Maker Talks: Interview with Punished Props
He’s considered the master of props and costumes making. Space guns, fantasy weapons, and sets of armor are part of his everyday life and making is his passion. On 2009 Bill started making props and costumes with friends and for friends and now he is Punished Props, one of the most creative minds on his area. Let’s find out more about his work!
CU: You are considered the master of props and costumes making. How did this passion start?
PP: That’s an awfully generous title! I started cosplaying with my friends 6 years ago. I ended up building most of the props for our costumes and it was all downhill from there!
CU: Why the name Punished Props?
PP: I used to run a photography blog called “Punished Pixels”. The idea was that all pixels were born to be punished (i.e. any amount of photo manipulation for art was fair game). When I started my prop blog, the name came with it!
CU: From the concept to the final project: how does your creative process work?
PP: Everything starts with lots of design work. The entire build takes place in my head, and on paper, before I even buy materials. Then, once I am confident that most of the build is figured out, I buy materials and get to work! Then it’s just a matter of cutting out materials and gluing it together (simple, right?).
CU: Which was the project you worked on you enjoyed the most so far?
PP: I super enjoy the projects that I get to do with my wife. Our Skyrim Draugr Deathlord costume were really fun to make and a total blast to wear.
CU: Who inspire you and your work?
PP: I’m fortunate to have friends who are talented, hard working makers and artists. People like Harrison Krix, Lee Camara, Svetlana Quindt, the list goes on. These are people who are constantly pushing the craft. They make me feel like a lazy slob!
CU: As someone who lives to create, what does it mean to be a Maker?
PP: I get up every day and I’m not satisfied unless I’ve transformed some kind of raw material into something different and better. That’s what drives me.
CU: And how do you see the Maker Movement? How do you think it will change the world?
PP: I love to see so many people tinkering and sharing how they do what they do. There’s no such thing as “industry secrets” anymore and I think that’s amazing. This movement is ushering in a new era of creative people who will, no doubt, make the world a more colorful place.
CU: What do you think about 3D printing technology?
PP: I think it’s really neat! I went to school for 3D modeling, so I’m ready to jump in with both feet. I just need to buy a printer…
CU: If you had a 3D printer now, what would be the first thing you would make?
PP: Ha! Probably lightsaber parts.