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Win a 3D printer with the help of some top inspiration

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We’ve compiled a list of inspirational artists and makers to help you on the way to winning your very own 3D printer in the new 3D Artist magazine competition

Win a fully-assembled Thing-O-Matic from MakerBot

We know that when a competition prize is as huge as a MakerBot 3D printer, the temptation will be to wait and wait for that sacred moment of genius to strike, so you can submit the world’s most awesome pet monster design to the 3D Artist magazine competition. But let’s face it, without a healthy dose of inspiration, some frantic sketching, plenty of serious pen chewing and some furious digital dabbles, we’re not going to get very far…

That’s where our helpful guide to toy design comes in handy: we’ve compiled a collection of some of our favourite go-to artists when we’re in need of an inspiration hit. Check out the following links and be wowed by the powers of your fellow artists, and then – come up with your own! Just be sure not to copy any of the designs you see, as that’s not cool.

  • Alex Jeffries – it was love at first sight when we first stumbled across Apple Boy. Also check out Alex’s professional portfolio, where you’ll discover Ringo, the cheerful donut guy – with added sprinkles!
  • Cesc GraneCesc’s portfolio is filled to the brim with mighty character and toy designs in all shapes and sizes
  • Fabrice Le Nezet – we love Fabrice’s Curling Players. These sporty fellas come with lashings of attitude!
  • James Jarvis – there’s a whole bunch of emotive character drawings and designs on James’ Flickr account that should help you master the art of expressions!
  • Mark Ghemling – now this is a portfolio that’ll shake up what you thought you knew about character design and push you to explore new concepts. Mark’s curvalicious characters are a real treat for the eyes!
  • Raul RealRaul’s collection of expressive characters seriously maximise simplicity!
  • Teodoru Badiu – 3D Artist regular Theodoru has been creating quirky characters that push the boundaries for some time now. Explore Theo’s portfolio for colourful surprises galore!
  • WanKok Leong – We love how crazy WanKok’s illustrations are! Discover the unthinkable in his 1000Tentacles portfolio
  • Yoshi HiroshiYoshii’s 3D characters are world famous, and his website is the perfect place to learn more about the art of designing toys
  • Yum Yum – it’s impossible not to adore Yum Yum’s diverse mix of character creations on their beautiful blog. Check out the cactus with the cigar!

If you have other inspirational links to add to our list, please feel free to comment below to share with other 3D Artist readers.

Once you’ve revelled in the delights of these talented designers, design your own pet monster and upload it to the Thingiverse website. Be sure to follow the competition guidelines and tag your design with ‘3DArtistMag’ so the 3D Artist magazine and MakerBot crew can see your submissions when it gets to the judging stage.

Create an account on Thingiverse and upload your designs

Happy designin’, everyone! We look forward to checking out your monsters.