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« on: September 17, 2014 07:16:46 AM »

ButterFly is another character concept, designed and submitted by forum member "Lazzy Lizard", for October Toys' OMFG (Outlandish Mini Figure Guys) Kickstarter-funded toy series, that I decided to model in three dimensions.

 This is the illustration of ButterFly, posted by Lazzy Lizard, that I worked from. Please note that I did some minor editing, for clarity purposes, as the original image was pretty dark and needed more contrast. The drawing itself looks great, but I feel that the piece would have benefitted from some color, to drive home the creature's buttery composition, as the insect's dripping body looks more like ice, gelatin, or even slime to me in gray scale. While the idea of a literal "butterfly" isn't new (consider the "Bread-and-Butterfly" from Lewis Carroll's 1871 book Through the Looking-Glass, for example), I can't say that I've ever seen the concept interpreted in this manner. Fully colored, and considering its rectangular shape, this particular design is also suggestive of an insectoid Spongebob Squarepants in my opinion.

Here are some photos from the construction process of this figure.

 I messed up laying out the lines of the grid pattern on the eyes (they don't quite match up with one another), but I didn't feel like going through the trouble of making a third replacement eye, and cutting the lines again, so, I decided that it was just going to have to be good enough. And, while we're on that subject, I should have put more lines on the peepers altogether, both horizontally and vertically, which would have resulted in a finer grid.

 Unless you have a specific reason not to, it's generally a good idea to put down a base coat of white, or light gray, before applying yellow paint, otherwise, darker colors (like the browns pictured here) have a tendency to show through that golden hue, which will then likely require the addition of several more coats of yellow paint to hide it. Had I left the body white and the peepers black, this could have been a frosted cake or marshmallow fly with raisin or chocolate eyes, but then, there wouldn't be any puns going on with the name, or at least none that I can think of offhand.

The finished product:

 Cardboard from a cereal box, newsprint, white glue, transparent plastic (wings only), and acrylic paint.

 2.9 cm (1.1") wide x 3.7 cm (1.5") high

 About a day. I started this project late at night on September 15th, 2014 and completed it the following afternoon.
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2014 07:52:30 AM »

Oh wow, these are great!

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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2014 10:21:01 AM »

Once again I am so impressed at what you are able to do with card and glue.  An excellent interpretation of the original sketch.
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2014 09:15:19 AM »

Now that's funny! Cheesy Well done!

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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2014 10:47:58 AM »

That's so cool! And so tiny! Cheesy
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