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My Creative Process

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This is NOT a how-to series. This is an observation of my creative process to give people a better idea of how my pieces are made.

I decided to use content from the Dreamer Regalia armor I created for actor Felicia Day to give an idea of what my creative / design process is like.

Dreamer Regalia Felicia Day

Dreamer Regalia Armor & Felicia Day

 

Research and inspiration gathering

How long I take to do my research depends on how much information is provided, the scale of the design, and the overall complexity of the project.

The larger or more difficult designs (i.e. moving parts, interlocking designs, designs that require LED installation, irregular shapes, floating/overlapping patterns, etc.) will usually require more careful thought and consideration while designing.

Sketching the concept

Like doing my research, how long I take to do my sketches will also depend on how much information is already provided, the scale of the design, and the overall complexity of the project.

Dreamer Regalia sketch

3D scanning or taking measurements

If the client wants a design that is custom fitted to their face or body, it would be ideal if the client already has their own clean 3D scan. If you do a quick Google search, there are now many available 3D scanning services. However, there is the other option of using the good ol’ tape measure and calipers. It is the client’s responsibility to supply accurate ring size, wrist size, 3D scan, body measurement, etc.

Since the Dreamer Regalia project needed to be custom fitted, LA-based 3D scanning company Cokreeate provided the 3D scan of actor Felicia Day.

Felicia Day 3D scan by Cokreeate

Screenshot of actor Felicia Day 3D scan by Cokreeate

 

Modeling the base shape and design

Drawing the pattern in ink pen

The patterns on my masks and other designs are all hand drawn and later 3D modeled.

3D modeling the pattern design and making the 3D model print ready

Watch videos 3-6 in the playlist below. Depending on the size, complexity, and detail, overall sketching, pattern drawing, and 3D modeling the design can take anywhere between 30-150+ hours of labor.

 

3D printing the design

Very few of my pieces are direct 3D prints nowadays. Most of the time, my master copies are 3D printed and then later molded and cast in a variety of materials.

Mask and armor designs are now cast in a semi-rigid and flexible material. Even so, the designs should not be deliberately thrown or damaged since they are still artwork…and it’s just not nice 🙁


Dreamer Regalia 3D print

Sanding, sealing, painting, finishing, etc.

Depending on the size, complexity, and detail of the design, this can take anywhere between 10-80+ hours of labor (not including drying and curing time).

Metal designs are polished and don’t require painting and finishing. However, non-metal products do require painting, finishing, etc.

Other additional items like LEDs or resin cast gems are sometimes included depending on the design.

The finished design

I hope this offers more inspiration and insight behind what goes into 3D modeling and 3D printing art.

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Dreamer Regalia armor Dreamer Regalia armor

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