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Bright Red 1 and 2
This is my tribute to two bright plastic toys I was totally fascinated by when I was a kid, the Viewmaster and the Etch-a-Sketch. I remember peeking into an empty viewmaster trying to see the inner workings and spending a whole afternoon scratching the window of the Etch-a-Sketch complete clean. Instead of creating exact paper replica's I chose to do very simple interpretations that fit on a single page and are very easy to construct.
Sun, 15 January 2012 15:48:00 GMT Sun, 15 January 2012 15:48:00 GMT
I do not often do a custom version of a blank template created by another papertoy designer, but I could not say no to this beautiful template by Abigail (Abz) Braceros. My Forest Guard is part of the first artist series released for this model. Check the link to see the whole series.
Tue, 6 December 2011 13:50:00 GMT Tue, 6 December 2011 13:50:00 GMT
Yeah, baby! Here's my entry for the Planet Pulp Time Travel show. It's Austin Powers in his most groovy outfit. A relatively simple 3-page template that provides you with your personal superspy from the sixties. Enjoy!
Sun, 6 November 2011 15:00:00 GMT Sun, 6 November 2011 15:00:00 GMT
Mork and Mork
My entry for the Planet Pulp Ha-Ha-Sitcom show. Especially for this show I revived my old Foldskool Heroes template, because it was perfect for the models I wanted to do. The template consists of two variations of Mork from Ork, one in his normal clothes and one in his uniform. The models consist of one single piece of paper and are very easy to build.
Fri, 9 September 2011 20:40:00 GMT Fri, 9 September 2011 20:40:00 GMT
Momo is the love child of Heidi and Zeke, the two monsters I created for the Papertoy Monsters book. Momo is not available for download, but is my gift to anyone who does a Paypal donation to my site. Do you like all my free models? Want to support my site? Send a donation and get your own Momo PDF send to your e-mail inbox.
Sun, 4 September 2011 10:25:00 GMT Sun, 4 September 2011 10:25:00 GMT
Do bladerunners dream of off world colonies?
My first entry for the Planet Pulp blog (planet-pulp.com) pays tribute to my favorite movie, Blade Runner. The theme of the month was fake travel posters, so I created a 3D shop display for the Off World Colonies. Of course I had to create a character with it as well, so the paperscene shows Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) dreaming of better places.
Wed, 3 August 2011 21:25:00 GMT Wed, 3 August 2011 21:25:00 GMT
There hasn't been anything interesting on that damned monolith for ages!
This paperscene is based on an illustration I did a couple of years ago. It's a mash-up of two of my favorite movies: Planet of the Apes and 2001 A Space Odyssey. Two movies that feature apes evolving into beings of higher intelligence. Or in my take on these movies eventually evolving into something of lower intelligence again.
Sun, 5 June 2011 15:00:00 GMT Sun, 5 June 2011 15:00:00 GMT
Swanky is ready for a good time
The smoking jacket / fez combination is a fascinating combo that I noticed in works from a couple of my favorite illustrators, Derek Yaniger and Shag. So I wanted to try to create a papermodel inspired by those illustrations. Throw in a little Hugh Hefner, Cary Grant, Tommy Cooper and the moustache of Clark Gable. Add some alien DNA. Then you have Swanky, and he's ready for a swell evening. Dean Martin's 'Ain't that a kick in the head' is on the record player. The cocktails are shaken and stirred. Time to party.
Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:00:00 GMT Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:00:00 GMT
Kaia wants to catch one more wave before sunset
Let me introduce you to Kaia, a surfer girl from the island Oahu and my tribute to the beautiful ladies from the Hawaiian Islands. It's been a while since I did a female model (the twins Ulrike and Annika), so I thought I'd give the female shape another try. Always a challenge when you only use straight folds like me. I cheated a bit and kept the body slightly abstract, so no hands and feet. And I gave her a nice vintage bikini, because I love everything retro :)
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT
Too early for breakfast
This basically represents what I feel like every morning. The clothing and hair are separate parts, something I've played around with in my latest models and gives it some nice extra depth. The milkcarton is really tiny and requires some tricky folding so make sure the folding lines are pre-scored thoroughly before you glue it together.
Sat, 22 Jan 2011 12:00:00 GMT Sat, 22 Jan 2011 12:00:00 GMT
Sometimes clients don't want a completely new model, but one of my existing models with a new texture. This flyer for a German underwear company is one of these examples.
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:00:00 GMT Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:00:00 GMT
Heidi and Zeke - Papertoy Monsters book
Heidi and Zeke are two monsters I designed for the book Papertoy Monsters by Workman Publishers. I was asked by the publisher to create two models, so I decided to go for two of the most archetypal monsters I could think of, the monster in the closet and the monster under the bed. Their names are a wordplay on the game Hide and Seek :) The two models are presented as luxurious double sided templates that can be punched out of the book. And best of all, they are accompanied by 48 other models, created by 25 well-known papertoy designers from all over the world.
Tue, 14 December 2010 12:00:00 GMT Tue, 14 December 2010 12:00:00 GMT
Earlier this year I bought this wonderful book 'Modernism Rediscovered', documenting Julius Shulman's photography of American Modernism in architecture. Since then I've been sketching several concepts based on the images found in the book, some of these I hope to realize as downloadable models. First off, this new model is based on two fireplaces I thought were pretty cool (if you have a copy of the book, just look at the fireplaces on page 178 and 180). I decided to give this model a Christmas theme, by adding the stockings and the little character in PJ's. Have fun!
Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:00:00 GMT Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:00:00 GMT
Here's a tribute those good old alphabet blocks. It's four pages, but fairly easy to construct. And when it's finished you can have fun with the six alphabet blocks included.
Thu, 14 Oct 2010 12:00:00 GMT Thu, 14 Oct 2010 12:00:00 GMT
Not every project has an happy end. Sometimes I create concept models that never get published by the client, or are only used for concept meetings. Confidentiality agreements often prevent me from showing this work. Luckily in the case of this cancelled platypus postcard project for Australian Geographic I can show you some screenshots of the model. The model had to be relatively simple and small because you needed to fold it from the postcard itself.
Fri, 03 Sept 2010 12:00:00 GMT Fri, 03 Sept 2010 12:00:00 GMT
Ulrike and Annika
Meet Ulrike and Annika, your friendly flight attendants of 'Free Space Airlines'. It's quite some work to build them (5 pages of parts), but you will be rewarded with your own set of sexy twins.
Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:00:00 GMT Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:00:00 GMT
But is it art?
For this project I designed the clothes as separate parts that are folded and glued over each other, instead of illustrating it on a single piece of paper. Even the tie is a separate piece. This was done to create some extra depth in the model, that I hadn't achieve yet in earlier models.
Sun, 30 May 2010 12:00:00 GMT Sun, 30 May 2010 12:00:00 GMT
After a long series of personal projects created out of one piece I wanted to do something different for a change. This is my first model that was created from multiple parts. And not only that, it's not only a single papertoy, but actually more of a paperscene, consisting of a character, a chair and a stereo-cabinet.
Fri, 23 April 2010 12:00:00 GMT Fri, 23 April 2010 12:00:00 GMT
While working on my models for the book Papertoy Monsters there were some leftover concepts I still wanted to experiment with. This model came from some concepts sketches where I was playing around with tentacles.
Sat, 27 February 2010 12:00:00 GMT Sat, 27 February 2010 12:00:00 GMT
Beyond Illusions mini-flyer
One of the smallest models I had to design was this tiny promotional flyer for Dutch designers Beyond Illusions. The design was printed on thick paperstock with a die-cut.
Mon, 8 February 2010 12:00:00 GMT Mon, 8 February 2010 12:00:00 GMT
Birdy Num Num
While working on my models for the book Papertoy Monsters there were some leftover concepts I still wanted to experiment with. One of them was doing some multilayered effects like feathers and scales in a relatively 'simple' way. This model is the result of that. Hope you all figure out how to fold the feet.
Sun, 31 January 2010 12:00:00 GMT Sun, 31 January 2010 12:00:00 GMT
Mobile Agency mascotte
This developer of mobile applications needed a mascotte for their new business and asked if could create this mascotte out of paper. The model is featured on their webiste and also on their corporate identity materials.
Sun, 16 January 2010 12:00:00 GMT Sun, 16 January 2010 12:00:00 GMT
Once in while I do a custom a blank template created by another papertoy artist. Here are a few examples of customs I did. Nick Knite's Mechabunny, Dolly Oblong's Paper Totem and a Cubeecraft together with one of my own Foldskool Heroes models.
Wed, 23 December 2009 12:00:00 GMT Wed, 23 December 2009 12:00:00 GMT
designGenerator christmas card
A christmas card that was send out to clients of Dutch designburo designGenerator. The model could be cut out of the card and folded into a small Santa Claus.
Tue, 22 December 2009 12:00:00 GMT Tue, 22 December 2009 12:00:00 GMT
Comic House christmas card
Each year my agent Comic House gives one of the artists in their portfolio the opportunity to create the official Comic House christmas card. I was honored to be asked to do it this year. It turned out a complex project with die-cuts, pre-scored folds, spot colors, etcetera. The endresult looks great and was one of the most fun projects I worked on.
Mon, 21 December 2009 12:00:00 GMT Mon, 21 December 2009 12:00:00 GMT
Pepakura christmas papertoy
Pepakura.net is a site where papertoy designers can showcase their papertoy creations and also store the PDF's with the templates of their models. For this site I created their 2009 christmas papertoy. The model can be downloaded from their site. Just follow the link below.
Mon, 21 December 2009 12:00:00 GMT Mon, 21 December 2009 12:00:00 GMT
Max - Terrible Yellow Eyes project
The Terrible Yellow Eyes project paid tribute to the wonderful book 'Where the wild things are' by Maurice Sendak. A book I was crazy about when I was young and now read to my own kids before they go to sleep. My contribution to the project was a papertoy version of Max.
Fri, 21 August 2009 12:00:00 GMT Fri, 21 August 2009 12:00:00 GMT
This character was created for the Urban Paper expo in The Netherlands, which celebrated the release of the book Urban Paper. I made a limited printed edition of the template which was numbered and signed and contained a mini-bag of popcorn.
Sun, 02 August 2009 12:00:00 GMT Sun, 02 August 2009 12:00:00 GMT
I am a big fan of Kevin Dart and his Yuki-7 project. I approached him to ask if he was interested in a papertoy version of Yuki-7. He liked the idea, so I created this model for him. It was on display at the Yuki-7 gallery show in Los Angeles that celebrated the release of the book 'Seductive Espionage'.
Sat, 06 June 2009 12:00:00 GMT Sat, 06 June 2009 12:00:00 GMT
A long running project where I created a blank template that I used for a series of models that paid tribute some of my childhood heroes. The blank template was also customized by several other artists.
Tue, 25 November 2008 12:00:00 GMT Tue, 25 November 2008 12:00:00 GMT
Fold-a-Bot and Zombie George - Fat Chunk Comics
Two models I created for the first two books in the comic anthology Fat Chunk. Two collections of comics by artists from around the world, where each volume has a specific theme (consecutively Robots and Zombies). The challenge was to create models that would fit on the relatively small pages of the book, which also was printed on pulp paper.
Wed, 02 July 2008 12:00:00 GMT Wed, 02 July 2008 12:00:00 GMT
Paperboy - Urban Paper book
Character created for the book Urban Paper - a book with 26 papertoys by 26 different designers. The book contains printed versions of the models, but also a DVD with digital versions of the templates and some additional blank templates. The book was edited by Matt Hawkins of CustomPapertoys and one the pioneers of the current papertoy scene. This is the first official publication of one of my models. A great project to have worked on.
Thu, 01 May 2008 12:00:00 GMT Thu, 01 May 2008 12:00:00 GMT