Basically, if I'm hanging around on DeviantArt, there is something urgent and important elsewhere which I should be tending to instead. If I disappear completely for days or even weeks in a row and fall behind on responding to comments, then I may actually be getting work done!
I can only hope that, knowing that, you who who are waiting for responses from me won't consider me as rude as I feel I'm unintentionally being by letting your kind words slip by... Believe me, answered or not, I am deeply grateful for ALL of the encouragement I have received.
Some days, you should know, it's almost all that keeps me going.... One of the few things harder than trying to make it as an artist is trying to convince those closest to you that you're not just a baseless dreamer grasping at lottery tickets. I am
a dreamer, but the feedback I've gotten online is how I know that despite those jaded know-it-all doubters my dreams are anything but baseless.
That said, these are my current major projects:
I'm still in the process of modifying the 3D model of Master Eraqus' keyblade armor, after which I'll papercraft and cosplay it, as previously planned.
I've also begun working on the template for Adam Jensen's augmented-prosthetic arms from "Deus Ex; Human Revolution". I believe I've posted 49 papercraft downloads so far (several contain multiple projects, so that's not an accurate count of how many individual papercrafts I've released) so I wanted to do something fancy for my 50th submission.
I still plan to model and papercraft Edward Elric's automail, soon, but honestly I'm nervous about starting it, besides busy with the first two projects.
And, amazingly, one day a few weeks ago I suddenly remembered that (LAST YEAR
) I promised to papercraft Cloud Strife's Fusion Swords! I have collected two excellent 3D models of this weapon----but though they look
great, they're both riddled with issues that make papercrafting them extremely complicated. The best way to avert this is actually to take this great original reference drawing by Tetsuya Nomura which I found and 3D model all seven blades myself based on that.
all for now. If I make any more commitments of this sort, I'd have to start wearing a paper ring on my left hand.
But, don't be surprised if I suddenly post something out of the blue that is completely unrelated to anything I've ever mentioned before, even if I SHOULD be devoting the time to my high-priority projects. If I try to fight off inspiration when it happens, then the idea transforms into a heavy link at the end of a very long chain that I call a to-do list. I CAN NOT forget such things. So to spare myself, I take the idea and charge headlong with it. Sometimes I finish it, other times it expands into a time-eating monster that I ultimately have to bury...
There are a few requests I still haven't gotten around to doing. Way to the Dawn, Destiny's Embrace, Rainfell, Sora's hair, Roxas's hair, more Organization XIII weapons... Since I agreed to do them, I'll get to them as soon as I can, but only without bumping the projects listed above. Besides, the 3D model for Roxas's hair is a flat, sparkling-Pepakura-glitch nightmare, and Destiny's Embrace isn't far behind it in that regard.
.... *pseudo-prestigious drum roll*
There is the impending yet frustratingly drawn-out launch of my personal, professional art website, Towerdweller.com
. I've needed one for several years, but have always hated the idea of becoming a human factory and producing the same product over and over again, or seemingly the only alternative which was to make only one or two of each new thing. However, by offering digital downloads, I've finally arrived at a win-win arrangement!
A couple of things will be different about the papercrafts I'm going to make exclusively available through Towerdweller. First of all, NONE of them will be made from ripped video game models. MAYBE there's a clause in copyright law that MIGHT allow for that, but I'd rather avoid the whole issue. That said, all future papercrafts of mine which are made from ripped models will continue to be free no matter how long they took to make. I may just have to make fewer of them, because there's only one of me and I'm not an octopus.
Secondly, as much as I love making prop replicas, in order to further avoid the gory trenches of Copyright Dodgeball, I'm going to stick to 100% original designs. (As opposed to original 3D models of copyrighted designs.) However, despair not, for I have deep knowledge of nerdy subcultures and plan to express it through papercraft. I'm labeling Towerdweller with the genres of Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Cyberpunk, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Historical, and the stuff I already have in mind is, in my humble opinion, a whole new level of epic.
Thirdly, though I don't bother applying textures fancier than flat coloration, or maybe even because
of that, my original models have more mesh detail than what I find in ripped models. So, that means much more realistic-looking props after you strengthen and paint them, AND the option for me to papercraft simple machines that actually work![example] Click it, or else!
All that's holding back Towerdweller's official ribbon-cutting is my intense dislike for making websites. I have decent
skill at it, it's just hard, time consuming, and a miserable experience. My mom, who couldn't love making websites more, keeps trying to persuade me to use Wordpress. But, I've seen Wordpress sites, and they're not even on the same proverbial continent as what I want. Compounded with this problem is my slowness at drawing, for I require a few specific graphics to serve as a storefront...
No matter what other gibberish I might accidentally imply when I try to list eeevveerryyyttthhhiiinnnggg that I'm currently involved in, jusso you know Towerdweller.com is the real, honest to grapefruit, priority one.
Speaking of which, I finally produced a list papercrafts I would love to make someday that I'm actually satisfied covers most of the old ideas I've been lugging around in the back of my mind for so long; I wasn't even close to kidding about the analogy of a heavy chain. indicates premium papercrafts reserved for Towerdweller.com
indicates something I may NEVER release to the public indicates that something has mechanical parts!In no sensible order whatsoever:
Broken Sword's sword ("HERO")
Flying Snow's sword ("HERO")
Fire Toa's sword ("BIONICLE: Mask of Light")
Ice Toa's sword ("BIONICLE: Mask of Light")
Zar'roc's sheath ("Inheritance" series") to go with my Zar'roc papercraft
Brisingr, Eragon's sword & sheath ("Inheritance" series)
Truth, fanmade purple dragon-rider sword & sheath (inspired by the "Inheritance" series)
Edward Elric's automail arm false prosthetic ("Fullmetal Alchemist")
Edward Elric's automail leg false prosthetic ("Fullmetal Alchemist")
the black knight's helmet ("Monty Python and the Holy Grail")
Dr. Horrible's freeze ray ("Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog")
leper-king of Jerusalem's silver mask ("Kingdom of Heaven")
Immortals' mask ("300")
Phantom of the Opera mask remake ("Phantom of the Opera" 2004)
crossed-swords wall mount
Japanese three-tiered sword rack
Japanese 10-tiered sword rack
three-tiered katana holster (right out of a crazy-awesome dream I had)
historically accurate full suit of o-yoroi armor
rubber-band powered hidden blade knockoff (inspired by "Assassins Creed") only because my bro is an AC fanboy
articulated costume wings with an 18ft span [see prototype]
old ship's wheel
human-sized steampunk music box key
steampunk Plague-Doctor mask
articulated Plague-Doctor mask
Pinkamena Dianne Pie marionette ("My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" creepypasta)
oversized cat ears
3D-printed mermaid ears
elegant owl "ears"
a character's metal gloves from one of the novels I'm writing
that same character's broadsword & sheath
that same character's dagger & sheath
the mask worn by a superhero in that same story
custom armor for several characters in an independent film I'm helping with
medieval coal lantern
"Nemo gun" ("20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" 1954)
model of the Nautilus ("20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" 1954)
Vires Angelorum, an original sword from my fanfic "Heart of the Realm"
Anima Verglas, an original, "Souleater"-inspired sword from HotR
Towerdweller, an original keyblade from HotR
Iron Fist, another fan keyblade, but I won't call them "keyblades" for copyright sake
War Gizmo, another one
Paragon, another one
Anachron, another one
Rain Dance, another one
Star Stealer, another one
Sauroctone, another one
Bete Noir, another one
Distant Destiny, another one
Shards of Stars, what happens to Oathkeeper in HotR when Sora breaks his promise
Fit for a King, a fanmade ultima keyblade from HotR
Save the Earth, another fan ultima
Weight of the World, another fan ultima
World Razer, a fanmade dark ultima co-wielded by four characters in HotR
fanmade paladin armor worn by Sora as prisoner/guard of the door to Kingdom Hearts
Cloud Strife's Fusion Swords ("Final Fantasy: Advent Children")
high-resolution mod of the SOLDIER sword ("Final Fantasy: Crisis Core")
high-resolution mod of Stormfall ("Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep")
Captain Daniel Gregg's portrait ("The Ghost & Mrs. Muir")
high-res Jeannie's bottle ("I Dream of Jeannie") so that my non-nerd dad can recognize something I've made
Imber's memory mirror, a device from the epilogue/'secret ending' of HotR
Ansem the Wise's Kingdom Hearts data-encoding device ("Kingdom Hearts II")
ice queen crown
ice queen wings
ice queen pauldrons
3D-printed steampunk folding fan frame
3D-printed folding fan frame with ice crystal patterns
crest-sword of the king of Fanalia ("The Vision of Escaflowne")
Secret Treasure of Fraid ("The Vision of Escaflowne")
Atlantean war mask ("Atlantis: The Lost Empire")
Edward Elric's transmuted spear ("Fullmetal Alchemist")
Rainfell ("Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep")
Destiny's Embrace ("Kingdom Hearts II")
Way to the Dawn ("Kingdom Hearts II")
Photon Debugger ("Kingdom Hearts II")
Fatal Crest ("Kingdom Hearts II")
Pumpkin Head ("Kingdom Heart")
3D-printed replica of The Shadow's fire-opal ring ("The Shadow" 1994)
functional miniature of the Multiplane Camera from the 1930s
whole series of Venetian Carnival masks
dieselpunk pilot goggles
steampunk claw prosthetic
36'' steampunk wrench
a model of a classic car from the 1920s, 30s, or 40s
a life-size angel sculpture
a life-size cathedral gargoyle sculpture
Demetria the Deceiver's armor ("Spy Kids 3D")
classic Megaman Zero armor ("Magaman Zero" series)
low-poly Megaman Zero armor ("Magaman Maverick Hunter X")
high-poly Megaman Zero armor ("Marvel vs. Capcom 3")
high-resolution mod of Terra's keyblade armor ("Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep")
cyberpunk fairy wings
life-size sword of the guymelef Eescaflowne ("The Vision of Escaflowne")
8-inch tall Sirena (my MLP:FiM "horesfly" OC) figure
steampunk grandfather clock facade for cheap battery clocks
Victorian hat rack
3D-printed custom tsuba
series of dragon horns
Starlight keylade ("Kingdom Hearts X")
Noctis's engine-sword ("Final Fantasy XV")
Jadis's ice wand ("Chronicles of Narnia")
Shan-Yu's sword ("Mulan")
3D-printed Victorian teacups
Two Across ("Kingdom Hearts II")
Xigbar's guns ("Kingdom Hearts II")
Demyx's citar ("Kingdom Hearts II")
high-resolution Oblivion complete re-model ("Kingdom Hearts")
high-resolution Oatheeper complete re-model ("Kingdom Hearts")
Dr. Owl mask
Mickey's firefighter hat ("Epic Mickey 2")
the magic paintbrush ("Epic Mickey 2")
Oswald's remote controller ("Epic Mickey 2")
The Mad Doctor's animatronic arms false prosthetic ("Epic Mickey 2")
The Mad Doctor's mustache ("Epic Mickey 2")
1700s tricorn hat
1940s fedora hat
big ol' slouch hat (inspired by "The Shadow")
Jim Hawkins's pistol ("Treasure Planet")
3D-printed southwestern terracotta sun wall hanging
stuff for a steampunk short-film I've always dreamed of seeing done...
*scrolls off to infinity*
My general idea is to print this list out and stick a pin in it whenever I'm ready to model something. EDIT:
Oh yeah... AND I wanna make several how-to tutorial videos so that if someone has a request, and they're darned determined to get it, they won't have to depend on me or any other papercrafter to to make it for them. At least one of these will be on how to 3D-model prop items from scratch with completely free software PLUS how to prepare them for papercrafting and/or 3D-printing. One needn't actually own a 3D-printer to have something made; there are online companies that will 3D-print your models and ship them to you.