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Year in Reviews

Melissa Ng

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December 30, 2017

2017 Year in review in photos: a special Sovereign Armor photoshoot

December 30, 2017 | By | No Comments

2017 was a very emotional and challenging year full of high highs and very low lows. Sure, it was a wonderful year filled with amazing memories and achievements like:

  • finally earning enough to upgrade my workshop with 3D printers, vacuum form machine, and other equipment
  • making time to redesign my fantasy armor and mask shop offerings
  • diving deeper into bridging fantasy and functional costume armor design
  • creating multiple lightweight gauntlet prototypes with improved articulation
  • Adam Savage praising my armor and making my work go viral (which broke my site for nearly a week…)
  • having the freedom to select clients I want to work with
  • creating my interpretation of Ironheart’s armor for a Marvel commission
  • finally having a stronger sense of self and meeting more like minded collaborators

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December 28, 2016

2016 Year in Review: Growing pains + 2017 Phoenix armor sneak peek

December 28, 2016 | By | 6 Comments

It seems appropriate that 2016 is the year I started designing armor because I really needed it.

For those of you who may be new here or don’t know me very well, I like to take on challenges of all sorts. But this year, the challenges were different in that they were very public and often required me to be in front of a lot more people (something I usually like to avoid…).

If you want to learn more about me and how I got to where I am, listen to The Guardian podcast where I chat about how I became a successful 3D printing artist within less than a year.

If 2015 was the year that was all about guarding my solitude and making time to soul search, then 2016 has been all about forcing myself way beyond my comfort zone. Here are my most memorable 2016 moments and what I learned along the way… 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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