Urban paper show – Lo Slungg

Saturday August 1st the gallery SUBWALK in Arnhem, the Netherlands opened ‘URBAN PAPER’: book launch + paper toys art show.
And it was awesome!!
If you missed it, you missed something special. (Read more about the show)

I liked it because I got to meet : LOULOU / MARSHALL ALEXANDER / MAARTEN JANSSENS / MATTHIJS KAMSTRA / RINGO KRUMBIEGEL / DOLLY OBLONG en SJORS TRIMBACH.
and a special appearance NICK KNITE.

Nice to meet them all, it was very educational (need to have better business cards and a papertoy which I can sell) and very inspiring. That was what I hoped for: get good energy to create even better stuff.

I had two new paper toys to show:Lo Slungg and NOISSGrumm.

Today I present Lo Slungg

Lo Slungg papertoy

Lo Slungg papertoy

I don’t have a logo for the little fellow yet, no instruction, it’s not finished for the public. So you can’t download it here yet πŸ™ .
But that will happen soon enough, and if you can’t wait: drop a line in the comments and I will send you the file as-it-is. πŸ˜€

My photo’s (flickr-set) about the exhibit in Subwalk can be found here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthijskamstra/sets/72157621946708500/
But there are more set to be found:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/funkfood/sets/72157621795665281/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marshallalexander/sets/72157621830735865/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/3eyedbear/sets/72157621827191065/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjorstrimbach/sets/72157621946038528/

Zombie Grumm at Thunder Panda

One of my inspiration to create Grumm was Sjors Trimbach with Brickboy. Back then I visited his site weekly and after a while I noticed that there were no more updates of new Brickboys.
Some time later I found Brickboys creations on sites of designers who had created a custom Brickboy. Sjors wrote about it (can’t find that article anymore) saying that he was too busy, and that designers started taking matter into there own hands, that the designers couldn’t wait any longer and publishing there own Brickboys on there own sites…. (if I remember the article correctly, Sjors didn’t mind…)

When I red this, I couldn’t image that happening to me…..
Well for everything there is a first time: I’m too busy, and don’t have enough time to put everything on my site and Eric Wiryanata’s took maters in his own hands.
Can’t blame him…

But it’s a nice version of Grumm and in time I will put him on my site:

Visit Zombie Grumm at Thunder Panda and there is a download link over there.

Urban papercraft: PaperToys book Artists

Update #1: I have written a post about Jerom
Update #2: Read about Macula

I have written about the paperToys book from Matt Hawkins before: it’s a book about the most talented paperToy designers in the world!

(and I’m part of that group πŸ˜‰ )

Because the list is so impressive I should write about these people…..
And I already did that: a lot of these paperToy designers are part of my Urban papercraft series

But there are some where I will not write about: not because they are not talented, but they don’t meet the requirements for my definition of Urban Papercraft. So I hope I don’t offend someone, but this group of designers will be striked out (like this)

  1. Shin Tanaka — πŸ™‚ read my posts yes, wrote about him more then once…
  2. 3eyed Bear — πŸ™‚ read my post
  3. Speaker Dog — πŸ™‚ read my post
  4. Toypaper — πŸ™‚ read my post I love papercraft/Flash
  5. Sjors Trimbach — πŸ™‚ read my post one of the first paperToy designers a wrote about.
  6. Ken Munk — πŸ™‚ read my post I really like the idea of hunting trophies
  7. Carlo Giovani — πŸ™ very talented though
  8. E440 — πŸ™‚ read my post
  9. Illectronics — πŸ™‚ read my post
  10. Jonny Chiba — πŸ™‚ read my post
  11. PHILL — πŸ™‚ read my post
  12. Marshall Alexander
  13. Nice Bunny — πŸ™‚ read my post very recently
  14. SIZZA — πŸ™‚ read my post
  15. P.P. Bear 100% loading
  16. Big Chief
  17. Lou Lou
  18. Bryan Rollins
  19. Christopher Bonnette — πŸ™‚ Update #2: read my post
  20. Grumm — nice dude! πŸ˜‰
  21. Jerom — πŸ™‚ Update #1: read my post
  22. Burlabox
  23. Rommy very, very, very cute, but no blank template
  24. Cubotoy — very beautyfull, can’t find blank template, pitty πŸ™
  25. Matt Hawkins

I see I have my work cut out for me….

Urban papercraft: Nice Bunny

Why have I never written about Nice Bunny?

Probably because of the controversy around his first designs. The first time I saw a design of Nice Bunny was the “Nice Bunny Paper Toys” (Tagger, DJ, Samurai, etc.)
NiceBunny Paper Toys
I wanted to write about him immediately, but I read somewhere that this series was base upon BrickBoy from Sjors Trimbach and he was not happy about that.

This all has been cleared up, and you can see that the series is now with a little footnote:

The NiceBunny Paper toys are Brian Castleforte, inspired by & built on the BrickBoy template Sjors Trimbach, with permission.

(read about this story here, where Nice Bunny explains the whole story)

After all this was blown over I was to lazy to add Nice Bunny to the urban papercraft series.
(….)
And Nice Bunny exploded: he got a new site, started an online shop, started Nice Paper Toy (read my previous post), and started the Hedkase Artist series Paper Toys
Hedkase Artist Series Paper Toys
And with an impressive lineup:
Ben the Illustrator
Ben the Illustrator
PHIL
PHIL
Nick Knite (SIZZA)
Nick Knite
Matt Hawkins
Matt Hawkins
and the list goes on and on (check it out)

What can I say…. I’m sorry πŸ˜‰

You can get the template here with an explanation how it works
hedkase Template
or use this direct link to the blank hedkase .PDF template

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.

Paper Toy Book preview

Update #1: I got the complete list of paper toy designers from Matt Hawkins


Paper Toy Book preview, originally uploaded by Custom Paper Toys.

Last year I was invited to joint a group of 24 of the most talented paper toy designers in the world. Matt Hawkins (you know him from his site Custom Paper Toys or his contributions to Paperforest) started a book which will be publish early 2009.

On the image you see the first half of the papertoys:

Just visit flickr and see the notes on the picture, so you see who made what….

My toy is the one with the gun: I call it Son of a Grumm.
When I have my own pictures of it, I will post it here