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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 | 16 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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September 24, 2015

How to keep creating in the face of overwhelming perfectionism and insecurity

September 24, 2015 | By | 8 Comments

“…don’t chase perfection for perfection’s sake, or for anyone else’s sake at all. If you strive for something, make sure it’s for the right reasons. And if you fail, that will be a better lesson for you than any success you’ll ever have. Because you learn a lot from screwing up. Being perfect . . . not so much.” 
—Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

Have you ever wondered why you sometimes feel like you’re able to effortlessly move forward on your blog, project or painting…? One moment, the flow feels natural and the creativity seems to be pouring out of you. But when it feels like it’s really gotta count, that’s when you might start floundering. Read More

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May 14, 2015

How to love the challenge + making masks for JiHAE’s music video starring Norman Reedus

May 14, 2015 | By | 13 Comments

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Let’s be honest here. When you were faced with something you were really interested in but found challenging, have you ever said stuff like:

“I need to learn more first. I could never do that. I’m not as good as X. It’s too difficult for someone like me. I’m not the type of person for that.”

“I’m just not good enough yet. It’s impossible for me.”
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