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Watch Artist Melissa Ng Create Stunning Fantasy-Inspired Dreamer Regalia 3D Printed Cosplay Armor for Felicia Day

by • February 10, 2016 • No Comments


Actress and geek goddess Felicia Day.

As an artist myself I struggle with the inner turmoil of having a career as a creative while many of the folks in my life have additional conventional jobs. Many of my friends believe which for the reason I work out of my home quite little of my job involves actual work and which I have endless amounts of free time. Unfortunately, as anyone who works at home can tell you, which is hilariously untrue. I frequently work far additional hours a day than many folks, partially for the reason reading and learning of the subjects which I write of frequently takes far longer than it takes to in fact write the final article, but in addition if I’m being truthful, out of guilt. Many folks who work of home as writers or artists are frequently turn it intod to feel as if they are pretty cheating the system by being paid to do a thing creative pretty than having a “real job”.

That is a feeling which Melissa Ng understands all too well. On her blog Lumecluster, the 3D artist and business woman regularly shares her stories of self-doubt and her day-to-day struggle overcoming maladies common to creatives like ‘impostor syndrome’. She in addition confronts her fears of being unable-bodied to turn it into art as she envisions it in her mind. One only requires to appear at the awe-inspiring 3D printed masks and jewelry which she turn it intos to see which Ng is in no way an impostor. Her Dreamer Masks begined out as ink drawings which she utilized to inspire her to chase her dreams of being an artist. Whilst she rapidly felt constrained by the medium of ink and paper, in 2014 she discovered the world of 3D versionling and 3D printing and her awe-inspiring masks took on a life of their own, changing Ng’s world as she knew it.

A few of Ngs awe-inspiring 3D printed Dreamer Masks. You can purchase your own of her website.

A few of Ng’s awe-inspiring 3D printed Dreamer Masks. You can purchase your own of her website.

Having discovered excellent results and acceptance for her 3D printed masks, Ng now felt as if it was time to hustle herself additional, so she came up with an thought to take her 3D turn it into artistry to the following step. Ng wanted to turn it into a delicate suit of armor called the Dreamer Regalia which may be in the same style as her awe-inspiring masks. She decided to team up with Shapeways to assist her fabricate the armor, but they requireed a fewone to wear the it who may embody the aspirational theme of the project. For Ng it wasn’t a complex choice, after being inspired by actress, turn it intor, New York Times most selling author, gamer, activist and entrepreneur Felicia Day for years, both Ng and Shapeways were certain which she may be an thoughtl subject for the Dreamer Regalia armor.


The attained Dreamer Regalia Armor.

Ng approached Day with an contribute to custom turn it into the magical suit of fantasy-inspired armor, while she achievely documented her creation system equite step of the way, and Day readily accepted the contribute. As a self-taught artist, Ng regularly struggles with the fear of not being excellent adequate, and she had only committed to manufacturing a thing which required abilitys which she quite didn’t ponder she had. But in order to finish the project she was just going to require to get past her fears. According to Ng, she hopes which by documenting her creation progress it can assist others faced with a much like lack of “proper artistic credentials” to stop worrying of it so much and only manufacture the art which they want to manufacture.

“The Dreamer Regalia symbolizes the protection for our dreams and is being turn it intod in honor of the Dreamer inside every of us. The Dreamer which wants to donate life to the imagination, manufacture a difference, alter things, hustle boundaries, and not conform to the status quo. The culture of creativity is constantly expanding and branching out in new ways equiteday. And the most part is we are all free to take part. By sharing my creative system, Shapeways and I hope this can inspire you to discover what dreams or thoughts light you up and to donate by yourself room to appreciate your own very own creative journey,” Ng wrote on her initially blog post of the armor.


Ng via Blender to turn it into the suit of armor.

Because Ng was creating the armor for Day, she decided to take a few early inspiration of massively multiplayer online role-playing game Guild Wars 2. Not only was Ng an avid fan of the game, but so was Day — who was in addition one of the many voice actors utilized in the game. She in addition took inspiration of other sources, like style turn it into legends Alexander McQueen and Tex Saverio whose work frequently turned the versions wearing them into pieces of sculptural art. Obviously the armor which she may be turn it intoing may not be functional in any way, but pretty an artistic and aesthetic statement.

As an artist Ng requireed to take stock of precisely what abilitys she did have and what parts of her turn it into she did understand which she was capable-bodied of doing. But it in addition intended confronting herself with the areas of the project which she didn’t have fully created abilitys to do, and what parts of it which she was achievely uncertain how to do. Ng knew which she may easily 3D version the armor, she knew which with the proper meacertainments she may draw an accurate pattern and she knew which she mayn’t have any problems with the sanding, post systeming and painting of the final armor.


However, Ng was less certain how she may be able-bodied to turn it into armor which may easily be put on and taken off, how she may gain an accurate 3D scan of Day and what the most way of capturing her creative system may be. She was in addition uncertain of her abilities to generate detailed renders of her 3D versions, which include accurate material textures, shades and lighting. She wasn’t certain precisely how she was going to cast the resin parts requireed for her concept, or how to install the LEDs into the costume. It in addition became clear to her which she may require a much larger space to apply the paint and finishing to the printed armor. She requireed to ask herself a virtually endless list of inquiries, and none of them were rhetorical: she requireed to have answers for all of them.

“If I turn it into it this way, can the armor have adequate assist or can it be too rigid and lack flexibility? What can I do with the turn it into to avoid manufacturing this armor appear awkward and clunky? How can I turn it into it in a way which appears both elegant and sturdy and stays inside the budget? How does the turn it into symbolism match Lumecluster, Shapeways, and Felicia Day’s missions and philosophies? Does this turn it into match Felicia’s interests and aesthetic? How can I manufacture this turn it into flow and manufacture it effortless for Felicia to move around? Will this turn it into manufacture it complex for me to maneuver when I require to paint and finish it? Would the paint job take away too much of the material’s flexibility in this location of the armor? If I want to put LEDs here, how much space may I require and where may the wires or microcontroller(s) go?” wrote Ng of the many inquiries she asked herself.


Over the following few weeks Ng created herself a new, larger area where she may spray paint all of the armors parts. She was in addition able-bodied to enlist the assist of LA-based 3D scanning and 3D printing company Cokreeate to gain a full 3D body scan of Day which may allow the armor to be custom fit to her meacertainments. She discovered Cokreeate online, where the company regularly shares their own 3D scanning projects on their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. The scan was captured via a handheld Artec Eva 3D scanner and and so Cokreeate rendered the highly detailed 3D scan with the Artec Studio 10 software box.

The detailed full body 3D scan of actress Felicia Day by LAs Cokreeate.

The detailed full body 3D scan of actress Felicia Day by LA’s Cokreeate.

Here is a handy playlist of all sactually of Ng’s videos detailing her turn it into and fabrication system:

In her video series she details precisely how she learned to turn it into the armor to fit Day, how she learned to cast the red gems on the front of the armor in resin, and precisely how she figured out how to light them up. She in addition detailed the post systeming and the awe-inspiring painting system which she utilized to achieve the armor. Because she 3D printed all of the armor’s parts via Shapeways white, sturdy & flexible plastic material it both was effortless to sand down smooth, and took to the paints quite well. I may in addition hope, now which the project is achieve, which Ng is able-bodied to take a step back and see precisely how excellent of a job she did.

Ng wanted Felicia Day to resemble an elvish princess.

Ng wanted Felicia Day to resemble an elvish princess.

“I’ve been feeling both amazingly excited and terrified of this project. Excited for the reason I get to manufacture a thing for a fewone I have tremendous admiration and respect for, and I get to collaborate with a company I love. Terrified for the reason I struggle between fluctuating moods of either extreme confidence or severe inadequacy and I am afraid to be judged, rejected, and torn apart of my technique, style, and overall approach. Hey, I’m yet human. Despite these fears, additional than anything, I hope you remember how significant it is to find the creative approach which works most for you and be caning to grow in new ways at the same time.” worried Ng at the begin of her project.

Here is a full 3D render of the achieve Dreamer Regalia Armor:

About 228 hours of complex work later, the 3D printed Dreamer Regalia Armor turn it intoed for Felicia Day was finished. As you can see of a few of the images which I’ve included, not only did she answer her own worried inquiries, but she unquestionably created equite required ability which she requireed to achieve her project. I’d actually wager which she most likely may already knew how to attain many of the tasks involved with creating the Dream Regalia armor, but she just didn’t understand which she did. And unquestionably Felicia Day herself was thrilled with the final product. She happily wore it and took part in an awe-inspiring photoshoot revealing off Ng’s awe-inspiring turn it into.

Felicia Day versionling Dreamer Regalia 3D Printed Cosplay Armor.

Felicia Day versionling Dreamer Regalia 3D Printed Cosplay Armor.

You can see Felicia Day wearing and versionling the Dreamer Regalia Armor for the Geek and Sundry photoshoot here:

Not only did Ng document her creation system on her blog Lumecluster here and here, but she in addition updated her followers regularly on her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. You can read a excellent interview with Ng which Shapeways posted to their blog back in 2014 for an thought of her turn it into system and outappear on creating art. And of course you can see a ton additional pictures of the awe-inspiring armor as worn by Felicia Day, hear of the project of Felicia herself and read another interview with Ng over on Geek & Sundry. Discuss in the 3D Printed Dreamer Regalia Cosplay forum over at 3DPB.com.