Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Card 2009 Part 2: Gronkorr Papercraft Monster

In addition to my 2009 Christmas card/book, I also made a Gronkorr papercraft model.

This is my first attempt at a papercraft figure, so be gentle. As always, I learned a lot about what not to do. This one's pretty simple-- there are some awesomely complex and amazing examples of papercraft all over the web that put mine to shame. Maybe next year I'll be able to make a more complicated one.

Feel free to download Gronkorr, print him out on card stock and make your own papercraft model. Send me a photo of it if you like. I'd love to see it.

I drew the pieces in InDesign, then used Photoshop to add the painterly details. I got the whole thing laid out just so on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper, then realized that there was no way to fit it into a greeting card envelope. I'd have to fold the page in half. I wasn't sure how to fix it. Then I realized that you have to fold the papercraft to put it together, so I rearranged the pieces on the page so that one of the folds on the monster's body lined up with the page fold. Problem solved!

I tested everything before I sent it out to make sure the pieces fit together properly. It really works!

My friend Dan Rittichier put his Gronkorr together and sent me a photo. He has his own photography business, so it's quite a dramatic photo!

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