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.

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 😉 , ….), 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

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]

Urban papercraft: Shin Tanaka

Shin Tanaka updated his site so check http://shin.co.nr/ out.
And he added T-BOY HOODY to the list of paper toys you can customize or design! Just drop Shin one of the following email in his mailbox: “T-BOY HOODY” , “GRITTY” , and “SPIKY BABY”.

I decided to share a “hobby” of mine (read more about my “hobbies”).

But I will only share the cool part of it: I’m talking about urban papercraft.
The cool customizable paper toys who are similar to that of the vinyl scene.

Shin Tanaka is my favorite (well …. I can’t find a lot of builders who approach papercraft with a urban style). I like the simple shapes he uses to create the figures and that they fit on one pace of paper. But what makes him a genius is the fact that he makes DIY paper toys. And it works…. I want to design one too. So this will be added to my wish list. I especially like the GRITTY.

An example: darkimey X GRITTY
GRITTY darkimey
One of the master himself: QRCOD GRITTY
GRITTY QRCODE

So if you have some spare time try one of these: the custom designed paper model collection especially made as a canvas for graffiti writers and designers who want to present their work for public! Or design a SPIKY BABY or GRITTY

Basic Spike from the SPIKY BABY [SERIES 3] – box
SPIKE basic

SPIKE bichorabioso << An example from bicho

The only “comment” I have about Shin that his portfolio-site doesn’t let us see everything he made in the past: he also made some papercraft based on figures from Michael Lau (Michael Lau creates bad ass figures!!): Davy (red), Davy in different colors, SF.M.L.F, and a “Special Paper Model Download Page” in English.

Update #1: An article about Shin Tanaka can be found Pingmag – The Tokoyo-based magazine