Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sparky Blank Templates!

Sparky has gone through four public releases, and along the way I've had some requests for blank templates so that enthusiasts could modify or customize Sparky to their own liking. I'm finally putting out blank templates for anyone interested to make a Sparky the way they want to.

I've collected the files into a folder, and you may pick and choose from ENTIRELY BLANK versions of...

1.) Original Sparky
2.) Ashes to Ashes Sparky
3.) Hoody Sparky
4.) ...

But WAIT!!! There's MORE!
In an unprecedented attempt to make Papertoys even more fun than they already are, I have created a "Modular Sparky!"

Modular Sparky is a collection of blank templates for the basic 3D shapes that form the Sparky Model. They are divided into the Head, Arms, Stem, and Base shapes.

Do what you will with them! This is a Papertoy for you to imagine from start to finish! Add your own art! Rearrange the shapes as much as you want! Have fun!

Link to the Mediafire file:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Ancient Mariner!

From a long time ago, from the distant, dreadful waters of the Arctic Ocean, where Death and Life-in-Death gamble on the souls of a frightened crew of seafaring men, comes my newest customization. It's name is "The Ancient Mariner -or- The Rime of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's FoldSkool." It is built from the FoldSkool Papertoy by Marshall Alexander, done with watercolor digital painting on a Wacom Bamboo.

For those unaware of the poem this is based on, it is the story of a man haunted by his grisly experience on a boat that wanders into strange waters. It is a grim, sometimes psychedelic, and very quotable poem. One of the most vivid themes of the poem is that the Mariner is condemned by his crew to wear a dead albatross around his neck, after he kills the bird--which was considered to be a good omen. From there, the death toll rises, and the ghosts, zombies, and green oozing ocean begin to liven up the poem. In the end, he is repentant, and the crew of corpses help him make his way home, so that he can pass his story to others.

Don't forget to see Marshall Alexander's other Foldskool offerings, at his site which is linked over on the left side of the blog.

The Ancient Mariner can be downloaded here: