Friday, August 20, 2010

Frankenstein 010: Frankenstein Papercraft

Another entry in my 100 Frankensteins Project! Hey, I'm up to #10! At this rate, I'll get to 100 right about the time I go to the Old Illustrator's Home.

This time I decided to go three dimensional and make a papercraft Frankenstein. I didn't really have much of a plan when I started making this. I drew the front view of the of him first in InDesign, then deconstructed him and added the sides and back pieces. I got kind of carried away on the size. I didn't realize how big he was until I started building him. He's almost 11" tall! He looked a lot smaller on the monitor. I couldn't fit everything on one sheet of paper, so I had to spread the parts out over two.

I printed him out and built him to see if there were any problems with the design. I was sure I'd need to make some tweaks. I was shocked when everything fit together fine on the first try!
I was afraid he wouldn't stand up by himself, since he's so top heavy and has such skinny legs, but he stands just fine on flat surfaces (as long as you don't stomp around too much).

Feel free to download, print and build your own. I recommend printing it on card stock if you have any. Use an X-Acto knife to cut out the pieces. Scissors are too bulky. It's your choice as to whether to use glue or tape to put him together. Ideally glue would look better, but I built mine with invisible tape and it looked just fine. I tried to put the seams or joins in the back as much as possible so that they wouldn't show from the front.
You can see the first papercraft monster I did here. It was a lot simpler and less elaborate than Frank. I learned a lot about making papercraft figures from this first one.

Photo of Paper Frankenstein next to a big-headed goon for scale.


  1. Ha ha! How big is the "head" in the photo to be used for scale? It appears to be HUUUUUUGE. That makes a difference!

  2. You're right-- holding the Frankenstein model next to MY head is just going to make people think it's 2" tall.

  3. haha,

    I just found it when I searched with my children some papercraft models.

    we like it!


  4. Great job Bob. Love it! I put it together with my 7 yr old and she got a big kick out of it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. @konzertfotograf and MC Don Dees:

    Thanks! Glad you all like it. And happy you enjoyed building it with your kids!

  6. Que legal! Ficou perfeito!
    Faço divulgação de blogs, se quiser participar, será muito bem vindo!


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