkins.
This discussion is not only very helpful for papertoy designers, but it’s very nice to read: people tell there horror stories, toes are being stepped on, history of some designs are explained, …. 😉
And what is a social network without the promotional stuff: here we have a Network Badge (Large)