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March 27, 2016

New health potion pendant (+ how it could help heal a real human life)

March 27, 2016 | By | 8 Comments

Click here to buy the Health Potion pendant.

Click here to buy the Mana Potion pendant.

UPDATE: Rishi’s father has sadly passed on. The Health Potion Pendant proceeds will now be directed toward assisting Elaine Hyojin Kim, who has been diagnosed with stage three cancer. The Mana Potion Pendant has also been created to assist Elaine Hyojin Kim.

For those of you who play games, you know what health and mana potions are all about.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, a health potion is an item an in-game character would drink if their hit points (or “health”) fall too low after taking too much damage from an attack. Drinking a health potion would restore a character’s health instantly. Read More

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February 12, 2016

Felicia Day / 3D printed Dreamer Regalia armor photoshoot + battling impostor syndrome (Part 3 of 3)

February 12, 2016 | By | 15 Comments

QUICK RECAP. What is the 3D printed Dreamer Regalia armor? The Shapeways-sponsored Dreamer Regalia armor (with 3D scanning provided by Cokreeate) was created to inspire people to fight for their creative ambitions and to believe we have what it takes to make something amazing. Read More

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January 20, 2016

228 hours later, the 3D printed Dreamer Regalia Armor for actor Felicia Day is finished! (Part 2 of 3)

January 20, 2016 | By | 14 Comments

Read part 1: Project overview, designing the armor, and evolution of my art

Read part 3: Geek & Sundry photoshoot and video of armor

QUICK RECAP. What is the 3D printed Dreamer Regalia armor? The Shapeways-sponsored Dreamer Regalia armor (with 3D scanning provided by Cokreeate) was created to inspire people to fight for their creative ambitions and to believe we have what it takes to make something amazing. It symbolizes the protection for our dreams and is being created in honor of the Dreamer within each of us. The Dreamer that wants to give life to the imagination, make a difference, change things, push boundaries, and not conform to the status quo. Actor and Geek & Sundry founder Felicia Day had all of these qualities and more, which made her the perfect match for the armor.

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December 16, 2015

On lacking “proper artistic credentials” & 3D printing the Dreamer Regalia armor for actor Felicia Day (Part 1 of 3)

December 16, 2015 | By | 25 Comments

Read part 2: Painting, finishing, and final armor preview

Read part 3: Geek & Sundry photoshoot and video of armor

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“People are starting to look less at where you went to school, and more at what you’ve created.” —Chase Jarvis

Let’s be honest. Have you ever looked at someone else’s art or creations and thought “I wish I could do that but…”

“I don’t have the right credentials,
I don’t have the relevant degrees or education,
I don’t have all the right tools or materials,
I don’t have a natural talent for it,
I can’t start learning now because I’ll be too slow,
I have no idea where to start,
it’s too hard for someone like me,
it looks impossible…”

It’s a shame how many people stop before they even start. Read More

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December 15, 2015

2015 Year in Review: Finding Innovation in Solitude (+ new jewelry designs)

December 15, 2015 | By | 5 Comments

Slumps. Getting stuck in a rut. Hitting a wall. We’ve all experienced them.

Whatever you call it, at some point you’ve probably wondered, “Is this the best I can do? Where do I go from here? Will I ever be good enough?”

Oftentimes, our reflex is to keep looking outward for inspiration. While I’m all for expanding your idea and visual library, constantly looking for inspiration may run the risk of becoming too heavily influenced by other people’s ideas or result in feeling horribly inadequate in comparison to others.

Having confidence in the quality of your own work is built on the inside, not on the outside. This may come off as a “duh” statement, but bear with me. This has been a very hard lesson for me to learn, especially this year. Read More

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