Build Stuff and Let Slip the Androids of War
The making of models and other bits n’ pieces
When I was very young, two television shows changed me forever; Doctor Who and Thunderbirds. My life became one of imagination, storytelling and making stuff eventually launching me on a career as a model maker in the film industry. Able to imagine something then to build it and create a world around it. Every child makes up stories and this was very true for me. The difference for me is that I never stopped and have always retained the seeing the world through the eyes of that child I was.
This first in a series of books, is my way to help inspire young and old to make stuff and imagine worlds, to never lose that imagination. I've created characters and their stories and shown how I've built them. This is complicated model making broken down into simple steps to explain how I achieved it and my thoughts behind the process. It is nice to see people recreate models and props I have built but, I would like to see people create their own stories and characters, to learn that they can.
This book covers the basics, then to more complex builds giving something to inspire to, to reach for. If I can ignite that spark, that passion, then I feel that I have passed something on as my father did for me.
What looks complex and out of reach can actually be easy with practice. Taking something that looks complicated, and then breaking it down into individual parts, makes it more attainable for a new model maker. This book is intended to inspire; to create a desire to build stuff and have a lot of fun telling stories and imagining worlds while doing it.
In a digital world, the 'hands on' skills are diminishing. Even a career in the digital arts benefits greatly from a basic understanding of the physical world. Learning to make models is one way to teach the brain how to look at and perceive the world and so better inform creating digital versions of it.
- A4 Landscape
- 152 pages
- Some of the content may not make sense
- Occasional use of big words (I had to look them up)
- Lots of pictures
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