Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The joy of paper toys

Today’s post is dedicated to the ingenious, inventive and impressive things artists are doing with paper toys. Paper toys have a bit of a cult following amongst designers, illustrators and cartoonists and they are popping up more and more regularly, thanks to the increasing popularity of art forms like paper cutting and custom toys. Paper toys are usually provided by artists as a free, printable download for others to cut out and assemble and designs can range from simple box shaped characters to complex creations.

Getting Started: If you’re keen to create your own paper toy, there are no hard and fast rules. Some artists use 3D modelling software (Google SketchUp is mentioned quite a bit in tutorials) while others design templates by hand or through a process of trial and error. There’s a wealth of knowledge available online so we’d suggest putting some time aside to do a little Google based investigative research. If you’re completely new to paper toy creation it’s also worth downloading a few templates and putting together some existing toys. This will help you to get to grips with how they’re made.

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