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I started a video series on the Disney Experience, showcasing the entire design process of a new paper model. I thought some people might like to watch how I work.
Look at what just sailed into the harbor! You can now download the free San Salvador paper model from the Maritime Museum of San Diego‘s website. There are two versions: mine (v2) and Roman Detyna’s (v1). Roman’s version is more physically detailed, while my own relies more on graphics.
The museum has also allowed me to offer the model for download on this site.
Back in 2007, I worked on some mock-up package designs to help pitch an idea to the Disney Parks. I did have to use photos found online, but since I do not remember where I got them, I cannot credit anyone.
Imagine putting together your very own HO scale plastic model of the Mad Tea Party attraction or Sleeping Beauty Castle, complete with surrounding foliage. Sounds pretty sweet, huh? Granted, not everyone enjoys or even has the patience to assemble and paint a plastic model. But, boy, wouldn’t it be neat to start building your own Disneyland or Magic Kingdom right at home? And, that’s only one version of the model kits.
Roman Detyna’s version, pictured here, is very beautiful and nicely detailed. But, it is aimed at more experienced model builders. The Maritime Museum of San Diego wants to reach a broader audience, aiming for 4th-graders and everyone new to paper models.
Both models will be available for free from the museum’s website. My simple version is expected to be completed by mid/late May, and will also be available for download from Nava Designs. If you’re interested in following my model progress, I may post some images on my Twitter feed since the museum has given me free range to post almost whatever I like.
What good is art if you can’t share it? For the first time ever, I am releasing select works of art (paintings, drawings, etc.) to the general public. More pieces will be released in the coming months.
It may seem like I’ve been pushing the store a lot lately . . . and that would be true. I’ve been working on a lot of exciting things, and I just can’t wait to share them. The new bookplate debut is just the tip of the iceberg. Other designs are coming, and there are some mystery items that will coordinate with those designs.
There are also new social buttons on Nava Designs, which I’ve been upgrading as well. I’ve included the most obvious buttons, but if there are others that you think I should include, contact me.
A few years ago, I signed a contract with Disney, specifically with the international division of the former Walt Disney Internet Group (now the Disney Interactive Media Group). One of the details gave the company the right to publish certain paper models that I have designed. I cannot go into contract details, but it appears that the models are finally popping up on Disney websites, specifically the Disney Insider. Many thanks to Caleb for finding this and bringing it to my attention.