Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Progress Report 19th of August 2015 (TFIOS Diorama and Harley Quinn)

Phew, this will be a long story...

I've been working on a The Fault in Our Stars Diorama for quite a while now, and a week ago I managed to finish my build of it.

As you can see I've decided that the bench scene in Amsterdam is a really nice idea. I also scribbled some random nonsense on the bench, but after taking this picture, so you can't actually see anything. I also managed to mess the character's faces up quite a bit, but to my defense some parts were really tiny :D . No matter how messed up their faces are, if someone saw the movie they will know that this diorama is based on it. I've even built the oxygen tank with the bag. The tube is just a two-sided 2D cutout. The jackets and the bodies are actually seperate, the bodies themselves have no arms. On the build Hazel's leg possition is a bit off.

This is a private project, so there is actually no way of getting the files. The project occupies 21 pages (8 for the bench and oxygen tank, 7 for Gus and 6 for Hazel).

This project was actually made because I needed a break from editing Harley Quinn. Harley Quinn has to be the hardest craft I've attempted to make so far. The model from Arkham Knight is immensely high-poly. Editing took me several days. I decided not to remove ANY of her hair strands, just edit them to make all strands a single paper piece, but double sided. She has all of the laces on her boots, arms and back that she had before I started, just edited. After all of that fiasco, I ended up with an 89 page papercraft at 95cm tall, 21 of which is just hair. The part count for all the hair is over 650. That makes it 325+ strands. The part count for everything is 1359. The template was made in Pepakura Designer High-Resolution version, because the model itself was mapped with mostly 2048x2048 resolution textures.

After finally finishing the unfold, and printing the whole thing into a 1.8GB pdf (at 1200dpi) I was curious what would happen if I played around with the textures. First I started with just the face. I made it a bit lighter, added a bit more black around the eyes and made the lips a LOT more red. I liked the outcome, but it didn't match with the rest of the textures so i tweaked them too.

Having done that and printed another 1.8GB pdf, I remembered that the model also has bump maps with it. So again I messed around with the textures and added bump maps to the regular texture.

After printing yet another 1.8GB pdf, The unusually low contrast on the model was bugging me, so guess what I did.

So I yet again, printed the whole thing, thinking that was it. But looking at the pdf up close I felt that The bump maps are too apparent. So for the final time I decided to tweak the textures, lowered the contrast everywhere but on the face and legs. This is what the model currently looks like:

Harley was printed on the 14th of August 2015. But there were quite a few problems. First let me show you what it looks like.

The fun part was asking people what they think how many pages there are, and many of them went into several hundred :D . As you can see the stack is quite thick. The hair, skirt and frills are printed on regular 80gsm paper, and the rest is printed on 200-240gsm paper. But the problem is that the printer doesn't work really well with the thick paper, so some colors came out really odd. Worst is the color red. The red on the legs was really awful, but the boots were fine.

The left photo is supposed to be RED. I might be colorblind but this is definitively not red. Some parts on the right photo have red in them, parts from the upper body. I had to do something about that, so I went back to the copy place, and printed most red parts on regular 80gsm paper. I will glue the parts on thick paper so that they will be able to support the weight of the body. I'm really glad that I printed both legs, because there was a minor size difference between the old and new prints so I can't mix parts. But since the difference is really minor it won't affect the whole model, since it's consisted of a couple of independent parts. The red parts came out wonderful!

I started building her immediately after getting home. I started with the head. The head itself is not very difficult, but the thick paper gave me a few complications around the lips. The lips were cracked.

These are the images I took on day one. On the 16th I picked it up again, finished the head (without the neck, and started adding the hair to the head. There were 2 layers at each spot. I glued the first one down regularly, and the second layer was cut into 4-5 thinner pieces to make it look like real hair (as realistic as paper hair can be).

You can see from the right photo that the hair really is cut into small strands. With 2 strands remaining I ran out of glue so I had to go get some, but my town doesn't sell the one I use, therefore the build had to wait until I had the opportunity to go get some glue. After getting glue I finished the two strands I had remaining and started on the fringe. 

As you can see, I cut even the fringe into smaller strands. I also glued the lips over with new parts (since they were red I printed them on thinner paper). This is where I stopped building on the 17th. The next day was all about the other side of the bangs. This side was a bit more difficult to shape.

And finally today (19th) I started working on the pigtails (I don't really know if they are pigtails, I know nothing about hair). I started the right one first. The black one. I didn't get very far, though. There are a lot of parts and finding a pair was not really easy (because I had no more patience to sort them on the pdo itself). But I built around a quarter of the black parts, and half of the remaining pieces are cut out. So this is what I have now:

Of course the hair won't be flying around like that once I'm done with the rest of it. I will glue some strands together so that they hang straight down. And in this photo you can see the little bumps on the head from all the mini strands.

This is the end of progress report no.2. Visit back soon for more news on Harley Quinn and oncoming projects!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Progress Report 8th of August 2015

So after a while I've gone back to designing. I've had a few bigger projects done, like Zero Suit Samus from Smash Bros for the Wii U. She is not available for download.

I also started Harley Quinn from Batman: Arkham Knight. She is not yet done, as the model is very complex and will take a while to complete. I included an image that shows the pose she will be in. She will be around 90cm tall and will NOT be for beginners, or even intermediate papercrafters, but will require an advanced level of skill, as there will be a lot of small parts I do not want to remove (like shoelaces, lot of hair layers, eyebrows, frills...). The model editing phase should be done in the next few days, the unfold before next week, and the build is not yet determined, The template will be made in the High Resolution version of Pepakura Designer to preserve the 2048x2048 resolution of most of the textures.

There are also some minor crafts that I've made in the previous couple of  months that I've not posted here. These include a Minion, 3 Rabbids (Thong and Christmas, Sam Fisher and Mime), Ella (Cinderella 2015), A The Grudge Diorama, a Life-size bust of Hermione Granger, and if you're interested in more you can find all of them on my DeviantArt gallery.


There is also a secret project that I'm working on that I post an image of here as soon as I finish building it. Hint : It's not my Fault.

I will occasionally  post updates and progress reports here, and all will go to the new page that I opened on the blog (newest will be at the top),

Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 19, 2015


Roserade is a bipedal Pokémon with an appearance that incorporates features of roses and masquerade attire. It has hair made of white rose petals, and a leafy, green cape with a yellow, collar-like bangle on its neck. The cape pattern reaches toward the back of its head, in spiky, sepal-like extensions on the hair. A female will have a longer cape than a male. It has a dark-green mask over its red, yellow-lidded eyes. The lower portion of its face is light green, and it holds a bouquet in each hand. It has a red in its right hand and blue in its left. Its limbs and underside are light green. Its feet end with yellow tips.Roserade lures prey with a sweet aroma. The more toxic its poison, the sweeter its aroma becomes. Each hand has different toxins, but both hands can jab with near-deadly power. It attacks with a dancer-like elegance, and uses hidden whips lined with poisonous thorns.It evolves from Roselia when exposed to a Shiny Stone. It is the final form of Budew.

About the Model:
Height: 30cm
Width: 22.1cm
Depth: 20.3cm
Difficulty: 5/10
Number of Pages: 8
Number of Parts: 57
Download A4 ONLY

Build order:  Legs, body, roses, arms, collar, cape, head, petals, and finish with the bud inside the head.
Note: You can position the cape and reinforce it so that it makes the model balance on 3 points (2 legs and cape). Nothing else to note.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite)

Elizabeth is a twenty-year-old woman who has been imprisoned in Columbia since she was an infant, the deuteragonist of BioShock Infinite and protagonist of Burial at Sea - Episode 2. Booker DeWitt is sent to retrieve her from the city, and bring her to New York. She is guarded by Songbird, a monstrous, winged creature who was both her guard and only friend during childhood; she began to hate him as she grew up, seeing him as a warden prohibiting her freedom. Elizabeth has the power to manipulate Tears that exist in the fabric of time.When Booker frees her from her tower on Monument Island, the Founders, Zachary Hale Comstock, and Songbird are all determined to recapture her at any cost.

About the Model:
Height: 86cm
Width: 26.6cm
Depth: 22.9cm
Difficulty: 7/10
Number of Pages: 30 (+5 back of the hair)
Number of Parts: 194

Build order:  Head, hair, neck, arms, hands, body, tie thing ( I have no idea what it is), feet, shoelaces, legs, inside of the skirt, outside of the skirt.

Note: Finish the model by gluing the top to the bottom (split at the skirt). Experiment with leg positions to make her stand still and not topple over. For the hair I included a text file in the archive.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Maleficent Bust

Maleficent is an evil fairy and the main antagonist of Disney's 1959 animated feature film Sleeping Beauty and returns as the main and titular protagonist in the 2014 live-action film of the same name.

About the Model:
Height: 94.8cm
Width: 43.6cm
Depth: 30.3
Difficulty: 5/10
Number of Pages: 33
Number of Parts: 115

Build order:  Horns, head, neck, collar, body, stand.

Note: It's not exactly life-size, but close to it.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Olaf (Frozen)

Olaf is an enchanted snowman and a major character in Disney's 2013 animated feature film Frozen.

About the Model:
Height: 46.7cm
Width: 20cm
Depth: 58.5cm (FREE HUGS carton included)
Difficulty: 6/10
Number of Pages: 10 + 2 (carton)
Number of Parts: 81

Build order:  Carrot, eyes. top of the head, sticks as hair, mouth, tooth, upper body, top button, arms, lower body, the remaining buttons, feet and finish with the carton (optional)

Note: Build and picture at the top by giden445. If you decide to build the carton, it will probably cause some balance issues.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Special - Heart and Ribbon

About the Model:
Height: 3cm
Width: 9.9cm
Depth: 5.2cm
Difficulty: 2/10
Number of Pages: 1
Number of Parts: 8
Download A4 / Letter

Build order:  Just follow the numbers. I recommend not folding the tabs on the second to last piece of the heart.

Note: You can change the note on the ribbon by changing the texture in pepakura viewer. There are a couple that I made myself, but you can customize it and make it say whatever you want. Be sure to stay away from the edges. Use the ones I included for reference.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Pokemon OR/AS Release Special - Mini May

May (Japanese: Haruka) is the female choice for the player character in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and their Generation VI remakes Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. She also serves as the rival in the same games if the player chooses to play as the male character. Her male counterpart is Brendan.

About the Model:
Height: 15cm
Width: 7.7cm
Depth: 5.1cm
Difficulty: 5/10
Number of Pages: 2
Number of Parts: 65
Download A4 ONLY

Build order:  Face, Fringe, Hair, Back of the head, Ribbon thing on the top of the head, hair hanging from the back of her head, neck, arms (optional mega bracelet), torso, bag,skirt, shorts, legs, and finish with the feet.

Note: Despite it's small size, the model has difficulties standing due to really small feet. Before gluing them into place, try different angles of the feet and pick the most stable one. Other options include placing a small piece of paper to the bottom of her shoes to add a little extra height to that foot.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Anna (Bust)

Princess Anna of Arendelle is the main protagonist in Disney's Academy Award-winning 2013 animated feature film Frozen. She is the younger sister of the powerful Snow Queen Elsa and embarks on a perilous journey to save her kingdom from an eternal winter. She is voiced by Kristen Bell. She will join the Disney Princess line-up, along with her sister, making her the 12th Disney Princess. Anna is loosely based on Gerda from The Snow Queen, a fairy tale created by Hans Christian Andersen.

About the Model:
Height: 97cm
Width: 31.9cm
Depth: 39.6cm
Difficulty: 5/10
Number of Pages: 41
Number of Parts: 157
Download A4 ONLY
Build order:  Start with the pigtails, build the hair, face, eyelashes, bangs, neck, arms, torso, skirt, snow, branches and droplets, tree, and finish by closing the tree at the bottom.

Note: The model is large, so be sure to use thick paper whilst building. Also be careful with the connection between the snow and the tree, it can get a bit unstable.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Elsa the Snow Queen (Bust)

Elsa the Snow Queen of Arendelle is the deuteragonist of Disney's Academy Award-winning 2013 animated feature film Frozen. She is the older sister of Princess Anna and was next in line for Arendelle's throne, until her powers over ice and snow led her to become the famous Snow Queen, ruler of winter. She is voiced by Idina Menzel. Along with Anna, Elsa is set to become the 13th official member of the Disney Princess line-up. Elsa is loosely based on the title character of "The Snow Queen", a short story by Hans Christian Andersen, and to a much lesser extent, Kai from the same story. While the character from the original fairy tale was an antagonist, Elsa was rewritten as a protagonist.
About the Model (Capeless):
Height: 99.9cm
Width: 45.6cm
Depth: 36.8cm
Difficulty: 5/10
Number of Pages: 42
Number of Parts: 122
Download A4 ONLY
Build order: Start with the tip of the braid, then continue in this order. hair, face, neck, arms, snowflake(optional), torso, skirt, mountain top, castle. Finish the craft by building the four flat parts and gluing the craft on top of it.
Notes: Very thick paper is pretty much mandatory, especially for the base. No cape is available since it would take up probably more than 100 pages double sided. So just go out and get a square meter of blue tulle or some similar material to make a cape. She looks quite good without a cape too.