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/

Pre-post about Urban Paper Toy tutorials

One of my most popular post is about how to create papertoys (How to create your own papercraft).
It seems that a lot of people are interested in papertoys and how to make themselves.
On Nice paper toys (NPT) this question pops up now and again on the forum.
You can buy a book about it, if you want to know more about it: Urban paper toys (well you should buy this book anyhow because I’m in it πŸ™‚ ).

But besides my post about this subject you’re on your own…..
Well perhaps not for long! I’ve been playing with this idea for a while now of making a tutorial series about papertoy and how you can make one yourself. That got me thinking….
It seems that people really enjoy making/creating papertoys, so why not make a book about it?

…… hmmm a book, I have never thought about writing a book (grammar is not really my thing, not in English and not in my native tongue), I never wrote a book or designed one (well… not recently).
So I have no idea where this series is taking me, but here it is:

I want to make a “book” about creating/designing Urban Paper toys. But I’m a internet designer/developer, I have no experience with book design, no experience with writing a book and no idea how to do it.
It doesn’t matter, I have my blog. I can write and rewrite as much as I want.
And I have something that a conventional writer doesn’t have: User generated feedback….. (no idea what that means? It’s you giving me comments/advice/whatever and helping me write this “book” by giving comments).

I say “book” because you don’t really need the book, because you can read it on my blog. But for the less internet savy peeps I can create a download link for a e-book or a you can buy a book.
I have searched for options to Self Publish and I found a couple, but these two sites seem to popup the most: lulu.com/ and booksurge.com/.
But before I can think about that, I need to write about papertoys and how they are made.

So this week I’m focusing on how I will do this on my blog.
But in the mean time, use the comments to show me what you want to know

And perhaps we will write a book πŸ™‚

Counting down…

Good news & bad news

First the good:
The book that I’m going to be in (book “Urban Paper” from Matt Hawkins) is printed: one of these days I will get my copy!!!!
I’ve written about it here and
here.

And this is the front:
Front of Urban Paper
And this the back:
Back of Urban Paper

You ca order it at Amazon: Urban-Paper-Designer-Toys.

And when you watch the video, wait till the last page:

it’s me with Son of a Grumm

then the bad:
I broke my wrist and can’t type very fast with one hand.
So I will be posting infrequently for about 5/8 weeks.
And the subjects will be short….

Urban Paper: 25 Designer Toys to Cut Out and Build

It’s really going to happen: the book I’ve been blogging about, you can pre-order it at Amazon.

Urban Paper: 25 Designer Toys to Cut Out and Build
Urban Paper: 25 Designer Toys to Cut Out and Build

And if you need more convincing use google to find more.

For a lousy $13.59 (about 10.14 Euros) you get 25 papertoys from very talented designers. And a DVD with extra information.


Urban Paper the Movie from Studio N8 on Vimeo.

A video that will be going along side the book, Urban Paper, that was put together by Matt Hawkins (www.madhawkins.com) and released by HOW publications (howdesign.com) It’s scheduled for an April release.

Damn there are very talented people doing this stuff. I need to get better at it!!

Urban papercraft: Jins Studio22

This is a strange entry in the Urban papercraft series:
jins studio22cool pet rangeland paper model and toy design

I normally would write about this project: you can adopt a papermodel for the right amount of cash. Especially the fact that you have to pay for a papermodel is something that I don’t like, but there is are free models, and a blank version…

Here is the free version in the download section

Here the examples:
JeansPumpkinSkeleton ASkeleton BXMas AXMas BXMas CSakura
and my personal favorite Nian:
Nian

and of course a blank template named P.I.Y.:
P.I.Y.

πŸ™‚

[via paperkraft.blogspot.com]

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

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.