Designing Gerbil PaperCraft
PaperCraft is an art form where you use paper as your medium instead of the more usual ink on paper or pixels on a screen. Mind you, if you've decided to read this blog there is a fair chance that you knew that already.
To actually design the PaperCraft itself, you start out with simple pencil sketches on paper. When you're happy with that, you need to make low poly count models of the PaperCraft in 3D Studio. From 3D Studio you can export a flattened out rough template of the model.
Then comes the hard part of rearranging all the pieces in Photoshop until the basic layout for each figure is made. After this, some simple white and red tests can be printed and assembled, this is where you have to figure out what parts don't lay out or match up evenly.
Then changes are made in Photoshop and support tabs are added to help with taping or gluing the figures together. After another test is printed and assembled final changes to the layout can be made before the figures are painted.
Then a color test print is made to see if all the eyes, and other features line up correctly. Final adjustments are made and then there you have completed some unique PaperCraft! The picture shows the various stages, from blank white shapes being tested for physical fit, through to the colored versions.
So that's how it's made. If you want to try it out yourself, you can go and download the finished PaperCraft models here.