Meet my new papertoy: drukk

By accident (I was creating a custom for another paper toy designer) I created a new papertoy.
This is the first time I create a real toy.

It’s called drukk and its still a papertoy in progress (WIP), but here you have an example made in Google Sketchup:
drukk: new papertoy by Matthijs Kamstra aka [mck]

Because it’s not a ‘static’ toy (you could call it a paper automata) I also created a promotional video:

Soon I will post more about drukk

Custmm Grumm – Selection tool

Custmm Grumm is a project that I will be working on in my spare time.
I will try to build a online tool for creating custom skins and modifying a Grumm.
It’s will be created in Flash (AS3).

The first research I did is selection, and how it works with shapes.
What it does:

  • select an item with one click
  • select an item by dragging (mouse down, mouse up)
  • select multiple items with dragging

What it doesn’t do:

  • shift add a selected item to the current selected items
  • shift click/drag deselect items

A direct link to the file: selectionTool v01

Custmm Grumm – The project

This will be my most ambitious project in my spare time: Custmm Grumm!

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.

Urban papercraft: Macula

Another artist in the PaperToy book created by Matt Hawkins is Macula

Macula = Christopher Bonnette and he has a fascination for mythology and folklore.
Inspired by these myths/folklore, he create some paintings:
Krampus Painting

But he created not only paintings but also a paperToy series named: Squealer
This model is called Krampus:
Krampus

There are different kind of skins:

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(you can’t click on these images and download: visit the site yourself)

But has created some other models to:

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You can see the complete Squealer series in the Squealer gallery (of view Krampus directly).

And there is also a blank version to customize:
squealer

Just visit the site and click on the blank squealer, or follow this link.
There are also some building instruction.

Grim Grinning Grunt – a HedKase custom

Update #1: Grim Grinning Grunt can now be downloaded on the website of NiceBunny

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:

Grim Grinning Grunt

and I call him/it Grim Grinning Grunt

It’s possible that you don’t recognize the original HedKaseHedKase….

I modified it a little πŸ™‚

This is my way of saying: thx NiceBunny for a great Grumm Custom and I hope you enjoy Grim Grinning Grunt

Urban papercraft: Papercraft X

Papercraft X is not really one person that has a model that you can customize, but this site collects all papercraft models that can be customized.

All big name can be found over there (Shin Tanaka, Matt Hawkins, me πŸ˜‰ , ….), but also some smaller/unknown designers can be found there.

Papercraft X - logo

We’re aiming to catalogue all of the urban toys in the world!

This site is maintain by Jun aka SonicScape Jun who also has models which you can customize


Jun is also a member of Nice Paper Toys

GrummBunny: a custom by NiceBunny

Update #1: I still haven’t got the time to build it myself, but you can download GrummBunny it now on the Grumm homepage.

I haven’t got time to build it myself πŸ™ , or create a downloadable template, but I had to share this with you.

The first custom Grumm in 2008
and more will follow!

NiceBunny has create a custom Grumm: GrummBunny
GrummBunny: a Grumm custom by NiceBunny

It now part of a bigger family:

Do you want to create a custom Grumm: I would be honored :). You can download the blank Grumm template, or get inspired by Grumm The Screamer Red which you can download.

NiceBunny can be found in a lot of places:
http://www.nicepapertoys.com/profile/NiceBunny (the social network create by NiceBunny)
http://www.nicebunny.com/
to name 2

I will create asap a download link
Visit the Grumm homepage for GrummBunny!
Or for you lazy bastard:

(The .ZIP file contains a .PDF)

Urban papercraft: Nice Paper Toys

Some time ago Nice Bunny started a social network about papercraft.
Nice Paper Toy

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… πŸ˜‰

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, …. πŸ˜‰

And what is a social network without the promotional stuff: here we have a Network Badge (Large)

Visit Nice Paper Toys

So visit me at Nice Paper Toys and join.

Urban papercraft: Custom vibe

Update #1: Everything about this project seems to have disappeard, and that is the reason this post seems to empty… If you know about the new location or a gallery; just let me know.

Custom Vibe, a site about designer toy customs and ‘making new friends’, has a little paper fella that you can customize.

There are some great entries already: check the gallery for the latest updates.

So download the blank template and start customizing.

I have seen this site before, but never gotten around blogging about it, untill Nice Bunny made a custom for it: so
[via Nice Bunny]