If you've seen anything about Hob in the last couple years, you've seen the Sprites. And if you haven't seen them, just look at that adorable little thing! Don't you just want to take it home and put it on your desk or a shelf or something? Well, now you can! We are thrilled to announce we will be bringing Sprite Papercraft kits to PAX-East. Gabe Jackson, one of the character artists here at Runic, describes how his papercraft obsession led to the most charming swag ever.
Meet the Artist: Gabe Jackson
Hi I’m Gabe Jackson. I’m a Seattle based artist working in the game industry as a character artist. I’ve been in the field for around 12 years now. I enjoy a large variety of mediums but focus a lot on photography. I love to shoot architecture and portraiture. Lately I am stepping outside of the digital realm and into the antiquated world of analog photography. It’s a blast!
I’m the type of person who is always looking for something new to learn or experience when it comes to art. I think it keeps my imagination fresh and my sense of humor ripe! I never get bored because I’ve always got some new idea for a project to pick up.
Aside from photography I have invested a lot of my spare time into my hobby of papercraft. I have casually done papercraft since 2009, but in the last few years I have been taking it much more seriously and researching ways to introduce it to the public. I first learned of papercraft from a colleague I immediately became obsessed with it. It meshed so well with what I was into as an artist and was, to me, the next level of achievement. I had spent my college years developing a unified style between my 2D and 3D work only to discover a new medium which could make my work tangible and real, something someone could hold and see with their own eyes and not just through a computer screen. I still believe I am riding that initial wave of inspiration.
I spent the next few years teaching myself the process, from learning the software (http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/) to finding the best production methods, and honing the skill. I’d love to show you what else I’ve been up to but it’s absolutely %100 top secret, so you’ll just have to stay tuned! In the meantime you can enjoy the fan art that I made for Runic!
portfolio link http://www.gabej-folio.com/
Thank you Gabe for burning the midnight oil on this project! We absolutely love these papercraft, and we hope everyone else will too. Play Hob at Booth 18120 and pick one up next weekend! Can't make it to PAX-E? Download the kit here. Share your creations with us on Twitter and Instagram (@RunicGames). Don't forget to give them a name!