Saturday, March 26, 2016

Destiny 3-D diorama

This 3-D paper diorama is based on the video game Destiny: the Taken King.  It was commissioned by a coworker for her son as a gift.  I had difficulty finding the correct colors because the hunter’s armor mainly consists of different shades of black and grey.  The cape and hood actually have several layers between the front and back which gives it a great 3-D effect.

Ninja Turtles silhouettes

Here is my complete set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I used a variety of references to get their silhouettes.   For the Shredder I used a still from first movie, For Bebop I used an old Archie comic, and for Rocksteady I found the drawing reference from the 1987 cartoon show.  Each piece is in scale when compared to the rest in the set.

Dr. Who silhouettes

My father is a dedicated Whovian and I made these two pieces with him in mind.  I know Daleks come in different colors, but to me they look more menacing when they are cherry red.  The Tardis was actually used as a background for a 3-D paper craft but I think it looks great by itself as a silhouette.

Star Trek silhouettes

Just like my father, I am a Trekkie.  I was raised on the original six movies and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is my favorite Trek film.  I still remember watching it in the theater with my family.  My favorite ship is the Enterprise 1701-A and my wife loves the Enterprise 1701-D.  I tried to make the Enterprise D for her, but the nacelles overlap the saucer section and that would not make a nice profile.   She also suggested Deep Space Nine which turned out nice.

Sonic the Hedgehog silhouette

To round out the classic video game silhouette series I finished this Sonic the Hedgehog piece.  I ended up using the 2000 design over the classic design to make him look sleeker and less pudgy, even though I like the older games better.  I think the electric blue really sets him off.  

Friday, March 25, 2016

Godzilla silhouette

I have fond memories of watching old monster movies with my dad on "TNT's Monster Vision." I recently introduced Karen to the Godzilla and Gamera franchises and she loves them too!  I came up with this idea for a silhouette and I think it turned out pretty nice.  It is the most complicated silhouette I have cut so far.  The Godzilla design is from the Godzilla 2000 movie.  I really like his over-sized jagged spikes!

Nintendo sihouettes

Here is the almost complete set of characters from the wonderful world of Nintendo.  Just like my other series of silhouettes, each character features their signature colors and are in scale to each other. 

Batman silhouettes

Who isn’t a fan of Batman?  I sold the bat signal the same day I made it so I will definitely need to make more before my next show.

Pac-Man silhouettes

I hope to purchase a table at the "Game On" expo coming up in August but it might interfere with my work schedule.  My wife suggested a Pac-man and Ms. Pac-man piece and I think it turned out pretty cute.

Dragon Ball Z silhouettes

I would love to showcase my work one of the many anime conventions here in Arizona, so I tried my hand at Goku and Vegeta silhouettes.  

Final Fantasy silhouettes

Here are two Silhouettes of characters from the classic RPG series Final Fantasy.  The first one is Mog, who is a "Moogle" and often plays a part in tutorial levels.  The second is a Chocobo which is my wife's favorite species in the Final Fantasy universe.

Friday, March 18, 2016

CMC silhouettes

Here is the first multiple silhouette piece I made featuring the "Cutie Mark Crusaders" from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  I really like how the colors stand out against the stark black background.

Cartoon and video game silhouettes

Over the past two days I have been working on a series of colorful silhouettes based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and the Nintendo universe.  Here is a sample of the different hand cut designs I have come up with.  Each design was made into 5x7  and 8x10 pieces with both white and black frames.  The three Nintendo characters were also made into black background versions which really make the colors pop!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

My Little Pony "Mane Six" Silhouettes

While chatting with the comic book artists at the In-Store Convention Kickoff, Tone Rodriguez had a great suggestion of creating silhouettes of different characters in scale.  Here is the first batch of silhouettes.  The “Mane Six” from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic using a variety of mats.  I think the use of their primary colors really set them apart from other pony silhouettes I’ve seen.

5x7 mats with 4x6 silhouettes.

5x7 mats with 4x6 silhouettes.

8x10 mats with 5x7 silhouettes.

8x10 mats with 5x7 silhouettes.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Three Stooges paper craft

This 8x8 Three Stooges commission really shows off my minimalist style.  Larry's hair is actually cut in three pieces and are set at different layers to make it look fuller.  

Snoopy paper craft

This 6x8 Snoopy 3-D paper diorama was commissioned by a member of a local aviation club.  Snoopy is 3 layers thick and sits in the middle of the roof.  The roof actually slants from the third layer to the second and the clouds are raised off of the background.  

Boxer dogs commission

This 8x8 boxer dog commission is twelve layers thick at the tip of the second dog's nose and each leg is in three different layers for a deep 3-D effect.   It is my third real life puppy commission.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Comic book themed paper crafts

This 6x8 is of the '68 comic logo specifically made as a gift for series creator Jay Fotos.  If you have never read '68, you are seriously missing out.  '68 is a gritty zombie apocalypse story set during the Vietnam War.

This 6x8 piece was created as a gift for Jeff Pina showcasing his original character "Dr. Oblivion."  Jeff Pina is one of the nicest people at any con and his comics are amazing.  If I had to pick a favorite, it would be "Dr. Oblivion's guide to Family Reunions."  

This 8x8 Flash vs Anti-Flash was commissioned by a fifth grade student.  He came up with the idea, I just paperfied it.  It's hard to see from the photo, but the center is actually raised off of the back.  I also like the different facial expressions of the two characters.  The Flash seems worried, but Anti-Flash is chill.

This 6x8 Harley Quinn shows my minimalist style pretty nicely.  Just the eyes on the mask tell you everything you need to know about her character.

This three part Avengers piece consists of three 6x8 paper crafts.  The white part of the costumes are a shiny paper and they reflect the light quite nicely.  I still need to make Black Widow, Thor, and Hawkeye to finish off the team.

This 6x8 Batman shows some of my smallest cut details.  If you zoom into his hand, you can see each individual finger.  The cape consists of two different pieces at different levels and his eye is made of a shiny paper to is glistens in the light.

This 8x8 piece is from Saurai Deeper Kyo.  The customer gave me a reference photo copied from the manga and I ran with it.  There is a wire running through the sword so it won't bend and the grey is cut as a series of nets that span across several layers.

This 6x8 depicts Bebop and Rocksteady from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show.  A good friend requested it as a gift and it turned out so good I made one for a recent show.  

This 6x8 piece was made as a gift for Stephanie Lesniak.  It depicts her character "Beans" from her series Blazing Brandy.  My wife and I always commission her every time we see her at a convention so I thought it was about time for her to get some original artwork of her own.

This 8x8 Deadpool piece casts a nice shadow across the background.  I used a shiny paper for the eyes to give some extra texture. 

This 6x8 Raphael is based on the first comics collection of the turtles.  I used a metallic paper for the sai.

This 8x8 Wonder Woman piece was my first large commission.  I realized I forgot to glue on the metal bracelet, but I fixed it before I delivered it to the customer.  The hair is lightly twisted to have it appear to be waving in the wind.

This 6x8 was created as a gift for Steve Crompton depicting one of his original characters.  I thought of the composition when I saw a generic picture of a fairy blowing on a dandelion.  Why not have a demoness blowing a kiss of bats.

This 6x8 zombie piece is one of my first original compositions.  The glass actually goes through the neck of the zombie and his head actually pokes through the opening.  The boards are on the front level to give it an extra deep 3-D effect.

Movie themed paper crafts

This 8x8 Boba Fett has been commissioned several times.  The helmet is made out of three layers and the cape is made of two.  My favorite part is the belt; each pouch has its own closing flap!

This 8x8 R2D2 is made out of different layers of different sizes.  the front leg actually consists of 5 individual layers.  

This 6x8 Beauty and the Beast piece was made for my wife as a Christmas gift.  I am really proud of the small details such as her earrings and the individual leaves on the rose.

This 6x8 piece shows a pair of Minions and was made as a birthday present for my mother.  It shows one of my first attempts at eyes.  I used resume paper for the irises.  

Witness Me!  This series of three 6x8 Mad Max themed paper crafts were commissioned for a pair of hardcore Fury Road fans.  I later replaced the black hand on Nux with flesh colored paper.

This 6x8 depicts "Blue" from Jurassic World.  The piece was originally planned as a 8x8 and was supposed to be over 9 layers thick.  I had to use smaller spacing paper and was able to fit her into to a frame that usually allows only 3 layers max.  If you look closely at the toes, each piece was raised a level to make a highly detailed 3-D effect.

Animal themed paper crafts

This 6x8 Grumpy Cat was made as a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law.  Each whisker is a thinly cut piece of card stock.  

This 8x8 puppy piece took over 4 hours to make.  The customer sent me a series of photographs of her dogs and I compiled them into this custom pose.  I made sure to have their individual personalities show in their expressions.  

This 8x8 piece was commissioned by a dog lover that said there are so few Airedale Terrier artwork out there and wanted a piece of art that shows her favorite dog breed.  The torso of each dog is four layers in front of the back half.

Television themed 3-D paper crafts

This 8x8 Dr. Who piece was the first to show my minimalist style.  I have also made a 6x8 version of this piece, and a version where the doctor is in his blue suit.

This 8x10 Game of Thrones piece is a beast!  It consists of over 123 individual pieces.  The chair consists of over 5 layers alone.  If you look closely, you might just find the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda.

This 8x8 24 piece was difficult to make due to the gun's forward facing position.  It was the first piece I had to ship to another state.

These two 6x8 Walking dead pieces are now residing in two different classrooms at my school.  I really like how Michonne's sword stretches across the length of the piece.

This 8x8 Daryl piece was also made into a 6x8 size.  The only difference was that the logo goes across the side.