Winner of the ‘3Doodler’ Doodle of the Year Award
3D Print Group: Thank you Connie for allowing us to showcase some of your work, we love your creations. How did you discover 3d pens and how long have you been doodling?
Connie: Actually, a friend showed me the promotion video for the first Kickstarter-campaign of 3Doodler. I bought the V1 3Doodler in 2014; and I was myself one of the early bird backers for 3Doodler 2.0 Kickstarter in January 2015. This was the real starting point in my eyes.
3D Print Group: Congratulations on winning the 2015 3doodler ‘Doodle of the Year’ award, can you tell us a bit about the competition?
Connie: The competition was some kind of logical consequence of the “DoodleOff” – competitions that take place in a roughly monthly order. 3Doodler announce every 2-3 weeks a theme via their social media channels and offer prices (3Doodler plastics and accessories) for the winner, who is elected by fellow doodlers via social media.
For the awards, though, 3doodler chose a board of competent judges, who picked the winners. There were eight categories for the Doodlers to choose, and you were able to hand in more than one doodle or apply for more than one category with one creation; the categories were wildlife, interior design, art, fashion, mixed media, education, characters and the “Doodle of the year”, an open category. After the announcement of the competition, doodlers all over the world hat six weeks to hand in their doodles (a picture, via social media and an online form). The award started at November last year, the winners were announced last December.
3D Print Group: How much time do you spend doodling each week?
Connie: That strongly depends on how many spare time I have 😉 But I doodle as often as I can.
3D Print Group: Where do you get your ideas from for each doodle?
Connie: My ideas have various inspirations – I was curious how life-like I could doodle plants, imitating something purely natural with material and tools completely artificial; then I got interested in finding out what effects one could create with the nozzle set or how I could use my discovery that PLA can be melt in the oven with my 3Doodler creations. Concerning the latter, I was strongly inspired by Tiffany, the art nouveau glass artist, and by the Murano glass manufacturers of Venice. Inspiration can be found everywhere.
3D Print Group: Which is your favourite creation to date?
Connie: I’d say, it’s the flower bouquet I made recently. But I still love my Seahorse, too.
3D Print Group: Can anyone use 3d pens? Do you have advice or tips for someone wanting to have a go?
Connie: I’d say, yes; there are tutorials and stencils aplenty to help everyone getting started. I’d always recommend to start with something small and easy and to use stencils and tutorials first. It’s important to get used to the pen and the behaviour of the plastic, or one might get frustrated, if something won’t work as expected – mind you, it’s a complete new medium to deal with. Never give up, it’s worth the labour! Once you’ve mastered to use the pen on small pieces, you can look for a more challenging project, turn from 2D in 3D, draw freehand and so on.
3D Print Group: We particularly like the Dandelion you doodled, there’s so much detail. Could you explain how you put it together?
Connie: First, I started with doodling the seed head and the leaves around it. Then I went on with making the seeds, which needed some patience to do – there were about 250 seeds needed! For the little umbrellas I doodled irregular stars onto my doodle pad (a tape-covered sheet of paper would also be okay), then peeled them off and added a single strand of clear plastic for the stem of the seeds. While doing so, I gently bent the arms of the stars upwards, to give them a more natural dandelion-seed-like look. Onto each stem I doodled a brown seed. To fix them onto the seed head, I gently melted the tips over a lit candle, then pressed it onto the head. The stem was added by doodling them into the seed head, the leaves were drawn flat with my 3Doodler first, then bent into shape after warming them gently with a hair dryer.
3D Print Group: You must need a lot of patience! How about the dandelion flower?
Connie: Yes, I guess, I have a lot of patience 😉 For the yellow dandelion flower I doodled long, single strands of yellow with the ribbon tip of the nozzle set; I cut it into short strands with various lengths, and “glued” them onto their seed head by melting their ends with a candle flame, too. I didn’t count how many they were. Same goes for the seeds – about 250 or so… I simply lost track.
3D Print Group: The final result is amazing, definitely one of our favourite doodles to date.
Connie: Thank you so much! I’m always so happy to hear when others like my creations!
3D Print Group: The seahorse looks as though it took a lot of time to create, there are so many different shapes and sizes included!
Connie: Yes, for this one I doodled every pane of the seahorse’s body first; then I placed them onto a sheet of aluminium foil and put them all into the oven. After the melting process I assembled them with my 3Doodler – the result were two halves of the body, which had to be reheated with a hair-drier or hot air gun, to make them matching each other. After this, I first taped them together, then “glued” them together with the 3Doodler. After this, I attached head, fins and thorns. It was insane.
3D Print Group: How many hours did you spend on it?
Connie: I just never watch the clock when I doodle… it took me two weeks, assuming about 4 hours every day, we’d have about 56 working hours. I guess, that’s pretty close to it.
3D Print Group: The Japanese origami inspired paper crane is very ornamental, how big is it overall?
Connie: From bottom to head, it’s about 15 cm high.
3D Print Group: What process did you follow to create it?
Connie: I began with folding a paper crane out of paper. I observed the geometrical forms and their proportions and drew them on a sheet of paper; inspired by an original origami-paper pattern, I doodled the parts onto my Doodle pad, then assembled them with the help of my 3Doodler and a hot air gun to shape the parts when needed.
3D Print Group: Does it make a difference which type of material you use?
Connie: Yes, material choice is very important. I use PLA for every piece of a creation which incurs a lot of reshaping. ABS is not to be shaped so easily with heat, once it’s extruded, but works great to make a sustaining structure to doodle upon.
3D Print Group: Great tip Connie, thanks.
3D Print Group: Finally we have the Hummingbird. Such a beautiful creation, where did you come up with the design / idea?
Connie: Actually, my first doodle (with the V1), was a little black bird, really tiny, and a bit clumsy. Then I went on to make bigger birds, using the 5 strands in the mixed packs, and they all were colibris, as I liked the idea of having a nice, colourful flock. When improving my skills as a 3doodling artist, I challenged myself with trying to create as life-like colibris as possible. The intention behind was making a swarm of it – but up till today it’s still that single bird. I should go on and doodle some friends for it.
3D Print Group: Yes you should definitely do that! It looks so fragile, are the creations quite sturdy once complete?
Connie: Those solid-looking ones are really solid – I mean, you should not let them fall onto the floor or something like that, but they won’t shatter into pieces even then. If something breaks, you can repair it quite easily, though.
3D Print Group: What was the process for this piece?
Connie: I made a “skeleton” of the bird first with ABS, then covered it with neat and dense lines of PLA to create the bird’s body feathers. I sketched the outlines of the inner part of the wings, doodled them like the body, and added the remiges separately, adding them one by one to give the wings a more dynamic look; the same applies for the bird’s tail feathers.
3D Print Group: Amazing stuff Connie, we’re big fans of your work and we look forward to seeing your next wonderful doodle. Thanks for dropping by and giving us an insight into your creations.
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