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By Oasim Karmieh


Superhero Toy

"Romania based designer Oasim Karmieh is back with another version of his cute super hero toy BATSY! A project which is a tribute to none other than BATMAN. All  designed, sculpted, 3d printed and hand painted by himself. Batsy Adam West is a handcrafted resin toy, that has been sculpted, hand cast and hand painted by Oasim Karmieh. This edition is an homage to the best Batman of all time. Takes us right back to the Oasim’s OG BATSY we fell in love with all the way back in March when we first found Oasim’s work. The OG sold out almost instantly so this WEST version shouldn’t stay around too long."

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Karmieh and Zortrax M200 Reshapes Handmade Toys Design

By Oasim Karmieh

Karmieh and Zortrax M200 Reshapes Handmade Toys Design


I purchased my first 3d printer 18 month ago and since then I learned as much as possible about this technology, handmade toys and how to change my workflow to fit this new opportunity, although the answer was starring me right in the face it took me a while to know exactly what I wanted to do and in which direction I want to take my business into. Being featured on the Zortrax blog is a huge achievement for me, they created a great machine that I love and it helped me become a toy designer.

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"Exaggerated big shiny eyes, even larger head and an emotional, often explosive, character, all in a cute, chubby, tiny package. Does it ring a bell yet? If manga or anime characters sprang to your mind, you’re dead-on. The characteristic, Japanese chibi style of picturing characters started to gain popularity in the 80s and 90s, when manga and anime settled themselves in western pop culture for good. The chibi style also inspired Oasim Karmieh, a 3D artist and toy designer, to create some special caricature figurines that combine the western and eastern cultures."

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Making of Louis CK Collectible Toys

By Oasim Karmieh

Making of Louis CK Collectible Toys

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This project start out of pure love for Stand up comedy, I actually only sculpted the bust of Louie CK at first just as a sculpting exercise.

I 3dd printed this guy as a Birthday gift for a good friend who is a huge Louis CK fan, I really wanted to get him something awesome for his birthday.

And I'm going to walk you through the process of creating Louie CK Figurine. As I said it all started in ZBrush this is the software I use to create my characters.

collectible toys

Once the digital sculpt is done the cleaning process starts, and making sure all shapes are clean and nothing is overlapping in a weird way that will cause some printing problems and also keeping in mind that this Louie CK toy figurine will be split into multiple parts to 3d printed.

Stand up comedy toy

Once I'm sure every ZBrush subtool in the 3d model is ready to be split I start adding Keys that will make it easier for this guy to be assembled once the 3d print is done.

Louis CK comedy toy

And almost every-time I would check out how would it look like as a bronze statue.

toy Louie ck

Alright, now that I have split the model into different parts it's time to send those parts to be sliced on the 3d printer software to prepare each piece for 3d printing

3d printed louis ck

I usually don't print all the pieces at the same time, because if the printer fails to print one model you will loose so much time and material and also because I don't print each piece at the same resolution, for example for the head and arms I want the highest resolution, but for the pants, shirt and shoes I don't want that much resolution because I want to embrace the texture the 3d printer is creating to add some nice texture to the jeans, smooth objects are not always great ideas, I have written about this in my Count Dooky Study, Sculpt and 3D print article.

Here is the head, usually I start printing the parts that need the most detail to see if the scale that I chose for the art toy is good enough for all those details that I sculpted will be visible. 

Below you can see the Head Torso and one arm 

3d print louie ck

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And here are the pants and the shoes

Louie CK collectible toy

 toy design tutorial

Once I have all the 3d parts 3d printed I start sanding them to clean up the big lines that support from the 3d printing usually leave on the model, then I go with a finer grain and start sanding all the tiny lines until I get a smooth surface, if there are any big error or gaps in the model, especially in areas where the 3d printed model is sitting on the supports that are generated by the 3d printer, you might need to use some type of filler to fill those gaps. Keep in mind that sanding is sculpting so don't rush it, take your time cleaning each part.

 Now it's time to add some paint, for this toy I decided to hand paint the whole using brushes and no air brush, cause I wanted it to have that hand made feel and brush work can add some nice details and textures to skin. 

Louie CK toy

Also using the brush I was able to get this nice jeans effect, I used Vallejo paints Air and Model for the entire toy, and finally sealed the whole thing using Vallejo Matt varnish.

Toy design tutorial

And Finally assembling this toy and giving it a proper photoshoot, I used my canon 550D to shoot the photos, I used one soft box and some bounce cards.

Louie CK toy design


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